Cape Town - With two champions in their
line-up, the Dimension Data for Qhubeka Continental Team are eager to show
their credentials when they tackle the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope road race in
the Western Cape next month.
Current title-holder Kent Main
and 2016 winner Stefan de Bod are two of their standout riders, but manager
Kevin Campbell said there would be a heavy emphasis on teamwork during the
Rated as South Africa’s premier stage road race, the 491km Tour of Good
Hope, presented by Scicon and the City of Drakenstein, will take place in and
around Paarl from March 5-9.
Main, then riding for
RoadCover, took the title in a sensational finale at the Taal Monument last
year when he edged Myles van Musschenbroek by one second for the top podium
Now he returns as part of a
strong-looking Dimension Data outfit which also includes South African Louis
Visser and three overseas riders - Luca Mozzato and Matteo Sobrero from Italy
and New Zealand’s Ollie Jones.
Based most of the year in
Italy, Campbell said they were excited to be competing in one of the country’s leading cycling events.
do not race in many events in SA and we are delighted at this opportunity,” he said. “We want to show we
are a strong team with a depth of talent.”
He added that the most
important element for them would be to work together.
individual riders will not be able to win this event without a strong team
working well behind them,” said Campbell.
is an unpredictable race because the weather can change daily.
heat is always a factor and there are strong riders from foreign teams who can
add an element of surprise to this event.”
He felt stages three (137km; 2 687m ascent) and four (134km; 2 900m) would be “especially
tough and the GC will probably be decided on these two days”.
Operating as a Continental
team, Campbell said they had 12 team members overall.
are based in Lucca, Italy, for eight months of the year and our racing
programme consists mostly of UCI Elite and Under-23 events, the majority of which
are in Europe.”
He said the overseas riders
brought a different international racing experience with them.
have already shown that they are talented performers and I’m sure they will add a fresh element to the team.”
Emphasising their eagerness to
do well, Campbell said they wanted to start their season on a winning note and
to carry that momentum through their programme.
is an early season event for us, but Louis Visser competed in an Under-23 Nations
Cup event in Cameroon recently and all three of our SA riders took part in the
national road champs.
the road-race result in Oudtshoorn did not go as planned, the three SA riders
are in good form.
three foreigners are all competing in their first events for 2018 but I know
they are hungry for early-season success.”