The 18th stage of the Tour de France would be a stern test for the riders, a test that Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) would pass with flying colours, as he soloed to victory. Serge Pauwels was absolutely fantastic once again, finishing in 6th place for Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung. As has been the order of proceedings over the last few stages, a big breakaway went clear in the opening kilometers of the stage. Serge made sure that he was part of the 29 riders that went clear. Team Giant-Alpecin and Trek Factory Racing made it tough for the break to get much of aRead More →

We are extremely sad to announce that our young South African climber, Louis Meintjes, will abandon the Tour de France today.  It was our team’s goal to finish our debut Le Tour with all 9 riders but rider health is our team’s first priority and Louis will be unable to take the start of today’s 18th stage. Louis is only 23 years of age and we see him as Tour de France GC contender of the future. His health and recovery is our main concern at this point in time. Louis fell ill yesterday morning, he battled through the 17th stage but finished in a lotRead More →

Stage 17 of the Tour de France would be another excellent day for Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung, as our African team consolidated its 2nd place in the team ranking overall by having 3 riders finish in the top 15 on the stage. Simon Geschke (Giant-Alpecin) was the rider who won the stage.  With a large break of 28 riders going clear today, MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung had three riders placed in the big move of the day. Serge Pauwels, Daniel Teklehaimanot and Merhawi Kudus were the three riders on the attack. It would be a tough first stage in the Alps with 5 categorised climbs onRead More →

The 16th stage of the Tour de France saw MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung right in the thick of the action as Daniel Teklehaimanot eventually finished the stage in 7th position. Ruben Plaza (Lampre-Merida) would be the rider to take the stage win. The stage would see another large breakaway group successfully going clear, this time consisting of 23 riders. MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung were in a great position by having Edvald Boasson Hagen, Serge Pauwels and Daniel as part of the lead group. The peloton allowed the leaders to gain as much as 20 minutes advantage and so it was clear that the break would easily make itRead More →

For the 3rd time this Tour de France, Edvald Boasson Hagen sprinted to 5th place at the stage finish for MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung. Andre Griepel (Lotto-Soudal) would be the rider who took the stage 14 honours, beating John Degenkolb (Giant-Alpecin) and Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) to the line. After an extremely fast start that saw numerous attacks, including surges from our very own Daniel Teklehaimanot and Serge Pauwels, a group of 9 riders went clear around the 50km mark. Team Katusha as well as Europcar were keen to keep the escape group in check and set a high tempo at the head of the peloton. TheRead More →

Steve Cummings has won the 14th stage of the Tour de France for MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung! In a thrilling finale, Steve Cummings rode away from his breakaway counterparts to win the 14th stage of the Tour de France. In another transitional stage of the Tour de France, Steve Cummings found himself in the main break of the day at the Tour de France for MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung. Steve was joined by 19 other eager contenders as they built up an 8 minute lead over the peloton. It was looking good for the breakaway riders as the large lead group had no real adversaries in theRead More →

Mandela Day 2015 falls during the Tour de France. We’re asking our supporters to celebrate with us through the #BicyclesChangeLives campaign. 18 July is a special day in South Africa because it is the birthday of the late Nelson Mandela. It has become known as Mandela Day and is celebrated annually. To honour the 67 years Nelson Mandela spent striving to make the world a better place, South Africans spend time – at least 67minutes – on 18 July every year doing good in their communities. In support of Mandela Day 2015, we are inviting you to help us give 5,000 schoolchildren a chance toRead More →

The first transitional stage between the Pyrenees and the Alps would be won by the Belgian, Greg van Avermaet (BMC Racing). Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) was the rider in 2nd place and Jan Bakelants (AG2R La Mondiale) was 3rd. A 6 rider break went clear inside of 10km from the start but Team Giant-Alpecin had ideas of a stage win today and held the escapees around 4’00” all day. With 40km to go, Orica-Greenedge and Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung came to the fore in assisting to reel in the fugitives. Jacques Janse van Rensburg, Daniel Teklehaimanot and Steve Cummings would all put in some big turnsRead More →

Louis Meintjes put in a magnificent ride on today’s final stage in the Pyrenees, claiming 5th place at the top of the Plateau de Beille. Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) would be the rider to cross the line first, winning the 195km stage. It was after the intermediate sprint at kilometer 20 that a big group of 22 riders jumped clear of the peloton. Louis was one of the first riders to force the pace as the young South African was motivated for today’s tough stage. The 22 riders gradually built their lead up to 12 minutes over the yellow jersey group, ensuring the break would decideRead More →

The 11th stage of the Tour de France had MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung fans on the edge of their seats as Serge Pauwels rode incredibly well to eventually finish in 4th place on the day. The stage victory went to Rafal Majka (Tinkoff-Saxo). With most teams believing the break would survive today, there was a huge fight to get into the early move of the day. Edvald Boasson Hagen broke away after 5km of racing with 3 other riders and the quartet then held on to a 30 second lead for around 35km’s, riding at close on a 50km/h average. The peloton never gave up onRead More →