The 2nd stage of the Giro del Trentino saw a showdown of the races top 19 riders on the finishing 8km climb to Brentonico. Richie Porte (Team Sky) came out tops as he arrived at the line ahead of Mikel Landa (Team Astana) and Damiano Cunego (Nippo Vini-Fantini). The select group of 19 riders was created on the stages penultimate climb, a 15km HC category climb up the Passo Santa Barbara. At the foot of the climb there were 5 early leaders up the road but Team Sky set a relentless pace on the uphill gradient which quickly brought the race all together. Nobody couldRead More →

The Giro del Trentino got off to a blistering start with a short 13km team time trial. Bora Argon 18 would ride away with the victory, edging out Team Sky by a few split seconds. Team Astana rounded out the podium in 3rd. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung were the final team to start the flat and fast course. As a continent not renowned for it’s time trialing prowess, our 6 African riders put in a strong ride to keep their GC hopes well and truly alive. Strong turns from Daniel Teklehaimanot, Natnael Berhane, both riders former National and Continental time trial champions, and Johann vanRead More →

The Fleche Wallonne gets underway tomorrow and Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung are excited to be starting this great Ardennes Classic. The World Tour event will see the finish being placed atop the infamous Mur de Huy but only after 205km of racing. Fleche Wallonne is the 2nd of the three Ardennes Classic races and the one which brings out the best explosive climbers in the world. The likes of Alejandro Valverde, Michal Kwiatkowski and Chris Froome are all expected to start. The Mur de Huy, a climb that is 1.3km long with a gradient averaging at 9.3% will be completed no less than 3 times, withRead More →

This year, Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung will make history as the first African-registered team to take part in the Tour de France. While we have always focused on developing African cyclists to compete at the highest levels of the sport, the team’s also always been about more than just winning races. This year, we have committed to raising funds for 5 000 bicycles to mobilise African school children through its charity partner, Qhubeka, which is World Bicycle Relief’s programme in South Africa. World Bicycle Relief is a global non-profit organisation dedicated to advancing education, health and economic opportunities by providing simple, sustainable transportation. Since itsRead More →

The Giro del Trentino starts from tomorrow and MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung will be lining up for the Italian UCI 2.HC event with a strong African team. The race will be run over 4 stages, covering over 500km of Italy’s best climbing roads. The opening stage is a short and flat 13km team trial that should not see too much time being gained or lost. The difference will be made in the following 3 road stages with mountain top finishes on stages 2 and 3 while the final stage also has 2 category 2 climbs to contend with before the rolling road home. This race suits the outRead More →

The Amstel Gold Race would see the victory go to the World Champion, Michal Kwiatkowski (Etixx-Quickstep). Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung had much to smile about as well as Johann van Zyl would animate the race by forming part of the 6 man break of the day. The ever dependable ‘VanSnail’ would find himself in the move along with Laurens De Vreese (Astana), Jan Polanc (Lampre-Merida), Timo Roosen (Lotto-Jumbo), Linus Gerdemann (Cult Energy) and Mike Terpstra (Roompot) from the 25km marker. Johann and his compatriots worked well to establish a lead of just on 11 minutes at one point. BMC Racing would take control of theRead More →

The Ardennes Classics get underway this weekend with the Amstel Gold Race set to run its course on Sunday, 19 April. MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung will take to the start of the 258km UCI World Tour event with high ambitions. It will be the first time our African team compete in Netherlands most premier cycling event and we sure hope to leave our mark on this great, traditional race. The route which includes 34 noted climbs, totalling over 4000m of ascent ensures that only the strongest riders will be in contention for the win. None of the climbs could really be categorized as all that long,Read More →

Ben Hermans (BMC Racing) went on to win the 55th Brabantse Pijl after a strong ride over the final 35km of the race. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung had both Kristian Sbaragli and Serge Pauwels involved in the business end of the race. Kristian would end the race in 18th place. The Belgian victor would go on the attack with David Tanner (IAM Cycling) after the initial 3 attackers of the day were caught around the 40km to go mark. The duo would keep a 25″ lead over the peloton for the majority of their time out front while a number of attacks and counter attacksRead More →

The 55th De Brabantse Pijl – La Flèche Brabançonne will take place tomorrow, 15 April. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung will line-up for this UCI 1.HC Belgian classic for the 3rd time after making its debut in 2013 already.  The Brabanste Pijl is somewhat of a transitional classic as the race is seen as the bridge between the cobbled classics and the Ardennes classics. Some of the cobbled specialists look to carry their form into Brabantse from Flanders and Roubaix while the punchers and other climbers who are hoping to excel at races like Amstel Gold and Leige-Bastogne-Liege look to Brabantse as their first classics outing.Read More →

John Degenkolb (Giant-Alpecin) would pick up his 2nd monument victory of the year as he out sprinted 6 other riders on the Roubaix velodrome to win the 113th Paris-Roubaix. Zdnek Stybar (Eitxx-Quickstep) would be the runner-up and Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) completed the podium. It was a true race of attrition as no team could really say they dominated proceedings today. It was more a process of elimination due to the rigors of the cobblestone sectors that created the main selections of the race. It was only in the final 50km that Etixx-Quickstep looked to have some sort of control of the race asRead More →