MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung will take to the start of the Garmin Velothon Berlin single day UCI 1.1 race later today. The 174km event is one that usually suits the sprinters and MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung will have a sprint specific team at the start line. With only 6 rider teams, it will be hard for a single team to control proceedings for the entire duration of the event. There will be a number of key sprinters from different teams hoping to take the spoils today though and so a combined effort should see the race come back together on the final 8 finishing circuits around Berlin.Read More →

I’m sitting here at Chicago O’Hare International Airport waiting for my flight to board to Barcelona. My last race was the Amgen Tour of Califorina and I took the opportunity to visit my in laws who live in Nebraska. It was the perfect post ‘first half – mid season’ break getaway. Spending quality time with them while recovering the mind and body from 40 days of racing so far for 2015. I’m satisfied with how my 2015 season is playing out. In December I sat down with the coaches and my DS Alex Sans to discuss my goals and schedule. At this point everything isRead More →

The 4th stage of the Tour des Fjords would see a massive shake up in the GC as riders would cross the finish in one’s and two’s today. Soren Kragh Andersen (Trefor – Blue Water) would take the stage win after out sprinting Amets Txurruka (Caja-Rural) and teammate Michael Olsson. The 3 top riders were initially part of a 17 rider breakaway that went clear with 70km to go. Nic Dougall and Kristian Sbaragli were part of this decisive move and the large group were able to build up a lead of just over 3 minutes. With enough fire power upfront and an unsure chaseRead More →

The 3rd stage of the Tour des Fjords would allow Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) to secure his hatrick of wins, with nobody able to come over the race leader in the sprint finale. Daryl Impey (Orica-Greenedge) was his nearest challenger in 2nd with our Edvald Boasson Hagen next up in 3rd. Eddy was probably the fastest finishing rider as he went from about 10th to 3rd in the final 150m but Kristoff and Impey were just a meter or two too far ahead. MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung surely put on the best show of the day as a full “team attack” with 25km to go would setRead More →

Alexander Kristoff’s (Katusha) reign in Norway would continue today as he would take the sprint victory on stage 2. Jasper Stuyven (Trek Factory Racing) was 2nd and Asbjorn Kragh Andersen (Trefor – Blue Water) was 3rd. MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung would have a prominent presence in the sprint finale with Edvald Boasson Hagen taking 4th place today while Kristian Sbaragli was also in the mix, crossing the line 6th. Once again our African team put in a great team effort to keep Eddy and Kris out of trouble on another tough day. The boys were particularly good during the technical run in to the line. ThingsRead More →

Two Wheels Trading, a fast-growing South African-based bicycle industry distributor, has been named the official agent for Cervélo bicycles in the Southern African territory. Cervélo uses advanced engineering to create some of the world’s lightest and most aerodynamic high performance bicycles for road cycling, track cycling and triathlon. Cervélo has recently been given a boost by the Cervélo sponsorship of the South African-based MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung Pro Continental road cycling team, which will make its Tour de France debut in July. “South Africa is a growing performance bicycle market. With Frederik van Lierde winning Ironman South Africa this year on a Cervélo and our partnershipRead More →

The opening stage of the Tour des Fjords would be a long, cold and wet affair that saw a select group of riders contest for the stage win. Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) would win the small bunch sprint with Marco Haller (Katusha) hanging in for 2nd and Daryl Impey (Orica-Greenedge) netted 3rd place. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung had both Edvald Boasson Hagen and Kristian Sbaragli in the final group and our ever dependable Italian crossed the line in 4th place. It was another solid team effort that ensured Kristian and Edvald would be able to make the final selection as the boys came to front withRead More →

MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung will get its 2nd week of racing in Norway underway when the Tour des Fjords begins tomorrow in Bergen. The Tour des Fjords is a 5 day stage race that is categorised with a UCI 2.1 ranking and the race consists of 5 road stage races. MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung will take to the start of the Tour des Fjords off the back of a very successful Tour of Norway last week. Edvald Boasson Hagen was able to secure 2nd overall on the GC last week after being supported superbly by his African team. This week Edvald will be looking to again takeRead More →

The final stage of the World Ports Classic would literally end with a bang for our African team as Matt Goss and Reinardt Janse van Rensburg came crashing down in the final few kilometers while Kris Boeckmans (Lotto-Soudal) went ahead to ride away with the stage and overall GC victory. In a stage that had very little to no undulations at all, the early break were all but doomed even before they decided to actually go on the offensive during the stage start this morning. The 6 riders in the escape enjoyed some TV time but Team Astana and in particular, Adrien Niyonshuti kept theRead More →

The final Tour of Norway stage would be a wet and tough 175km affair. A hard 12km circuit would be completed 3 times to end of the race and it was the late breakaway rider, Andreas Vangstad (Sparebanken Sor) who would come out on top.  As Vangstad was not a threat to the GC riders, when the main group come home just 14″ later it meant Jesper Hansen (Tinkoff-Saxo) would win the Tour of Norway overall while Edvald Boasson Hagen was able to secure 2nd overall for our African Team. The final stage saw an 8 rider break go clear in the early stages andRead More →