The opening stage of the Abu Dhabi Tour will be remembered as much for the excessive heat as it will be for who the day’s victor was, Andrea Guardini (Astana). Tom Boonen (Etixx-Quickstep) placed 2nd in the mass bunch sprint with Daniele Bennati (Tinkoff-Saxo) in 3rd. While the route was pretty much much pan flat, it was mother nature who would provide the stern test to the riders today with temperatures hitting the upper 40’s centigrade. So severe was the heat that organisers decided to shorten the stage by around 15km. Songezo Jim would brave the heat of the desert roads for our African team andRead More →

MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung has entered its final week of racing this season and in Italy there are 3 one day events on the cards. The events are: Coppa Sabatini on Thursday, Giro dell Emilia on Saturday and Gran Premio Bruno Beghelli on Sunday. With our team running a triple program this weekend (Abu Dhabi Tour & Paris-Tours) we will use 8 riders to lineup over the 3 Italian one day events. Kristian Sbaragli will lead the way for our boys and he should be a real contender at both Sabatini and Beghelli. All 3 of the events provide numerous opportunities for the climbers to takeRead More →

Our final tour of our season gets underway on Thursday as we take to the start of the inaugural Abu Dhabi Tour. The UCI 2.1 event that takes place in and around the capital of the United Arab Emirates will cover a total distance of 555km over 4 days of racing with 3 stages for sprinters and 1 for the climbers.  Stages 1, 2 and 4 will suit the fast guys as there will be very little climbing before riders enter a local circuit on each stage to complete a few laps before a probable sprint finish. The one factor that sprint teams will haveRead More →

The Tour de Eurometropole reached its conclusion today after another mass sprint which was won by Jonas Ahlstrand (Cofidis). Sondre Holst Enger (IAM Cycling) was 2nd and Raymond Kreder (Roompot) took 3rd place. Alexis Gougeard (AG2R La Mondiale) won the race overall. Jayde Julius our young trainee had another good day as he found himself in the breakaway for the 2nd time this week. Jayde was looking like one of the stronger riders in the lead group of 6 and the young South African took 1st spot over the first 3 GPM’s of the day. The break weren’t going to survive today though as Lotto-Soudal were intent on havingRead More →

For the 3rd day in a row the Tour de Eurometropole was decided by a mass bunch sprint and today’s victor was Edward Theuns (Topsport Vlaanderen). The Cofidis duo of Michael Van Staeyen and Louis Verhelst secured 2nd and 3rd respectively.  The peloton were in a real hurry today and this showed in the 50km/h average speed during the first 75km today. Not surprisingly, no break was able to form during these fast opening stages. Eventually sanity prevailed and a group of 6 riders went clear with 72km left to race. The 6 leaders were being held at a minutes lead by Lotto-Soudal and thisRead More →

Jonas van Genecheten (IAM Cycling) won the 2nd stage of the Tour de Eurometropole today after another mass sprint finish. Jurgen Roelandts (Lotto-Soudal) finished in 2nd and Louis Verhelst (Cofidis) was 3rd. The day’s proceedings were characterised by a 6 rider break that were able to enjoy a maximum lead of 4’15”. The peloton seemed to have things under control for most of the day but the break would soon show they had kept something in reserve for the final. As the chase intensified an ill feeling Gerald Ciolek had to unfortunately abandon the race. With 30km to go and just a 2’40” lead, the standardRead More →

The Gran Piemonte took place over a circular 185km route in Italy today with Jan Bakelants (AG2R La Mondiale) taking the win after outwitting the sprinters with a late attack. Matteo Trentin (Etixx-Quickstep) was 2nd and Sonny Colbrelli (Bardiani-CSF) was 3rd. For the first time in a while at an Italian one day race, an early break was allowed to dominate proceedings for most of the race as 13 riders went clear early on and established a 4 minute lead. It was then a controlled chase throughout the day by a few of the World Tour teams that saw the original escape neutralised with 8kmRead More →

The Milano-Torino saw the Astana riders continue their domination of the end of season Italian one day events with Diego Rosa securing the win for the Kazak team. Rafal Majka (Tinkoff-Saxo) was 2nd and Fabio Aru (Astana) place 3rd. The race provided the riders with a 186km route with the only real difficulty coming in the form of the 5km Superga climb which would have to be tackled twice in the final 25km. On the way to the climb though, Daniel Teklehaimanot found himself in the break of the day, this after Natnael Berhane was also very active in the early part of the race.Read More →

The first road stage of the Tour de Eurometropole would come down to the expected bunch sprint. Jens Debusschere (Lotto-Soudal) would be the fastest on the day, securing the stage win ahead of Raymond Kreder (Roompot) and Timothy Dupont (Roubaix Lille). MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung were represented in the early action of the stage with Nic Dougall and Jayde Julius both looking to find the break of the day. After Nic was brought back Jayde got the jump on the peloton with 5 other riders and they were allowed to build up a small lead. AG2R La Mondiale would take no chances with the break thoughRead More →

After announcing a number of new additions to Africa’s Team this week, it is with great pride that Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung, who are set to race as Team Dimension Data from 2016, are now able to confirm 6 more African rider renewals. Youcef Reguigui, our Algerian fast man who took a stand out overall victory at this year’s Tour de Langkawi will remain with Africa’s team next year. Johann van Zyl, who in emphatic fashion won a stage of the Tour of Austria in July, will also continue his professional career with Team Dimension Data. Jaco Venter, our 2015 Vuelta a Espana road captainRead More →