Once again the 3rd stage of the Tour de Korea would prove to be another chaotic affair with constant attacks and more breakaways than one could possibly count. In the end it was Juan Jose Oroz (Burgos BH) who would take the stage victory, just ahead of Cameron Bayly (OCBC Singapore) and Hugh Carthy (Rapha Condor JLT) in a 3 man sprint. The top 3 riders on the stage would arrive at the line together, 5 seconds ahead of a select group of 19 riders. Originally this lead group consisted of 29 riders, including our Kristian Sbaragli, but a flurry of attacks and tactical racing sawRead More →

The 2nd stage of the Tour de Korea saw the young Briton, Richard Handley (Rapha Condor JLT) take out the stage after being able to survive from the days original early break. Handley was able to out sprint his breakaway partner Sungbaek Park (KSPO) for the win while the first chase group charged home some 35″ later, Grega Bole (Vini Fantini Nippo) was the rider who led them across the line. Kristian Sbaragli from Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung was third in the chase group sprint, placing the Italian 5th on the stage. The days original break actually consisted of 5 riders that would later becomeRead More →

The final stage of the Tour of Luxembourg saw Andre Greipel (Lotto Belisol) pick up his 2nd win of the week, strangely enough though, the Germans win came as he crossed the line alone after forming part of the stages early breakaway. Matti Breschel (Tinkoff Saxo) would cross the line 14″ later in 2nd, ensuring he held on to the leaders yellow jersey to win the race overall. After 4 days of constant attacking, Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung were also finally rewarded with a nice result as Daniel Teklehaimanot took the final podium spot on the stage. While Teklehaimanot could claim the accolades after theRead More →

The first stage of the Tour de Korea saw Grega Bole (Vini Fantini Nippo) take the stage win as well as the races first yellow jersey. Neil van der Ploeg (Avanti Racing Team) was 2nd in the bunch sprint and Keon Woo Park (RTS-Satic Racing Team) rounded out the podium in 3rd. Kristian Sbaragli was in the mix as per usual, eventually crossing the line 5th after coming from some way back. The 137km stage from Hanam to Chungju would be one of constant attacks with no real gaps ever being formed. The continuous aggressive racing style would eventually take its toll on the pelotonRead More →

Matti Breschel (Tinkoff Saxo) won the 4th stage of the Tour of Luxembourg and the Dane was also rewarded with leaders yellow jersey after his efforts. Rudy Molard (Cofidis) took 2nd on the stage with Sergey Lagutin (Rusvelo) in 3rd place. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung had Linus Gerdemann finish in 8th place on the stage. The Tour of Luxembourg queen stage saw 4 riders go on the attack from the very first kilometer. Pit Schlechter (Leopard Development), Ivan Balykin (Rusvelo), Tom Dernies (Wallonie – Bruxelles) and Rueben Menendez (Differdange – Losch) were the 4 riders that would go on to lead the race while the peloton keptRead More →

Matti Breschel (Tinkoff Saxo) won the 2nd stage of the Tour of Luxembourg by out sprinting a group of favourites. Sergey Lagutin (Rusvelo) finished in 2nd place on the stage and Jean Pierre Drucker (Wanty Groupe Gobert) held on for 3rd place which also secured the Luxembourger the leaders yellow jersey. Daniel Teklehaimanot was the top finisher for Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung in 26th place. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung had a day of two tales with Jacques Janse van Rensburg making the days break while Linus Gerdemann crashed while in a strong position with just a 100m to go. Janse van Rensburg, Ilnur Zakarin (Rusvelo),Read More →

Andre Greipel (Lotto Belisol) had his sprint train firing on all cylinders as they delivered the German to a position where he could take out the 1st stage of the Tour of Luxembourg. Michael Morkov (Tinkoff Saxo) and Danny van Poppel (Trek Factory Racing) would be the riders finishing in 2nd and 3rd place respectively. van Poppel would also retain the yellow leaders jersey he pulled on after yesterdays prologue. Boris Dron (Wallonie Bruxelles), Giuseppe Fonzi (Neri Sottoli)  Juan Pablo Valencia (Colombia) were 3 riders who would try their luck in the breakaway today. Escaping in the opening kilometers, the trio built up a maximumRead More →

Danny van Poppel (Trek Factory Racing) won the opening prologue of the Tour of Luxembourg. After finishing 2nd last year in the prologue, the young Dutchman went one better this year and set a time that was 4 seconds faster than Jean-Pierre Drucker (Wanty Groupe Gobert) and a further second faster than Alex Kirsch (Leopard Development). With the pouring rain making the course very slippery, many riders did not want to take too many risks and hinder their chance of a good overall result. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung had Ignatas Konovalovas finish in 25th place, 23″ down on van Poppel as the teams highest placed rider.Read More →

The Bayern Rundfahrt came to its conclusion today with Sam Bennett (Netapp Endura) winning the final stage from a mass sprint. Yauheni Hutarovich (AG2R La Mondiale) took 2nd on the line with Raymond Kreder (Garmin Sharp) in 3rd place. Andreas Stauff from Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung sprinted his way to 7th at the finish. In the overall classification, Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) could not be surpassed today and held on to the yellow leaders jersey. In the early part of the final stage, Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung had Jaco Venter represented in a 9 man breakaway. The peloton weren’t keen on giving such a large groupRead More →

Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) won the 4th stage of the Tour Des Fjords, making it his 2nd victory at this race after his stage 2 win. In the sprint from a select group, Kristoff was able to get the better of Magnus Cort (Cult Energy) and Sondre Enger (Sparebanken) on the line. Kristian Sbaragli from Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung crossed the line in 30th position as part of the first chase group, 12″ behind the front 15 riders. It was still a good day though for Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung as Jacques Janse van Rensburg formed part of the days 6 rider breakaway. Janse van RensburgRead More →