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Yates takes the win, Sbaragli shows promise

The GP Industria & Artigianato saw Adam Yates (Orica-GreenEdge) take out the victory after escaping on the races final climb. Davide Formolo, racing for the Italian national team, was 2nd while Francesco Bongiorno (Bardiani – CSF Inox) rounded out the podium by taking 3rd place. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung had Kristian Sbaragli cross the line just outside of the top 20 to provisionally be our highest placed finisher on the day. The race was an aggressive encounter with numerous attacks throughout the day. The main break of the day consisted of 8 riders who would enjoy just under a 3 minute gap but who wouldRead More →

Meintjes and Kudus animate Giro dell Appennino

The 75th Giro dell Appennino saw Sonny Colbrelli (Bardiani CSF) take his 2nd victory of the season after winning a select group sprint ahead of Grega Bole (Vini Fantini Nippo)and Miguel Rubiano (Colombia). Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung had Merhawi Kudus mixing it up in the sprint to finish 11th on the stage. Team MTN-Qhubeka had a very active race with both Kudus and Louis Meintjes being rather prominent throughout the days racing. An initial break of 3 riders was reeled in on the Passo della Bocchetta as MTN-Qhubeka and Bardiani lit up the racing with a number of attacks on the 7.8km climb. Going overRead More →

Costa wins Tour de Suisse, MTN-Qhubeka happy with overall performance.

The final stage of the Tour de Suisse saw a shake up in the General Classification as Tony Martin (Omega Pharma Quickstep) finally lost his grip on the yellow leaders jersey. World Road Race Champion, Rui Costa (Lampre Merida), would walk away as overall victor of the Tour de Suisse for the 3rd year in succession. Mathias Frank (IAM Cycling) was 2nd overall in his home tour with Tour de France contender Bauke Mollema (Belkin) rounding out the podium. Costa, Mollema and Frank took the racing to Martin on the final stage by attacking the yellow jersey with 40km’s still to race. Martin had alreadyRead More →

Kudus secures 5th overall and Best Young Rider at Route du Sud

The final stage of the Route du Sud saw Adriano Malori (Movistar) come away with the stage win after spending all day in the breakaway. Benjamin Giraud (La Pomme Marseille) and Maxime Daniel (AG2R La Mondiale) were the 2 riders rounding out the podium on the stage. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung had Merhawi Kudus finish as our highest placed rider on the stage, crossing the line in 11th position. The stage went up and down all day with 8 riders going clear in the break of the day. With no real threat in the breakaway Tinkoff Saxo just kept the leaders in check without wastingRead More →

Kudus climbs to 5th and into the best young rider jersey at Route du Sud stage 2

Nicolas Roche (Tinkoff Saxo) took out the stage win on the 2nd day of racing at the Route du Sud. Roche’s team mate, Michael Rogers made it a 1-2 for their team by crossing the line 2nd with Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) in 3rd position. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung had Merhawi Kudus put in a stellar performance, crossing the line in 5th place alongside Rogers, Valverde and a few others. The stage was an extremely tough one with the riders having to tackle the Col de Tormalet, Col de Aspin and then still climb up to the finish at Val Louren. This parcours though was to theRead More →

Meintjes shows class on Verbier, Pardilla consistent again.

The 8th stage of the Tour de Suisse saw Esteban Chaves (Orica Greenedge) take the win a top the cat 1 climb to Verbier. Roman Kreuziger (Tinkoff Saxo) took 2nd with Bauke Mollema (Belkin) the rider in 3rd place. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung had both Sergio Pardilla and Louis Meintjes in the mix on the tough final climb with the MTN-Qhubeka riders taking 16th and 19th respectively. The long 220km stage saw an early breakaway that contained 8 riders ride clear of the field by just more than 7 minutes. Omega Pharma Quickstep took control of the chase for the majority of the day with TinkoffRead More →

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