The third and final stage of the inaugural Tour of Yorkshire was characterized by six categorized climbs, which made for a tough day in the office. The 170 kilometers from Wakefield to Leeds got off to a fast start and it seemed that every team wanted to have a rider in the days break. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung managed to put Reinardt Janse van Rensburg out front. The break of five managed to gain a maximum advantage of around five minutes, before Sky decided to lift the tempo of the peloton for their race leader Lars-Petter Nordhaug. With around 50 kilometers to go the break split,Read More →

The final stage of the Presidential Tour of Turkey was a fast one. The peloton had to cover 121 km in Istanbul, and the Turkish capital provided a spectacular scenery. In the end Luis Mas (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) was able to hold of the likes of Mark Cavendish (Etixx-QuickStep) and teammate Carlos Barbero to take the win. In the overall Kristian Durasek (Lampre-Merida) secured the win, with MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung’s Serge Pauwels finishing in 5th position. Our South African outfit was one of the most active teams all week and todays final stage saw no difference. After a break of 4 rider got away earlyRead More →

The 2nd Tour de Yorkshire stage would eventually come down to the expected bunch sprint with Moreno Hofland (Lotto-Jumbo) taking the victory. Matteo Pelucchi (IAM Cycling) was 2nd with Ramon Sinkledam (Giant-Alpecin) 3rd. MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung had both Andy Stauff and Reinardt Janse van Rensburg in the mix, crossing the line in 8th and 11th respectively. The days racing would see none other than Matt Brammeier jumping into the 8 rider breakaway for Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung. Matt and his fellow escapees fought hard to establish a lead close to 7 minutes. Team Sky assumed the chase early on to protect their GC lead. WithRead More →

It was a terrific team performance that allowed Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung sprinter, Kristian Sbaragli to take 3rd place on the 7th Tour of Turkey stage. Mark Cavendish (Etixx-Quickstep) was first across the line with Andre Piechele (Bardiani) in 2nd. An early break of three riders had no chance of surviving today when MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung took control of proceedings today. Jay Thomson once again ate away at the 7 minute lead the 3 riders had before Adrien Niyonshuti, Songezo Jim and Natnael Berhane came to the fore just before the final cat 1 climb that came with 28km to go. In fact, even sprinterRead More →

Merhawi Kudus was MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung’s main man at todays opening stage of the Tour of Yorkshire. The 21 year old Eritrean only received his Visa in time to make the trip to Great Britain. He arrived just minutes before the flag dropped in Bridlington. He would move on to finish 13th, being the team’s best place rider on the day. MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung rode strong all day. From the beginning on the stripes were to be seen at the front of the peloton. The team’s fighting spirit would see Steve Cummings and Reinardt Janse van Rensburg playing an important role in one of theRead More →

Stage 6 of the Tour of Turkey was one of the decisive stages for the overall. Kristian Durasek (Lampre-Merida) took over the race lead after 184 km from Denizli to Selçuk. The stage was one by Pello Bilbao (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA). MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung’s Belgian climber Serge Pauwels made good work of his Cervélo S5 on the days final climb and finished in 13th place. In the overall he sits now 6th. The race was animated by an early break of four. Malcolm Rudolph (Drapac), Rik Jans (Wanty-Group Goubert), Jarl Salomein (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise) and Ahmet Akdilek (Torku) were able to establish a lead of overRead More →

The 5th stage of the Tour of Turkey came down to a short uphill bunch sprint which had Sacha Modolo (Lampre-Merida) reign supreme. Carlos Barbero (Caja-Rural) was 2nd and Jay McCarthy (Tinkoff-Saxo) got up for 3rd.  There was an early break of 3 riders that went clear and they were allowed 7 minutes before Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung took responsibility for the chase. Jay Thomson would chew up the kilometers at the head of the peloton as he brought the break back down to under 2 minutes with 60km to go. Caja-Rural then also took an interest in the chase and by 50km to go,Read More →

After the resounding success of the opening stages of the Tour de France in Yorkshire last year, Yorkshire now has its very own race, the Tour de Yorkshire. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung are happy to be part of the inaugural edition of the race that gets underway tomorrow. The 3 stage race starts of as a UCI 2.1 level race but the sheer hype and excitement around the race has made it a must do event already in its first year. The nature of the course see’s the opening 2 stages suiting the sprinters while the 3rd and final stage has a number of shortRead More →

The 4th stage of the Tour of Turkey panned out just as most expected it to. The tough climb that came with just 10km to go saw a reduced group arrive over the top and then go on to contest the sprint. Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) was quickest with Daniele Colli (Nippo-Vini Fantini) 2nd and Daniele Ratto (United Healthcare) 3rd. It was Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung’s plan to make the racing hard today and the boys followed the procedure well. After an initial 6 rider move was brought back early on, 5 riders then went away. Once they hit a 45″ lead, Natnael Berhane jumped fromRead More →

The 3rd and queen stage of the Tour of Turkey saw MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung take the racing to the rest of the peloton. Songezo Jim and Youcef Reguigui both went on the attack and Serge Pauwels would finish 5th at the line. It was after 25km of racing that Songezo went clear with 4 other riders. Building up a lead of 4 minutes, the attackers then hit the first of the 2 cat 1 climbs for the day. Songezo was clearly one of the strongest as he, Juan Valencia (Colombia) and Jose Goncalves (Caja-Rural) pushed clear. The peloton had reduced the gap drastically on theRead More →