Cape Town - MTN-Qhubeka, the team soon to be known as Team Dimension Data, today
announced it has signed Mark Cavendish, Mark Renshaw and Bernhard Eisel.
According to a press release issued by the team, the addition of the
three new members strengthens and adds depth to the team - the first
African team to ride in the Tour de France
Cavendish has raced for teams including HTC Highroad, Sky, and
Etixx-QuickStep and has built a stunning record of achievements. Some of
his major achievements include becoming world champion in 2011, and
notching up 26 Tour de France and 15 Giro d’Italia stage wins on his
account. Not only has Cavendish gained credibility as a sporting icon,
he also shines off the bike.
About joining the team, Mark said, "I’m super excited. It is a team that
I have watched closely as it has grown, especially over this season and
been really impressed with the spirit, strength and dynamics of the
group. It’s fair to say that most of the peloton has seen how incredible
the team raced this year.
"To join it with the target of helping to win even more races with
other strong, experienced household cycling names like Mark Renshaw,
Edvald Boasson-Hagen, Tyler Farrar, Daniel Teklehaimanot, Steve Cummings
and of course Bernie Eisel is going to be real special, as well as
assisting the talent of the young, African riders to top-level success."
He added, "For me personally, one of the biggest incentives is riding
for a greater cause in the Qhubeka charity. I’m really looking forward
to having a successful year on the road alongside the other guys and
helping directly to get more bikes in the hands of people who need
Douglas Ryder, the team owner, expressed his joy at having Mark ride
for them, "Mark Cavendish joining our team is a huge step forward for
the team as we strive to get to the next level in world cycling. To also
integrate Mark Renshaw and Bernie Eisel is a game changer in terms of
performance and experience, which, added to the incredible talent we
already have in the team opens up many possibilities for us.
"We look forward to working closely with Mark and the other riders to
accelerate the growth of the team’s contributions on and off the bike
in 2016 and beyond."
The team will apparently announce further arrivals and its 2016 roster in the next few days.