Tour de France: In conversation with SA's Team Dimension Data

The 105th Tour de France came to an end in Paris on Sunday with 32-year-old British rider Geraint Thomas clinching the overall victory.

South Africa's Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka took part in the race with 8-rider team to compete at the event.

CapeTalk's Pippa Hudson spoke to Doug Ryder, Principal for Team Dimension Data to find out how the team performed.

He says team ended the race with an overall ranking of 21st of 22 teams in that category.

Read: 'We're going in hot' - Team Dimension Data saddles up for Tour de France

We were not going for the overall ranking in the team we were focused on trying to win the stages again and our big goal was to try and get Mark Cavendish to win more stages but that did not materialise.

Doug Ryder, Principal for Team Dimension Data

The first nine days were really hard... This year sadly we were not able to win a stage but we understand where we need to go and what we need to work on for the future.

Doug Ryder, Principal for Team Dimension Data

Last night was beautiful. Every year we have a little function post Tour de France and Jay Thomson spoke from the heart and started to cry saying that it was a dream come to be part of the team. That's when you realise the impact of a race like this and what it means to individuals.

Doug Ryder, Principal for Team Dimension Data

I guess it is every riders dream to want to race in Tour de France to want to be up there in the highest level in the world's cycling. When listening to Jay Thomson last night it hit home as to the importance and significance of an event like this.

Doug Ryder, Principal for Team Dimension Data

To hear the rest of the conversation with Doug Ryder, listen below:


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