Louis Meintjes earned himself another title today when he soloed to victory at the African Continental Championships in Wartburg. He was part of an elite group that formed midway through the race and included his fellow countrymen Jay Thomson and Jacques Janse van Rensburg. Both moved on to round out the podium, with Reinardt Janse van Rensburg coming in fourth. The South African quartet normally wears the black and white stripes of team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung. Today they showed off their national team kit and were joined doing so by teammates Natnael Berhane, Daniel Teklehaimanot, Merhawi Kudus and Adrien Niyonshuti, who represented their respective countries Eritrea and Rwanda.Read More →

In another first for Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung, our African team will line-up at the Tour of Oman which takes place from 17 – 22 February. The UCI 2.HC event has become a favourite season opener for cycling’s grand tour contenders like 2 time winner Chris Froome, Vincenzo Nibali and Joaquim Rodriguez. Froome will not defend the title he won in 2014 though. The Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung riders that make up the Oman roster include Edvald Boasson Hagen who has twice finished 2nd overall at the Tour of Oman and picking up 2 stage wins along the way. Our new South African champion, JacquesRead More →

The Tour of Qatar reached its conclusion today when a bunch sprint saw Sam Bennett (Bora-Argon 18) winning the final stage ahead of Andrea Guardini (Astana) and Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis). Niki Terpstra (Etixx-Quickstep) held on to his General Classification lead to win the Tour of Qatar overall. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung would end the Tour of Qatar off on a high note with Youcef Reguigui sprinting to 5th place in the capital city, Doha. Youcef was able to rely on some fine work from his MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung teammates as they rode as a unit throughout the day to ensure the Algerian was still freshRead More →

Yesterday the organisers of the Tour of Flanders announced the 8 wildcard teams for the 2015 edition of the race. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung are delighted to have received an invitation for a second year in succession.  The 264.2km monument, known as the Ronde van Vlaanderen, is the darling race of the Belgian classics. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung rider, Tyler Farrar, is particularly excited at our teams inclusion in the race. ” The Tour of Flanders is probably my favourite race in the whole world and it is the ultimate Flemish classic. It has everything in it, cobblestones, the short steep climbs, small roads andRead More →

Tyler Farrar will return to racing when he lines-up with his Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung teammates at the Spanish one day race, the Clasica de Almeria on Sunday. Tyler is coming off a successful start to the season at the Herald Sun Tour in Australia where he consistently rode well, including just missing out on a stage win when he finished 2nd on stage 3. Traditionally the Clasica de Almeria has always suited the sprinters but the races early rolling hills will certainly soften the legs and eliminate any sprinter whose early season preparation had not gone according to plan. While Tyler may be ourRead More →

The 5th stage of the Tour of Qatar was a flat 156km from Al Zabara Fort to Madinat ash-Shamal. Once again the strong winds battered the peloton and on rough harsh roads, the racing was really nervy. Just before the first sprint of the day, at kilometer 85, Theo Bos was forced off the road into the gravel and went down. Theo sustained several flesh wounds and was transported to hospital for a full check-up. The diagnosis revealed no fractures. Dr Jarrad van Zuydam – Team Doctor Theo had a fall today after being forced into some gravel on the side of the road. He sustainedRead More →

The 5th stage of the Tour of Qatar saw an exact repeat of the stage 4 podium with Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) taking the win ahead of Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) and Nikias Arndt (Giant-Alpecin). Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung unfortunately suffered the loss of Theo Bos who crashed out of the race. The stage got off to another blustery start with echelons forming inside the first kilometer. Etixx-Quickstep had attempted to gap Maciej Bodnar (Tinkoff-Saxo) who was caught out in the 2nd echelon on the road. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung also had all its riders present in that 2nd group though and so our African team alongRead More →

The African Championships Individual Time Trial event ran it’s course today in Wartburg, KwaZulu-Natal. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung had 5 riders take to the start ramp in Louis Meintjes, Reinardt Janse van Rensburg, Merhawi Kudus, Daniel Teklehaimanot and Adrien Niyonshuti. In the Elite race an early fast time was set by Tsgabu Grmay (Ethiopia) and it would prove to stand the test of time with a number of riders going close to the mark, but unable to beat it. In the end Daniel would come home in the silver medal position with Reinardt collecting the bronze. In the u23 race Merhawi would go on toRead More →

The 4th stage of the Tour of Qatar saw Jaco Venter go on the offensive, attacking with Dimitry Gruzdev (Astana) and Jarl Salomein (Topsport-Vlaanderen) after just 10km of racing. The trio built a lead of up to 3’45” at one stage before the prevailing winds ignited the chase from the peloton. The escape was not to be despite the brave effort from the attackers. The sprinters teams nullified the gap with 18km remaining and a nervy bunch sprint then ensued. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung were in the mix for the finale and with 8km to go we were in control of the peloton. Theo BosRead More →

Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung and world renowned Sport Scientist and Performance Coach, Dr Sherylle Calder are all set for a winning combination during the 2015 cycling season. ‘Decision-making starts with the eyes’ – will be the common principal augmenting these two great organisations. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung recently received a wild card invitation to the 102nd Le Tour de France, starting on July 4th, 2015. In the run-on to the toughest sporting event on earth, Calder will assist South Africa’s first cycling team to participate on this stage with her EyeGym™ programme – a comprehensive visual performance training system designed to incorporate field- and computer-basedRead More →