Mark Cavendish, Mark Renshaw and Bernie Eisel will join Team Dimension Data in 2016, the team confirms

MTN-Qhubeka, soon to be known as Team Dimension Data, have announced the signing of 2011 world champion Mark Cavendish for the 2016 season.

Cavendish will be joined by long time leadout man Mark Renshaw and former HTC teammate Bernie Eisel, who leaves Team Sky at the end of the season.

The Manxman, who has hopes of racing on the track at the Rio 2016 Olympics, says he is looking forward to helping the young talent on the team develop.

“It is a team that I have watched closely as it has grown, especially over this season and been really impressed with the spirit, strength and dynamics of the group,” he said. “It’s fair to say that most of the peloton has seen how incredible the team raced this year.

“To join it with the target of helping to win even more races with other strong, experienced household cycling names like Mark Renshaw, Edvald Boasson-Hagen, Tyler Farrar, Daniel Teklehaimanot, Steve Cummings and of course Bernie Eisel is going to be real special, as well as assisting the talent of the young, African riders to top level success.”

With 26 Tour de France stage wins to his name, Cavendish brings unrivaled Grand Tour experience to the Pro Continental team, who made their Tour debut this year.

Cavendish’s move to the African team has been rumoured for months, but with telecommunications company MTN withdrawing its sponsorship at the end of the season the team had to wait until finding new funding before announcing any new signings.

Dimension Data will take over title sponsorship of the team in 2016, while financial services company Deloitte becomes another key backer.

Team principal Doug Ryder said: “Mark Cavendish joining our team is a huge step forward for the team as we strive to get to the next level in world cycling.

“To also integrate Mark Renshaw and Bernie Eisel is a game changer in terms of performance and experience, which, added to the incredible talent we already have in the team opens up many possibilities for us.”

  • blemcooper

    Hm…does Cav still have a personal sponsorship with Specialized? Will they be supplying bikes to the new TDD, or will he be switching to a Cervelo?

  • J1

    Oh, they won’t need him anyway I don’t think.

  • johnny34

    🙂

  • Aurelio

    Etixx leadout train had too many stars with ambitions of their own.

  • Aurelio

    Goss will not be with them next year. His contract will not be renewed for the next season.

  • J1

    Cav, Renshaw, Eisel, Eddy Boss, Sbaragli, Farrar, Theo Bos, Ciolek, Sbaragli, Goss, R. Janse van Rensburg.

    Strong team. I can see some issues arising with the sprinters though.

    Rubbish name now though: Team Dimension Data p/b Deloitte

  • J1

    Etixx had a quality leadout train, not as good as when they were OPQS though.

    He’s trying to get picked for the Omnium in Rio, but he won’t, because Ed Clancy is a beast.

  • Aurelio

    Good for him. I think that Lefevere was not pleased with him and Cav needs total support for him to be the best that he can be. EQS had too many stars and because of that the team never got the leadout train perfected. Just wondering if he is planning to race here in Brazil in the Olympics.

  • ian franklin

    If Cav reads this: Best wishes to you mate!

  • NitroFan

    Good news for Team Dimension Data and Cav!