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  1. South African cycling stars Greg Minnaar (Sportsman of the Year nominee) Jayde Julius (Best Newcomer nominee) and Songezo Jim (Minister's Award - Excellence nominee) at the 2015 South African Sports Awards nominations announcement ceremony at SABC Radio Park, Johannesburg, on Tuesday 3 November. Photo: (SA Sports Awards Facebook Album) The annual SASA carries a total of 17 categories plus the two Minister of Sport and Recreation Awards for Excellence and Steve Tshwete Lifetime Achiever Award. The various categories recognise individuals, men, women, people with disabilities, national federations, recreational bodies, schools, volunteers, indigenous games, media and community sport builders for their outstanding sporting achievements from the period 1 September 2014 to 30 September 2015. The SASA voting panel has been established to allow for maximum participation of all stakeholders involved in sport in South Africa. The following cyclists and bodies were nominated in the respective categories: Sportsman of the Year: Greg Minnaar Sportswoman of the Year: Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio Sportsman of the Year with a Disability: Ernst van Dyk Sportsman of the Year with a Disability: Pieter du Preez Newcomer of the Year: Jayde Andrew Julius Federation of the Year: Cycling South Africa Recreational Body of the Year: Diepsloot Mountain Bike Academy People’s Choice of the Year: Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio Minister’s Award – Excellence: Songezo Jim (Team MTN Qhubeka) In addition to these nominees, Team MTN Qhubeka was also invited to the nominee announcement so could be in line for a special award. Public voting for the People’s Choice of the Year is what determines the winner in this category, so Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio needs your support. Votes are counted by SMS. To vote for your favourite sport star, SMS the letter for your sports star to 45210*. People’s Choice of the Year: AB de Villiers Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio Chad le Clos Lucas Sithole Wayde van Niekerk *SMS are charged at R1.50 per entry. Free and bundled SMS do not apply. Voting is open and closes on 22 November at 21:00. Votes are audited by an independent firm. Cycling SA’s President, William Newman, said: “We are extremely proud that cycling has been recognised in so many categories this year. It is unprecedented that a Federation has so many nominees improving on our 6 finalists from last year. This shows the recognition our riders and organisation are receiving for the hard work being done. The nominations have shown that cycling is continuing great momentum in growth in so many facets of the sport. Our athletes across so many cycling disciplines have put in the hard work and dedication and to be recognised by their nation is a massive achievement. We wish them the best of luck for the rest of the Awards process. “We are exceptionally proud of Cycling South Africa’s nomination in the Federation of the Year category. I extend thanks to my Executive Committee, Management Committee, all of our commissioners and our administration staff for their continued hard work. Our riders have played a massive role with their world class performances across all disciplines, elevating the profile of Cycling South Africa not only in South Africa and Africa, but internationally as well. Thank you to all.” The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Mangaung, Free State, on Sunday 22 November 2015. For the full list of nominations for the 2015 SA Sports Awards, visit:http://www.sasportawards.co.za/sasa-nominees.html
  2. Cycling South Africa is ecstatic to announce that cycling is nominated for nine slots for the 2015 South African Sport Awards (SASA), which was announced at SABC Radio Park in Auckland Park, Johannesburg, on Tuesday morning. Click here to view the article
  3. Although today was only 140km in length, it would be one of the more difficult races to deal with this season as the centigrade reached a crazy 50 degrees at one point. With the temperature soaring, the race went on with the peloton heading toward a showdown on the final 11km climb to Jebel Hafeet. There was an early break of 2 riders but it was never going to last, they were fried by the time the peloton reached the final climb. Our African Team were looking to Daniel Teklehaimanot and Songezo Jim to put in strong rides on the final ascent and it was the young South African who impressed. While Songezo was never expected to challenge for the win, it was encouraging to see the former white jersey wearer hanging tough with the best climbers for so long. Songezo would go on to finish in 21st position, a promising result on a scorcher of a day. It was super-hot today once again. The bunch came together for the final climb and we were protecting Daniel and Songezo to this point. On the final climb Songezo had good legs and he finished around 20th which is a super performance for him. Daniel didn't have the legs today and sat up pretty early so we were pushing full gas for Songezo. He gave everything he had to finish in 21st. Tomorrow is the last stage and the final race for this group of guys this year, and in general it’s the final day of racing for our team too so we look forward to making one last result tomorrow. Jens Zemke - Head of Performance
