Stage 3 of the Tour of Norway would see another strong performance of Edvald Boasson Hagen who eventually finished second on the day. The teams Norwegian allrounder was one of the most active riders in the final and managed to put himself in a good GC position for the upcoming stages. The 185 km stage from Skien to Rjukan saw a fast start with a group of five escaping after several unsuccessful attacks. The quintet was able to establish a solid lead of more than 8 minutes, before the peloton started to chase. With the 11 km long and 7 % steep Flisetjonn climb comingRead More →

MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung will be racing the World Ports Classic this weekend. The World Ports Classic is a UCI 2.1 event with a road stage on both Saturday and Sunday. The defending champion is our very own Theo Bos but unfortunately Theo won’t be taking the start after his crash in California. Andy Stauff will be on the starting line though and Andy also had a good race at last year’s edition of the event where he finished 5th overall. As both stages suit the sprinters, the rest of African team has been selected accordingly. Gerald Ciolek, Matt Goss, Reinardt Janse van Rensburg, Youcef Reguigui,Read More →

MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung would ride confidently on the front of the peloton for the better part of the 2nd Tour of Norway stage, only faltering slightly in the final 5km of the stage. Edvald Boasson Hagen still managed a top 10 finish though as he collected 9th place for our African team today. With 5 riders forming the break early on, MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung were looking to avoid the alarm bells that went off during yesterday’s touch and go chase and kept the escapees on a shorter leash today. The course was more undulating than yesterday making it slightly easier to pull back the leadRead More →

In his first race back after breaking his collarbone at the Gent-Wevelgem in late March, Edvald Boasson Hagen sprinted to 3rd place on today’s opening stage of the Tour of Norway. Only Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) and Caleb Ewan (Orica-Greenedge) would cross the line ahead of Eddy. While the stage always looked to be one for a bunch kick on paper, this was not such a certainty with 10km to go. An original break of 5 riders went clear early on and the gap was always under the control of Katusha, Orica-Greenedge and Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung. It was with 50km to go that things gotRead More →

The next appointment on the MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung race calendar is the Tour of Norway. Starting tomorrow, the Norwegian UCI 2.HC event will have riders compete over 5 road stages all ranging between 160 and 200 kilometers in length. None of the stages could be considered to have any massive mountains to deal with but then none of the stages are particularly flat either. Numerous short hills of gradients around 7% will be the order for of most of the stages. With only 6 rider teams, all is poised for an open and exciting race over the next 5 days. The Tour of Norway alsoRead More →

The Amgen Tour of California kept the best for last as a thrilling final stage saw Peter Sagan win the necessary bonus seconds to win the race overall. Mark Cavendish (Etixx-Quickstep) won the final stage with Wouter Wippert (Drapac) 2nd and Sagan in the all-important 3rd place. It was our very own Tyler Farrar who would push Sagan all the way to the line as the MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung sprinter came from a good few places back to lunge for the line at high speed. It would go to the photo to eventually determine the final podium place. With only 2 seconds separating the topRead More →

The final stage of the Bayern Rundfahrt saw John Degenkolb (Giant-Alpecin) sprint to victory ahead of Rudiger Selig (Katusha) and Sam Bennett (Bora-Argon). Alex Dowsett (Movistar) held on to his 2″ lead to win the race overall. Louis Meintjes would get into the 6 rider break of the day for MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung today and initially Louis would make a challenge for the KOM competition but Frederik Veuchelen (Wanty Groupe Gobert) had the same idea. The Belgians kick would be the difference as he pipped Louis to maximum points on each occasion. Meanwhile the peloton were chasing behind at around 3 minutes for the majorityRead More →

The Queen stage of the Amgen Tour of California would prove to be the perfect spectacle as the action seemed to be never ending. The day’s victor would be Julien Alaphilippe (Etixx-Quickstep) with the Team Sky duo of Sergio Henao and Ian Bowell in 2nd and 3rd to cross the line at the top of Mt. Baldy. MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung would be the instigators of the early action as Johann van Zyl was one of the 7 riders to jump away from the peloton early on in the stage. Johann would be the real aggressor of the group though, attacking on the penultimate climb ofRead More →

Alex Dowsett (Movistar) would take out the victory at today’s Bayern Rundfahrt 4th stage TT. Tiago Machado (Katusha) would stop the clock in 2nd and Jan Barta (Bora-Argon) was 3rd. After our team captain Steve Cummings had to abandon the race on stage 1, MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung were left without a specialist for today’s time trial stage. Nevertheless the boys were keen to test their legs against the clock and all our riders would post respectable times. With and early start Louis Meintjes crossed the line with time that saw him hold on to a top 10 placing for a large portion of the day.Read More →

The 6th stage of the Amgen Tour of California saw the riders take on a 10km race against the clock. Originally the time trial course was supposed to be hosted around Big Bear lake but organisers decided to move the stage to Santa Clarita because of the forecast snowfall in Big Bear. MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung were motivated to unleash their Cervelo P5’s over the short and fast course with Johann van Zyl and Daniel Teklehaimanot particularly keen to test their metal. Johann set a blistering time of 13’04” and as one of the early starters, Johann slotted into 2nd position at the finish. As theRead More →