Copyright: Scott Mitchell

Rolf Aldag, Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka’s head of performance, has expressed his delight as overall preparations ahead of the new season concluded on Thursday following a week-long training camp in Calpe, Spain.

Mark Cavendish, Bernhard Eisel, Julien Vermote, Scott Thwaites, Jay Thomson, Johann van Zyl, Nic Dougall, Serge Pauwels, Louis Meintjes and Igor Anton, along with a full compliment of staff, spent time on an intense block of training in the region as well as at the Valencia velodrome, where a number of riders underwent ‘aero-testing’.

Edvald Boasson Hagen missed the camp as he underwent a medical procedure in Norway but he is expected to quickly return to full fitness.

“We had beautiful weather, really good conditions and we’ve been hosted really well by the region and the hotel, so I think it was successful,” said Aldag.

“It’s the first long rides for the guys so obviously it’s a little bit uncomfortable if you ride for five hours on the first day, five on the second and six on the third but that’s pretty normal and our medical team and the carers handled that pretty well. Everyone goes home in better shape than they came with, and that was the goal.

“It’s been so nice to watch the team Down Under and see how they go in the first races, everybody’s always a little bit nervous watching the new season get underway but we’re all very confident as we head into it and we hope for our first victory early,” added Aldag.

While a number of the team’s partners also spent time with the squad on the Costa Blanca in anticipation of the new season.

Team Dimension Data For Qhubeka

Founded in 2007, Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka became the first ever African cycling team to gain a WorldTour license, in 2016. In the team’s palmares you can find a Milan-Sanremo victory, numerous stage wins at the Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana, two Tour of Britain GC victories, and 36 National Championships. The team has bases in South Africa, the Netherlands and Italy. It’s also known as Africa’s Team due to its focus on helping African talents to the world stage of cycling. The team races to raise funds for the Qhubeka Charity to change lives with bicycles in Africa. #DoYourPart and gift a bicycle or part of a bicycle, by clicking here.

Qhubeka is an Nguni word that means “to progress”“to move forward”. Qhubeka (qhubeka.org) partners with communities, public sector, private sector, and non-profit organisations to provide people with bicycles in return for working to improve their community, environment or school attendance.

Dimension Data (dimensiondata.com) uses the power of technology to help organisations achieve great things in the digital era. As a member of the NTT Group, we accelerate our clients’ ambitions through digital infrastructure, hybrid cloud, workspaces for tomorrow, and cybersecurity. With a turnover of USD 7.5 billion, offices in 58 countries, and 31,000 employees, we deliver wherever our clients are, at every stage of their technology journey. We’re proud to be the Official Technology Partner of Amaury Sport Organisation, organiser of the Tour de France, and the title partner of the cycling team, Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka.

Learn more about the team at www.africasteam.com.