The 13th stage of La Vuelta a Espana turned out to be a really good one for Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung. Jay Thomson made sure our African team were represented in the strong 11 rider breakaway and then when it ll came back together just before the finish, we managed to place 5 riders in the top 50 positions. Daniel Navarro (Cofidis) would win the stage after jumping clear of a select group in the tight, technical and tough final kilometers. Daniel Moreno (Katusha) was 2nd and Wilco Kelderman (Belkin) crossed the line 3rd. Our Sergio Pardilla jumped up one spot in the General ClassificationRead More →

The 12th stage of La Vuelta a Espana was a 8 lap circuit race around Logrono that John Degenkolb (Giant-Shimano) won quite easily in the end. There was a big crash just before the kilometer to go sign that held up 90% of the peloton, including all the MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung riders. Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma Quickstep) was 2nd on the stage and Jacopo Guarnieri (Astana) was 3rd. While the day’s racing was a great spectacle for the crowds, the stage it self was rather uneventful until the final lap. One rider, Matthias Krizek (Cannondale) would escape from the peloton and would gain up toRead More →

Fabio Aru (Astana) rode to victory on the 11th stage of La Vuelta a Espana. The young Italian arrived 6 seconds before the GC favourites group where Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) crossed the line 2nd and Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) was 3rd. Even though the stage finished at the summit of the San Miguel de Aralar, there was very little change to the GC. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung had a good day placing 5 riders in the top 50 on a really tough stage. Initially the plan was to place one of our young climbers in the early break but due to the infighting for bonus secondsRead More →

The 10th stage of the Vuelta a Espana saw the riders tackle the 36.7km time trial course with Tony Martin (Omega Pharma Quickstep) showing off his world champion pedigree by taking the stage win. Rigoberto Uran (Omega Pharma Quickstep) made it a good day for the Belgian team by taking 2nd place, Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) was 3rd. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung set out with the plan to have Daniel Teklehaimanot and Sergio Pardilla give the course a real go while the remaining riders conserved some energy for the days to come. Teklehaimanot came home with the fastest time, just 2’56” behind the worldRead More →

The 9th stage of the Vuelta a Espana saw a real shake up in the GC as the race finished on the cat 1 climb up to Aramon Valdelinares. Winner Anacona (Lampre-Merida) would take out the stage win after being 1 of 31 riders in the days break of the day. Alexey Lutsenko (Astana) was 2nd and Damiano Cunego (Lampre-Merida) took 3rd, after also surviving from the days break. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung had a successful day after placing 2 riders in the stages big break. Jay Thomson and Daniel Teklehaimanot both had the awareness and strength early on in the stage to go clear.Read More →

The 8th stage of the Vuelta a Espana saw the wind wreak havoc on the peloton as the race split into pieces over the final 30km’s. Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ.fr) would come out on top after winning the sprint from a select group. Michael Matthews (Orica GreenEdge) was 2nd and Peter Sagan (Cannondale) 3rd. The ever improving Kristian Sbaragli sprinted his way to 7th place for Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung. The longest stage of this year’s Vuelta a Espana always looked, on paper, to be a true sprinters stage. The beginning of the stage certainly played out that way. A doomed 2 rider break went clearRead More →

The 7th stage of the Vuelta a Espana would turn out to be the toughest of the tour so far and also the most eventful for Team MTN-Qhubeka. Sergio Pardilla and Kristian Sbaragli both hit the deck early on in the stage but both riders were able to continue, thankfully. Due to the two crashes there were also two bike changes and then numerous punctures for our riders as well. At the end of the day though, Alessandro de Marchi (Cannondale) soloed to victory with Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp) 2nd and Hubert Dupont (AG2R La Mondiale) 3rd. All the Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung riders would makeRead More →

The first mountain top stage at the Vuelta a Espana showed which GC favourites are up for the challenge over the coming weeks and who are not. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) won the stage a top the cat 1 climb to La Zubia, looking much stronger than his team mate Nairo Quintana. Chris Froome (Team Sky) and Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) could not be faulted as they both finished in the same time as Valverde, in 2nd and 3rd respectively. It was a day of two tales for Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung as Sergio Pardilla put in a solid ride to take 12th on a stage notRead More →

The 5th stage of the Vuelta a Espana proved to be the best yet for Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung as Kristian Sbaragli sprinted his way into 9th position on the stage while Sergio Pardilla attacked on the final cat 3 climb, to gain the points needed to take the lead in the combination classification. The combination classification takes into account a riders position in the GC, Points and KOM competitions and then awards the rider who is best placed with the white jersey. This is yet again a historical moment for our African team. To take any of the leaders jersey’s at the Vuelta wouldRead More →

The 4th stage of the Vuelta a Espana was another where temperatures soared above the 40°C mark. John Degenkolb (Giant-Shimano) would be one of the only sprinters to get over the final cat 2 climb situated just 26km’s from the finish and so, the German won the stage from the small bunch sprint by a country mile. Vicente Reyens (IAM Cycling) was 2nd and Michael Matthews (Orica-Greenedge) was 3rd. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung started today with the goal of keeping Sergio Pardilla out of trouble and delivering him to the line with the lead group. The African team were able to do just that as PardillaRead More →