The 5th stage of the Tour of Oman was set to be another great battle but the weather god’s had other ideas. The peloton was greeted by a tremendous sandstorm at the stage start which forced organisers to delay the start and start proceedings further down the race course. After the restart took place, riders came in to new troubles during the neutral zone when numerous punctures plagued the field. The 40 degree temperature and sandy roads had caused the riders rims to heat up excessively during the descents causing blowouts at high speed. The riders brought the race to a halt once again toRead More →

  The 4th stage of the Ruta del Sol saw an epic battle between Chris Froome (Team Sky) and Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) on the stages final climb. Froome went on to win the stage ahead of Contador with Mikel Nieve (Team Sky) in 3rd place on the day. Froome would take over the race leaders jersey from Contador by a mere 1 second.  Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung were once again looking to Merhawi Kudus for a top result as the race would finish at the top of the Alto de Allanadas cat 1 climb. As part of the plan for the stage, Nicholas Dougall placedRead More →

The Queen stage of the Tour of Oman saw a great battle on Green Mountain with Rafael Valls (Lampre – Merida) taking an impressive win ahead of Tejay van Gaarderen (BMC Racing) and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar). Jacques Janse van Rensburg and Louis Meintjes both impressed for Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung on the 4th Tour of Oman stage as they were prominent figures in the favourites group that duelled it out up the final climb. The early 2 rider escape that had a lead of over 14 minutes today was reeled in at the foot of Green Mountain. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung hit the base ofRead More →

The 3rd stage of the Ruta del Sol saw the heavyweights of Grand Tour riding, Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) and Chris Froome (Team Sky) battling for the stage win with the Spaniard coming out tops today. With Froome in 2nd, Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) came home 3rd. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung were well represented at the front of the race today as Merhawi Kudus was able to match the favourites up to the 3km to go sign. Merhawi was brought to the foot of the final climb by his Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung team mates. Contador was able to rely on Ivan Basso to prettyRead More →

Nic Dougall was part of the a five-man break group which dominated the second stage of the Vuelta a Andalusia Ruta del Sol. Things fell apart in the final kilometers and MTN-Qhubeka was not able to place at the finish. Nic was in the day’s break group, along with Pirmin Lang (IAM), Aleksandr Komin (RusVelo), Sjoerd Van Ginneken (Roompot) and Adrian Honkisz (CCC). They built up a gap of just over five minutes along the way. Dougall took third at the first intermediate sprint. Tinkoff-Saxo was not going to let anyone get away for good, though, and led the peloton the whole day. With 62Read More →

Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg sprinted to a 12th place finish in the third stage of the Tour of Oman. The stage saw a long breakaway which was reeled in to allow the expected mass sprint. It was a burning-hot day, and with the Green Mountain stage coming up tomorrow, the peloton let three riders get away almost from the start of the 158.5 km with start and finish at the Al Mussanah Sport City. IAM Cycling and Trek Factory Racing were at the head of the chase, and the three were caught with only 16 km to go, after having had a lead of overRead More →

The opening day of the Ruta del Sol saw riders competing over 2 half stages. The morning road stage was a crash affected affair won by Pim Ligthart (Lotto-Soudal) ahead of Fabio Silvestre (Trek Factory Racing) and Grega Bole (CCC Sprandi Polkowice). The afternoon time trial was dominated by Javier Moreno (MOV) with Wilco Kelderman (LottoNL-Jumbo) and Jerome Coppel (IAM Cycling) completing the podium. It was a day of mixed fortunes for Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung as we had 5 of our riders go down in the mornings stage. Luckily all our riders got up relatively unscathed. Tyler Farrar and Steve Cummings got through theRead More →

Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) won the 2nd stage of the Tour of Oman ahead of Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and Greg van Avermaet (BMC Racing) from a small bunch sprint. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung had both Jacques Janse van Rensburg and Louis Meintjes finish as part of the front select group. The 2nd stage of the Tour of Oman saw some late excitement with a short climb in the final 10km’s of the stage providing a platform for some attacking riding. The early 4 man escape of the day stood no chance as multiple teams had an interest in the stage finale today, including TeamRead More →

Ahead of arguably the most important season in the history of South African cycling, SuperSport has secured the rights to a number of international tours and classics, many of which will feature our very own Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung. The team will be using a number of these events to fine-tune its preparation for its debut – the first by a SA team – in the biggest race of them all, the Tour De France. These include Paris-Roubaix, the one-day race famous for how tough it is, thanks to its rough terrain, much of it on cobblestones. This is followed by La Flèche Wallonne, theRead More →

Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung got the Tour of Oman off to a good start with Johann van Zyl being the main protagonist of the first stage. The win however went to Andrea Gaurdini (Astana) with Tom Boonen (Etixx-Quickstep) and Matteo Pelucchi (IAM Cycling) in 2nd and 3rd respectively. It was inside the first kilometer of the day that Johann went on the attack with 3 other riders. The quartet built up a good early lead of just over 5 minutes with 50km completed. After passing through the feedzone, Johann tried to inject a bit more life into the move and ended up going away solo.Read More →