  4. The 3rd and Queen stage of the Abu Dhabi Tour saw Esteban Chaves (Orica-Greenedge) take the stage win as well as the leaders jersey. Fabio Aru (Astana) was 2nd and Wout Poels (Team Sky) finished in 3rd place. Click here to view the article
  5. While the route was pretty much much pan flat, it was mother nature who would provide the stern test to the riders today with temperatures hitting the upper 40’s centigrade. So severe was the heat that organisers decided to shorten the stage by around 15km. Songezo Jim would brave the heat of the desert roads for our African team and jumped into the early break of the day. Songezo was joined by 5 other riders and they would push on to a 5 minute lead over the peloton. One by one though, and with still a number of kilometers before the finish, the breakaway riders burnt out under the Arabian sun. Songezo was one of the last 3 surviving escapees before he too had to return to the shelter of the peloton. Songezo would win a bonus second out on the course though which would be enough to later see the South African pull on the Best Young Riders white jersey. The final breakaway rider returned to the peloton with 30km to go as Rafaa Chtioui (Skydive Dubai) then raced clear. The Tunisian champion did well to pry open a 2 minute gap but being alone against a number of hungry sprinters teams, it just wasn’t going to be his day. The race came all back together with a kilometer to go and our African team were looking to set up Theo Bos for the sprint. Andy Stauff did a good job in trying to steer Theo to the front but a chaotic finale saw the two lose each others wheels around the final bend. The high point of our day was seeing Songezo awarded the best young rider jersey as he sits in 7th position overall. It was our plan to get one rider into the breakaway of the day. I managed to jump away with four others, so the team didn’t need to work. It was really hot out there, but I’m happy that could take the white jersey. Songezo Jim – Rider The inaugural Abu Dhabi Tour started with a really hot stage. The thermometer showed temperatures of up to 44 degrees. And the riders were feeling it. Even though the stage was shortened, some had cramps. We handed out around 80 bottles to our riders. Jens Zemke – Head of Performance
  6. The opening stage of the Abu Dhabi Tour will be remembered as much for the excessive heat as it will be for who the day’s victor was, Andrea Guardini (Astana). Tom Boonen (Etixx-Quickstep) placed 2nd in the mass bunch sprint with Daniele Bennati (Tinkoff-Saxo) in 3rd. Click here to view the article
  7. After announcing a number of new additions to Africa's Team this week, it is with great pride that Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung, who are set to race as Team Dimension Data from 2016, are now able to confirm 6 more African rider renewals. Click here to view the article
  8. Youcef Reguigui, our Algerian fast man who took a stand out overall victory at this year's Tour de Langkawi will remain with Africa's team next year. Johann van Zyl, who in emphatic fashion won a stage of the Tour of Austria in July, will also continue his professional career with Team Dimension Data. Jaco Venter, our 2015 Vuelta a Espana road captain is another South African rider who will be racing for his home team next year. Jay Thomson, now considered an experienced overseas professional, will add further horsepower to our line-up next year and remains a valuable asset in preparing the sprint lead outs. Songezo Jim, after completing his first Grand Tour this year as the first black South African in the history of cycling will look to continue his growth with us as well. Finally, Nic Dougall who has shown tremendous strength and promise this year, particularly in the time trialling discipline, continues with Africa's Team into 2016. With Daniel Teklehaimanot, Merhawi Kudus, Natnael Berhane, Jacques Janse van Rensburg and Reinardt Janse van Rensburg all confirmed for 2016 already, the continued development of professional African cycling remains as the main driving force behind our team heading into the 2016 season. In addition to the 11 African riders mentioned above, and the riders announced earlier this week, Theo Bos and Matthew Brammeier also remain with their original contracts continuing into 2016. Additional rider signings can still be expected in the coming weeks. I am really excited that all these riders are staying with their “home” team, it is great to see the hard work and talent shining through this year and we received many of our successes from this group of riders. Largely due to our mentorship program with our international riders who have helped fast-track them to success through their knowledge of the racing and stature in the pro peloton. We are so happy that they can race in the biggest races in the world on our team and show their potential. They are living the dream on their bikes and racing for a cause that helps mobilise others on bicycles too through our #BicyclesChangeLives campaign. Next year will be another big year for our team, a year that we are all looking forward too. Douglas Ryder – Team Principal
