Dimension Data all behind Mark Cavendish at Tour de France

Mark Cavendish takes his first win of 2018

Mark Cavendish will lead Dimension Data at the Tour de France this July as he looks to add to his tally of 30 stage wins. The team are giving Cavendish its full backing, with Tom-Jelte Slagter the only climber of note in the eight-man line-up announced in South Africa. Edvald Boasson Hagen will likely take over team leadership for uphill finishes after winning a stage and taking five top three placings in 2017. “We’re very focused on that. If you look at the Tour de France there are eight flat sprint stages, which is significant,” team manager Doug Ryder said at an event in South Africa. “We’re going to focus heavily on those and then be a bit opportunistic in the Alps and the Pyrenees. The first nine days of the 2018 Tour de France are critical for us and we’re going to go in strong and hard, and hopefully ...

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Ulissi turns attention to Tour de Suisse GC after stage win

Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates) wins stage 5 at the Tour de Suisse

Diego Ulissi ( UAE Team Emirates ) claimed his first win of 2018 with victory on stage 5 of the Tour de Suisse . The Italian, who has lived in Switzerland for a number of years, capped off an exciting day’s racing by leading from the front and winning the first summit finish of this year’s race. Ulissi edged out Enric Mas (Quick-Step Floors) and Tom-Jelte Slagter (Dimension Data) but admitted that a top-10 position on GC was also an ambition for him and his team. UAE were hoping that three-time Tour de Suisse winner Rui Costa would lead them at the race, but he was struck with a knee injury before the start. “Before the race, the team asked me to go for a good place on GC, so I’ll be focused until Sunday. I’ll try to defend myself in the mountains and then do a good time trial. ...

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Richie Porte continues march towards Tour de France with yellow in Suisse

Richie Porte in yellow after stage 5 at Tour de Suisse

Richie Porte ( BMC Racing ) was given an armchair ride to the finish of stage 5 of the Tour de Suisse and moved into the race lead as a result. The Australian was shepherded by a superb BMC Racing Team during the first mountain stage of the race, and on the final climb Greg Van Avermaet, Stefan Küng and then Tejay van Garderen pulled on the front to ensure that the GC contenders finished on the same time. Diego Ullisi (UAE Team Emirates) won the stage, while the rest of the bonus seconds were taken by Enric Mas (Quick-Step Floors) and Tom-Jelte Slagter (Dimension Data). Porte finished eighth and now leads Sam Oomen and Wilco Kelderman (both Sunweb) by 20 seconds. Every stage bar one in the remaining few days will have a bearing on the GC, but Porte cut a content figure as he made his way from ...

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SSSRSSP World Tour Edition: Eschborn-Frankfurt

Yeah, I know that it’s a World Tour race. But just slapping the WT label on a race doesn’t change its actual SSR character. You’ve got only ten WT teams showing up, and some of them look to be only showing up to pick up a case of Apfelwein or do some banking (Bah Meh and Trek). At least the other German nominally-world-tour-but-probably-SSR-race has a funny sponsor-portmanteau moniker- Euroeyes Cyclassics - and a list of impressive sprinter victories. This race is all German efficiency- it starts in Eschborn and finishes in Frankfurt with a clockwork Alexander Kristoff victory. It didn’t always have such an efficient moniker. The race was originally named the Rund um den Henninger Turm for the Henninger Tower, which was tallest building in Frankfurt at the time- a 33-story tall grain silo, where the Henninger Brewery stored its barley. The tower was demolished in 2013, to make ...

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Morton: I've got unfinished business with the Tour of California

Best young rider Lachlan Morton (Dimension Data) was seventh

Lachlan Morton ( Dimension Data ) says he's got some unfinished business with the Tour of California . The Australian has centred the first part of his 2018 season around the week-long race as he looks to improve on his seventh-place finish from last year. It will be his fifth appearance at the American stage race, with his result last year far and away his best performance. The previous year saw him crash heavily and abandon after a strong showing on the third stage to Lake Tahoe, which was won by Julian Alaphilippe. "My big goal for the first part of the year is the Tour of California," Morton told Cyclingnews at the Tour of the Alps. "I had pretty good results there last year but I think that I could have been better so the start of the year has been about getting myself ready for that. I’ve had ...

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Thwaites undergoes back surgery after fracturing vertebrae

Scott Thwaites on a descent during stage 6 at Tirreno-Adriatico

Dimension Data rider Scott Thwaites has suffered ‘several fractures to his vertebral column’ following a training crash. In a statement released on the Dimension Data website, the team said that Thwaites had undergone successful surgery to stabilise the fractures on Tuesday night. He is in a stable condition and remains in hospital but is expected to be released in the coming days. The team gave no information as to the circumstances of the crash. Thwaites had recently competed at Milan-San Remo and was expected to be an important part of the team’s Classics line-up. Thwaites’ injury is another blow for Dimension Data, who have several riders out of action due to injury. Team leader Mark Cavendish broke a rib in a horrific crash during last weekend’s Milan-San Remo. The Manxman had already broken a rib when he crashed at speed during the opening team time trial at Tirreno-Adriatico. He also ...

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Mark Cavendish to race Milan-San Remo despite broken rib

Mark Cavendish to race Milan-San Remo despite broken rib

Joe Robinson 15 Mar 2018 Renshaw also returns for the African WorldTour team ahead of season's first Monument Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) will ride Milan-San Remo on Saturday despite fracturing a rib at last week's Tirreno-Adriatico. The Manxman will also be joined by the return of leadout man Mark Renshaw as they form part of a strong Dimension Data team for the Monument. Announced today on the Dimension Data website, Cavendish has been cleared by the team's medical staff and will make a return to racing at the Italian one-day Classic, stating that he could not miss a race so 'close to his heart.' 'After crashing in Tirreno I’m obviously not in any sort of condition to win Milan-San Remo but having been able to train enough through the pain over the last few days I feel like I can go in support of my teammates,' Cavendish said. 'Milan-San Remo ...

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