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  1. For Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka, the stage was one which Steve Cummings and Edvald Boasson Hagen would give a good crack while our other riders not typically suited to a time trial, saved their legs for the expected sprint stage tomorrow. Cummings, as one of the earlier starters posted some really good intermediate times, swapping between 1st and 2nd position with Rohan Dennis (BMC) at the 3 time checks. At the finish line though, Cummings stopped the clock in a time of 52'40", the 2nd best time at that point in the day. Edvald Boasson Hagen was also on a flyer, slotting into the top 5 positions at the intermediate time checks during his effort. The bumpy nature of the road surface saw our Norwegian champion drop his chain on a few occasions, losing a precious few seconds here and there to eventually finish in a time of 52'49". Dumoulin, the overall stage favourite came in not too long after Boasson Hagen and set an incredibly fast time of 50'15". Nobody would come close to the time of the Dutch champion, Froome being the nearest just over a minute down. Cummings time was able hold strong against most of the GC favourites to ensure he finished in 10th position and Boasson Hagen placed 13th. A good day for our African Team made better by the fact that it was the first day of our #Qhubeka5000 challenge, where a number of fans around the world rode the same 37km distance our riders had to face today. It was a bit of a tricky time trial course because of the strong winds that blew throughout the day. Time trial bikes aren't the biggest fans of super strong crosswinds. Starting early, my plan was just to give it my 100% and that is what I did. Steve Cummings - Rider It was really windy out there so we just tried to get through it and save as much as we could. Tomorrow is a big day for us with Cavendish and a sprint again so we were focused on just being safe and using the stage to recover as much as possible. Tomorrow is a big day. Reinardt Janse van Rensburg - Rider
  2. The 7th stage got off to a fast start with Mark Cavendish and Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) attacking from kilometer zero. 10 other riders joined the Green Jersey contenders but the peloton weren't content on letting Sagan and Cavendish get away. As soon as their group was caught, the counter attacks started and Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka were fully switched on as Edvald Boasson Hagen made a new break with 3 others. Once again, a few kilometers down the road this break was also caught. The third escape would be the defining move of the day and 29 riders rode clear after 40km of racing, including Cummings. Due to the constant attacking, nearly 50km were covered in the first hour and so when the break went clear, the peloton sat up for moment to regain composure which allowed the break to go 5 minutes clear. There were some big names in the escape group, with the yellow jersey race leader, Greg van Avermaet (BMC Racing) also present. With the stage ending after an ascent of the Col d'Aspin, the climbers in the breakaway like Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) and Navarro were definitely the favourites for the stage. Cummings was not in favour of reaching the Aspin with this big group and so when Navarro, Antoine Duchesne (Direct Energie) and Matti Breschel (Tinkoff) got a 15 second gap on the lead group, Cummings rode across to the trio and injected some real pace into their attack. This caused a reaction in the chase and the big group split as 9 riders then tried to come across to the 4 leaders. The junction was just about to be made with 26km to go but before the chasers made contact, Cummings counter attacked and went solo. The Col d'Aspin was a 12km category 1 climb that topped out 7km before the finish in Lac de Poyolle. The odds were stacked against Cummings as he was alone, being chased by 12 riders who were just 30 seconds behind him when the Aspin began. Everybody thought Nibali and Navarro would be able to bridge the gap to Cummings, and they tried, attacking on the very lowest slopes of the Aspin. Cummings held a consistent pace though and he was totally committed to the move. In the end, Cummings even put time into his closest chasers on the Aspin. With the peloton still 4 minutes down on Cummings as he began the descent to the line, he just needed to stay upright to take an incredible victory. Cummings was able to do so with ease and the Brit was even able to savour the moment, crossing the line just more than a minute ahead of Impey. Another unbelievable day for our African Team, as we have now won 4 out of the first 7 stages, a feat we couldn't have even dreamed of. Mark Cavendish retained the lead in Green Jersey points competition too, ensuring we had two riders on the stage podium today. That was sweet. After what has already happened this week, it is just fantastic to have won. Of all my victories, I think this has to be my best one. I wasn't confident in that big group and putting pressure on them, I thought, was my best option. The Aspin is also a climb that suits my characteristics. The group behind was obviously on the limit so I just carried on, as you do, and I was able to win. I am really happy for the team and thankful that they believe me. I hope that people are really starting to get that we are racing to put kids on bikes with Qhubeka, it just makes everything that much more special for us and has put the team on a high. Steve Cummings - Rider