  9. When I first started the Vuelta I thought I’d just be there trying to finish but I was also happy with my performance. I was there to help the team when needed, getting bottles and with Louis doing so well on the GC it was important that we all did our part. I also made it into two breakaway’s, on stage 9 and stage 18. The first breakaway was good for me because I was still feeling relatively fresh so I enjoyed that day. A grand tour race is different to any other professional race though. Firstly it is a World Tour level event so the standard is really, really high. Then there is the duration, for three weeks you racing at that level so it really takes a lot out of your body. I got sick before stage 16, which was a really difficult stage so I was stressing a bit since then because I never really got 100% healthy again but I am happy I made it through. It was going to take a broken bone to stop me from getting to Madrid, I think that was the only thing that could have stopped me from finishing this race. This was only my first grand tour but I already know I want to do more grand tours. The longer the stage race is, the better I get. Normally I only do 7 to 9 days but a grand tour is 3 weeks. I hope to get used to this type of racing because I want to win a stage in a grand tour in the near future. From what I could I see, I just need to up my level a bit more because you could see the breakaway’s making it in the final in the 3rd week. I was there in the break on stage 18 which was good, but I just couldn’t stay with Nicolas Roche and them at the end so I need that extra depth still. It has been a memorable 3 weeks for me and I want to thank all my teammates and our staff. The staff have always been there for us, helping us to perform our best every day. Our Chef, Soren, he was fantastic in preparing our food every day. The food is one of the most important things as it keeps you going. If you don’t eat well you won’t recover well and then you also not going to ride well. So he was great but everyone on our team was as well. A lot of people have said that finishing your first grand tour boosts your engine a bit, so I am confident in my progression as bike rider. Right now, I’m not 100% healthy after the race but I’m going home now and I’ll relax for a couple of days and get healthy again. Then I have 3 Italian races and the Abu Dhabi Tour, hopefully I can have a good race in Abu Dhabi as it will be my last race of the season before I go back home to South Africa for some proper rest. To end off, I really want to thank my girlfriend Khusela Ngubelanga for all the support, she’s been there for me every day during the Vuelta supporting me. She doesn’t understand too much about cycling but she was always there, asking questions and my aunt also, Nomfundo Nonjojo so I want to thank them especially. Then to all the fans and people back home who have been sending messages, thank you for the support. I don’t know if I could have finished the Vuelta without your support.
  10. Getting to my first grand tour was something I really worked hard for so to finish it now, it is a pretty amazing achievement. I am really happy to have made it to Madrid. Click here to view the article
  11. Roche and Zubeldia were initially part of a 25 rider breakaway that also included our Songezo Jim. One of the riders also in the move was Bart de Clercq (Lotto-Soudal) who sat in 14th place on the GC. Once the break got a 6 minute lead, de Clercq became a threat to Louis Meintjes top 10 GC placing. With Giant-Alpecin only really committing a single rider to the chase, our African team then took control of the race to protect Louis position. Johann van Zyl and Natnael Berhane did some sterling early work, supported by the rest of the team too. As the race neared the final climb of the day, Astana and Katusha also made their presence felt which ensured de Clercq would not leap frog Louis. All but 3 riders from the original break were caught on the slopes of the cat 1 Puerto de la Quesera. The fast 13km descent also ensured they would not be caught by the GC favourites group before the finish either, which arrived just 38 seconds adrift of Roche. Louis would cross the line 17th on the stage. It took some time for the break to form today but when it did, I was happy to be up there representing my team. I didn’t really have a great day in the office though, the legs just weren’t there. I hope I can feel better than I felt today in the next few days as we continue to support Louis for the general classification. Songezo Jim - Rider
  12. Nicolas Roche (Team Sky) won the 18th stage of the Vuelta a Espana after out-sprinting fellow breakaway partner Haimer Zubeldia (Trek Factory Racing). Louis Meintjes was our top finisher in 17th place. Click here to view the article
  13. Stage 9 of La Vuelta a Espana saw Songezo Jim animating the break of the day and Louis Meintjes finishing in 10th. The menu offered a similar profile like the previous day with the Cumbre del Sol being the sole obstacle of the day. However, the riders had to tackle the climb twice, finishing on the summit the second time around. Averaging at 11 percent it was all but easy. Click here to view the article
