Mark Cavendish has been included on the Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka line-up for the Tour de Slovenia and he will use the race as part of his build up to the Tour de France.
The Tour of Slovenia (UCI 2.1) gets underway on Wednesday 13 June and will see a strong field descend upon Lendava for the first of five stages. The Slovenian national tour has grown in stature primarily due to its timing before the Tour de France and it’s good organisation.
Other big-name sprinters lining up at the race include Marcel Kittel (Team Katusha – Alpecin), Sacha Modolo (Team EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale), Dylan Groenewegen (Team LottoNL-Jumbo) and Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-Scott).
Mark Renshaw will line-up alongside Cavendish on the Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka line-up, with the remainder of the roster being completed by Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier, Natnael Berhane, Jaco Venter and Johann van Zyl.
Not only will there be a stronger field at this year’s edition of the race, but the race has also been lengthened from four stages to five, with the addition of an individual time trial. The opening two stages present opportunities for the sprinters, followed by two stages more suited to the punchers. The final stage, a 21-kilometre time-trial will no doubt decide the overall classification.
“It’s great to be in Slovenia again, it’s a beautiful part of the world to race bikes,” said Roger Hammond, Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka Sport Director.
“The Tour of Slovenia is obviously a key race for us as it is part of Mark’s build up to the Tour. So essentially, that is what we will be doing in Slovenia, building towards the Tour by going through our race processes and finding that rhythm.”
Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka line-up for the Tour de Slovenia:
Johann van Zyl