Cervélo riders rule the roads
From Tuscany to Madrid to London, Cervélo-sponsored pro teams topped three different podiums this past weekend.
Cummings wins at home
It all started in the U.K. capital, where Steve Cummings claimed the overall title at the 2016 Tour of Britain after impressively consistent rides and superb support from his Dimension Data for Qhubeka teammates.
The eighth and final stage was exemplary: Cummings was always protected at the head of the race by Mark Cavendish, with Bernie Eisel and Mark Renshaw helping to reel in the break just before the final 10km.
“There was a lot of pressure on me, with the team having worked so hard and doing such a good job all week.” Cummings said after his fifth victory of the season on a Cervélo S5. “I am glad we managed to pull it off. It is another good win...and one I really enjoyed too.”
Moolman-Pasio stays strong
Next up: Capannori, Italy, where Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio continued her impressive run of form by sprinting to victory in the final stage of the Giro della Toscana.
The South African also won the prologue on Friday — followed by her P5-riding Cervélo Bigla Pro Cycling teammates in the next
three positions — and held onto the race lead after placing third on Stage 2.The team executed its strategy flawlessly on Sunday’s final stage, with Lisa Klein leading a four-rider breakaway that allowed the rest of the team to recover and focus on the challenging Valgiano climb.
“Lisa came back to the bunch just before the final climb and the girls did an exceptional job to lead me out onto it,” said Moolman-Pasio, who recently renewed her contract with the team. “Then it was my turn to pay them back.”
Fraile makes history with KOM win
Dimension Data became the first Africa-based team to win a jersey classification at a Grand Tour when Omar Fraile took the overall King of the Mountains jersey at the Vuelta a Espana on an S5.
After initially claiming the jersey with a heroic fourth-place showing on Stage 10, Fraile reclaimed it on Stage 20 and then locked it down on Sunday’s final stage. “I am so happy I could win the jersey in the end and stand on the podium for my teammates and for Qhubeka for the first time,” Fraile said. “We worked hard for this jersey and I want to thank all the team and everyone who supported me.”