Jose Serpa, the Colombian climber from Lampre-Merida won the Trofeo Laigueglia after out sprinting his break away companion, Patrick Sinkewitz (Meridiana). Andrea Pasqualon (Aero Zero) won a small bunch sprint for 3rd. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung had clear intentions from the start as Dennis Van Niekerk, Adrien Niyonshuti and Songezo Jim were covering all the early moves in the hope of making the days break. Jim’s efforts proved successful as he got into a move with Robinson Chalapud (Colombia), Christophe Laborie (Bretagne – Seche) and Simone Petilli (Aero Zero). They would eventually stretch out a lead to just under 7 minutes. Jim was pleased withRead More →

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) made it a hatrick of victories when he won stage 2 of the Ruta Del Sol. Luis Leon Sanchez (Caja Rural) was 2nd while Daniel Navarro (Cofidis) rounded out the podium in 3rd. While a 7 man escape went clear early on in the stage, Movistar kept the escapees in check setting a hard tempo for the majority of the day. They were eventually reeled in just before the race hit the slopes of the final category 1 climb. Team Sky assumed control of the race as soon as the break was caught and set a relentless pace up the final mountain, whittlingRead More →

The first stage of the Ruta Del Sol saw a repeat winner in Alejandro Valverde (Movistar). After taking a convincing victory in the prologue yesterday, Valverde managed to get the better of Bauke Mollema (Belkin) and Davide Rebellin (CCC Polsat) in the uphill sprint to the line. The days racing was animated by an 11 man break away that went clear inside of the first 10km. Included in that lead group was Jaco Venter from Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung. Venter rode strongly at the head of the race and was one of the final four escapees to be caught with 8km to go. Over theRead More →

Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung will return to the Trofeo Laigueglia this Friday after a successful debut in the Italian race last season. Gerald Ciolek finished in a fine 5th place last year when the team took on their first ever European race as a Professional Continental team. This year Ciolek will be racing at the Ruta Del Sol and so it will be up to the young Italian, Kristian Sbaragli, to lead the team during Laigueglia. Speaking to Sports Director Jens Zemke, Zemke justified Sbaragli’s leadership role. “Kristian deserves the chance to have the team ride for him, after a strong performance and a top tenRead More →

The Ruta Del Sol started today with defending champion Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) claiming the victory at the 7.3km opening prologue. Last of all the starters to set off, Valverde came in ahead of Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Shimano) and team mate Ion Izagirre respectively, to win the stage and take the leaders jersey going into stage 1 tomorrow. Ignatas Konovalovas was the highest placed finisher for Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung today. “It was a nice circuit, quite technical with lots of corners. I liked it, I just had to go much faster but I felt ok. I just need to have more power in the legs, andRead More →

On Wednesday, the 60th Vuelta a Andalucia Ruta Ciclista Del Sol gets underway. The Spanish stage race will be the first outing for many of the world’s top stage racers. Two time defending champion, Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) as well as Richie Porte (Sky Procycling) and Bauke Mollema (Belkin) will all be on the start line for the 5-day stage race. The route is one that lends itself to the complete tour rider as there is a prologue, 2 mountainous stages, a medium mountain stage and a flatter stage for the sprinters. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung will send a strong tour team headed up by Sergio PardillaRead More →

The final race in the Mallorca Challenge came to its conclusion when Gianni Meersman (Omega Pharma – QuickStep) won the Trofeo Platja de Muro. The Omega Pharma – QuickStep rider won from a small bunch sprint beating Francisco Ventoso (Movistar) and Ben Swift (Sky Procycling) to the line respectively. As in the previous days racing, the peloton started off really fast with numerous attacks in the first hour. It wasn’t until the 41st kilometre that the break for the day finally established itself. Team MTN Qhubeka p/b Samsung rider, Johann van Zyl, was one of the riders that made it into the break  along with IgorRead More →

The penultimate day of racing in the Mallorca Challenge saw the polish revelation from last year’s Tour de France, Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma Quick-Step), take the victory in Monasterio du Lluc. Edvald Boassen Hagen (Sky Procycling) won the small bunch sprint for second place with Francesco Gavazzi (Astana Pro Team) in third. The route today took the peloton up 5 categorized climbs over a distance of 152km’s. The Puig Major, a well-known category 1 climb on the Island of Mallorca would prove to be the deciding factor in the outcome of the race. Summiting just 20km from the finish, Kwiatkowski and Sergio Henao (Sky Procycling)Read More →

Photo: Sabine Jacob Today at the Challenge Mallorca, Sacha Modolo (Lampre-Merida) took his second consecutive victory. Yesterday a photo finish was needed to give the Italian the victory, today Modolo was the clear victor by a few bike lengths. Ben Swift (Sky Procycling) came in second position with Gianni Meersman (Omega Pharma – Quick-Step) in third. The 180km route around Ses Salines provided the peloton with a slightly more undulating parcours in comparison to yesterday’s Trofeo Palma. Seven attackers took advantage of the increased climbing meters today and managed to build up a lead of close to 10 minutes. Emanuel Piaskowy (ActiveJet Team), Pablo TorresRead More →

The Trofeo Palma was the first race of the Mallorca Challenge and it came to its conclusion with Sacha Modolo (Lampre-Merida) taking the win in a sprint finish. The day’s racing was characterized by a five man breakaway which included Ian Boswell (Team Sky), Alex Howes (Garmin Sharp), Alexandre Pichot (Team Europcar), Amets Txurruka (Caja-Rural) and Ronan Van Zandbeck (Cycling Team de Rijke) but the peloton never let them get more than a minutes lead. With the route set over 10 laps of a flat 11km circuit, it always looked like a bunch sprint would be the likely outcome. With just 12km to go theRead More →