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#BehindTheStripes: First Race of the season completed

I’m sitting in my hotel room in Gabon with Adrien Niyonshuti. We’ve just finished our first race of the season, La Tropicale Amissa Bongo. I had a really good summer in South Africa and I could feel during the race that my preparation has been really good. The race went well for us. We didn’t achieve everything we set out, we would have liked to get better results but we tried everything we could and just need to learn from it. I’m happy with my condition so now we look forward. It was a good experience racing with guys like Linus Gerdemann and John-Lee Augustyn.Read More →

Gerdemann Returns To Racing With Top Five Result

Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung completed it’s first race of the season on Sunday in La Tropicale Amissa Bongo. The team leaves the race with a stage win thanks to Ferekalsi Debesay’s strong stage four ride. Linus Gerdemann marks his return to racing by finishing fifth overall and Songezo Jim leaves as the most combative rider. “I’m really happy with how things went,” Gerdemann said at the end of the stage. “To finish in the top five in my first race for over a year is good. I came here to get some racing in the legs and I felt very strong. I was also surprisedRead More →

Regiugui keeps up team’s aggressive showing in Gabon

Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung kept up it’s 100% record of making the break in Friday’s La Tropicale Amissa Bongo stage 5. Youcef Reguigui went on the attack with nine other riders which again survived for the second day in a row. Noticing the threat of sprinters like Reguigui, Yohann Gene (Europcar) and Adrien Petit (Cofidis) in the group, Mouhcine Lahsaini (Maroc) and Bonaventure Uwizeyimana (Rwanda) took their chance of attacking the escape group with 8 kilometres to go. They quickly opened up a gap of 30 seconds which they maintained till the end. “There was a bit of cat and mouse going on in theRead More →

Victory for Ferekalsi Debesay in Gabon

After receiving disappointing news of its exclusion from this year’s Giro d’Italia, Ferekalsi Debesay changed the team’s fortunes when he took the first victory of the season in La Tropicale Amissa Bongo on Thursday. The Eritrean rider was part of an escape group that survived the day and outfoxed his rivals at the finish. The move formed part of the team’s strategy to place a rider in the breakaway every day. Linus Gerdemann and Adrien Niyonshuti made the opening day’s escape while Songezo Jim went on the offensive during stage two and three. Stage 4 was the longest stage of the race over 190 kilometresRead More →

Jim makes the break again while Reguigui sprints to top ten

Songezo Jim found himself in the breakaway at La Tropicale Amissa Bongo for the second day in a row. The South African was again caught with less than 10 kilometres to race as he and his two breakaway companions were reeled in by a chasing bunch. Youcef Reguigui who has been struggling with a stomach bug returned to form by sprinting to seventh on the stage. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung remain in a good position in the race as Linus Gerdemann maintained his fourth position on the general classification. Directeur Sportif, Kevin Campbell gives us a rundown of the day’s events… “Today went according toRead More →

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