Dimension Data haven’t confirmed their final Tour de France squad, but it looks more than likely that Mark Cavendish will be front and centre of their plans. The Manx Missile will look to build on the 26 stage wins he’s already acquired in his Tour de France career, while the team continues to hold to its African heritage.
Dimension Data got their breakthrough in the Tour de France last year, riding as MTN-Qhubeka. They immediately made an impression as Steven Cummings won stage 14 and Daniel Teklehaimanot claimed the polka dot jersey in stage 6, wearing it proudly until it was finally wrestled from him by Chris Froome in stage 10.
This year Teklehaimanot and Cummings, the stars of yesteryear, look to be back and in good form with the former winning the king of the mountains classification in the Criterium du Dauphiné and the latter enjoying three impressive wins so far in the Dauphiné, the Tour of the Basque Country and Tirreno-Adriatico.
All eyes will be on Cav though as he looks to finally add that one piece of clothing that has eluded him until now; the maillot jaune. The first day’s racing will be the battleground and on paper it’s perfect for him. But don’t expect a walk in the park by any stretch of the imagination with all of France’s sprint power, and the rest of the world’s, also vying for the yellow jersey too!
But also note the strength in the potential lead out train that Cav could enjoy. Mark Renshaw is on the long list, as is the in form Edvald Boasson Hagen, America’s Tyler Farrar and the ever reliable Bernhard Eisel. They should really challenge the strong sprint teams like Etixx-Quick Step, Lotto Soudal and Cofidis.
The full long list for Dimension Data at the Tour de France is below:
Edvald Boasson Hagen
Jacques Janse van Rensburg
Reinardt Janse van Rensburg