Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung is proud to announce that Veit Hammer will strengthen the team‘s management as PR and Marketing Manager for the 2015 season. The 34-year old German, who has worked in sports media for several years, will focus on the further growth and development of the team's marketing and communications.
Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung will be hosting its first training camp in preparation for the 2015 cycling season from 23-30 November at the beautiful Spier Wine Farm, in the Western Cape of South Africa.
After announcing the arrival of a number of new riders for the 2015 cycling season, Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung riders, Louis Meintjes, Jay Thomson & Nicolas Dougall shared their thoughts and excitement on continuing their careers with the African Pro-Continental team. All three South African riders have existing contracts which extend into the 2015 season.
Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung are very happy to announce the signing of Natnael Berhane for the 2015 season. Berhane is a former African and Eritrean road race champion as well as the current national time trial champion of Eritrea.
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.
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.
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.