MAY MAGIC FOR DIDATA
Victories Abound in Italy, Norway and California
GLORY AT THE GIRO
There were plenty of reasons for Team Dimension Data to celebrate its historic performance at the 100th Giro d’Italia:
1: Omar Fraile’s Stage 11 finishing position. The courageous victory marked the first at the Giro for an Africa-based team...and the first for the new Cervélo R5!
12: Top 10 finishes, with Ryan Gibbons claiming six of those.
3: Number of stages on which Daniel Teklehaimanot and Fraile wore the king of the mountains jersey. The latter also finished third overall in that classification.
55: Intermediate sprint score for Teklehaimanot, who claimed the overall title in that classification as the top breakaway rider of this year's race.
100: Qhubeka bikes funded through the team’s #Giro100bikes campaign.
“It was an incredibly beautiful edition of the Giro, both on the road and behind the scenes,” said Oliver Cookson, DiData’s Sport Director. “We achieved everything we set out to do and more.”
The Giro was also a coming-out party for the new R Series, which shed its camo wrap before the opening stage and was ridden extensively. The world took notice on Stage 11: After saving his legs during the Stage 10 time-trial, Fraile unleashed his full force on the R5 the next day to earn his first World Tour triumph. The team’s top GC finisher, Jacques Janse van Rensburg, had this to say about his new R5: “It is definitely an amazing bike. Stiff in the front, it’s a more comfortable ride that still pushes hard into the corners and is lighter on the uphills.”
DiData was also all over the podium outside of Italy:
Tour of California: Lachlan Morton reclaimed the Best Young Rider Jersey on the seventh and final stage, and moved up two spots on the GC to finish 7th overall on his Cervélo S5 and P5. Such a bright future for this new addition to the team!
Tour of Norway: No wonder they call him The Boss! Edvald Boasson Hagen won the GC and points classification on his S5 and P5 with two stage wins and four podium finishes.
Tour de Fjords: The Boss was at it again on home turf, and on his custom S5, with three stage victories and the GC as well. “It wouldn’t have been possible without the team,” Boasson Hagen said after winning the fifth and final stage. “The race has been difficult to control but the guys were riding so well all week.”