  3. Steve Cummings won stage 7 of the Tour de France in typical Steve Cummings fashion, attacking from the original break of the day, to win solo in Lac de Payolle. Daryl Impey (Orica-BikeExchange) made it an even better day for African cycling as the South African finished in 2nd place. Daniel Navarro (Cofidis) was 3rd. Click here to view the article
  4. The 151km long stage from Le Pont-de-Claix to Superdévoluy saw an early break of 20 riders. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka had Teklehaimanot, who was equal on points with overnight KOM classification leader Thibaut Pinot, and Cummings (pictured above) in the group. The peloton, including all the GC contenders, didn’t let them get to far off the front. However, a gap of around two minutes was enough for Teklehaimanot to score the needed points in his fight for glory. With roughly 70km to go Cummings attacked the break and took off alone. While his move split the the former break, Teklehaimanot (pictured above) was able to stay in the chase group, allowing Cummings to increase his lead. Over the following kilometers, the British time trial specialist opened up a gap of over 2min over the chasers. With 30km and two climbs to go the peloton was another 2min back. Inside the final 15km the peloton, lead by Etixx-QuickStep, picked up the pace and reeled the chase back in. However, Cummings was able to defend his lead and crossed the line in Superdévoluy 3.58min ahead of Daniel Martin (Etixx-QuickStep) and Roman Bardet (Ag2R). While the overall went to Chris Froome (Sky), it was our African team, who put on a strong show at the Critérium du Dauphiné. With 2 stage wins, as well as the Green jersey and the Polka Dots jersey Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka left its mark in the French Alps. It was an unreal day today, the best for Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka so far. Steve was really strong, it was a great solo. We also wanted to get the Polka Dot jersey back onto Daniel’s shoulders and were able to do so. With two stage wins through Edvald and Steve, and the wins in the Points classification through Edvald and the KOM classification through Daniel it was simply an amazing week! Jean-Pierre Heynderickx – Sports Director
  5. The mid-week Ardennes Classic had an incredibly fast and hard start with countless attacks being fired from the peloton. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka was always very active with Natnael Berhane and Jacques Janse van Rensburg part of all the early moves. With up to 20 riders at a time getting a gap, it was difficult for the peloton to let such a large group go clear. It took more than 50 kilometers for the break to finally stick and it was our man Steve Cummings who initialised the move. Cummings jumped away solo with a little less than 150km to go. 8 other riders would then bridge the gap to our British time trial expert and the lead group then rode away to a 3-minute lead. Movistar and Katusha, with two of the hot race favourites in Valverde and Joaquim Rodriguez respectively, took up the chase from the peloton. Out front Cummings showed he was in pretty fine nick as when the race came to the short steep climbs synonymous with the Ardennes region, Steve took the lead on the on climbs. Eventually, just 3 other riders remained with Cummings by the time the race reached the penultimate ascent of the Mur de Huy. Over the top, it was Cummings who led the race alone. Cummings solo effort lasted up until 17km to go before the joint effort of Katusha and Movistar brought the race all back together. Back in the peloton, our African Team weren't quite able to sit back and take advantage of Cummings' escape. Punctures at key moments in the race placed some pressure on Serge Pauwles, who was our protected rider for the final. Pauwels still reached the all-important final right hand corner onto the Mur de Huy in a decent position but the explosive climb was once again the perfect stage for Valverde to show his class. Pauwels dug deep on the 25% gradient slopes yet at the finish, it would be 24th place for our Belgian star. It was a super-fast start with one attack after the other. Natanel and Jacques did a super job to be part of the action, covering the moves. Then Steve decided to try something after 50 kilometers and he went solo. 8 riders chased him down, bridging the gap. Movistar took control and they rode until they caught Steve, who was the final rider from the break to be caught. Then it was up to Serge to try and get a result. He came 24th, we had hoped for a better result but not everything went our own way. Jacques was an important rider today and he got 2 flat wheels in the space of 20 kilometers and then he also had to give his wheel to Serge, so basically those 3 mechanicals took him out of the race. Serge is in a good shape though and he is upping the game with each race. We can be happy with Steve today as well, he did a great job. Jens Zemke - Sport Director
