Cape Town - Team Dimension Data for
Qhubeka will return to the Tour de France after a successful premiere 12 months
ago, setting another massive milestone for African cycling.
Once again the team
will take to the start of the La Grand Boucle with clear objectives.
Cummings' stage win on Mandela Day, Daniel Teklehaimanot’s days in the Polka Dot jersey and a fifth place in the overall team classification were the key
results last year and are the signposts for the African team’s goals for the
2016 edition of the race.
With less than two weeks left
to the Grand Depart, Team Dimension Data
announced the 13 rider list from which the final nine riders will be decided.
Team Dimension Data rider list:
Edvald Boasson Hagen
Jacques Janse van Rensburg
Reinardt Janse van Rensburg
As an African team racing to
raise awareness for the Qhubeka charity, Team Dimension Data head to the Tour de France with the
goal of putting 5 000 African children on bicycles through their #BicyclesChangeLives campaign.
The team has given the cycling
community a chance to support them in their efforts through the Qhubeka 5000 initiative.
Having won both the Points as
well as the King of the Mountains classifications at the recent Criterium du Dauphiné, Team
Dimension Data has underlined its ambitions for the coming weeks
and will send a well rounded team to the Tour de France. Six of the 13 riders on the squad come from Africa.
Teklehaimanot is certainly the most famous one among
them. He’ll be accompanied by fellow countryman Natnael Berhane, reigning South
African road race champion Jaco Venter, Reinhardt Janse van Rensburg and
Jacques Janse van Rensburg, who both have been part of the team that competed
in the 2015 Tour de France, as well as Algerian Youcef Reguigui.
Those six African riders will be
complemented by Edvard Boasson Hagen, Mark Cavendish,
Steve Cummings, Bernhard Eisel, Tyler Farrar, Serge Pauwels and Mark Renshaw
who will help to champion our #BicyclesChangeLives
campaign cause and the Qhubeka 5000 initiative at the Tour de France.
Most of our team riders will
head to their respective national championships later this week, and it is only
after these events that the decision will be made as to who the final nine Tour de
France riders will be.
Douglas Ryder – Team Owner
We have an incredible squad of
riders with lofty goals and big dreams like a year ago. We have new partners
and a new look but the same purpose. It is a privilege to be a part of the Tour
de France and to be able to leverage the global power of the event to make an
impact that matters across the African continent by mobilising people on
bicycles through the Qhubeka #BicyclesChangeLives campaign. This year there is
an opportunity for you to join us to achieve the Qhubeka5000.
Rolf Aldag – Head of
The team achieved remarkable
success so far and we are confident that the group of 13 selected riders will
represent our team values and team spirit throughout the 21 days of racing. The
Tour de France gives us the opportunity to showcase our team, to raise
awareness for Qhubeka and to fight on every single day for the best possible
result. We are highly motivated and believe that the race holds chances for all
of our riders to make a difference, right from day one.