  14. Starting in Torrevieja the peloton rode along the Costa Blanca. The area is know as a regular training camp territory for a lot of riders and it didn’t take long until some tried to make use of their local knowledge. Songezo managed to get into the days 14 men breakaway. The group was able to build up a lead of 5.20 minutes before the big teams began to chase. Katusha and Sky were to be seen on the front of the peloton, when the break hit the Cumbre del Sol for the first time. Songezo battled hard to stay with his breakaway companions. He couldn’t quite match the speed when the former allies started to attack each other with the first KOM in sight. Back in the peloton Louis held his cards close to his chest and managed to stay with the GC favourites when they reeled in the breakaway’s remnants. On the final 3.5 kilometers it was Dutch Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) who proofed to be the strongest. He put in a strong attack, but was caught by Chris Froome (Sky) and Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) only a few hundred meters before the line. Nevertheless, he attacked again to win the stage and take over the GC lead. 23-year-old Louis Meintjes stayed in contention and came home 34 seconds short of Dumoulin. In the GC he moved up to 12th place. I am happy to finally making the break of the day. After trying hard for 3 days now, it was quite a good feeling to represent the team out front. When the break went, Jaco Venter closed the gap and I jumped across to the move. It was good for us, but unfortunately we were caught. I gave my best and I’ll surely try again to get into another break. Who knows, the next time we might stay away. Songezo Jim – Rider It was another stressful day. The stage started with some crosswinds and I was involved in a crash, just 30km into the race. Luckily I didn’t hurt myself. The team did a fantastic job once again looking after me all day. My legs didn’t feel as good as in the previous days, but I’m happy placing 10th and moving up in the GC. Louis Meintjes – Rider
  15. At only 89.1km in length, the 5th stage started off with a real bang as 8 riders attacked right from the gun. Songezo Jim was one of the riders in the move, ensuring MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung kept its unique record of being in the break in each stage of the Tour of Utah this year so far. The 8 leaders were held at just over a minute for most of the day as with the finish coming up so soon, the GC teams couldn't risk letting the gap go. Strangely though, team Smartstop were leading the chase most of the day while also having a rider driving the break too. It was of no concern to Songezo though as he just got on with the business before eventually attacking the lead group along with Stefano Pirazzi (Bardiani) with 35km to go. The duo held onto a 30" lead until 20km to go before they were caught by the peloton. Johann van Zyl then proceeded to mark any attacks for our African team as there was a plan to set up Natnael Berhane for the stage. MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung drove the peloton into the penultimate climb of the day and then Youcef Reguigui launched Berhane onto the hill with 14km to go. Unfortunately this move was actually 1 lap too early. Natnael put his head down and went for broke. The Eritrean champ built up a 30" lead on the climb but the peloton would regroup before mounting the chase. Natnael put in a valiant effort but unfortunately was caught with just 2km to go. After a massive 12km solo effort Natnael crossed the line 26" behind Woods and is still in contention to challenge for a high GC spot. Songezo Jim was also awarded the most aggressive rider jersey for his efforts. Today I got in the break again which was good, and with two laps to go I attacked with other one other and thought maybe we had a chance but it didn't work. Tomorrow is another opportunity and we will try again. Songezo Jim - Rider It was a short stage, just 7 laps of a 12.5km circuit with a steep climb at 1km from the finish. The plan was to protect Nathu all day and bring him to a good position for the final km. He attacked with 1 lap to go, this wasn't actually the plan and I am was not too happy with this attack. I have to say the team were still excellent though, for the 5th time in 5 stages we had somebody in the break. It was a good job by Songezo, he got the prize of most aggressive rider. It was a pity he couldn't stand on the podium yet because the presentation was washed out by a very big thunderstorm. Jean-Pierre Heynderickx - Sport Director
  16. The race was animated by an early break of four. Malcolm Rudolph (Drapac), Rik Jans (Wanty-Group Goubert), Jarl Salomein (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise) and Ahmet Akdilek (Torku) were able to establish a lead of over 4 minutes, before the peloton started chasing. Overnight race leader Davide Rebellin (CCC-Sprandi) put his team to work with MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung staying close at the front of the race. With the steep climb towards Selçuk it was never a question, that the break would be reeled in. The overall was in within reach for a few riders and it didn’t take long until the attacking started. In the end it was Bilbao who got the better of Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana), after going clear on the last two kilometers. Heiner Parra (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) came in for third. Behind the trio the race was split in several groups with Serge keeping close on the wheels of the favorites. He fought hard to stay in the group and eventually came home just 34 seconds down on the stage winner, thus managing to stay within the top10 of the Tour of Turkey. Songezo Jim is another rider who managed to get through the day without damage. He still sits second in the KOM classification, just five points down on the leader, Pablo Valencia (Colombia). My teammates did a great job today in helping me for the final climb. Unfortunately, I did not have the legs today I was hoping for, so I had to defend rather than to attack. Tomorrow is another day and we will see what we can do. Serge Pauwels – Rider We saved our GC position today and it was good to stay up there with Serge. With two stages to go there are still a few options. We have been riding strong every day and today it was good for us, to save our legs for the final. Serge is still in the top10, which is really good for us. Additionally, Songezo is just 5 points short on the KOM jersey so we are also keeping our options in this classification. Jean-Pierre Heynderickx – Sports Director