  6. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka could not have scripted the stage any better as Daniel Teklehaimanot got into the early break of the day with 4 other riders. The stage was 193km in length with 3 categorised climbs coming in the final 35km of the stage. Teklehaimanot rode well in the break but the peloton kept the escapees on a short leash and so just before the climbs started, Stefan Denifl (IAM Cycling) and Sam Oomen (Giant-Alpecin) jumped away from the break while the other 3 riders returned to the peloton. Our African Team were able to conserve energy in the peloton while Teklehaimanot spent the day in the break, and this set the team up nicely to take on the final climbs with the main group. A number of attacks flew from the peloton but Team Sky set a relentless pace on the front which meant nobody would get more than a minute's lead in the final 30km. Daniel Navarro (Cofidis) would eventually bridge and then pass the two lone leaders just before the top of the final climb, but the gap to the now 40 rider peloton was only 25". Cummings and Serge Pauwels were both part of this select group and with Orica-Greenedge now setting the pace, our two African Team riders just bided their time. Navarro was caught in the final 4km and this played perfectly into the hands of Cummings. In typical fashion, our British star went from the rear of the main group and just powered off the front with an incredible seated attack as the race went under the 1km to go banner. The main group hesitated for a second and this gave Cummings the upper hand. Cannondale and Orica-Greenedge put everything into the final 700m but Cummings had done it again. With his arms in the air, the peloton sprinted home a few meters behind Cummings with teammate Pauwles also punching the air in jubilation as he watched Steve take a fine win. What a brilliant feeling this is. These early season races are so hard and to get two wins now, one in Tirreno-Adriatico and another here at Pais Vasco, it feels quite good. Before we came to Pais Vasco though I said I wanted to win a stage, some people may have thought something different about that but I am happy to have done it. I'm really pleased that I get to stand on the podium once again for Qhubeka, it just makes it such a good day for us. Steve Cummings - Rider Today was one of those day's where everything works out. We wanted to be in the break because there was a 50% chance that the break would make it to the finish. Daniel Teklehaimanot was in, and that was perfect. The only problem was the Giant-Alpecin rider was 4 minutes behind on GC so the gap never got more than 5 minutes. So coming to the final, we wanted to try something. Steve got a great victory in typical and perfect Steve Cummings style. We are very happy with this result, the guys did a great job today. Alex Sans Vega - Sport Director
  7. The stage started just as most others do with an early break going clear in the opening kilometres of the race. Today it was 4 riders that jumped clear of the peloton, which was led by Etixx-Quickstep and Astana for the majority of the day. The breakaway got a maximum lead of 5 minutes but with the stage being 222km in length, the peloton was always going to reel the escapees in. The catch took place with around 30km to go and then there was all to ride for, with 2 short but steep categorised climbs providing the platform for an exciting race. It was on these climbs that Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka showed its strength. The initial plan for the day was to protect Edvald Boasson Hagen and Steve Cummings and Reinardt Janse van Rensburg were doing this to perfection. Trek Factory Racing ramped up the pace on the penultimate climb which saw many riders being dropped from the peloton. By the time the front group went over the final climb of the day at 15km to go, there was only 40 riders left in the peloton. Boasson Hagen still had Cummings and Natnael Berhane for support in this select group. Attacks started to fly from the front group with Cummings and Berhane covering each one, hoping to keep the race together for Boasson Hagen. Puccio then put in a telling attack with 6km to go which Cummings and Matteo Montaguti (Ag2R) followed. The trio got a 10 second gap before 3 riders jumped across the gap to join them, Berhane was part of this move placing our African Team in a great position with 2 riders in the lead group of 6. The chase never seemed to come from the peloton and so with 3km to go, Cummings saw his opportunity and attacked. Nobody could follow our British time trial expert as he soloed to a great win, the first World Tour victory as Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka. Natnael Berhane was part of the sprint for the minor placings and took 3rd place on the line. The team will have plenty of time to celebrate today’s win as tomorrow’s stage was cancelled due to bad weather conditions. The plan for the day was to ride for Edvald. In the final when it was just a select group we were trying to close down all the attacks and keep the race together so he could sprint for the victory. When I got away with the Pucchio and Montaguti in the final I didn’t ride on the front because we had Edvald behind. Then Natnael came across and the other guys just kept riding and we sat on. With 3km to go though I saw the victory was being served up on platter for me as the group behind wasn’t coming back, so I took it, I knew I could stay away. I am happy the team could get the win today, we had the numbers today and it worked out really well for us. It’s a great win for the Team, for our sponsors and for Qhubeka. Steve Cummings – Rider I am really happy with the result today. Steve won the stage which is terrific for our team and I was 3rd. This podium placing in a World Tour race is my best result ever, I couldn’t be happier. Natnael Berhane – Rider
  8. The 4th stage of Tirreno-Adriatico turned out to be a dream day for Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka as Steve Cummings took the victory ahead of Salvatore Puccio (Team Sky) with teammate Natnael Berhane finishing in 3rd position. Click here to view the article
