The Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali stage 1b marked the first team time trial for MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung of the season and the team just narrowly missed out on the win. After Adrien Niyonshuti’s brave ride in the morning stage the riders were keen to show their stripes once again! The riders had to cover 13.3 kilometer on a lumpy course in Gatteo. CCC Sprandi were the fastest and clocked a time of 14.49 minutes. Team Sky followed in second, just 1 second down. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung’s GC hopes for the race in one of Italy’s most scenic regions rely on Steve Cummings, Jacques Janse van Rensburg, andRead More →

The opening half stage of the Coppi e Bartali would end in a mass sprint with Manuel Belleti (Southeast) sprinting to victory. Grega Bole (CCC Polsat) was a close 2nd with Patrick Clausen (Trefor-Blue Water) in 3rd place. MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung started the stage off on the front foot with Adrien Niyonshuti making it into the 5 rider break of the day. The escapees quickly opened up a 4 minute lead but as quickly as the gap went out, it also came back. As the stage was only 99km in distance, Team Sky and CCC Polsat were intent on bringing the race back together forRead More →

Jelle Wallays (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise) was clearly the strongest rider of the day at today’s Dwars Door Vlaanderen as the Belgian took out the race victory. His teammate Edward Theuns was 2nd with Dylan van Baarle (Cannondale-Garmin) completing the podium. With a constant drizzle and cool temperatures, racing got underway with a flurry of attacks. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung were prominent in all the early moves and it looked as if Jay Thomson had made the break of the day after just 30km of racing. The peloton had other plans though and brought everything back together again. Despite numerous attacks were Nic Dougall was also aRead More →

The Coppi e Bartali is the next appointment for most our climbers as MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung start the 4 day, 5 stage Italian race this Thursday.  Racing gets underway with 2 half stages on the opening day. After the morning road stage, the Coppi e Bartali will once again have the unique team time trial stage where 4 riders per team will make up 2 teams each for the stage. The remaining stages in the week will see the parcours suit the climbers on stages 2 and 4 while stage 3 should be one for the sprinters. The Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung riders selected toRead More →

It’s back to the Belgian classics this week for MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung as the boys start the Dwars Door Vlaanderen on Wednesday. At 200km in length and ranked as a UCI 1.HC event, the race is more than just a precursor to the upcoming World Tour E3 Harelbeke this weekend. After the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, the Dwars Door Vlaanderen is the 2nd spectacle being put on by the Flanders Classics organising committee and you can be sure that a quality field of classics specialists will be on display this Wednesday. The past champions of the race give no clues as to who the race will favour either, withRead More →

John Degenkolb (Giant-Alpecin) took the victory of the 106th Milan-Sanremo from a small group sprint. Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) took 2nd and Michael Matthews (Orica-Greenedge) had to settle for 3rd. For the 3rd year in succession MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung placed a rider in the top 10 with Edvald Boasson Hagen claiming 10th place. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung was a talking point throughout the day as Serge Pauwels animated the race by going on the attack from kilometer zero. Serge was joined by 10 other riders as over 290km of open roads lay before them. The escape group pushed on in the rain to open up a gap of justRead More →

The Vuelta a Espana organisation committee announced the 5 wildcards for the 70th edition of the Vuelta a Espana earlier today. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung were delighted to receive the vote of confidence from the race organisers once again, as they extended an invitation to our African team. After our debut Grand Tour appearance at last year’s La Vuelta a Espana, it is fantastic that we will be able to return to the Spanish grand tour this year. The minute the announcement was made, the amazing memories from last years’ experience came flooding back to the MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung camp. As was proved last year, the Vuelta aRead More →

The first monument of the year, Milan-Sanremo, takes place this Saturday and MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung will be lining up at La Primavera with high hopes once again.  With two past champions as part of our roster, Gerald Ciolek and Matt Goss, the top step of the podium is our teams ultimate goal come Sunday. The team has also started to come into form at just the right time, Gerald’s 2nd place on Monday’s Tirreno stage and Steve Cummings overall 6th place at the Italian race has ensured a high morale ahead of the 295km classic. Essentially the Milan-Sanremo was the event that put MTN-Qhubeka p/bRead More →

Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung has always been about more than just winning races. We measure our performance in helping to put 5.000 children on bikes. We are about changing lives with bicycles, which is why we are appealing to the public to help us win at Milan-San Remo this weekend. This Sunday as a team we will leave everything on the road over 295km and we’re asking you to join us and donate to Qhubeka to fund 295 bicycles. Our 2013 MSR champion Gerald Ciolek states: “Winning Milan-San Remo was huge, but what impressed me even more was the positive impact this win had onRead More →

After Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) set an unbeatable time early on, the final individual time trial stage of the Tirreno-Adriatico would end up being a battle of the seconds between the GC riders. Our Steven Cummings started the day 9th on GC but by finishing 8th on the stage, the Brit managed to secure a credible 6th overall. The first Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung rider to really make an impact on the leaderboard today was Edvald Boasson Hagen. Eddy crossed the line in 11’49” over the 10km course, which would be good enough for 10th position on the stage. By the time the GCRead More →