Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka are currently preparing for the 2017 season at a training camp in Western Cape in South Africa and today they unveiled their new jersey for the upcoming season.
The African team enjoyed a sucessful season this year which saw them win 32 races, wear bothe yellow and green jerseys at the Tour de France and win the mountains classification at the Vuelta a Espana.
The training camp is the first time that the 2017 team meets and over the last few days the riders have been out on several training rides and spent some time with its main sponsors including Dimension Data, Deloitte and Cervélo.
Earlier today the team presented itself to the public at the scenic Cape Town Waterfront. In an engaging event all 28 riders were introduced to fans and media. Lead by Mark Cavendish, Omar Fraile, and Daniel Teklehaimanot the team also revealed its fresh new look.
In recent years the 5-finger-salute has become synonymous with the African team. The hand will once again feature on the back of the jersey. However, the jersey also reveals 28 smaller hands.
Subtly printed on the green livery, according to the team “they symbolize the children who receive help through the way how our 28 riders are racing, through the amount of awareness they are able to raise for Qhubeka and through their way of competing at the highest level of the sport.”
During this weeks training camp each of the riders will personally give a child a Qhubeka bike at a distribution ceremony, thus offering a direct link.
Furthermore, the team will also be echoing Qhubeka’s new call to action #DoYourPart, an innovative way to contribute to the charity. Supporters can now fund single parts or a complete bike to help mobilising people in Africa. To find out more, go to doyourpart.qhubeka.org.
Mark Cavendish – “We had some incredible success this year. The amount of exposure that we got for Qhubeka was beyond of what we could have imagined, stepping up to the World Tour. That’s what we want to build on to do more. We want to do more together as a team, with our partners and fans and raise more than the 5.000 bikes that we raised this year.”
Douglas Ryder, Team Principal – “2016 was a year that fulfilled many dreams and out performed our expectations as a team, with our partners and the Qhubeka charity. Our goal for 2017 is to be even better together, better in the way we integrate as team mates, better with our partners and better connected to our fans. With this team of incredible individuals we look forward to building on our successes of this year.”
The following 28 riders will sport the coloUrs of the African team:
Igor Anton (Spain)
Natnael Berhane (Eritrea)
Edvald Boasson Hagen (Norway)
Mark Cavendish (Great Britain)
Stephen Cummings (Great Britain)
Mekseb Debesay (Eritrea)
Nicolas Dougall (South Africa)
Bernhard Eisel (Austria)
Tyler Farrar (USA)
Omar Fraile (Spain)
Ryan Gibbons (South Africa)
Nathan Haas (Australia)
Reinardt Janse van Rensburg (South Africa)
Jacques Janse van Rensburg (South Africa)
Ben King (USA)
Merhawi Kudus (Eritrea)
Lachlan Morton (Australia)
Adrien Niyonsuti (Rwanda)
Ben O’Connor (Australia)
Serge Pauwels (Belgium)
Youcef Reguigui (Algeria)
Mark Renshaw (Australia)
Kristian Sbaragli (Italy)
Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eritrea)
Jay Robert Thomson (South Africa)
Scott Thwaites (Great Britain)
Johann van Zyl (South Africa)
Jaco Venter (South Africa)