Mark Cavendish will spearhead the line-up of Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka at the Amgen Tour of California which starts this Sunday, May 15.
The race will kick off with a 175km long stage around San Diego. From there on, the race will head north leaving only the opening stage as a chance for victory to the fast guys, before the race will conclude on May 22 in Sacramento.
The first real test for the overall will be stage 3 with an uphill finish at Santa Barbara County, which covers the Gibraltar road climb for the first time. The stage 6 time trial in Folsom will be another challenge for anyone who has GC ambitions, as will the stage to Lake Tahoe the day before.
Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka will be prepared for all race situations and has travelled with a well-rounded team to California.
With Bernhard Eisel, Mark Renshaw, Matt Brammeier and Tyler Farrar, Cavendish will have a strong support around him. Nathan Haas, Daniel Teklehaimanot and Jaques Janse van Rensburg will be aiming to make an impact on the hilly stages.
“The Amgen Tour of California is an exciting race” Directeur Sportif Roger Hammond said. “We’ll look for our chances in the sprints with Mark Cavendish, but do also have all-rounders in the team that can be a surprise in the hilly stages.”
“Nathan Haas was recently crowned the King of the Mountain at the Tour of Yorkshire. Together with Daniel Teklehaimanot and Jacques Janse van Rensburg he will be one of our key riders for the latter part of the race. We are here to show ourselves!”
“After my crash at Paris-Nice earlier this year I recovered well and felt my shape getting better during the Ardennes classics,” said Jacques Janse van Rensburg.
“I had some good and structured training in Italy and South Africa, so it’d be nice to get a good result in the GC here at the Tour of California. The profile of the race looks promising and should suit me. I hope it’s going to be a good week.”