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An Eventful Tro-Bro Leon for Team MTN-Qhubeka

The rain, cold weather and dirt roads got the better of most of the riders at Tro-Bro Leon today, except for Adrien Petit (Cofidis) of course. The Frenchman came away with the biggest victory of his career today by out sprinting Flavien Dassonville (BigMat – Auber 93). Cedric Pineau (FDJ.fr) came home 3rd a few seconds behind his fellow country men. The race was characterised by an early 9 rider break away. The nature of the course and the consistent battle against the elements made for a tough race and also never allowed the escapees to get much of a gap. The race ended up beingRead More →

Sbaragli finishes 1 step of the podium at Tour du Finistere

Antoine Demoitie (Wollonie-Bruxelles) rode away with the victory at the Tour du Finistere earlier today. The young Belgian won from a small group sprint, beating Julien Simon (Cofidis) into 2nd place and Armindo Fonseca (Bretagne – Seche) into 3rd. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung had its young and inform rider Kristian Sbaragli ride his way into a fine 4th place. Sbaragli had shown great consistency over the last week and a half and today was no different. An early escape group of just 3 riders would ride clear of the peloton but a lack of cooperation would see the race come together with more than 60km stillRead More →

Sbaragli Sprints to another top 10 at GP de Denain

Kristian Sbaragli continued to show off his good form today at the GP de Denain. The young Italian sprinter was able to get up for 10th place today after Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ.fr) took out the victory ahead of Matteo Pelucchi (IAM Cycling) and Francesco Chicci  (Neri Sottoli). In a race that was billed to finish in a bunch sprint, 6 riders escaped early on and pushed out a lead of over 4 minutes but to no avail. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung tried to make the race more selective by using the slight crosswinds to put the peloton in the gutter with 50km to go. Unfortunately theRead More →

Gilbert wins Brabantse Pijl while Sbaragli hangs on for 20th

Philippe Gilbert (BMC) kicked off his Ardennes Classics campaign in style when he won the Brabantse Pijl earlier today. Gilbert took the win in a real strongman’s sprint when he managed to pip Michael Matthews (Orica GreenEdge) and Tony Gallopin (Lotto Belisol) to the line. As expected, the real racing of the day commenced as the riders entered the 24km finishing circuit that had to be completed 3 times. There was a break of 6 riders that lead the race for most of the day and they hit the circuit with a 3’30” lead over the peloton. The pace of the peloton went up considerably onRead More →

Sbaragli Back With A Bang, 10th at GP Cerami

Yesterday Alessandro Petacchi (Omega Pharma – QuickStep) won the GP Cerami from a mass sprint. The Italian sprint veteran was able to hold off Jonas Vangenechten (Lotto-Belisol) and Daniele Colli (Neri-Sottoli) in the charge to the line. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung had its own Italian sprinter in the mix with Kristian Sbaragli netting 10th place on the day, an impressive result for Sbaragli after coming back from illness. For the better part of the 200km route, 2 riders, Angelo Pagani (Bardiani) and Giorgio Cecchinel (Neri-Sottoli) would lead the race. The duo were able to get just over 8 minutes on the peleton but the nature ofRead More →

Jacques Janse van Rensburg Wins The Mzansi Tour

Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung capped off a great week of racing at the Mzansi Tour today with Jacques Janse van Rensburg retaining the yellow jersey he earned after his stage 1 victory on Wednesday. The South African climber has been on form all season long and this victory is just reward after the hard work Janse van Rensburg has put in this year. The final stage of the Mzansi Tour was meant to be a 5km 15 lap criterium but it was decided that certain sections of the course would just be too dangerous for the peleton to tackle after a number of riders had raisedRead More →

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