The second and final rest day is arrived yesterday, and not a moment too soon! Soaring temperatures, difficult parcours and some teams becoming progressively more desperate for a result have made this one of the hardest Tours in recent memory. Tyler Farrar, our most experienced grand tour rider, agrees with this opinion. He also revealed that he can’t remember feeling this good and relatively “fresh” on the second rest day of a Tour. It is signs such as this that reveal how the years of planning and our careful build-up to The Tour are bearing fruit. Where do I start when trying to describe theRead More →

It’s hot, hot, hot at the Tour de France this week. Clear sunny skies and afternoon temperatures of up to 35°C with +50 percent humidity are predicted. This peachy summer weather may sound blissful if you’re aiming to perfect your summer glow while catching a glimpse of the passing peloton. If however, you’re a TDF rider the heat represents a real threat to both your performance and health. The human body performs best at an internal temperature of around 37°C. When we exercise we expend energy and produce heat. To dissipate the heat we sweat (evaporative cooling), divert blood from our internal organs to ourRead More →

I write this from Pau on the Tour de France rest day while our MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung riders take a well-deserved afternoon nap. The Pyrenees Mountains loom threateningly on the horizon but some of our riders have been patiently biding their time and can’t wait to test themselves on those famous slopes. The opening week has proven to be one of the most crash-ridden in recent memory. The high velocity crashes have resulted in a grizzly list of injuries including clavicle fractures, cervical and lumbar vertebrae fractures, a wrist fracture, a scapular fracture, AC joint injuries as well as some very severe abrasions (“road rash”).Read More →

The first monument of the season is the epic 293 km race from Milan to San Remo. The 2015 edition was won by John Degenkolb of the Giant-Alpecin team in a time of 6 hours and 46 minutes. For Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung; Edvald Boasson Hagen finished in 10th position. 2013 winner, Gerald Ciolek, was in contention and looking strong prior to an unfortunate crash on the descent of the Poggio – less than 5 km from home. Both these riders rode intelligently to conserve energy through the race. In start contrast, their teammate, Serge Pauwels, went on the attack to allow his team leadersRead More →

On Wednesday 10 September, John Degenkolb (Giant-Shimano) took his fourth stage victory of La Vuelta 2014 in 04:26:07 in A Coruña. He beat Michael Matthews (Orica-Grenedge) and Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) in a chaotic sprint following a technical run to the finish line. Although Stage 17 was marked as a sprinter’s stage, Team MTN-Qhubeka believed there was a realistic chance of a break making it to the finish line. The 191km route rolled along the western Spainish coastline from Ortigueira to A Coruña. With a total ascent of 2820m and the prospect of  strong coastal cross winds it was a day for the strong men.Read More →

Stage 9 would be another chance for the break to try their luck against the strength of the peloton. From the gun, attacks were coming thick and fast. Team MTN-Qhubeka had two riders in the break of the day, Jay Thomson and Daniel Teklehaimanot. The break’s advantage grew to over 8-minutes before the peloton decided to take charge knowing that the eventual stage winner stage, Ancona Gomez posed a serious threat to the overall GC. “Today I made the big break with Jay,” says Teklahaimanot. “He helped me a lot in the break so that I could save energy and my legs for the finalRead More →

Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ) claimed the victory in the bunch sprint of Stage 2 Vuelta Espana. The 174.4km route followed the coastal road between Algeciras and San Fernando. Team MTN-Qhubeka raced aggressively, placing two riders in the early break. Kristian Sbaragli placed 2nd in the KPM at 10.2km, and Jacques Janse van Rensburg spent the day in a break of 4. Jaco Venter takes us through his race: “The break went really early today so it was not as hard as we thought it would be. We rode steady for the first half, and after the climbs the wind picked up to “Cape Town” level. OverallRead More →

Team MTN-Qhubeka announced the arrival of African cycling by achieving a respectable 12th place finish in the opening stage of the Vuelta Espana 2014. The team powered through the 12.6km flat team time trial (TTT) course in 14:42, finishing just 29 secs off the winning team Movistar. “For our our grand tour debut we did a really good job.” said Jacques Janse van Rensburg. “We started off at about 95% effort through the first technical cobbled section. As soon as we got onto the smooth tar it was “full gas” for every rider. We raced through the first half well, setting a solid time for theRead More →