The first stage of the Route du Sud saw Jesus Herrada (Movistar) take the win ahead of Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ.fr) on the top of the category 3 Payolle climb. The good news for Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung was that after returning to racing after breaking his collarbone at the Tour of Turkey, Merhawi Kudus was able to make the final selection of the day and finished in 13th position. The 171km stage saw 4 riders escape from the peloton early on but with an almost gradual climb from start to finish today, it was always going to be hard for anyRead More →

Tony Martin (Omega Pharma Quickstep) showed exactly why he is the world time trial champion once again with a dominant display at the stage 7 individual time trial at the Tour de Suisse. The German would win the stage ahead of Tom Dumoulin (Giant Shimano) and Rui Costa (Lampre Merida). Sergio Pardilla was the highest placed rider from Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung, despite battling with mechanical issues during the stage. The other Team MTN-Qhubeka riders, while not time trial specialists specifically, would put in some decent performances on the tough and technical course. Never before have the African riders on Team MTN-Qhubeka gone up against suchRead More →

The 6th stage of the Tour de Suisse came down to a sprint of the strong men as Matteo Trentin (Omega Pharma Quickstep) took advantage of a great leadout by team mate, Tony Martin and won the stage with a fast finish. Daniele Bennati (Tinkoff-Saxo) fought hard for his 2nd place with Francesco Gavazzi (Astana) finishing 3rd. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung were again very visible on the stage with Jaco Venter jumping into the break of the day. Venter was accompanied by 3 very strong riders in Michael Albasini (Orica Greenedge), Jac0po Guarnieri (Astana) and Vladimir Isaychev (Katusha). The strength of the quartet was anRead More →

The 5th stage of the Tour de Suisse came down to a bunch kick with Sacha Modolo (Lampre-Merida) taking the win over Peter Sagan (Cannondale) and John Degenkolb (Giant-Shimano). The run in to the line was tight and technical, with 300m to go a 90 degree bend took out a number of riders and held up all but 11 riders who would then contest for the win. Unfortunately all the Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung riders were caught behind the crash, luckily though none of our riders went down. As with yesterdays stage, the racing today saw an early break go clear only to be caught withRead More →

The 4th stage of the Tour de Suisse came down to the expected bunch sprint with Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma Quickstep) taking the win. Juan Jose Lobato (Movistar) was 2nd in the sprint for the line with Peter Sagan (Cannondale) pushing through for 3rd place. We had Gerald Ciolek involved in the sprint with the German eventually ending in 17th place after the crazy fight that was the sprint finish. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung will look upon the day as a success though as Daniel Teklehaimanot, one of our Eritrean stars, spent just under 150km’s in the days breakaway with Laurens De Vreese (Wanty GroupeRead More →

Peter Sagan (Cannondale) won the 3rd Tour de Suisse stage in typical Sagan fashion. Michael Albasini (Orica Greenedge) crossed the line 2nd and Sergio Henao (Team Sky) finished in 3rd place. Once again Sergio Pardilla and Louis Meintjes both showed good awareness to finish among the GC favourites once again. The 203km stage that included 3 category 2 climbs saw Martin Kohler (BMC Racing) and Steven Kruijswijk (Belkin) break away early on. The 2 leaders will build up a lead around 4 minutes but Orica Greenedge had a clear plan for the day and brought the 2 escapees back with still 70km to go. ThisRead More →

Cameron Meyer (Orica Greenedge) won the 2nd stage of the Tour de Suisse after rejoining the break in the final 10km’s. Meyer outsprinted Philip Deignan (Team Sky) and Larry Warbasse (BMC Racing) after the 3 riders kept the chasing peloton at bay. Both Louis Meintjes and Sergio Pardilla would finish in the reduced peloton after a tough day of climbing, which included two HC climbs and two cat 2 climbs. The early racing saw 6 riders go clear of the peloton with Bjorn Thurau (Europcar), Reto Hollenstein (IAM Cycling) and Frederik Veuchelen (Wanty Groupe Gobert) the other 3 riders joining Meyer, Deignan and Warbasse. LinusRead More →

The final stage of Tour de Korea came down to the expected mass sprint with Sung Baek Park (KSPO) taking the win ahead of Keon Woo Park (RTS-Santic Racing Team) and Anthony Giacoppo (Avanti Racing Team). Kristian Sbaragli was in the mix for Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung and would cross the line in 7th position. Hugh Carthy (Rapha Condor JLT) would hold on to his leader’s yellow jersey to win the tour overall. Hyeon Min Choe (Guemsan Insam Cello) finished 2nd on the GC with Jack Haig (Avanti Racing Team) taking out the final podium spot. Dennis van Niekerk and Tsgabu Grmay would both finish in the top 10Read More →

Tony Martin (Omega Pharma Quickstep) won the opening 9.4km time trial at the Tour de Suisse. The World Time Trial Champion blitz the course in a time of 13’48”, which was 6″ faster than Tom Dumoulin (Giant Shimano) and 13″ quicker than Rohan Dennis (Garmin Sharp). Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung had Sergio Pardilla finish in 12th place, 31″ behind the German victor. This was a mightily impressive performance for the slightly built Spainard as he was up against all the real heavyweights of Time Trialing in the world. Daniel Teklehaimanot and Jacques Janse van Rensburg both put in decent performances too as they were both withinRead More →

Hugh Carthy (Rapha Condor JLT) went on to win the queen stage of the Tour de Korea and secured the leaders yellow jersey on his way. Hyeong Min Choe (Guemsan) crossed the line in 2nd with Jack Haig (Avanti Racing) in 3rd, both riders were 7″ down on Carthy. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung had Dennis van Niekerk finish in 14th position on the stage, just over minute down on the winner. The stage was everything it was expected to be, 150km run up to the final 8km’s when the action would finally start. The 2 riders that broke away early on never stood a chanceRead More →