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Anton renews with Team DiData

Igor Anton has renewed his contract with Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka, keeping the Basque climber at the African Team for the 2018 season.

Scott Davies will also form part of their 2018 roster as the young Brit joins from Team Wiggins.

Having started the Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a Espana the past two seasons in succession with the African Team, Anton will begin his third season with Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka in 2018. Before illness got hold of Anton at the 2017 Vuelta a Espana, the 34-year old was riding to a top-20 placing overall.

With 19 grand tours now under his belt, a rider of Anton's calibre gives the African team the depth to be competitive on general classification throughout the season, be that as the protected rider or in a support role to the likes of Louis Meintjes.

Davies, the 22-year-old Welshman, will make the step up to the World Tour as a neo-pro with Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka in 2018. After two seasons racing at the under-23 level with Team Wiggins, Davies time-trialling ability was confirmed with the under-23 national title and a top 10 at the Bergen World Championships in 2017. By also riding to fourth overall at the under-23 Giro d’Italia this year, it is evident that Davies is a real talent for the future.

"I am really happy and feel very fortunate to stay in the professional peloton for another year," said Anton. "I want to thank the team for this opportunity to stay in the sport I love so much. At the Vuelta this year I could see I was not so far off the top level and it convinced me I still have more to give.

"Whether I ride for a result or support the young guys like Louis Meintjes or Ben O'Connor, I am motivated to give my all for this very unique and special team. I think we have a very nice bond in the team and I am happy I will be able to remain in this environment."

Davies said: "I'm delighted to be joining Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka next season. It's a dream come true for me to be joining a World Tour team with such a great cause.

" I'm grateful to Team Wiggins for their support over the last couple of seasons, and for giving me so many opportunities to develop myself. I'm now ready to continue my development, and start a new and exciting chapter with Dimension Data for Qhubeka."


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