Yesterday the organisers of the Tour of Flanders announced the 8 wildcard teams for the 2015 edition of the race. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung are delighted to have received an invitation for a second year in succession.  The 264.2km monument, known as the Ronde van Vlaanderen, is the darling race of the Belgian classics. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung rider, Tyler Farrar, is particularly excited at our teams inclusion in the race. ” The Tour of Flanders is probably my favourite race in the whole world and it is the ultimate Flemish classic. It has everything in it, cobblestones, the short steep climbs, small roads andRead More →

Tyler Farrar will return to racing when he lines-up with his Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung teammates at the Spanish one day race, the Clasica de Almeria on Sunday. Tyler is coming off a successful start to the season at the Herald Sun Tour in Australia where he consistently rode well, including just missing out on a stage win when he finished 2nd on stage 3. Traditionally the Clasica de Almeria has always suited the sprinters but the races early rolling hills will certainly soften the legs and eliminate any sprinter whose early season preparation had not gone according to plan. While Tyler may be ourRead More →

The 5th stage of the Tour of Qatar was a flat 156km from Al Zabara Fort to Madinat ash-Shamal. Once again the strong winds battered the peloton and on rough harsh roads, the racing was really nervy. Just before the first sprint of the day, at kilometer 85, Theo Bos was forced off the road into the gravel and went down. Theo sustained several flesh wounds and was transported to hospital for a full check-up. The diagnosis revealed no fractures. Dr Jarrad van Zuydam – Team Doctor Theo had a fall today after being forced into some gravel on the side of the road. He sustainedRead More →

The 5th stage of the Tour of Qatar saw an exact repeat of the stage 4 podium with Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) taking the win ahead of Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) and Nikias Arndt (Giant-Alpecin). Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung unfortunately suffered the loss of Theo Bos who crashed out of the race. The stage got off to another blustery start with echelons forming inside the first kilometer. Etixx-Quickstep had attempted to gap Maciej Bodnar (Tinkoff-Saxo) who was caught out in the 2nd echelon on the road. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung also had all its riders present in that 2nd group though and so our African team alongRead More →

The African Championships Individual Time Trial event ran it’s course today in Wartburg, KwaZulu-Natal. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung had 5 riders take to the start ramp in Louis Meintjes, Reinardt Janse van Rensburg, Merhawi Kudus, Daniel Teklehaimanot and Adrien Niyonshuti. In the Elite race an early fast time was set by Tsgabu Grmay (Ethiopia) and it would prove to stand the test of time with a number of riders going close to the mark, but unable to beat it. In the end Daniel would come home in the silver medal position with Reinardt collecting the bronze. In the u23 race Merhawi would go on toRead More →

The 4th stage of the Tour of Qatar saw Jaco Venter go on the offensive, attacking with Dimitry Gruzdev (Astana) and Jarl Salomein (Topsport-Vlaanderen) after just 10km of racing. The trio built a lead of up to 3’45” at one stage before the prevailing winds ignited the chase from the peloton. The escape was not to be despite the brave effort from the attackers. The sprinters teams nullified the gap with 18km remaining and a nervy bunch sprint then ensued. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung were in the mix for the finale and with 8km to go we were in control of the peloton. Theo BosRead More →

Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung and world renowned Sport Scientist and Performance Coach, Dr Sherylle Calder are all set for a winning combination during the 2015 cycling season. ‘Decision-making starts with the eyes’ – will be the common principal augmenting these two great organisations. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung recently received a wild card invitation to the 102nd Le Tour de France, starting on July 4th, 2015. In the run-on to the toughest sporting event on earth, Calder will assist South Africa’s first cycling team to participate on this stage with her EyeGym™ programme – a comprehensive visual performance training system designed to incorporate field- and computer-basedRead More →

The 3rd stage of the Tour of Qatar had riders tackle a 10.9km individual time trial. After yesterday’s brutal day in the desert where riders were battered by sand and wind, the peloton were again exposed to the unrelenting elements albeit for just 10.9km.  Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung had Edvald Boasson Hagen give the course a good crack and the Norwegian star was able to come in just 21 seconds down on eventual winner, Niki Terpstra (Etixx-Quickstep). This performance was good enough to net 8th position for the MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung rider on the stage. Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) and Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky)Read More →

The first day of racing at the African Continental Championships saw the elite men tackle the team time trial discipline in Wartburg, KwaZulu-Natal. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung had 6 riders competing during the day and we are proud to have had all 6 riders earn medals for their respective nations. Both Eritrea and South Africa had 3 MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung riders each in their 4 man teams. Daniel Teklehaimanot, Merhawi Kudus and Natnael Berhane were all representing the East African nation. Jay Thomson, Louis Meintjes and Reinardt Janse van Rensburg were flying the colours for the host nation. It is also worth noting that theRead More →

Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) took the victory at the Tour of Qatar today. Kristoff got away with a group of 15 riders in the final 30km’s of racing and was able to pip Andrea Gaurdini (Astana) and Greg van Avermaet (BMC) to the line. A frantic start to the 2nd stage of the Tour of Qatar saw echelons forming from the gun. Riders were spread all across the desert road during the first hour of racing as Etixx-Quickstep piled on the pressure during a sandstorm of note. Thankfully for some, the howling crosswind soon become more of a tailwind and a general regrouping took place withRead More →