The Tour of Britain kicked off today with a 177 kilometer long route through Wales. After a rather wet start on the scenic coastline of Northern Anglesey, the peloton took on the lumpy profile that lay ahead of them. The local teams tried to animate the early stages of todays race. This tactic proofed to be successful with Kristian House (JTL Condor), Pete Williams (One Pro Cycling), Tom Stewart (Madison Genesis) and Connor Dunne (An Post-Chain Reactions) finding their way into the break. The four built up a substantial lead of more than five minutes which allowed them to go for the intermediate sprints andRead More →

The 14th stage of the Vuelta a Espana saw the break of the day succeed with Alessandro De Marchi (BMC Racing) 1st across the line. Salvatore Puccio (Team Sky) was 2nd and Jose Joaquin Rojas (Movistar) was 3rd.  It was a break of 5 riders that would headline the longest stage of this year’s Vuelta a Espana as they reached a maximum lead of just over 10 minutes during the course of the day. Astana set a moderate tempo for the duration of the stage, only upping the pace somewhat when we reached the final climb of the day, the 18km out of category AltoRead More →

MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung will start the Tour of Britain this coming Sunday. Edvald Boasson Hagen leads the team in the eight-stage race from 6 to 13 September. He will be accompanied by Serge Pauwels, Tyler Farrar, Reinardt Janse van Rensburg, Gerald Ciolek and Daniel Teklehaimanot. Edvald won the race back in 2009 but this will be his first time he participates in the Tour of Britain since that victory. Back then he also managed to take four stage wins along the way and the Norwegian is keen to shine on British roads once again. Edvald and Tyler will both use the race to prepare themselvesRead More →

Stage 13 of La Vuelta a Espana was another transition stage. With a few tough days coming up, it was a day made for a brakaway. Steve Cummings got himself into the move with 23 other riders. The group established a lead of more than 5 minutes over the peloton. In the end Nelson Oliviera (Lampre-Merida) outsmarted the other riders in the breakaway, when he rode clear on the last climb. He went on to win the stage, with Steve coming home in 19th position. 178 lumpy kilometers from Calatayud to Tarazona were to be covered today. With 3 difficult mountain stages to come inRead More →

Day one after what possibly has been the toughest stage in Grand Tour history. With Andorra left behind the peloton had to cover 173 kilometers to Lleida. Only one categorized climb and a lumpy profile made for a perfect breakaway scenario. But also the sprinters had an eye on this stage. In the end both perspectives came into play. In a breathtaking finale Jaco Venter lacked only 500 meters to take home the win. The race started to unfold after only a couple of kilometers when five riders got away. Jaco was one of them. The group worked well together to establish a maximum leadRead More →

More than 5.000 meters of climbing within 138 kilometers meant to be the grueling menu for the riders at La Vuelta today. The peloton had to tackle no less than six major climbs on a day that reshuffled the general classification. Our young South African Louis Meintjes kept it cool and rode strong all day. At the end he came home in 17th, just 4.19 minutes short of stage winner Mikel Landa (Astana). Louis sits now 10th in the GC. The race started fast with Darwin Atapuma (BMC) attacking from the gun. Natnael Berhane tried to bridge across, but couldn’t quite match the speed whenRead More →

Kristian Sbaragli once again proofed to be on form when stage 10 of La Vuelta a Espana came to conclusion in Castellòn. The 24-year-old Italian powerhouse rode himself into perfect position over the last kilometer to finally beat John Degenkolb (Giant-Alpecin) and José Joaquín Rojas (Movistar) into second and third. This win marks Kristian’s first ever triumph in a European UCI race. With only 146 kilometers to cover and a second-category climb 16 kilometres from the line the race was set to be hectic. There were numerous attacks and it took quite a while until a group of 14 took off. MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung wasRead More →

Stage 9 of La Vuelta a Espana saw Songezo Jim animating the break of the day and Louis Meintjes finishing in 10th. The menu offered a similar profile like the previous day with the Cumbre del Sol being the sole obstacle of the day. However, the riders had to tackle the climb twice, finishing on the summit the second time around. Averaging at 11 percent it was all but easy. Starting in Torrevieja the peloton rode along the Costa Blanca. The area is know as a regular training camp territory for a lot of riders and it didn’t take long until some tried to makeRead More →

Kristian Sbaragli showed his fighting spirit today at the Vuelta a Espana 8th stage by taking 5th place on an extremely tough stage. The victory went to Jasper Stuyven (Trek Factory Racing) with Pello Bilbao (Caja-Rural) 2nd and Kevin Reza (FDJ) 3rd. The stage saw 6 rider’s escape from the peloton early on but with a maximum advantage of just over 4 minutes, it was inevitable that they would be caught. Just before the catch was made though, there was a huge crash in the peloton that took down numerous riders. Louis Meintjes was caught behind this crash, which rang alarm bells in our MTN-QhubekaRead More →

The 7th stage of the Vuelta a Espana saw Louis Meintjes impress yet again as he climbed with all the favourites to eventually finish the stage in 9th place. The stage win went to the early breakaway rider, Bert-Jan Lindeman (Lotto-Jumbo). Today’s 191km stage saw the break get away in the very early kilometres of the race. 5 riders made up the escape group and after building up a gap of 14 minutes at one point, it was looking good for the attackers. Movistar and Tinkoff eventually came to the party and started chasing but it would prove to be a little too late. TheRead More →