Enve and Rotor fly high with Team Dimension Data at the 2016 Tour de France
Such has been Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka's success throughout this season that it's almost absurd to consider that this is the squad's first year in the WorldTour following a wildcard entry to the Tour de France in 2015.
In that edition of La Grande Boucle, Steve Cummings earned the team – then MTN Qhubeka – its first stage win on Mandela Day; a coup for the African team. Once again sponsored by Enve and Rotor in 2016, both brands upped their support for TDD this season.
Enve stepped up to provide cockpits, meaning the team's riders could rely on both the best lightweight, aerodynamic wheels on the market and some of the world's stiffest, most beautifully made bars and stems. Enve's SES 7.8 wheelset – launched after last year's race, was also available to the team on stages where aerodynamics took precedence.
Meanwhile, with the launch of Rotor's 2INpower meter and TDD's integral role in the product's testing and feedback process, the team was armed with richer data collection than ever before. This included true left and right leg balance – a real rarity in the peloton. Whether round or Q-Rings, Rotor also provided its beautifully CNC machined chainrings to the team's riders.
With last year's win to live up to, the pressure was on team riders to earn another stage victory, but to take five was something truly special. With all of Team Dimension Data working hard to power him to the line, sprinter spectaculaire, Mark Cavendish, secured an astounding four stage wins at this year's race – taking his total to 30 Tour stage wins, a tally second only to the legendary feats of Eddy Merckx.
Between the Manx Missile strikes was another supreme performance from Steve Cummings. The Brit ushered in his fourth WorldTour success of the season on Stage 7 with his typically wily escape from the front of the race, followed by an impressive time-trial effort to the finish line on the Col d'Aspin. It was a classy ride that's become something of a trademark move for Cummings and one that both Enve and Rotor can be proud to be a part of.
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