The final stage of the Bayern Rundfahrt saw John Degenkolb (Giant-Alpecin) sprint to victory ahead of Rudiger Selig (Katusha) and Sam Bennett (Bora-Argon). Alex Dowsett (Movistar) held on to his 2″ lead to win the race overall. Louis Meintjes would get into the 6 rider break of the day for MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung today and initially Louis would make a challenge for the KOM competition but Frederik Veuchelen (Wanty Groupe Gobert) had the same idea. The Belgians kick would be the difference as he pipped Louis to maximum points on each occasion. Meanwhile the peloton were chasing behind at around 3 minutes for the majorityRead More →

The Queen stage of the Amgen Tour of California would prove to be the perfect spectacle as the action seemed to be never ending. The day’s victor would be Julien Alaphilippe (Etixx-Quickstep) with the Team Sky duo of Sergio Henao and Ian Bowell in 2nd and 3rd to cross the line at the top of Mt. Baldy. MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung would be the instigators of the early action as Johann van Zyl was one of the 7 riders to jump away from the peloton early on in the stage. Johann would be the real aggressor of the group though, attacking on the penultimate climb ofRead More →

Alex Dowsett (Movistar) would take out the victory at today’s Bayern Rundfahrt 4th stage TT. Tiago Machado (Katusha) would stop the clock in 2nd and Jan Barta (Bora-Argon) was 3rd. After our team captain Steve Cummings had to abandon the race on stage 1, MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung were left without a specialist for today’s time trial stage. Nevertheless the boys were keen to test their legs against the clock and all our riders would post respectable times. With and early start Louis Meintjes crossed the line with time that saw him hold on to a top 10 placing for a large portion of the day.Read More →

The 6th stage of the Amgen Tour of California saw the riders take on a 10km race against the clock. Originally the time trial course was supposed to be hosted around Big Bear lake but organisers decided to move the stage to Santa Clarita because of the forecast snowfall in Big Bear. MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung were motivated to unleash their Cervelo P5’s over the short and fast course with Johann van Zyl and Daniel Teklehaimanot particularly keen to test their metal. Johann set a blistering time of 13’04” and as one of the early starters, Johann slotted into 2nd position at the finish. As theRead More →

For the third stage in succession a sprint finish would decide the victor of the 3rd Bayern Rundfahrt stage. Sam Bennett (Bora-Argon) would ride away with all the spoils today as he bested Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) and Ramunas Navardauskus (Cannondale-Garmin). An early break of 5 riders would go clear today but much like the opening two stages, the interest in the stage win by the sprinters teams was just too great and they never really stood a chance. Even though the parcours was slightly tougher than the previous two stages the race came back together on the finishing circuits with just 15km to go. MTN-QhubekaRead More →

The Amgen Tour of California saw its 4th bunch sprint in 5 stages and Mark Cavendish (Etixx-Quickstep) again showed his speed to take a hatrick of victories during the 5th stage.  Zico Waeytens (Giant-Alpecin) was 2nd with Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) 3rd this time around. As in the previous sprint stages, there was an early break which this time consisted of 5 riders. Hincapie Development where taking no chances in order to protect the GC leaders jersey and held the gap just under 3 minutes for the majority of the day. The only real challenge of the day came in the form of the weather asRead More →

For the 2nd day in succession MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung had a rider in the break at the Bayern Rundfahrt. Today was the turn of Adrien Niyonshuti to go on the offensive as he formed part of the early 6 rider breakaway. After going clear within the first 15km of the stage, the leading 6 riders would combine well together and muscled out a lead just over 6 minutes. It took a concerted chase by Cofidis and Bora-Argon before the gap started to decrease. Adrien and his fellow escapees would push the peloton deep into the stage but with strong sprinters in their midst, Giant-Alpecin, CofidisRead More →

It would be another bunch sprint that decided the 4th stage of the Amgen Tour of California. This time Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) would be able to better his 3 previous 2nd places and take the win. Wouter Wippert (Drapac) would run 2nd while Mark Cavendish had to settle for 3rd. MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung could be pleased with their efforts on the day after Daniel Teklehaimanot was in the break of the day while Tyler Farrar cracked the top 5 in the sprint finish. Daniel would get away with 4 other riders in the early part of the 173km stage. Initially Daniel wasn’t in the moveRead More →

The opening stage of the Bayern Rundfahrt would come down to a bunch kick which Sam Bennett (Bora-Argon) would snap up. Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) was 2nd fastest with John Degenkolb (Giant-Alpecin) in 3rd. A lot would go on before the final sprint for the line, particularly for our MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung boys. Louis Meintjes would go on the attack in the opening stages of the 221km stage with 5 other riders. Their break was able to push out a lead of just under 5 minutes while a number of teams were interested in the chase. There were 2 category 1 climbs on route and LouisRead More →

The 3rd stage of the Amgen Tour of California would see the relatively unknown Toms Skujins (Hincapie Development) take an emphatic victory. The 23 year old Latvian would solo to victory after forming part of the days original 7 rider break. It would take just on 40km for the early break of the day to form and the 7 riders that went clear would hit the main obstacle of the day, Mt. Hamilton with a lead of 4’40” over the peloton. Skujins would attack his fellow escapees on the slopes of Mt. Hamilton and set off for the finish alone with still over 50km toRead More →