The 2nd stage of the Tour de Luxembourg would provide for a stern test as the peloton would encounter no less than 9 categorised climbs along the 186km route. In the end it would be Linus Gerdemann (Cult Energy Pro) that would take a hard fought win. He beat Marc de Maar (Roompot Oranje) to the line with Jelle Wallays (Topsport Vlaanderen) in 3rd. The early racing saw 4 riders jump clear and push out an advantage of just on 8 minutes. Lotto-Soudal and Wanty Groupe Gobert assumed control of the peloton early on in the stage and the chase would begin in earnest withRead More →

The Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung riders made their presence felt at the 1st road stage of the Tour de Luxembourg today. Matt Brammeier found the break of the day before Kristian Sbaragli sprinted to 5th place at the line. Matt would go on the attack from kilometer zero and dragged 5 other riders up the road with him. It was a long 212km slog today and so the break were allowed to get up to 5 minutes lead on the peloton. Matt certainly had some good legs though as he increased the tempo closer to the end of the stage which saw 3 of theRead More →

The Criterium du Dauphine has always been seen as the precursor to the Tour de France. With Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung all set to start the Grande Boucle in July, the Criterium du Dauphine will form part of our African teams final build up to the Tour. The Criterium du Dauphine is an 8 stage UCI World Tour event that gets underway on Sunday 7 June. As Chris Froome and Vincenzo Nibali are expected to start, and with a number of the same roads being used as in the Tour de France, one would think it could be a dress rehearsal for what is toRead More →

The opening prologue of the Tour de Luxembourg saw riders take on a technical 2.6km city course. The victory would go to Adrien Petit (Cofidis) after just 3’58” minutes of effort. Bryan Coquard (Europcar) was 2nd and Arnaud Geraud (Bretagne-Seche) rounded out the podium. There was a brief moment of excitement in the MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung camp as Matt Brammeier was initially said to have crossed the line with a blistering fast 3’52”. This was clearly incorrect as Matt actually had to walk the final kilometer after succumbing to a mechanical incident. The fastest MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung rider would in fact be our South African,Read More →

Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung are set to make history when they become the first African registered cycling team to participate in the Tour de France this year. To be on the start line of Le Tour is a huge step forward for our team and a massive milestone for African cycling. The opportunity comes with great responsibility and MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung will take to the Grand Depart with clear objectives and a strong team. 7 African riders and 4 internationals make the MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung Tour de France squad. With the Tour de France only a month away now, there has been much speculation asRead More →

The Tour de Luxembourg is the next event on the MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung racing calendar, with the 5 stage tour starting this Wednesday. The UCI 2.HC event is expected to attract a strong field once again and our African team are looking forward to the challenge that awaits.  The race will start with a short and technical 2.6km prologue through the streets of Luxembourg town that will also include 2 sections of cobblestones. Riders then move on to the 4 road stages, none of which can be considered to be mountainous stages but all present numerous undulations which should make for exciting racing. Traditionally the GCRead More →

Edvald Boasson Hagen would show his class at the final Tour des Fjords stage and took an emphatic stage victory. Edvald was part of a late 4 man escape and the Norwegian star was able to out sprint Daryl Impey (Orica-Greenedge) and Marco Haller (Katusha) for his first victory of the season. As the race hit the final climb of the day, Pig Hill, Edvald would put in a strong attack from the peloton that only Impey, Haller and Sven Erik Bystrom (Katusha) could match. The quartet would catch and pass the early 5 rider break of the day on the steep 20% slopes ofRead More →

The Garmin Velothon Berlin came down to the expected bunch sprint and it was Ramon Sinkeldam (Giant-Alpecin) who was fastest on the day. Sam Bennett (Bora-Argon 18) would be 2nd, just ahead of Zico Waeytens (Giant-Alpecin) in 3rd. It would be a blanket finish at the line in Berlin and our Gerald Ciolek was only a bike length from the victory. The results however had Gerald placed in 6th position on the day. This came after a good team performance by MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung, keeping Gerald protected during the course of the race. There was an early break of 4 riders who were able toRead More →

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 →