Dimension Data announced their team for Tour de Suisse yesterday.
According to the South African ProTour team, they have selected a strong team that are ready to challenge for stage wins and a high placing in the overall standings at the 81st edition of the Swiss event, which starts in Cham today.
“We have a varied team here,” said sport director Oli Cookson.
“We will look at each stage individually and decide where it is best to use our assets. A lot always depends on the other teams and how the general classification shapes up, but we will look to do well in the stages and on the GC.”
Merhawi Kudus (Eritrea) and Lachlan Morton (Australia) will be the protected riders in the mountains while Mekseb Debesay (Eritrea) and Ben King (America) will play supporting roles on the climbs and try their luck in the breaks.
Reinardt Janse van Rensburg (South Africa) will be the team’s dedicated sprinter with fellow sprinter Tyler Farrar (America) leading the team. Jaco Venter (South Africa) and Nic Dougall (South Africa) will look after the protected riders at the key moments on each stage.
Tour de Suisse is the final World Tour event before Tour de France and consists of nine stages with the final stage taking place on June 18.