The opening stage of the Arctic Race of Norway saw Edvald Boasson Hagen sprint his way to a 2nd place behind countryman, Alexander Kristoff (Katusha). Sam Bennett (Bora-Argon 18) finished in 3rd place.  In cool conditions, racing got underway with the riders facing 210km on today’s first stage. 7 riders would get away early on with the majority of the break made up by the continental Norwegian teams. MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung, Europcar and Katusha then took responsibility to control the pace of the peloton, Theo Bos was our rider doing a lot of the early work. After the leaders reached a 7 minute lead, theRead More →

The Arctic Race of Norway gets underway on Thursday and MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung will once again take part in professional cycling’s most Northern race. The UCI 2.HC event is comprised of just 4 stages, the first 2 looking to suit the fast riders while the final 2 stages probably more suited to a puncheur. That being said, with only 6 rider teams and 4 stages from which to decide the GC winner, we expect a very attacking and exciting racing each day. MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung will send a highly motivated team to one of the most scenic races in the world, led by Edvald BoassonRead More →

The final stage of the Tour of Utah saw Lachlan Norris (Drapac Cycling) out sprint Brent Bookwalter (BMC Racing) for the stage win with our Natnael Berhane coming across the line in 3rd place. Joe Dombrowski (Cannondale-Garmin) won the Tour of Utah overall. The final stage saw MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung keep its unique record of placing a rider in the break at every single stage of the 2015 Tour of Utah when Songezo Jim joined 11 riders off the front of the peloton today. The leaders were allowed to get just over a 3 minute lead before the chase from the peloton really started. ThereRead More →

Matt Brammeier was involved in a high speed crash on stage 6 of the Tour of Utah. The Irishman collided with a service car on the descent from Guardsman Pass in Big Cottonwood Canyon. He was chasing back to the main peloton by the time. After the crash ambulance transported Matt to hospital where he underwent several check ups. He is stable but sustained severe injuries to his pelvis, ribs and lung. The team wishes Matt a speedy recovery. Dr Jarrad van Zuydam – Team Doctor Matt Brammeier was involved in a high speed collision with a vehicle during the queen stage of the TourRead More →

The 6th stage of the Tour of Utah would be the races Queen stage as riders finished atop the Snowbird Ski Resort. Joe Dombrowski soloed to the win and into the race leader’s jersey while Natnael Berhane came home in 3rd place behind Michael Woods (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit). The stage was not all about the final climb though as riders had to contend with 4 major climbs in total, including the Cat 1 up Guardsman Pass. It was this mountain that would start to shape the race as an original break of 12 riders, which included Johann van Zyl once again, started to crumble.Read More →

The 6th and final stage of the Tour of Denmark saw Tinkoff-Saxo steal the show as Michael Morkov sprinted to the stage victory and Christopher Juul-Jensen secured the overall GC win. It would be 150km that the riders faced today with the final 60km all taking place over 10 laps through the streets of Copenhagen. After a really fast start a break of 4 riders got clear of the peloton. With the city circuits suiting the fast men it was up to the sprinters teams to lead the chase. Bardiani, MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung and Tinkoff-Saxo were the fast teams assuming responsibility. The leaders didn’t reallyRead More →

The 5th stage of the Tour of Utah was taken out by Michael Woods (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit) with Sonny Colbrelli (Bardiani) in 2nd and Kiel Reijnen (United Healthcare) finishing 3rd.  At only 89.1km in length, the 5th stage started off with a real bang as 8 riders attacked right from the gun. Songezo Jim was one of the riders in the move, ensuring MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung kept its unique record of being in the break in each stage of the Tour of Utah this year so far. The 8 leaders were held at just over a minute for most of the day as withRead More →

The 5th stage of the Tour of Denmark would take the form of a short 13km evening time trial. Madz Wurtz (ColoQuick) would be the fastest against the clock while our Norwegian champ, Edvald Boasson Hagen would take 5th place, even after puncturing. The out and back course was not at all technical and with very little elevation change it would be all about shear power. Wurtz, starting as the 16th last rider, would set the benchmark for the GC favourites as he completed the 13.6km course in a fast 15’45”. Earlier on though our young South African, Nic Dougall posted a credible time ofRead More →

The 4th stage of the Tour of Denmark came down to the expected bunch sprint with Matti Breschel (Tinkoff-Saxo) taking the win. Edvald Boasson Hagen was challenging for the victory but had to settle for 2nd place today. As there are two stages today, the morning stage was only a short 116km race. The pace was fast and furious though, as it usually is on these short stages. The main break of the day was comprised of 13 riders and MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung did well to place both Kristian Sbaragli and Theo Bos in the move. The leaders weren’t allowed much freedom at all thoughRead More →

Eric Young (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit) sprinted to victory during the 4th Tour of Utah stage with Dion Smith (Hincapie Racing) in 2nd and Jure Kocjan (United Healthcare) in 3rd. MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung had Natnael Berhane mixing it with the fast guys again to finish 13th. The stage started off well for our African team as Songezo Jim would infiltrate the main break of the day. The South African rider was joined by 6 other riders as they rode clear by 3’30” to the peloton. The main obstacle of the day was the cat 2 climb up Wolf Creek Pass which topped out with stillRead More →