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Team MTN-Qhubeka aggressive at Roma Maxima

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) took an impressive victory at the Roma Maxima today, only just getting to the line before the charging peloton could catch him. Davide Appolonio (AG2R La Mondiale) finished in 2nd and Sonny Colbrelli (Bardiani) was 3rd. Valverde broke away with Domenico Pozzovivo (AG2R La Mondiale) 37 kilometres from the finish and was able to open up a 35 second lead on a 12 rider chase group. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung was represented in the chase group by Sergio Pardilla. Ultimately the chase group would be caught in the final 7km’s by a Team Sky led peloton as Valverde held on to his advantageRead More →

Van Poppel the fastest at 3 Days of West Flanders

Danny van Poppel (Trek Factory Racing) won the first stage of the 3 Days of West Flanders. The young pro from Holland was able to beat Danilo Napolitano (Wanty Group – Gobert) and Scott Thwaites (NetApp-Endura) into the minor positions. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung suffered some more bad luck when team captain, Gerald Ciolek, had to abandon the race after suffering with an illness for a few days now. “Gerald is not well now but he is on antibiotics in order to get well before Tirreno,” said DS Jens Zemke. Stage 1 saw an early break go containing 4 riders who would press open anRead More →

Kwiatkowski gets the better of Sagan at Strada Bianche

Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma – QuckStep) rode away with Peter Sagan (Cannondale) in the final 21km and then managed to get the jump on the Slovakian rider on the final climb, just 500m from the finish. Alejandro Valverde rounded out the podium in third, 35” back. The race lived up to its expectations of being a thrilling a spectacle. With a route that sent riders over 10 gravel sections of road and a number of short steep hills to contend with, there was action a plenty. Punctures, crashes and multiple attacks, the race had it all today and a real resemblance of an Italian Paris-RoubaixRead More →

MTN-Qhubeka the best team and Kudus 2nd overall in Langkawi.

The Le Tour de Langkawi came to its conclusion today when Andrea Guardini (Astana) won the final stage. Mirsamad Poorseyedigolakhour (Tabriz Petrochemical Cycling Team) finished safely in the bunch to take out the win in the overall classification. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung will leave the Malaysian race with 9 top 10 stage placing’s, 2nd and 6th overall on the general classification and also come away as victors of the team classification. Directeur Sportif Kevin Campbell sees the race as a success for Africa’s First Professional Continental Cycling Team. “I’m very pleased with the way the team raced over the last 10 days. Finishing as the 1st team andRead More →

Report: 3 Days of West Flanders Prologue

The prologue of the 3 Days of West Flanders saw the 2nd year pro from Cofidis, Gert Joeaar, power his way home in a time of 7’53” to take the win and the first leader’s jersey of the race. Johan Le Bon (FDJ.fr) finished 2nd, 5 seconds of the pace and Kristof Vandewalle (Trek Factory Racing) was 3rd, 8 seconds back. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung had all its riders get around the course unscathed with both Jaco Venter and Ignatas Konovalovas recording times of 8’23” to finish 31st and 32nd respectively. Venter was content with his ride today considering he had just finished a course of medication. “TheRead More →

A Hatrick of wins for Bos in Langkawi

In almost an exact repeat of yesterday’s stage, Theo Bos (Belkin) won the 9th stage of the Le Tour de Langkawi. Andrea Guardini (Astana) was once again 2nd with Aidis Kruopis (Orica GreenEdge) taking the final step on the podium this time around. Today’s stage was quite a bit shorter than the previous three days at only 109km in length. The day’s proceedings were very much the same as the longer stages though. The early break was made up by Yonathan Monslave (Yellow Fluo) and Carlos Quintero (Colombia). The two riders forged out a lead of just over 2 minutes before the chase to bring them backRead More →

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