The Circuit Cycliste Sarthe is a UCI 2.1 4 day, 5 stage cycle race in France. The race starts on Tuesday 7 April and Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung are happy to be starting this French stage race, our first tour on French soil this year. Riders will take on 4 road stages and 1 time trial stage over the 4 days. Wednesday will see the running of the two half stages with a short 84km road race in the morning before the 6.8km TT in the afternoon. There are no real big mountains to speak of during the race but all stages could be termedRead More →

While most attention was placed on today’s Ronde van Vlaanderen, MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung were also racing the Paris-Camembert. The race victor would be Julien Loubet (Marseille 13 KTM), the Frenchman just out sprinted countryman Pierrick Fedrigo (Bretagne Seche). Samuel Dumoulin (AG2R La Mondiale) was 3rd. The race was animated by a 3 man early escape, Robert Foster (United Healthcare), Michael Carbel (Cult Energy) and Nicolas Baldo (Vorarlberg) were the aggressors. The trio built up a lead of just over 9 minutes before the inevitable chase ensued. The tough final 90km took its toll on the escape and they were caught with 25km to go. InRead More →

It was an epic battle for the 99th Ronde van Vlaanderen which Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) would eventually ride away with. Niki Terpstra (Etixx-Quickstep) was 2nd across the line with Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) rounding out the minor placings.  Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung were again involved in the early racing as race debutant Matt Brammeier made the 7 rider break of the day. The move took a bit of time to go clear as a number of teams were trying to place a rider in the all-important escape. Once the move had been established, the peloton allowed Matt and co. to take a maximum ofRead More →

It’s that time of the season that cycling fanatics have been waiting for. The Ronde van Vlaanderen takes place this Sunday, 5th April. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung are excited and eager to be participating in this 2nd Monument of the year, Belgium’s most prized sporting event.  The 265km course will again include 19 Hellingens, including the famed Koppenberg and 2 ascents of the infamous Oude Kwaremont and Paterberg climbs. With a number of separate cobble sections thrown in for good measure as well as all of the worlds best classics riders starting in peak condition, we are all set for an exciting spectacle. Unfortunately EdvaldRead More →

While one MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung team takes on the Ronde van Vlaanderen on Sunday 5 April, another will be starting the French UCI 1.1 Paris-Camembert as well. The 200km route is an interesting one with 9 categorised climbs coming in the final 90km of the race. None are particularly long, in fact most are only around kilometer in length but the steep gradients will be the challenge, much like the Hellingens in Belgium. History suggests a strong sprinter who is able to get over the climbs could triumph on Sunday. One thing is certain though, it wont be a big bunch coming to the lineRead More →

The 3 Days of De Panne concluded today with the 2 half stages. The mornings 111km road stage saw a bunch kick with Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) taking his 3rd stage in a row. The afternoon time trial would be the Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) show as the Brit won the final stage with time to spare. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung highlight of the day came in the form Jay Thomson. Jay made the early break of the day during the road stage with 12 other riders. The stage was short, but fast and furious and Jay and his breakaway compatriots fought valiantly to establish aRead More →

Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung were real protagonists of the 2nd 3 Days of De Panne stage as Nic Dougall made the break of the day while the team performed a strong leadout in the finale once again. Kristian Sbaragli would finish the stage off in 6th position for our African team, only a few bike lengths behind repeat stage victor, Alexander Kristoff (Katusha). Elia Viviani (Team Sky) and Shane Archbold (Bora Argon 18) were the two riders who completed the stage podium after the big bunch gallop. The early racing during the 217km stage saw 12 riders jump clear of the peloton. In the move,Read More →

Alexander Kristoff won the 1st stage of the 3 Days of De Panne, out-sprinting Jens Debusschere (Lotto-Soudal) and Stijn Devolder (Trek Factory Racing) from a 6 rider breakaway. Kristian Sbaragli put in a good sprint to secure 10th on the stage for MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung. The stage got off to hesitant start with the opening 11 kilometers being neutralised due to high winds. When the flag finally dropped though the pace was on. With the help of a slight tailwind 56km’s were covered in the first hour of racing. A break of 4 riders would animate the race just before we hit the 100km mark. WithRead More →

Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung are back at the races today as they start the 3 days of De Panne. After disappointingly losing Edvald Boasson Hagen to a broken collarbone sustained at the weekend’s Gent-Wevelgem, the African team will be looking to take it’s revenge on the Belgian roads over the coming 3 days.  The 3 Days of De Panne will take in many of the Hellingen climbs that the boys have gone over in recent weeks already. Today’s opening stage will see riders battling over 13 of the famed climbs while stage 2 has just 5. The final day of racing is made up ofRead More →

Strong winds, cool temperatures and rain were the main sights at todays Gent-Wevelgem that saw a strong MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung line-up. The team was well positioned and stayed in contention until a big crash in the peloton disrupted the team’s plans. After a few early attempts a group of six managed to go clear. They quickly built up a lead of 8.30 minutes. In the peloton several teams organized the chase, with MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung’s rider trying to keep good positions. With the wind averaging 40 km/h the peloton stayed alert. Nevertheless, numerous crashes occured and when a strong gust forced some riders into the ditch of the MoerenRead More →