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Team MTN-Qhubeka off to solid start at Giro del Trentino

The opening team time trial stage at the Giro del Trentino saw Team BMC come away with the fastest time on the day. Team NetApp-Endura were 2nd while Team Sky rounded out the podium. Daniel Oss will pull on the leaders jersey after leading the American team across the line. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung put in a solid team time trial effort to finish in 11th place, just 40 seconds off the winning team. Considering that the number of team time trials the team has done can basically be counted on a single hand, this was a result the team was definitely content with. While today’sRead More →

Strong Team Effort Nets 3rd place For Ciolek at Rund um Koln

Considering the German riders and staff on Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung, the Rund um Koln was seen as somewhat of a home race for the team and therefore an important event on our race calendar. The motivation was obviously really high in the Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung camp before the race and this would be carried over into the race. A massive crash occurred inside the first few kilometers of the race resulting in split in the peloton, this incident would dramatically affect the race. 40 odd riders were in the front split and they pressed on ahead of a splintered peloton of riders. ARead More →

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 →

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