  17. Stage 6 of the Tour of Turkey was one of the decisive stages for the overall. Kristian Durasek (Lampre-Merida) took over the race lead after 184 km from Denizli to Selçuk. The stage was one by Pello Bilbao (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA). MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung’s Belgian climber Serge Pauwels made good work of his Cervélo S5 on the days final climb and finished in 13th place. In the overall he sits now 6th. Click here to view the article
  18. The 5th stage of the Tour of Turkey came down to a short uphill bunch sprint which had Sacha Modolo (Lampre-Merida) reign supreme. Carlos Barbero (Caja-Rural) was 2nd and Jay McCarthy (Tinkoff-Saxo) got up for 3rd. Click here to view the article
  19. There was an early break of 3 riders that went clear and they were allowed 7 minutes before Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung took responsibility for the chase. Jay Thomson would chew up the kilometers at the head of the peloton as he brought the break back down to under 2 minutes with 60km to go. Caja-Rural then also took an interest in the chase and by 50km to go, the leaders were caught. With the cat 3 climb next on the menu 9 riders jumped clear, Songezo Jim and Natnael Berhane were both part of the move. As Songezo was sitting in 2nd in the KOM competition at the start of the day, he made sure he collected the points at the summit moving to within 3 points of the KOM jersey. It wasn't long after the summit that the 9 riders were caught and then it was pretty much down to the sprinters teams to keep the pace up for the final 35km. MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung were riding in support of Youcef Reguigui today and things were looking good for our boys while sitting in the top 10 places with a km to go. The road would ramp up quite a bit in the final 700m though and the urgency saw a couple of riders go down. Youcef went on to finish in 13th place after dodging a few bodies. The final was quite chaotic with a few crashes in the final kilometer. I tried to bring Youcef up to the front today because he had really good legs. Unfortunately he was a bit closed in over the final meters so we missed out on the top 10 today. Kristian Sbaragli - Rider The boys did a good race today and we showed we are a very strong team. When the early break got 7 minutes we went to chase and nobody would help us. We continued to chase and Jay did a lot of work on front. He put in a great ride and pretty much closed the gap to 2'30" all by himself. We didn't get anything in the final today, I think there was a crash that ruined our plans a little but Songezo got 3 points in the final KOM which was good. He is now in contention for the jersey and this gives us another option and card to play in the coming stages. JP Heynderickx - Sport Director
  20. It was after 25km of racing that Songezo went clear with 4 other riders. Building up a lead of 4 minutes, the attackers then hit the first of the 2 cat 1 climbs for the day. Songezo was clearly one of the strongest as he, Juan Valencia (Colombia) and Jose Goncalves (Caja-Rural) pushed clear. The peloton had reduced the gap drastically on the big climb though and 7 riders jumped across to the 3 leaders. Youcef was part of the 7 attackers who bridged to the lead with just 35km to go. Our Algerian star then upped the ante and rode away with Pavel Brutt (Tinkoff-Saxo) and Jelle Wallays (Topsport-Vlaanderen) while the peloton reeled in the chasers. Youcef and co. would then hold on to a 30" lead for the next 20km as Astana and CCC Sprandi were forced to chase. The leading trio were caught at the foot of the final cat 1 climb. An early surge in the pace saw the main group whittled down to just a handful of riders on the 10km climb. Eventual stage winner, Davide Rebellin (CCC Sprandi) followed an attack by Kristijan Durasek (Lampre-Merida) with 7km to go and the 2 would ride off to decide the stage. Behind them the main group blew to pieces on the final climb and Serge was strong enough to hold on for 5th on the stage, putting him 5th on GC as well. Eduardo Sepulveda (Bretagne-Seche) was the rider in 3rd place on the stage. I know this final climb pretty well having ridden it a few times already. Knowing that the final 3km were the toughest I thought Rebellin and Durasek went a bit too early. I felt I had the legs to respond but I was hoping to come back in the final 3km. I am still happy with my result, if you told me 5th at the start of today I think I might have taken it. Now there are still a few chances to gain some time for most of the climbers so we will have a good battle over the next stages and I will do my best to achieve a good GC result. Serge Pauwels – Rider Today the team was very strong. The whole day we were visible at the front of the race. Just as we had discussed in our meeting we wanted to have someone in the first break of the day and Songezo made the move. He was very strong and was even competing for the mountains jersey, if he won the last sprint he would have got it but he ended 2nd. Still it was a great ride because with him in the break we didn't have to ride on the front. When they came back Youcef was in the next attack, keeping the pressure off our guys. At the end Serge did a good ride to get a good result for the team. The whole team was very good and we are happy with our stage performance. JP Heynderickx - Sport Director
