Thanks to a new partnership with Cervélo bicycles and Rotor components, Team MTN-Qhubeka continues its ambitious upgrade for 2015 and beyond.
Team MTN-Qhubeka expands as they upgrade young cyclist Nic Dougall from the Feeder Team into the Pro Continental Team.
Africa's first Pro-Continental cycling team, Team MTN-Qhubeka, is partnering with Microsoft Office 365 E1 in their efforts to develop seamless operations. The team is made up of 25 riders and 35 ground staff, with offices across South Africa, Switzerland and Italy. Team members currently hail from Eritrea, Rwanda, Algeria, Ethiopia, South Africa, Lithuania, Spain, Germany and Italy. The deployment of Microsoft’s cloud-based Office 365 software will ensure that the team spends more time in training and less time in administration and coordination work.
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.
The 6th stage of the Tour de Korea saw two riders, our Martin Wesemann and Kyung-Gu Jang (Korail Cycling Team), battle it out for the stage win after they dispatched the 12 other riders that formed part of the days early breakaway. On the line it was Jang that took the prized victory as Wesemann rolled across the line in 2nd, making that 3 stage podiums in 3 days for Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung after Kristian Sbaragli took 2nd on stage 4 and Johann van Zyl 3rd on yesterdays stage 5. Richard Handley (Rapha Condor JLT) led the chasers home in 3rd place today.
The Tour of Norway and World Ports Classic both reached its conclusion on Sunday with Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung being able to take much motivation and good morale with them after securing top 5 GC placing’s in both events.
After making his come back to professional cycling this year with Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung, John-Lee Augustyn has announced his retirement with immediate effect.
The 4th episode in AABD reflects back to key moments from our 2013 season as well as takes you behind the scenes to our first training camp and team presentation held at the MTN headquarters in Johannesburg, South Africa, ahead of our 2014 season.
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.
In a truly magnificent day of racing, Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung swept the Mzansi Tour stage 2 podium clean by taking the first three positions on the stage as well as 5th place too.
Apart from the national championships, Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung have yet to race in South Africa as a UCI Professional Continental Team. That will all change when the team line up for the Mzansi Tour starting in Johannesburg on Tuesday.
It was officially announced late on Tuesday evening that Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung will race the Ronde van Vlaanderen. After participating in the Milano-Sanremo and Il Lombardia last season and then being invited to Liege-Bastogne-Liege this year, the ‘Ronde’ is now the 4th out of the 5 monuments in world cycling that Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung has been invited to.
On Friday, Nic Dougall of the World Cycling Centre Africa MTN Qhubeka Feeder Team repeated his 2013 victory of the Bestmed Tour de Boland against a much stronger field than the previous year. Dougall, who had won the 18km opening time trial from the Berg River Dam to Helshoogte in convincing fashion, finished the stage in 7th place, 24 seconds down on stage winner Darren Lill (Team Cannondale Blend). The performance secured Dougall the victory over fellow World Cycling Centre Trainee, Till Drobisch of Namibia by 45 seconds. Drobisch also finished in second place at the Tour de Boland in 2013.
Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung will return to the Trofeo Laigueglia this Friday after a successful debut in the Italian race last season. Gerald Ciolek finished in a fine 5th place last year when the team took on their first ever European race as a Professional Continental team. This year Ciolek will be racing at the Ruta Del Sol and so it will be up to the young Italian, Kristian Sbaragli, to lead the team during Laigueglia.
On Wednesday, the 60th Vuelta a Andalucia Ruta Ciclista Del Sol gets underway. The Spanish stage race will be the first outing for many of the world’s top stage racers. Two time defending champion, Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) as well as Richie Porte (Sky Procycling) and Bauke Mollema (Belkin) will all be on the start line for the 5-day stage race.
After seeing major results during the 2013 season, Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung is proud to officially join forces with Retül for 2014. Retül provides technology, tools and training to guide bike fitters in helping cyclists improve performance and comfort on their bikes.
Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung is proud to strengthen its relationship with shoe manufacturer Gaerne. The Italian based company started supplying road cycling shoes to the team last year and will continue to do so after a successful debut in the Professional Continental ranks.
In what was an exhilarating race around the streets of Westiville, KwaZulu-Natal today. The South African Road Race Championships saw Louis Meintjes come away with the national jersey. Daryl Impey (Orica-GreenEdge) took the silver with defending champion, Jay Thomson taking the bronze medal.
Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung will get their European racing campaign underway this Sunday when it takes on the first of the four races that make up the Mallorca Challenge. The Spanish island of Mallorca is a popular early season training ground for many of the professional cycling teams. A number of teams hold training camps around the island this time of the year and use the Challenge Races to conclude their preseason camps. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung has adopted this approach to kick start its European season as Sports Director, Jens Zemke, explained.
Earlier today the South African Time Trial Championships were held at and around the Moses Mabhida Stadium, KwaZulu-Natal. After finishing second for three consecutive years, Jay Thomson once again took the silver medal, just behind Daryl Impey (Orica-GreenEdge). Jaco Venter finished just off the podium in fourth place.