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.
Tsgabu Grmay made it two from two when he was crowned Ethiopian National Road Champion on Sunday. The result comes after he won the individual time trial title on Thursday. Grmay lined up in the 120 kilometre event that started and finished in Bahir Dar City and crossed the line solo to top off a successful championships.
Gerald Ciolek will lead Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung this coming Sunday at the Vattenfall Cyclassics (August 25 / UCI WorldTour). The biggest German one-day race proudly features the showdown of the top German sprinters. In addition to Milan-SanRemo winner Ciolek, the German classic in Hamburg is expected to feature Tour de France stage winners Marcel Kittel (Argos-Shimano) and Andre Greipel (Lotto Belisol).
Johann van Zyl added to an already successful Tour of Rwanda on Thursday by taking his first individual win as a professional during stage 4 of the African race. The result earned Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung its sixteenth victory of the season, the second most by any Professional Continental team this year.
Tsgabu Grmay today added another national title to Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung’s tally, after winning the individual time trial in the Ethiopian National Championships. It’s the first time ever the championships have been held for the African country and was thus a major focus for Grmay, who is the first ever professional cyclist from Ethiopia.
Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung is pleased to extend its partnership with Trek that will see the team continue to use the bicycle company’s equipment into the future. Africa’s first UCI-registered Professional Continental team is passionate about innovation and technology and is excited to continue working with a world leader in Trek Bicycles.
MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung will take on the climbs and sprints of the Skoda Tour de Luxembourg (June 12-16 / UCI 2.HC) this week with its usual strong squad. Milan-San Remo winner Gerald Ciolek, who has shown his outstanding ability to come over the climbs and win the resulting sprint, and Spanish climber Sergio Pardilla will be the men in the spotlight.
Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung continues to shine in the Tour of Korea ( June 9-16 / UCI 2.2), as Dennis Van Niekerk was in the break group of the day, being caught within sight of the finish line, and teammates Louis Meintjes and Kristian Sbaragli finished fourth and fifth on the mountaintop finish of the third stage. Van Niekerk rode more than 90 kilometers in the day's break group and fought hard for the stage win, taking off on a solo ride on the closing climb, but was heartbreakinlgly caught with only 200 meters to go.
Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung again played a major role in the sixth stage of the Tour of Korea (June 9 – 16 / UCI 2.2), as Dennis van Niekerk and Louis Meintjes rode in the break of the day and with their escape companions made the overall rankings even more exciting with only two stages to go. The successful move now places both South Africans in the top ten of the overall classification with van Niekerk 6th (+1’37″) and Meintjes 9th (+3’02″). Kristian Sbaragli is tenth (+3″05″) as the team enjoys three riders in the top ten.
Kristian Sbaragli took his first professional win ever by easily outsprinting the field at the first stage of the Tour of Korea (June 9-16 / UCI 2.2), and took MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung's second leader's jersey in a stage race. The young Italian won the sprint of an eight-man group by a cycle length to take not only his first season win but also the sixth win of the African team's first Professional Continental season. After six top ten placings this season, the Italian finally made it to the top step of the podium.
This Sunday Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung will start in the Tour of Korea (June 9 – 16 / UCI 2.2) The African team hopes to perform well in the homeland of its sponsor Samsung and build on its recent succes in Asia. At the beginning of the year, the team brought in its first notable results of the season at the Tour de Langkawi, as Spaniard Sergio Pardilla ended the race in third place overall, and Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung stood on the top podium step as the best team in the race.
Louis Meintjes finished fifth in the final stage to top off Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung's successful Tour of Korea (June 9-16 / UCI 2.2). The first African Professional Continental team was at the head of the race in all eight stages and made an indelible mark on the whole race. Italian Kristian Sbaragli won the opening stage and Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung stood atop the podium last week after the team time trial. The reward for their hard work was the title in the team ranking, many top stage finsihes and three riders in the final top ten.
Sergio Pardilla just missed out on a top ten placing on the second stage of the Tour of Austria (June 30 – July 7 / UCI 2.HC). The Spaniard riding for Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung climbed to the top of the Kitzbüheler Horn as eleventh,1:17 minutes after the winner.
Milan-San Remo winner Gerald Ciolek and Spanish climber Sergio Pardilla will lead Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung in the Tour of Austria (June 30 – July 7 / UCI 2. HC) starting this coming Sunday.
With the ongoing Volta a Portugal, Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung will start Tour des Fjords motivated by the team’s performance in the Portuguese race. New to the racing calendar, the Norwegian Tour Des Fjords (UCI 2.1) takes place from 16 – 18 August.
Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung won the stage 5 team time trial of the Tour de Korea on Thursday. The result is the second victory for the African team after Kristian Sbaragli won the opening stage. The stage took place over 25.5 kilometres and Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung blazed through the course in a time of 35’19”.
Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung’s Jay Thomson topped off an incredible day in the first road stage of this year’s Tour of Rwanda. The South African national champion crossed the line solo after attacking a reduced lead group as the race entered the Kirehe city.
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.
Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung left the Volta a Portugal on the last day making its presence felt. Gerald Ciolek sprinted to fourth on the stage after Ferekalsi Debesay spent a considerable amount of time off the front attacking the race.
Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung continued its preparation for the UCI World Team Time Trial Championships on the Mugello Circuit in Firenze on Tuesday. All the biggest teams in the world will contest the event and a good result is a major target for Africa’s first Professional Continental team.