The final stage of the Tour of Austria ran its course today with Moreno Moser (Cannondale-Garmin) winning the final bunch sprint. David Tanner (IAM Cycling) was 2nd and Clement Venturini (Cofidis) finished in 3rd. The two category 1 climbs on route today created an attacking platform and the riders obliged with constant attacks all stage. An initial early break was caught after a number of attacks came from the peloton on the 1st big climb. Natnael Berhane was among the attackers and for a brief while, Natnael was part of a 6 rider group that had distanced the peloton. On the descent though, the entireRead More →

Alexis Vuillermoz (AG2R La Mondiale) won the 8th stage of the Tour de France, riding clear on the Mur de Bretagne. Dan Martin (Cannondale-Garmin) was 2nd and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) came in in 3rd place. MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung’s first objective of the day was to retain Daniel Teklehaimanot’s Polka Dot jersey. With 2 points available at the stage finish, our African team were relying largely on Joquim Rodriguez (Katusha) not winning the stage, as he was the only real threat to Daniel’s jersey today. With Vuillermoz taking the victory, Daniel will keep the Polka Dots for another day. The stage saw a group of 4 ridersRead More →

The Tour of Austria’s 7th stage would only be a short one at 124km in length but the racing would be fast and furious. In the end it was a big 21 rider break that would decide the day with Lukas Pöstlberger (Tirol) taking the stage win ahead of Eduard Vorganov (Katusha) and Moreno Moser (Cannondale). The large group of 21 riders escaped just after the only categorised climb of the day, a cat 4 climb coming with 23km completed. MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung had our South African rider, Jaco Venter represented in the big move. It was rather interesting that the peloton let such a largeRead More →

The Tour de France finally saw its first real mass bunch sprint of this year’s race with Mark Cavendish (Etixx-Quickstep) taking the win in Fougeres. Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) was 2nd and Peter Sagan rounded out the podium in 3rd. For MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung it was another terrific day as Daniel Teklehaimanot got to start the stage in the Polka Dot jersey he earned yesterday. With a category 4 climb coming just 12km into today’s stage, Daniel was keen to show off his new jersey in the break as he looked to further his lead in the King of the Mountians competition. Daniel was successful inRead More →

The Queen stage of the Tour of Austria took riders over the Grossglockner before eventually finishing atop the famed Kitzbuheler Horn. Victor De la Parte (Vorarlberg) would be the rider to climb his way to the stage victory and also into the race leader’s jersey. There would be a fair sized group of 8 riders who escaped over the Grossglockner, Austria’s highest mountain, and they would be able to muscle out a maximum lead of 4 minutes. Team CCC Sprandi did most of the pace setting in defence of their race leaders jersey from the peloton. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung would come to the assistanceRead More →

The 6th stage of the Tour de France would be a historical day for African cycling as Daniel Teklehaimanot became the first African rider to pull on the Polka Dot best climbers jersey and only the 3rd African ever, to wear a leader’s jersey at the Tour de France. Daniel set off in pursuit of history when he got into the 3 rider break of the day that got clear after just 5km of racing. There would be 3 category 4 climbs on route today, with 1 point available to the first rider over the top of each climb. Perrig Quemeneur (Europcar) and Kenneth Vanbilsen (Cofidis)Read More →

An incredible ride by Johann van Zyl during the 5th Tour of Austria stage saw the young South African pick up his first ever professional win, crossing the line alone and just a handful of seconds ahead of a fast charging peloton. After an initial break of 6 riders were caught with around 60km to go, 3 new riders jumped clear including Johann. Our South African was joined by Grischa Janorschke (Vorarlberg) and Lukas Pöstlberger (Tirol). The trio combined well to establish a maximum of 3 minutes advantage over the peloton. The peloton soon realised the danger of the escape and began the chase. The urgencyRead More →

Edvald Boasson Hagen would finish 5th in the mass sprint of the 5th Tour de France stage. Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) would take his 2nd win of the Tour, just ahead of Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) and Mark Cavendish (Etixx-Quickstep). In another nervy stage of the Tour de France that saw riders taking on 190km from Arras to Amiens, a lone rider would breakaway in the first half of the stage. Pierre-Luc Perichon (Bretagne-Seche) would be the escapee of the day but with strong winds and persistent rain it made it a tough day for the Frenchman out-front as well as for the peloton. With just underRead More →

The 4th stage of the Tour of Austria would be the first stage for the General Classification riders. Victor De la Parte (Vorarlberg) would be the stage victor, Jan Hirt ( CCC Sprandi) was 2nd and Ben Hermans (BMC Racing) claimed 3rd place. At 210km in length, it would be a long day out on the road even before the peloton hit the final 17km cat 1 climb up to Drobatsch. 3 riders escaped in the early part of the stage and with such a distance to cover before the final climb started, they were given just over 5 minutes by the peloton. MTN-Qhubeka p/bRead More →

The 4th stage of the Tour de France saw riders take on the cobbled roads of Northern France. It would be a thrilling stage that saw our Norwegian champion, Edvald Boasson Hagen sprint to an incredible 5th place on the stage. Tony Martin would take the stage victory after escaping with 3km to go. After the 7 cobble sectors that covered a total of 13.3km of today’s 221km stage, it would be the strongest 35 riders that survived to contest for the stage victory. Edvald Boasson Hagen was part of this select group after some good early work by the MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung team, particularlyRead More →