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Reinardt Janse van Rensburg © Stiehl Photography

DiData geared up for California race

Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka will once again be represented at the Tour of California, which is set to take place from May 14-20.

For the first time the American race will form part of the UCI World Tour.

Mark Cavendish was meant to headline the African Team at the Tour of California this year, but after the ace sprinter was diagnosed with the Epstein Barr Virus, the team had to adapt its strategy for America's premier road cycling race.

Reinardt Janse van Rensburg will now lead the African team on the flat to medium mountain stages while Lachlan Morton will take charge on the climbing days.

"I am happy to be in sunny California and really looking forward to the race. It is a World Tour event this year and the team is excited to be here. There are quite a few stages which are good for our team. This year we will also have an option in the GC with Lachlan here, so we can’t wait to get going already and show our colours at the head of the race daily," Van Rensburg said.

Stages 1, 3, 4 and 7 is where Janse van Rensburg will most likely look to shine.

Morton will certainly target the 5th stage, the queen stage, which finishes at the top of Mount Baldy, and the Australian could fair well during stage 2 too, another big climbing day.

Stage 6 will be the tough "altitude" 24km time trial around Big Bear Like which is expected to decide the overall GC.

The team's two leaders will be able to count on the experience and firepower of Bernhard Eisel, Scott Thwaites, Mark Renshaw, Tyler Farrar, Nic Dougall and Ben King during the Tour of California.


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