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Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka is cementing its place as one of the top squads in world cycling.

If the UCI World Tour gave out an award for tenacity it would have to go to Team Dimension Data in 2017.

Improving on its unforgettable 2016 season was a challenge, but with riders such Mark Cavendish and Edvald Boasson Hagen in its line-up, and with the Cervélo S5, R5 and P5 in its arsenal, the team was raring to go.

It didn’t take long to turn heads. After several strong early-season results, DiData captured the world’s attention when Omar Fraile stormed to victory on Stage 11 of the Giro d’Italia aboard the completely re-engineered R5.

With team riders going on to claim 17 national championship titles, DiData’s expectations were justifiably lofty heading into the Tour de France.

But just as it can be glorious, pro sport can also be cruel. DiData’s eight-man squad was focused on leading out Cavendish on his custom Cervélo S5. But this strategy was dashed when a devastating Stage 4 crash forced the Manx Missile to withdraw.

That’s when DiData’s tenacity shone through: After several courageous performances, including two second-place photo finishes for Boasson Hagen, the Boss finally secured a win by outsmarting and overpowering his rivals on Stage 19. Another third-place showing on the final stage lifted DiData’s overall total to six podiums and 10 Top-10 finishes...and all without its star sprinter. This theme would continue at the Vuelta a Espana: Despite being ravaged by illness, DiData again showed its fighting spirit with three podium finishes and eight top 10s.

The team has also been unwavering in its support of the Qhubeka charity, with its 2017 goal of putting 5,000 African children on bicycles remaining a core objective. “For me personally, one of the biggest incentives is riding for a greater cause in the Qhubeka charity,” Cavendish says of the #BicyclesChangeLives campaign.

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