With a show of perfect tactics from the Rapha Condor-JLT team; young gun Mike Cuming won the Tour of Korea earlier in June. It was maybe a surprise to him, but looking at how the win came about it was a strong confirmation of a class rider on a well prepared team. Here is Mike’s take on Korea.
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.
Johann Van Zyl just missed out on his first individual professional victory at the Tour of Korea ( June 9 – 16 / UCI 2.2). After winning the team time trial earlier this week with Team MTN-Qhubkea p/b Samsung, the South African was fourth in an exciting finale on the next-to-last stage on Saturday, missing his first victory by only 10 seconds.
Team Novo Nordisk rider Martijn Verschoor finished in the top 15 in today's stage 4 of Tour de Korea. Verschoor was blocked in the final and could not sprint full-throttle, thus missing a top ten ranking by only a few inches. “The stage was good, I’m satisfied, I feel better every day – but the entire season I don’t have luck. Especially after this attack today and the sprint – I know I can do better. My shape is still getting better every day.”
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.
Champion System Pro Cycling Team's Chun Kai Feng took the lead in the king of the mountains classification Monday at the Tour of Korea while moving into the top 10 overall.
Martin Wesemann put on a show of strength to fight his way to third overall on the second day of the Tour of Korea (June 9-17 /n UCI 2.2). After the South African helped his teammate Kristian Sbaragli win the opening stage the previous day, it was now up to him to present the colours of MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung. He rode together with teammate Bradley Potgieter in the day's group for a long time and secured the African Professional Continental team’s second success in the race through Korea.
Champion System Pro Cycling Team's Mart Ojavee earned his best result of the season to date with third place on Sunday's opening stage of the Tour of Korea.
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.