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by Shane Stokes
November 2, 2015
Photography by Cor Vos
Continuing a relationship with Mark Cavendish that began at HTC Highroad, was briefly interrupted by the Briton’s year with Team Sky and resumed with Etixx – Quick-Step, Rolf Aldag has been confirmed as moving to MTN-Qhubeka/Team Dimension Data.
The German will begin working with the team immediately, taking up a role as its performance manager.
“I am happy to join Team Dimension Data, as the outfit will be known from 2016,” he said. “As a South African resident I have a good understanding of Qhubeka’s importance. I know how much impact the charity has on the lives of children and the future of the country.
“I am looking forward to play an active role for Qhubeka and hope to add some value to the team’s sporting success.”
In addition to working with Cavendish, Aldag has also guided riders such as Mark Renshaw, Bernhard Eisel and Edvald Boasson Hagen, who will all be part of the team next season.
Team Dimension Data described him as ‘key to our African teams success’ heading into 2016.
Its Principal Douglas Ryder described Aldag as one of the most experienced individuals in cycling.
“Rolf has helped teams in the past excel on a performance level and a technical level,” he said. “We look forward to the contribution he can make in our team as we embark on the next phase of our journey.”
The squad applied for a Pro Continental licence but has said that it is ready to step up to WorldTour if the UCI invites it to fill the vacant 18th slot for 2016.