Stage 6 of the Tour of Turkey was one of the decisive stages for the overall. Kristian Durasek (Lampre-Merida) took over the race lead after 184 km from Denizli to Selçuk. The stage was one by Pello Bilbao (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA). MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung’s Belgian climber Serge Pauwels made good work of his Cervélo S5 on the days final climb and finished in 13th place. In the overall he sits now 6th. The race was animated by an early break of four. Malcolm Rudolph (Drapac), Rik Jans (Wanty-Group Goubert), Jarl Salomein (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise) and Ahmet Akdilek (Torku) were able to establish a lead of overRead More →

The 5th stage of the Tour of Turkey came down to a short uphill bunch sprint which had Sacha Modolo (Lampre-Merida) reign supreme. Carlos Barbero (Caja-Rural) was 2nd and Jay McCarthy (Tinkoff-Saxo) got up for 3rd.  There was an early break of 3 riders that went clear and they were allowed 7 minutes before Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung took responsibility for the chase. Jay Thomson would chew up the kilometers at the head of the peloton as he brought the break back down to under 2 minutes with 60km to go. Caja-Rural then also took an interest in the chase and by 50km to go,Read More →

After the resounding success of the opening stages of the Tour de France in Yorkshire last year, Yorkshire now has its very own race, the Tour de Yorkshire. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung are happy to be part of the inaugural edition of the race that gets underway tomorrow. The 3 stage race starts of as a UCI 2.1 level race but the sheer hype and excitement around the race has made it a must do event already in its first year. The nature of the course see’s the opening 2 stages suiting the sprinters while the 3rd and final stage has a number of shortRead More →

The 4th stage of the Tour of Turkey panned out just as most expected it to. The tough climb that came with just 10km to go saw a reduced group arrive over the top and then go on to contest the sprint. Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) was quickest with Daniele Colli (Nippo-Vini Fantini) 2nd and Daniele Ratto (United Healthcare) 3rd. It was Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung’s plan to make the racing hard today and the boys followed the procedure well. After an initial 6 rider move was brought back early on, 5 riders then went away. Once they hit a 45″ lead, Natnael Berhane jumped fromRead More →

The 3rd and queen stage of the Tour of Turkey saw MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung take the racing to the rest of the peloton. Songezo Jim and Youcef Reguigui both went on the attack and Serge Pauwels would finish 5th at the line. It was after 25km of racing that Songezo went clear with 4 other riders. Building up a lead of 4 minutes, the attackers then hit the first of the 2 cat 1 climbs for the day. Songezo was clearly one of the strongest as he, Juan Valencia (Colombia) and Jose Goncalves (Caja-Rural) pushed clear. The peloton had reduced the gap drastically on theRead More →

The 2nd stage of the Tour of Turkey would be another sprint royal. Unfortunately Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung would find themselves out of position with 1km to go and no way through as Mark Cavendish (Etixx-Quickstep) sprinted ahead to a 2nd win in as many days. The day got off to a positive start for our African team as Adrien Niyonshuti got into the 5 rider break of the day. Going clear after 20km of racing, the escapees built up a lead of just on 4 minutes. The profile always lent itself to the sprinters and so Etixx-Quickstep and Orica-Greenedge controlled the peloton all stage.Read More →

The final spring classic of the year would be one to remember for Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung with Louis Meintjes delighting us all with a magnificent performance, finishing 11th on the day. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) took the race win. The 253km La Doyenne, the oldest classic of them all saw a thrilling race unfold with Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung right in the thick of the action. 8 early breakaway riders were caught with still 70km to go, blowing the race wide open. A number of attacks would then ensue with 3 riders, Esteban Chaves (Orica-Greenedge) and teammates Michele Scarponi and Tanel Kangert (Astana) eventually establishingRead More →

The opening stage of the Tour of Turkey would see the expected mass sprint finish. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung fast man, Theo Bos, would duel it out with the other sprinters to take 5th on the stage for our African team. The early break of 5 riders honestly never stood much of a chance on today’s 140km flat stage and were caught with 20km to go. A nice wide road for the final 20km saw just about every team trying to organise their sprint trains at the head of the race. The battle for position was intense and at times a bit scrappy. Lotto-Soudal andRead More →

The 51st Presidential Tour of Turkey gets underway on Sunday and Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung will once again take to the start of the 8 stage UCI 2.HC cycling event. It will be the 3rd time our African team take on Turkey’s premier cycling race. The Tour of Turkey is a race that generally suits all types of sprinters with 6 out of the 8 stages possibly finishing in either a mass or select group sprint. Stages 3 and 6 this year both finish at the summit of cat 1 climbs, ensuring that there is something on offer for the GC riders too. It isRead More →

The Giro del Trentino reached its conclusion today after the final stage saw the victory being decided by the breakaway. Paolo Tiralongo (Astana) was the rider coming out on top with David Arroyo (Caja Rural) in 2nd and Fabio Duarte (Colombia) in 3rd. It was always thought that the break could survive on today’s final stage and so a number of teams tried to have representation in the early move. Initially 15 riders got away with Adrien Niyonshuti and Daniel Teklehaimanot representing Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung at the head of the race. Cannondale-Garmin missed the break and so did all they could to try andRead More →