The 20th edition of the Vattenfall Cyclassics started spectacularly with the riders departing from a ferry in the harbor of Kiel. From there the organizers sent the peloton south towards Hamburg. With 221 kilometers and the main difficulties in the latter part of the race the team kept it’s cards close to the chest. An early break of four took off after only a few kilometers. Alex Dowsett (Movistar), Matteo Bono (Lampre-Merida), Jan Barta (Bora-Argon 18), and Martin Mortensen (Cult Energy) built up a solid lead of around 5 minutes. Halfway through the race the peloton increased its pace. Lotto-Soudal for eventual winner André GreipelRead More →

The 2nd stage of the La Vuelta a Espana saw Esteban Chaves (Orica-Greenedge) take the victory ahead of Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) and Nicolas Roche (Team Sky). Louis Meintjes was our highest placed rider in 14th place on the day. It was an interesting stage to Caminito Del Rey that saw the General Classification riders come out to play, not your usual scenario for the 2nd day of a grand tour. There was an early break of 6 riders but Katusha and Movistar were riding for their respective Spanish leaders and never let the escapees lead by much more than 3 minutes. There was some dramaRead More →

The La Vuelta a Espana got underway with a 7.4km team time trial, BMC Racing would ride away with the stage win while MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung were just 30 seconds shy of the leading time, finishing 14th. While the course was spectator friendly, pretty much running along the boardwalk and beach side boulevard to Marbella, the 7 different surface changes made for an interesting and somewhat tricky parcours. The concerns about the route eventually saw the organisers neutralise the GC results but the stage win was still up for grabs. Our African team were all too happy to be at the start of our 2ndRead More →

Powertraveller have joined forces with South African registered team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung. The portable power brand signed up as the official power partner to the team prior to their departure to Le Tour de France in July this year. Powertraveller are a leading manufacturer of high end power solutions & are a prominent power partner to adventure sports and events worldwide. The brand is represented in sub Saharan Africa by Johannesburg based distributor, Wintec Solutions. A seamless logistics operation is a key factor in team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung’s success, therefore access to quality, reliable portable power solutions was necessary. Team Principle Douglas Ryder and WintecRead More →

On Sunday the Vattenfall Cyclassics takes place in Hamburg, Germany, and Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung will be taking part in this single day World Tour event.  The Vattenfall Cyclassics is Germany’s only World Tour event and our African team will be part of the line-up once again, this after competing in the 2013 edition. The mostly flat 250km course has a few hills thrown in to soften up the legs but the general thought is the race will suite the sprinters. MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung have 2 previous winners of the German Classic, Edvald Boasson Hagen winning in 2011 while Tyler Farrar won in 2009 and 2010. This year EdvaldRead More →

La Vuelta is just a couple of days away. Given the predicted heat in Southern Spain the team is happy to be able to count on Arctic Heat Body Cooling Vests. The company is well known for its lightweight athletic body cooling vest. At La Vuelta Arctic Heat ice vests [Link] will pre-cool the riders in advance of hot stages, and during the trainer warm-ups for time trial stages. “It was very exciting to see Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung debuting in the Tour de France this year after watching their continual progress over several years. What has started as a dream has turned into aRead More →

The final stage of the Arctic Race of Norway was a thrilling encounter that saw Silvan Dillier (BMC Racing) win the stage from Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha) and Rein Taaramae (Astana). It was Taaramae though that won the tour overall. The final stage was a tough and fast race from the gun with numerous attacks. 7 riders got away but only after all the local Norwegian teams that missed the move did their utmost to try bring them back inside the first 40km. Once things settled though the escapees were able to force out 3 minutes as BMC controlled the peloton. The stage would conclude withRead More →

The 3rd and Queen Stage of the Arctic Race of Norway saw Ben Hermans (BMC Racing) take top honours up the finishing climb to Malsev. Rein Taaramae (Astana) was 2nd and Mathias Frank (IAM Cycling) claimed 3rd place. There were 6 attackers that went up the road and got some good exposure at nearly 7 minutes ahead of the peloton. With a tough 3.7km finishing climb though the GC favourites would not leave anything to chance and controlled the race for the entire 183km. Astana and IAM Cycling were the two teams that policed affairs all stage with BMC pitching in for the final 40km asRead More →

The 2nd stage of the Arctic Race of Norway saw a mass bunch sprint decide the stage with Sam Bennett (Bora-Argon 18) getting through to take the win. Federico Zurlo (United Healthcare) was 2nd and Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) took 3rd place. MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung were dealt a bit of a blow today as Reinardt Janse van Rensburg couldn’t take to the start because of a throat infection and fever, and then halfway into the stage Theo Bos also had to pull out due to illness. The plan remained the same though as we looked after Edvald Boasson Hagen for the sprint. Jayde Julius, wearing theRead More →

Matt Brammeier has returned home following his accident at the Tour of Utah. The Irishman sustained severe injuries in a collision with a race vehicle when descending from Guardsman Pass in Big Cottonwood Canyon. He was immediately transported to hospital by ambulance where he underwent several check-ups. The injuries Matt sustained are significant, as he suffered fractures of the sacral and pelvic bones, as well as rib fractures on both sides, a bruised liver and fractured tooth. A small pneumothorax is resolved. Matt and the team want to thank the staff at the University of Utah Trauma centre who took great care of him. HeRead More →