South African Cycling

Dimension Data name TDF team

2016-06-27 12:23
Mark Cavendish (Team Dimension Data website)

Cape Town - Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka has announced its final selection of nine riders that will take on the 103rd edition of the Le Grand Boucle - the first ever for an African World Tour team.

Three African riders form part of the team.

Newly crowned Eritrean Road and TT champion Daniel Teklehaimanot will once again be on the start of the race. After a strong month of racing, that also saw him winning the KOM classification for a second time at the Criterium du Dauphiné, he will again try to make fans of the African team proud. He will be joined by his fellow countryman Natnael Berhane, who will race his first Tour de France, and South African Reinardt Janse van Rensburg.

Steve Cummings, who won the team’s first ever stage at the Tour de France on Mandela Day in 2015, will spearhead the rest of the line-up together with Mark Cavendish, who will seek to add a 27th stage win to his illustrious palmares. The Manx Missile will be able to count on his lieutenants Mark Renshaw and Bernhard Eisel, with the latter also being the team’s road captain. Serge Pauwels and Norwegian Road and TT champion Edvald Boasson Hagen will round out the line-up.

Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka - Tour de France team:

Natnael Berhane
Edvald Boasson Hagen
Mark Cavendish
Steve Cummings
Bernhard Eisel
Reinardt Janse van Rensburg
Serge Pauwels
Mark Renshaw
Daniel Teklehaimanot

Douglas Ryder - Team Principal:

This was a really tough decision to make as all of the riders on the squad have stepped up and shown their potential to be in the Tour de France. We are one team with a single purpose to mobilise people on bikes in Africa so that they can realise their full potential. Through the bicycle distribution ceremonies we hope to uncover more cycling talent on the continent. This is a fantastic team of experienced riders we are hoping can deliver on our performance goals of winning stages, being competitive and visible every day, to raise our profile to even greater heights in the incredibly demanding stages of the 2016 Tour de France.

Rolf Aldag - Head of Performance:

We have picked a very balanced team to be competitive and to represent the Qhubeka charity on every single stage the Tour de France offers this year. The first few days will be dominated by the sprinters and we are confident to be right up there with Mark Cavendish, Edvald Boasson Hagen and the committed lead out around Mark Renshaw and Reinhard Janse van Rensburg. Serge Pauwels, Daniel Teklehaimanot and Steve Cummings proved in the past that they can be very successful from breakaways and that is what we try to repeat. Bernhard Eisel will serve as a road captain, while Natnael Berhane will learn a lot in his first Tour as well as he will get his own chance on selective stages.

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