The opening stage of the Tour des Fjords would be a long, cold and wet affair that saw a select group of riders contest for the stage win. Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) would win the small bunch sprint with Marco Haller (Katusha) hanging in for 2nd and Daryl Impey (Orica-Greenedge) netted 3rd place. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung had both Edvald Boasson Hagen and Kristian Sbaragli in the final group and our ever dependable Italian crossed the line in 4th place. It was another solid team effort that ensured Kristian and Edvald would be able to make the final selection as the boys came to front withRead More →

MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung will get its 2nd week of racing in Norway underway when the Tour des Fjords begins tomorrow in Bergen. The Tour des Fjords is a 5 day stage race that is categorised with a UCI 2.1 ranking and the race consists of 5 road stage races. MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung will take to the start of the Tour des Fjords off the back of a very successful Tour of Norway last week. Edvald Boasson Hagen was able to secure 2nd overall on the GC last week after being supported superbly by his African team. This week Edvald will be looking to again takeRead More →

The final stage of the World Ports Classic would literally end with a bang for our African team as Matt Goss and Reinardt Janse van Rensburg came crashing down in the final few kilometers while Kris Boeckmans (Lotto-Soudal) went ahead to ride away with the stage and overall GC victory. In a stage that had very little to no undulations at all, the early break were all but doomed even before they decided to actually go on the offensive during the stage start this morning. The 6 riders in the escape enjoyed some TV time but Team Astana and in particular, Adrien Niyonshuti kept theRead More →

The final Tour of Norway stage would be a wet and tough 175km affair. A hard 12km circuit would be completed 3 times to end of the race and it was the late breakaway rider, Andreas Vangstad (Sparebanken Sor) who would come out on top.  As Vangstad was not a threat to the GC riders, when the main group come home just 14″ later it meant Jesper Hansen (Tinkoff-Saxo) would win the Tour of Norway overall while Edvald Boasson Hagen was able to secure 2nd overall for our African Team. The final stage saw an 8 rider break go clear in the early stages andRead More →

The Tour of Norway saw another tough stage in the Hardanger area. 167 km from Rjukan to Geilo were on the menu today with a three categorized climbs. Spaniard Amets Txurukka (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) managed to drop his closest rivals on the final incline, wining solo ahead of David Lopez (Sky) and Davide Rebellin (CCC-Sprandi). Edvald Boasson Hagen consolidated his good overall position, coming in just outside the top10. The day saw another strong performance of Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung who were setting the pace in the peloton, leading the chase of Pim Ligthart (Lotto-Soudal) and Bob Jungels (Trek). The young Luxemburger was clearly theRead More →

The opening stage of the World Ports Classic lead the peloton from Rotterdam in the Netherlands across the border to Antwerp in Belgium. The 195km flat stage was taken by Italian Andrea Guardini (Astana) in a high speed bunch sprint. Reinardt Janse van Rensburg was the teams best placed finisher in eighth. The stage got off to a hectic start with a lead group of five breaking clear. The quintet established a lead of around 2 minutes. Andy Stauff represented Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung. The tall German made use of his Cervélo S5, trying hard to stay out front in the wind, but the pelotonRead More →

Stage 3 of the Tour of Norway would see another strong performance of Edvald Boasson Hagen who eventually finished second on the day. The teams Norwegian allrounder was one of the most active riders in the final and managed to put himself in a good GC position for the upcoming stages. The 185 km stage from Skien to Rjukan saw a fast start with a group of five escaping after several unsuccessful attacks. The quintet was able to establish a solid lead of more than 8 minutes, before the peloton started to chase. With the 11 km long and 7 % steep Flisetjonn climb comingRead More →

The first part of my 2015 season has been a big success for me and has given me the confidence to look forward to the rest of the season with high hopes. It started with a really good off season and base training in November and December in South Africa. I really like training in South Africa and the weather that time of the year and most of the rest of the year is really good. I managed to do around 3000km in December at an altitude of around 1600m.  Mostly just endurance rides from 4 to 5 hours but this year I also addedRead More →

MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung will be racing the World Ports Classic this weekend. The World Ports Classic is a UCI 2.1 event with a road stage on both Saturday and Sunday. The defending champion is our very own Theo Bos but unfortunately Theo won’t be taking the start after his crash in California. Andy Stauff will be on the starting line though and Andy also had a good race at last year’s edition of the event where he finished 5th overall. As both stages suit the sprinters, the rest of African team has been selected accordingly. Gerald Ciolek, Matt Goss, Reinardt Janse van Rensburg, Youcef Reguigui,Read More →

MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung would ride confidently on the front of the peloton for the better part of the 2nd Tour of Norway stage, only faltering slightly in the final 5km of the stage. Edvald Boasson Hagen still managed a top 10 finish though as he collected 9th place for our African team today. With 5 riders forming the break early on, MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung were looking to avoid the alarm bells that went off during yesterday’s touch and go chase and kept the escapees on a shorter leash today. The course was more undulating than yesterday making it slightly easier to pull back the leadRead More →