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 →

Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung will head to the final of the spring classics this weekend as they take on the Liege-Bastogne-Liege. The 253km monument will be a stern test for our team but one in which we hope our young African stars will shine in. While last year may have seen a 4 rider sprint off for the victory, La Doyenne is the classic which suits the pure climbers more than any of the others. The longer climbs at lower gradients, than the 20% roads we have seen in recent weeks, see a number of Grand Tour contenders lining up at Liege-Bastogne-Liege each year. ItRead More →

The 3rd stage of the Giro del Trentino would see Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung put in another strong performance on the day. Natnael Berhane animated the stage in the days breakaway and Louis Meintjes went toe-to-toe with favourites on the final climb. 15 riders would go clear in the early break of the day but once the road started to tilt upwards, the weaker riders were soon distanced leaving Natnael out front with 5 other riders and 40km still to race. Team Sky kept the break in check all stage long with the gap never really seeing more than 2’30”. As we hit the penultimateRead More →

The Fleche Wallonne would see defending champion, Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) stomp to victory once again at the top of the Mur de Huy. Julien Alaphilippe (Etixx-QuickStep) was 2nd and Michael Albasini (Orica-Greenedge) took 3rd. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung had a fair day out with our African colours visible at the head of the race right up until the final kilometer. Serge Pauwels and Jacques Janse van Rensburg were our most prominent figures, riding in the top 20 places of the peloton for the majority of the finale. It was the new penultimate climb that made quite the difference this year as all early breaks wereRead More →

The 2nd stage of the Giro del Trentino saw a showdown of the races top 19 riders on the finishing 8km climb to Brentonico. Richie Porte (Team Sky) came out tops as he arrived at the line ahead of Mikel Landa (Team Astana) and Damiano Cunego (Nippo Vini-Fantini). The select group of 19 riders was created on the stages penultimate climb, a 15km HC category climb up the Passo Santa Barbara. At the foot of the climb there were 5 early leaders up the road but Team Sky set a relentless pace on the uphill gradient which quickly brought the race all together. Nobody couldRead More →

The Giro del Trentino got off to a blistering start with a short 13km team time trial. Bora Argon 18 would ride away with the victory, edging out Team Sky by a few split seconds. Team Astana rounded out the podium in 3rd. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung were the final team to start the flat and fast course. As a continent not renowned for it’s time trialing prowess, our 6 African riders put in a strong ride to keep their GC hopes well and truly alive. Strong turns from Daniel Teklehaimanot, Natnael Berhane, both riders former National and Continental time trial champions, and Johann vanRead More →

The Fleche Wallonne gets underway tomorrow and Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung are excited to be starting this great Ardennes Classic. The World Tour event will see the finish being placed atop the infamous Mur de Huy but only after 205km of racing. Fleche Wallonne is the 2nd of the three Ardennes Classic races and the one which brings out the best explosive climbers in the world. The likes of Alejandro Valverde, Michal Kwiatkowski and Chris Froome are all expected to start. The Mur de Huy, a climb that is 1.3km long with a gradient averaging at 9.3% will be completed no less than 3 times, withRead More →

The Giro del Trentino starts from tomorrow and MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung will be lining up for the Italian UCI 2.HC event with a strong African team. The race will be run over 4 stages, covering over 500km of Italy’s best climbing roads. The opening stage is a short and flat 13km team trial that should not see too much time being gained or lost. The difference will be made in the following 3 road stages with mountain top finishes on stages 2 and 3 while the final stage also has 2 category 2 climbs to contend with before the rolling road home. This race suits the outRead More →

The Amstel Gold Race would see the victory go to the World Champion, Michal Kwiatkowski (Etixx-Quickstep). Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung had much to smile about as well as Johann van Zyl would animate the race by forming part of the 6 man break of the day. The ever dependable ‘VanSnail’ would find himself in the move along with Laurens De Vreese (Astana), Jan Polanc (Lampre-Merida), Timo Roosen (Lotto-Jumbo), Linus Gerdemann (Cult Energy) and Mike Terpstra (Roompot) from the 25km marker. Johann and his compatriots worked well to establish a lead of just on 11 minutes at one point. BMC Racing would take control of theRead More →