It was a mass sprint that decided the opening stage of the Tour de Langkawi with Andrea Guardini (Astana) taking the victory ahead of Caleb Ewan (Orica-Greenedge) and Anuar Mannan (Terengganu). MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung had Youcef Reguigui sprint into 7th position. The early racing saw 5 riders go clear of the bunch, building up a lead of just over 2 minutes. Astana and Greenedge kept the leaders on a short leash all stage as they were both riding to set the stage up for their sprinters. The timing of the chase was calculated to perfection as it was only with 2km to go that theRead More →

Yves Lampaert (Etixx-QuickStep) won the first road stage at the 3 Days of West Flanders today. Tosh Vandersande (Lotto-Soudal) was 2nd and Sander Cordeel (Vastgoedservice) was 3rd. Lampaert also took over the overall race lead. There was an original early break of 4 riders who enjoyed a lead of over 4 minutes. With 66km to go though, the peloton accelerated over the Oude Kwaremont, splitting the race up and reeling in the early leaders. It was then a group of 14 riders who surged clear but the peloton never gave them more than 25″ before 5 riders attacked the head group. Lampaert, Vandersande, Cordeel, Alexis GougaerdRead More →

The Tour de Langkawi gets underway this weekend and Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung are happy to be lining up for Asia’s most prestigious race for the 5th year in succession. The race will be returning to it’s more traditional format, starting on Sunday 8 March and concluding after the 8 road stages on Sunday 15 March. The infamous stage finishing at the top of the Genting Highlands now also moves to later in the race, coming on the penultimate day of racing which should make for a more exciting race. It will be this stage that Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung targets with a predominately GCRead More →

Johann van Zyl clocked the fastest time of the MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung riders at the 3 Days of West Flanders opening prologue today. Johann stopped the clock at 8’15” over the 7km course in Middelkerke. The young South Africans time was good enough for 17th on the day just 18″ seconds behind the stage victor. The victory went to Anton Vorobyev (Team Katusha) who was just ahead of Jesse Sergent (Trek Factory Racing) in 2nd and Alexis Gougeard (AG2R La Mondiale) in 3rd place. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung now turn its attention to the two upcoming road stages this weekend. In Tyler Farrar and TheoRead More →

Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung head to the 3 Days of West Flanders this weekend with the 3 stage UCI 2.1 race kicking off with a 7km prologue on Friday. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung are happy to be back at this traditional stage race for classics specialists for the 3rd year running. After picking up a stage victory in 2013, Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung took on the 3 Days of West Flanders last year with high hopes. Unfortunately some misfortune plagued the team and we weren’t able to achieve a notable result. This year MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung will send a strong team to West Flanders, aimingRead More →

The GP Samyn saw an exciting finale that had Kris Boeckmans (Lotto-Soudal) out-sprint Gianni Meersman (Etixx-Quickstep) and Christophe Laporte (Cofidis) for the victory. Tyler Farrar was the highest placed Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung rider in 11th position. The day started out with a 3 rider break going clear just after an hour of racing had gone by. The trio built up a lead of close to 7 minutes before Etixx-Quickstep decided to take control of the peloton. Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal) then decided to head off alone with around 60km to go and attacked his 2 breakaway companions. With De Gendt solo by 5 minutesRead More →

After a decent showing at the opening weekends spring classics, the next appointment for Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung will be Le Samyn on Wednesday. It will be the 47th edition of Le Samyn and MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung will certainly be chasing the victory in this prestigious race. For the past two years running, Kristian Sbaragli secured 5th place at both editions of Le Samyn. In a race Kristian clearly enjoys, the Italian returns after a fine top 10 at the weekends Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne and with a stronger team to boot than in 13′ & 14′. Theo Bos, Tyler Farrar, Matt Brammeier, Serge Pauwels, Jay Thomson, JacoRead More →

Niccolo Bonifazio (Lampre-Merida) won the GP Lugano from a small group sprint, coming in just ahead of Francesco Gavazzi (Southeast) and Matteo Montaguti (AG2R La Mondiale).Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung unfortunately had no rider placing in the top 10. Our African team can be pleased with its day’s work though as Daniel Teklehaimanot and Nic Dougall made the big 15 rider break of the day. Daniel would go on to win all 3 of the GPM’s on offer before going solo with 50km to go. Daniel showed great strength and his brave ride was only brought to an end with 30km to go as a reducedRead More →

Mark Cavendish (Etixx-QuickStep) won the Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne ahead of Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) and Elia Viviani (Team Sky). Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung had Kristian Sbaragli sprint his way into the top 10 by placing 8th on the line. It was another impressive display on the Belgian roads by Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung at the Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne today. After the early 8 rider break was nullified with around 70km to go, a number of surges and attacks saw a dangerous 19 rider group ride clear of the peloton by over a minute. With 5 Etixx-QuickStep riders in the move, including their two captains Cavendish and Tom Boonen, most peopleRead More →

Ian Stannard (Team Sky) went on to make it 2 victories in 2 years as he out-smarted 3 Etixx-QuickStep riders in the finale to take an emphatic victory at the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung had a promising start to their classics campaign despite some bad luck. Matt Brammeier would represent our African team in the initial 8 rider break of the day. Matt was visibly the strongest rider in the move as they drove out a 5 minute gap over the peloton. With around 80km to go Team Sky brought the race to life and began the chase behind. While the mainRead More →