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by Shane Stokes
August 25, 2017
Photography by Cor Vos
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Marczynski wins stage 6 of the Vuelta a España; Viviani wins stage three of the Tour du Poitou-Charentes, Pedersen dominates TT and takes lead; Jack Bobridge charged over selling street drugs; Contador impresses Froome with attacks, feels back to form : ‘I’m enjoying myself more’; Van Garderen remains positive despite time lost on Vuelta’s stage 6; Betancur out of Vuelta a España; Greipel affected by worries about his parents; Cummings, Thomson, Venter, Van Zyl and Janse van Rensburg all renew with Team Dimension Data; Dillier to Ag2r La Mondiale, Lindeman extends with LottoNL-Jumbo; Tour of Alberta line-up headed by strong Cannondale-Drapac squad; Melbourne Grand Prix of Cyclocross opens international cyclocross season; Video: Girona Cycling Guide Josep From Bikebreaks Shows Us His Castle And Bike Collection; Video: Junior Tour of Ireland Cycling 2017
Double British national champion Steve Cummings has extended his contract with Dimension Data, committing to a multi-year extension with the squad. The 36-year-old Briton had a difficult spring due to injury but bounced back to take the national road race and time trial title in June.
“I’ve spent three of my best years with this team,” he said. “I love the whole project and the way it has progressed and continues to progress. I’m super-happy, grateful, honoured and proud to be part of this amazing team and project. There is a real pathway for all aspiring African riders from Qhubeka to U23 to World Tour level. I want to continue to help the team grow and I look forward to hunting my own opportunities.”
Also staying on board are Jay Thomson, Jaco Venter, Johann van Zyl and Jacques Janse van Rensburg. Their contract extensions mean that they will compete alongside their fellow South African Louis Meintjes when he returns to the team in 2018.
“It is really exciting to be able to renew the contracts of these riders who, in different ways, have added so much to this team’s culture and purpose, both on the bike in the races and off the bike with staff, partners and fans,” said Team Principal Douglas Ryder. “This team has grown over the years, thanks to the fantastic people in it who continue to challenge and push themselves, who get up every day willing and wanting to improve and do more. Thank you, Jay, Jaco, Johann, Jacques and Steve. Onwards and upwards we go.”