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 →

As of August 1st, the young South African rider, Jayde Julius will start his apprenticeship as a professional rider with Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung. It is likely that his first race with the team will be the Arctic Race of Norway. The 21 year old is a member of the MTN-Qhubeka Feeder Team based at the World Cycling Centre Africa in Potchefstroom, South Africa. Jayde has a fair amount of European experience already as he attended the Rondse Cycling School in Belgium from the age of 15 and is currently training at the UCI World Cycling Centre in Switzerland. Jayde confirmed his talent at the u23 WorldRead More →

On Sunday 2nd of August MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung will take part in the UCI 1.HC Prudential Ride London Classic for the 3rd time.  The single day British race which was originally created as a test event before the 2012 London Olympics has grown in popularity over the years and is attracting a higher calibre field year-on-year. MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung were part of the last two editions of the race but on both occasions our African team would finish just outside of the top 10. In years past there has been a group sprint of sorts that has decided the race winner. This year the organisers haveRead More →