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Preview & Lineup: Giro della Toscana
Starting on Tuesday, Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka will take on Giro della Toscana with eight strong and very motivated riders. With its European base in Lucca, Italy, the team will be on familiar roads during the two-days event.

The opening stage of Giro della Toscana looks to be one for the fast riders but a breakaway could also prove successful on the slightly undulating route. However, even if the sprinters end up fighting for the stage win on day one, they won’t have many chances in the general classification with a mountain top finish awaiting on stage two. The last 8.8 km of this final stage are uphill, giving the climbers the opportunity to go for both stage and overall glory.

Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka is bringing a well-balanced team able and eager to fight for victory on both days of racing. Mark Cavendish and South African neo-pro Ryan Gibbons will be the key riders on stage 1, while riders like Igor Antón, Steve Cummings and Jacques Janse van Rensburg have a chance to shine on the uphill finish.

Oli Cookson - sports director:
“It will be good to race near our European training base in Lucca. We bring a very experienced team to this race. Looking at our lineup, there is a lot of different strength. We will definitely be watched by the other teams”.

Ryan Gibbons:
“I’m really looking forward to Giro della Toscana. Many riders in the team live close to this area so it’s almost like a home town race. Personally, I’m feeling much better after my crash last week, though I’m not quite sure how I will fare here. Hopefully, I haven't lost too much shape and can play my part”.

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 ( 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 ( 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.

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