  21. The 3rd and queen stage of the Tour of Turkey saw MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung take the racing to the rest of the peloton. Songezo Jim and Youcef Reguigui both went on the attack and Serge Pauwels would finish 5th at the line. Click here to view the article
  22. The Tour of Turkey is a race that generally suits all types of sprinters with 6 out of the 8 stages possibly finishing in either a mass or select group sprint. Stages 3 and 6 this year both finish at the summit of cat 1 climbs, ensuring that there is something on offer for the GC riders too. It is the big name sprinters of world cycling that usually dominate the headlines though as they use the Tour of Turkey as a final preparation race for the Giro d'Italia. Mark Cavendish and Andre Greipel will both be at this year’s edition of the race. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung will head in to the 8 day tour with a strong and well-rounded team capable of competing for the victory on every stage. Natnael Berhane will lead our GC hopes after having won the event previously in 2013. Theo Bos is also a 2 x stage victor here at the Tour of Turkey and will lead our charge in the mass sprints. Serge Pauwels also hopes to go well in the GC while Kristian Sbaragli and Youcef Reguigui will be giving the select bunch sprints a good crack. Completing our line-up will be Jay Thomson, Songezo Jim and Adrien Niyonshuti. The 3 African riders will no doubt be looking for that break that always seems to survive at least once a year at the Turkish Tour when not riding in support of the daily protected rider. For this race we have a really balanced team. Some teams come here only for the sprints or only for the GC but we have good riders for each situation. Fast sprinters and riders capable of a good GC too so we are looking forward to a promising week that lies ahead. Morale is very good among us guys here so I can't wait to start racing. Songezo Jim - Rider Turkey is a really nice place and the riders enjoy coming here. With 2 stages finishing at the top of climbs this year we will be going for a good GC result with Natnael and Serge. We have good options for the sprint stages with Youcef and Kristian concentrating on the harder stages which should see a small bunch arrive at the finish. Theo will be our rider for the mass sprint. So with Jay, Adrien and Songezo here as well we have every opportunity to do really well in the coming week, definitely we are looking to take our chances. J.P Heynderickx - Sport Director
  23. The 51st Presidential Tour of Turkey gets underway on Sunday and Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung will once again take to the start of the 8 stage UCI 2.HC cycling event. It will be the 3rd time our African team take on Turkey's premier cycling race. Click here to view the article
  24. The 55th De Brabantse Pijl - La Flèche Brabançonne will take place tomorrow, 15 April. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung will line-up for this UCI 1.HC Belgian classic for the 3rd time after making its debut back in 2013 already. Click here to view the article
  25. The Brabanste Pijl is somewhat of a transitional classic as the race is seen as the bridge between the cobbled classics and the Ardennes classics. Some of the cobbled specialists look to carry their form into Brabantse from Flanders and Roubaix while the punchers and other climbers who are hoping to excel at races like Amstel Gold and Leige-Bastogne-Liege look to Brabantse as their first classics outing. MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung will have a slight mixture of the two specialists as well for tomorrow's rendezvous. With the race suited to a rider with an explosive climbing prowess as well as a fair kick for the line, Kristian Sbaragli and Youcef Reguigui become our leading candidates for the race. Both riders will look to be competitive in the finale that has always seen a very small selection of riders in years gone by. Supporting Kristian and Youcef on the day will be Daniel Teklehaimanot, Natnael Berhane, Songezo Jim, Nic Dougall, Jay Thomson and Serge Pauwels. 26 Hellingen and 205km is what await the riders tomorrow and our African team will have an eye on the podium for sure. The Brabantse Pijl will be broadcast live on SuperSport, channel 205 from 15:00 tomorrow. I did the race with the team 2 years ago so I know what it is like. The most important part comes during those final 4 laps on the circuit. There are 5 climbs on the circuit and the pace is always high and this is where the race should be decided. We will try to see what we can do here, Kris and Youcef are our fast guys for this race so we will try to take our opportunities. Songezo Jim - Rider
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