Eric Young (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit) sprinted to victory during the 4th Tour of Utah stage with Dion Smith (Hincapie Racing) in 2nd and Jure Kocjan (United Healthcare) in 3rd. MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung had Natnael Berhane mixing it with the fast guys again to finish 13th. The stage started off well for our African team as Songezo Jim would infiltrate the main break of the day. The South African rider was joined by 6 other riders as they rode clear by 3’30” to the peloton. The main obstacle of the day was the cat 2 climb up Wolf Creek Pass which topped out with stillRead More →

The 3rd stage of the Tour of Denmark was termed the queen stage and Matti Breschel (Tinkoff-Saxo) would be the rider to take the victory. MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung were active once again with Jacques Janse van Rensburg in the breakaway and Gerald Ciolek 6th on the stage. The 185km stage which started and finished in Vejle included numerous short sharp climbs throughout the day. Jacques Janse van Rensburg took the stage head on by jumping into the 6 rider break of the day. The peloton allowed the gap to grow to just under 6 minutes before starting the chase. Astana and Tinkoff did much ofRead More →

  The 3rd stage of the Tour of Utah was yet again, a good one for Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung. Johann van Zyl pulled on the King of the Mountains jersey and Natnael Berhane sprinted to a fine 6th place at the finish. The day started with 6 riders forming the main break of the day. Johann placed himself in this early move and with 4 categorised climbs on route, the young South African was in a prime position to go for the King of the Mountains jersey. United Healthcare kept the escapees on a short leash as they were a bit weary of “VanSnails”Read More →

The 2nd stage of the Tour of Denmark would see MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung put in an incredible team performance, resulting in a 1st and 2nd finish on the stage! Edvald Boasson Hagen was our victorious rider while Kristian Sbaragli finished in 2nd place. It would be a long stage at 235km in length but in the end it all came down to the final 30km’s. The early breakaway riders had just been caught after our African team, particularly Nic Dougall and Theo Bos, and Astana had done the majority of the early chasing. Countless attacks then went off the front in the closing kilometers but eachRead More →

Jay Thomson would assert himself upon the 2nd Tour of Utah stage by making the break of the day and then still sprinting to 10th place after getting caught by the reduced peloton. Jure Kocjan (Smartstop) was the rider who won the stage. After an early attack by Adrien Niyonshuti was caught inside of the first 15km, Jay then went on the attack and would lead the race solo up to the 40km mark where 3 riders then joined up with our South African strongman. The yellow jersey team was a bit nervous to give the break much of a gap so Jay and companyRead More →

The rain soaked opening stage of the Tour of Denmark saw a late escape take the spoils with Lars Boom (Astana) being the first rider across the line. Lars Bak (Lotto-Soudal) was 2nd and Asbjorn Kragh Andersen (Trefor-Blue Water) finished in 3rd. There would be a frantic start the stage which saw the riders complete 50km in the first hour of racing. A large group of 44 riders eventually separated itself from the rest of the peloton and opened up a 30″ gap. MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung had good representation in the front and so we drove the pace with Tinkoff-Saxo. Strangely a whole host of puncturesRead More →

Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung got the Tour of Utah off to a great start with Johann van Zyl taking 5th place after a 200km long breakaway. The stage win went to Kiel Reijnen (United Healthcare). With a long 212km stage on the cards today, Johann “vanSnail” threw caution to the wind and attacked with 6 other riders after just 6km of racing. The 7 escapees combined well to forge out a solid lead of just over 14 minutes. It would be a long day of hard work out front though for our young South African and his breakaway mates. United Healthcare and Cannondale-Garmin began theRead More →

Tomorrow Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung will start the Tour of Denmark. The UCI 2.HC race is a 6 stage event run over the course of 5 days, with both a road and short individual time trial stage on the 7th of August.  Our African team first took part in the Tour of Denmark last year and Gerald Ciolek sprinting to 2nd place on the 2nd stage was our teams highlight at the event. With a parcours rather similar to last year’s edition of the race, we head into Denmark’s premier cycle race well prepared. While none of the 5 road stages could be classified asRead More →

The Prudential Ride London-Surrey Classic came down to an exciting 4 man sprint with Jean-Pierre Drucker (BMC Racing) taking the win. Mike Teunissen (Lotto-Jumbo) was 2nd and Ben Swift (Team Sky) took the final podium placing. There was a fair amount of action before the eventual sprint finale as 5 riders went clear in the early part of the race. While the leaders enjoyed almost a 4 minute lead at one point, by the time the race hit the main obstacle of the day, Box Hill, the gap was only 20 seconds. Incessant attacks from the peloton saw the leaders caught and a new leadRead More →

For the second time this year, Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung will race on American soil as our African team start the UCI 2.HC Tour of Utah on Monday 3 August. The Tour of Utah is a 7 stage event, finishing on the 9th of August but only after the 16 teams have completed the 1100km route. It will be the 2nd time MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung take part in the Tour of Utah after debuting in the race back in 2013. The route is well balanced with opportunities for the sprinters and punchers in the first 5 days thereafter the climbers will have the chance to decideRead More →