South African Cycling

Giro a resounding success for DiData

2017-05-29 08:42
Omar Fraile (Stiehl Photography)

Cape Town - As the Giro d'Italia drew to a close on Sunday, Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka celebrated finishing inside the top 10 on 12 occasions during the race.

Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) won the 100th edition of the Giro d'Italia after eclipsing his GC rivals in the final individual time trial stage in Milan.

Nairo Quintana (Movistar) finished second overall and Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) was third. Jos Van Emden (LottoNL-Jumbo) was the final stage victor.

For Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka, the final 29km individual time trial stage was never going to favour their seven riders and so the day became one of celebrating the team's success over the past three weeks.

There is much the African team can be happy about with Omar Fraile's stage 11 victory the standout performance.

DiData's riders rode with positive intent on a daily basis, animating the race and it showed through all the various classifications.

Both Daniel Teklehaimanot and Omar Fraile wore the king of the mountains jersey, with the Basque rider finishing third overall in that competition in the end.

As one of the top three breakaway riders of this year's race, Teklehaimanot also managed to rack up enough points to win the intermediate sprint classification.

In total the team were able to finish inside the top 10 on 12 occasions with their young South African, Ryan Gibbons, taking six of those top 10 placings. In the overall classification, Jacques Janse van Rensburg was the team's best placed rider, finishing a credible 36th.

And finally, during this year's 100th Giro d'Italia, the African team raced to put 100 girls on bikes through their #Giro100bikes campaign.

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