The 2nd stage of the Tour de France lived up to its expectations of having the weather, and particularly the wind affecting the race. A small group of 20 odd riders sprinted it out for the win with Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) taking the victory ahead of Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) and Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing). A 4 rider group initially escaped from kilometer zero but when the wind picked up with around 110km to go, Tinkoff-Saxo put the main group into the gutter and caused a few splits in the peloton. The injection of pace caused the break to be caught with 100km to go.Read More →

The first road stage of the Tour of Austria came down to the expected bunch sprint with our Gerald Ciolek right in the thick of things, sprinting to 3rd place at the finish. Sonder Holst Enger (IAM Cycling) took 1st place ahead of Paolo Simion (Bardiani). The stage was animated by 5 breakaway riders that at one stage had just over 5 minutes on the bunch. The team of the yellow jersey, Katusha, as well as our African team were the two teams that took control of the chase. The catch was made with still 20km to go of the 206km stage. There was a last ditchRead More →

The 1st stage of the Tour de France was a spectacle unrivaled by anything else we have experienced. We could not have hoped for a better start to our Grande Boucle either with Steve Cummings finishing in a terrific 10th place. It was a day of so many highs for Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung with Daniel Teklehaimanot being the first rider to get the 102nd Tour de France started as he rolled off the start ramp at 14:00 in Utrecht. The crowds, which were bursting at the seams at around 800 000 strong, made for an unbelievable atmosphere which really motivated our African team. Each of our riders put in strongRead More →

The Tour of Austria got underway today with a short 5.4km team time trial prologue today. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung put in a stunning ride to finish in 2nd place, less than 1 second behind Team Katusha.  Being the 10th team to start today, our African team went all out to post a fast time. A tremendous effort from all the boys saw us go top of the leaderboard with an average speed of just over 56km/h. There would be another 10 teams to come across the finishline after us, including the 6 World Tour teams. Our time of 5’46” would nervously stand the testRead More →

While the Tour de France gets underway on Saturday, so does the prestigious UCI 2.HC Tour of Austria. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung will again take part in Austria’s premier 9 day stage race. Although most cycling fans will be glued to the Tour de France coverage over the coming week, some hotly contested racing will also be expected at the Tour of Austria. Many of the riders who make the Le Tour long list but don’t make the final selection, generally then head to the Austrian tour in the peak shape initially intended for the French grand tour. Such is the case for our AfricanRead More →

After securing the South African national championships jersey in February of this year, our Northern Hemisphere riders had the chance to compete in their national championships this past weekend. Tremendous performances in Eritrea and Norway saw our riders do the double, winning the Road Race and Time Trial events in both countries. Daniel Teklehaimanot won the Eritrean time trial title and will now debut his national jersey at the Tour de France during the opening time trial on Saturday. Natnael Berhane won the Eritrean road race title and he will get to wear his new jersey at the first road stage of the Tour ofRead More →

As you only make history once, our family at Cervélo have decided to go all out for our African teams debut appearance at Le Tour. We are extremely excited to reveal the special edition Cervélo bikes MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung will ride at this year’s Tour de France.  All three models in use by Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung, the S5, R5 and P5, have all seen the artistic hand of Tom Briggs, Senior Graphic Designer at Cervélo, for this years Tour de France. Two other special edition items that will be seen on the new models are the ROTOR Q-Rings for Qhubeka as well as a sparkling new customRead More →

We’re happy to announce that Dimension Data, the Official Technology Partner for ASO, which owns the Tour de France, has become a MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung sponsor. Representing the African continent for the first time ever, our nine-man team is one of five wild-card teams invited to ride alongside the 17 World Tour cycling teams at this year’s Tour de France which starts on Saturday. The team is proud to receive a boost in support, and will work closely with Dimension Data during the multi-year contract on future technical developments that will help attract more people to the sport. In March this year, Dimension Data andRead More →

Edvald Boasson Hagen won the Norwegian national road race title for the 2nd time in his career today after an enthralling finale. 2nd and 3rd place went to the Team Joker duo of Odd Christian Eiking and Vegard Stake Laengen respectively. It would be a non-stop action packed race with numerous attacks from the gun. The general protocol of an early break goes clear only to be caught later on was totally thrown out the window. Just after 50km into the race, making that 130km still to go, 3 main groups would form on the road. 10 riders made up the front group, including Edvald. The 2ndRead More →

Natnael Berhane put in a magnificent performance to win the Eritrean national road race championships this morning.  In what would be a hotly contested race with a field of around 150 starters. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung lined up with Natnael Berhane, Daniel Teklehaimanot and Merhawi Kudus all eager to make a challenge for the coveted national jersey. Riders would take on 196km around Asmara and there would be an early attack of 4 riders, including Natnael, Meron Teshome, Metkel Eyob (WCCA MTN-Qhubeka) and one other local rider. The quartet went clear inside the first 15km of racing and few would have given them much hopeRead More →