The GP Industria would see the Italian national team take the spoils for the 3rd time this week as Daniele Bennati sprinted to victory ahead of his 4 breakaway mates. Marco Marcato (Wanty Groupe Gobert) was 2nd and Davide Rebellin (CCC Sprandi) claimed 3rd place. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung were again protagonists of the race with Jaco Venter getting into the early break of the day with 4 others. Just as in the previous 3 Italian one day races this week though, the Italian national squad started chasing from early on and had reeled in Jaco’s group with still 80km to go. This was onlyRead More →

The UCI World Road Championships will take place in Richmond, USA from 20-27 September. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung will have 8 riders at the championships, representing their respective nations. In the u23 category, Merhawi Kudus will be competing in both the time trial and road race events for Eritrea. Our trainee, Jayde Julius will represent South Africa during the u23 road race. In the Elite events, Edvald Boasson Hagen will concentrate on the road race for Norway while Tyler Farrar does the same for the home nation, the United States of America. Youcef Reguigui will represent Algeria during the road race with Jaco Venter andRead More →

The Memorial Marco Pantani would see the Italian National Team make a clean sweep of the podium as Diego Ulissi won ahead of Giovanni Visconti and Vincenzo Nibali . Our fast man Kristian Sbaragli won the bunch sprint for 4th, a handful of seconds after the 3 crossed the line together. It would be an aggressive race with constant attacking. The initial break of the day was made up by 4 riders, our South African Johann van Zyl was representing our African team in the move. The quartet enjoyed just over a 3 minute lead before things started to get a bit crazy back inRead More →

After just coming up short at yesterday’s Coppa Agostoni, Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) got his revenge today by winning the Coppa Bernocchi ahead of Mauro Finetto (Southeast) and Matteo Trentin (Italy). Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung had an active presence in today’s race with Nic Dougall forming part of the first break of the day. With 22 other riders also in the move, the peloton realised the danger of such a big group getting away and chased down the one minute gap as fast as they could. 4 new leaders then went clear for the better part of the race. The peloton kept the escapees in checkRead More →

Under the grey skies of the Coppa Agostoni today, the veteran Davide Rebellin (CCC Sprandi) would ride to victory ahead of breakaway partner Vincenzo Nibali (Astana). Niccolo Bonifazio (Lampre-Merida) led the bunch sprint home for 3rd place.  On a cool and gloomy day that saw the riders having to race 198km in wet conditions, 8 riders would form the break of the day after around an hour of racing. They soon became 7 though as a mechanical would eliminate 1 fugitive from the front group. MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung had all our riders positioned in the peloton as we headed out onto the undulating course. TheRead More →

During the course of this week MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung will be taking part in a series of UCI 1.1 events that take place in Italy.  The first event will be the Coppa Agostoni on Wednesday 16 September. The Coppa Agostoni is a 198km event from Monza to Lissone which would typically suit a puncheur. The three tough climbs that come in the final 70km of the race provide for the perfect attacking opportunity before the gradual descent into Lissone. On Thursday 17 September our African team will start the Coppa Bernocchi. This event which starts and finishes in Legnano has proven to be one forRead More →

The final stage of the Vuelta a Espana ran its course yesterday evening with John Degenkolb (Team-Alpecin) winning the final sprint in Madrid. Kristian Sbaragli, our stage 10 winner was again in the fold and took 8th position on the line. As expected the local circuit in Madrid was a true spectacle as spectators got to see the riders who have been racing their way around Spain for the last 3 weeks up close and at high speed.  After a number of really tough mountainous stages, the final stage of the Vuelta saw the sprinters teams allowed back into the limelight. Giant-Alpecin was keen onRead More →

Edvald Boasson Hagen secured the overall at the Tour of Britain esrlier today when he crossed the line of the final stage in London in 4th place. The stage win was awarded to Elia Viviani (Sky). The Italian crossed the line in second place behind André Greipel. Yet the German had crossed Viviani’s line, pushing him towards the barriers. The race commissaires relegated Greipel, leaving the Italian his 3rd win this week. Juan Lobato (Movistar) moved up to 2nd, Matteo Trentin (Etixx-QuickStep) to 3rd. The stage in the heart of London was animated be an 8-man break with last year’s overall winner Dylan van BaarleRead More →

The 20th stage of the Vuelta a Espana would be won by Ruben Plaza (Lampre-Merida) after a 110km solo breakaway. Jose Goncalves (Caja-Rural) was 2nd and Alessandro De Marchi (BMC Racing) was 3rd. The stage saw a big breakaway of 38 riders go clear on the slopes of the first climb of the day. MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung had Jaco Venter represented in the move while also in the group was David Arroyo (Caja-Rural). The Spaniard was around 7 minutes behind our Louis Meintjes and so we had to keep the break in check. This promoted Plaza to attack the leaders with 110km to go, a braveRead More →

Edvald Boasson Hagen spent another day in the yellow leader’s jersey today. The 227 kilometer long stage from Fakenham to Ipswich was the longest of this year’s Tour of Britain. With only three category 3 climbs it was a stage for the fast guys. Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) was 1st over the line, beating double-stage winner Elia Viviani (Sky) into 2nd. Edvald crossed the line in 5th and will ride into London as GC leader. The stage was animated by a break of 3 riders. Alex Dowsett (Movistar), Graham Briggs (JLT-Condor) and Cullaigh (GB National Team) went off early and crossed the halfway point with aRead More →