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Veteran Cavendish signs up for Africa’s leading cycle team
- Updated: September 29, 2015
Leading international cyclists Mark Cavendish, his lead-out man, Mark Renshaw and Bernhard Eisel will be racing for Team Dimension Data.
The team formerly known as MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung made the announcement on Tuesday.
The side were the first African side to race the Tour de France a few months back.
Cavendish, 30, is a former world champion and has 26 Tour de France stage wins under his belt.
‘I’m super excited about becoming a part of the team for 2016,’ said Britain’s Cavendish. ‘It’s a team that I have watched closely as it has grown, especially over this season and been really impressed with the spirit, strength and dynamics of the group.
‘It’s fair to say that most of the peloton has seen how incredible the Team raced this year. To join it with the target of helping to win even more races with other strong, experienced household cycling names like Mark Renshaw, Edvald Boasson-Hagen, Tyler Farrar, Daniel Teklehaimanot, Steve Cummings and of course Bernie Eisel is going to be real special, as well as assisting the talent of the young, African riders to top level success.
‘Also, for me personally, one of the biggest incentives is riding for a greater cause in the Qhubeka charity. I’m really looking forward to having a successful year on the road alongside the other guys and helping directly to get more bikes in the hands of people who need them.’
Fellow Brit, Cummings won the team’s first stage at the Tour de France, winning on 18 July, birthday of SA icon Nelson Mandela.
Australia’s Renshaw, 32, is a former world track champion while he was fifth in the road race at last year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.
And Austrian Eisel, 34, was also part of Cavendish’s Team Sky set-up from 2011 to now.