This year, Mark Cavendish, one of Etixx – Quick-Step’s biggest riders, and his lead-out man, Mark Renshaw, will participate in the Cycle Tour for the first time.
The Cycle Tour attracts 35 000 cyclists to Cape Town every year and, over the past 37 years, has emerged as one of the greatest cycling events on the planet, with everyone from eager amateurs to Hollywood celebrities to top pro riders taking part.
The headquarters for Cavendish and Renshaw’s stay will be the beautiful wine estate of Klein Constantia, owned by Zdenek Bakala, also the Etixx – Quick-Step team owner. Starting this year, Klein Constantia will also be a jersey sponsor for team Etixx – Quick-Step.
As they did in 2014, Klein Constantia and Etixx-Quick-Step will host a special cocktail function and auction, and a short bike ride to support Francois Pienaar’s MAD CHARITY ™ (Make a Difference). This will take place on Friday, the 6th of March.
Mark Cavendish and five-time Tour de France winner Eddy Merckx, the undisputed greatest pro cyclist of all-time, will be guests of honour at the event.
“I’ve never been to South Africa before,” says Cavendish. “I’ve heard great things about the Cycle Tour and I’m excited about the trip. I’ve heard from a few riders who have been there before that it’s a lovely place, and a beautiful event to race. To ride with 35 000 people, that’s not something I’ve ever done in a bike race before. But I’m looking forward to it. Klein Costantia is a new sponsor of the team this year, and I want to do them and Mr. Bakala proud by going and showing my support. Also, I am happy to be associated with the charity actions they will sponsor. I’m really looking forward to visiting South Africa for the first time and taking part in a well-organised event that comes with a history of goodwill and charity attached to it.”
About Etixx – Quick-Step
Etixx – Quick-Step Cycling Team is a World Tour cycling team established in 2003 and based in Wevelgem, Belgium, a city that’s symbolic to Flemish cycling. The Czech Businessman Mr. Zdenek Bakala, took over the team at the end of 2010. The team is managed by a Board of 7 members. Patrick Lefevere, one of the most victorious managers in the history of cycling, is in charge of Sports Management. The team focuses on its Belgian roots, but also having an international impact. Since its inception the team captured almost 500 victories, including 14 Monumentum Classics, 4 Road World Championships, 5 ITT World Championships, 2 TTT World Championships, 2 World Cups and an Olympic Title. In 2014 Etixx – Quick-Step was the winningest team for the third year in a row thanks to 68 overall wins (64 road), which was the third consecutive year the team surpassed 60 victories in a season. Current top riders for the team are legendary sprinter Mark Cavendish (25 stage victories at Tour de France, Tom Boonen (4 times Paris Roubaix winner), Michal Kwiatkowski (current World Champion), three-time UCI World TT Champion Tony Martin, Niki Terpstra and GC extraordinaire Rigoberto Uran. Team work, talent, sports-applied technology, commitment, willpower, excellence are the principles that guide the activities of the team day by day.
About Klein Costantia
Klein Constantia is set amidst ancient trees on the upper foothills of the Constantiaberg, with views across False Bay. The perfect location for cool climate wines, Klein Constantia produces some of South Africa’s top wines, including one of the world’s best natural sweet wines, Vin de Constance. Starting this year, Klein Constantia will be a jersey sponsor for team Etixx-Quick-Step, and will also host a charity auction ahead of the Cape Town Cycle Tour.