The 2016 Tour of Britain reached its conclusion with the final stage taking place in London this afternoon. While Caleb Ewan (Orica-BikeExchange) won the final stage from a bunch kick, it was Steve Cummings who won the overall title for Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka.
At just 100km, the 8th and final stage of the Tour of Britain was short and fast but one where our Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka riders would not be taking any chances in defending Steve Cummings yellow jersey. From the gun our African Team stamped its authority on the race by taking up the leading positions in the peloton.
There were a good few attacks early on but eventually it was 4 riders who got a gap on the peloton. Jay Thomson and Johann van Zyl did the early controlling and kept the break in check, as they have for most of the week already, while the peloton raced around the London city circuit. Cummings was always protected up at the head of the race with Mark Cavendish making sure our yellow jersey was never in difficulty. Bernie Eisel and Mark Renshaw used their experience and strength to help pull back the break just before we reached the final 10km of the stage.
It was a great sight to have all 6 of our African Team riders lined up at the head of the peloton in front of the incredible Tour of Britain crowd. The team had worked tirelessly all week to set up the overall victory for Cummings after his classy ride to Kendal on stage 2. "Stevo" solidified his position at the top of the general classification with an excellent time trial yesterday and today the title was confirmed and successfully defended by our African Team when Cummings crossed the line in 17th on the stage.
The 2016 Tour of Britain is our African Team's 29th victory of the season and Cummings 5th win this year, another incredible moment in what has been an excellent year for Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka.
Steve Cummings - Rider
There was a lot of pressure on me with the team having worked so hard and doing such a good job all week. Also, with Mark Cavendish sacrificing his chances at the Tour of Britain for me, anything other than a win would have been a failure. So there was a lot of pressure but I am glad we managed to pull it off. It is another good win this season for us all, for the team, all our team sponsors and partners, Qhubeka and one I really enjoyed too.