  9. A truly historic day with an iconic image that has already been deeply engrained in cycling history: British pro cyclist Steve Cummings wins stage 14 of the 2015 edition of the Tour de France, marking the first ever victory for an African cycling team in the world’s most important bicycle race. MET provided Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung with a special orange color edition of its new aero road helmet RIVALE. This helmet was only raced with during the stage on July 18, 2015. Steve Cummings' RIVALE helmet features his signature and name tag, making it a unique and distinctive piece of cycling history. Earlier during the 2015 Tour de France, Eritrean pro cyclist Daniel Teklehaimanot marked another iconic milestone in cycling history: he was the first African cyclist to take the lead in the mountains classification of the Tour and wore the polka dot jersey with a matching MET RIVALE helmet during stages 7 to 9. Both helmets, Cummings’ special edition RIVALE and Teklehaimanot’s polka dot RIVALE, will be put up for auction on Ebay starting December 19, 11:30am GMT+2 (10:30am CET) and ending on December 25, 2015. MET RIVALE Cummings Tour de France Special Edition - 331734520287 MET RIVALE Teklehaimanot Polka Dot Special Edition - 331734522243 The auction proceeds will be donated to the Qhubeka charity, which helps people in South Africa to move forward and progress by giving bicycles in return for work done to improve communities, the environment or academic results. The auction’s goal is to help Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung reach their goal to fund the last 98 bicycles of their “BicyclesChangeLives” project which seeks to fund bicycles for 5,000 school children in Africa. MET Helmets is the leading European bicycle helmet manufacturer. Founded in 1987, MET looks back on a long history of innovations that constantly set new industry benchmarks for safety, comfort, performance and design. RIVALE is among the latest creations of the Italian company, an aerodynamic road cycling helmet that offers outstanding aerodynamic performance that is lightweight and provides a lot of ventilation.
  10. MET will auction off Steve Cummings’ stage-winning Tour de France special edition RIVALE helmet and Daniel Teklehaimanot's polka dot RIVALE for charity. Auction proceeds will be donated to the Qhubeka charity, which is World Bicycle Relief’s program in South Africa. Both auctions end on December 25th. Click here to view the article
  11. Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) would put in a blistering ride at the Vuelta a Espana stage 17 individual time trial to not only win the stage, but to also move into the overall race lead. Steve Cummings was our top placed rider in 9th. Click here to view the article
  12. For MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung the plan today was to have a good go at the stage with Stevo and for Louis Meintjes to retain his top 10 place on GC. The rest of our riders, not known time trial specialists, looked to get around the 39km course in one piece with 3 tough stages still to come. Steve would have a mid-field start today which saw him go through the 2 intermediate time checks in 1st and then 2nd position respectively. At the finish our British star would clock the 2nd fastest time of the day after averaging 47.8km/h, a solid effort given the windy conditions out there. Attention was then focused on the GC battle and whether our young South African could hold off Domenico Pozzovivo (AG2R La Mondiale) to retain his 10th place on the general classification. Louis started out conservatively which saw him lose as much as 40 seconds to Pozzovivo by the 2nd time check, but a super strong finish saw Louis claw back some seconds and comfortably held on to 10th overall. Once all riders had come in, Steve would be left with 9th place on the stage. Another consistent result against the clock after his top 10 placing at the Tour de France time trial earlier in the year as well. I liked the course a lot. It was a beautiful course through a nice city. It wasn't all that technical, just the last bit with the climb and descent was a little technical. It was just a power course really but it was kind of hard to judge because it was uphill to start and then headwind, so no real rest. You had to put a bit more effort going out than coming back but not too much because it was still a long way to go. It became a mental battle because it was a pretty long effort, like 50 minutes. In the end I think it was quite good, I did the best I could. Steve Cummings - Rider
  13. Stage 13 of La Vuelta a Espana was another transition stage. With a few tough days coming up, it was a day made for a brakaway. Steve Cummings got himself into the move with 23 other riders. The group established a lead of more than 5 minutes over the peloton. In the end Nelson Oliviera (Lampre-Merida) outsmarted the other riders in the breakaway, when he rode clear on the last climb. He went on to win the stage, with Steve coming home in 19th position. Click here to view the article
  14. 178 lumpy kilometers from Calatayud to Tarazona were to be covered today. With 3 difficult mountain stages to come in the next days, most teams wanted to get riders in the break of the day. After a very fast start 24 riders eventually broke clear. Astana with race leader Fabio Aru kept control in the peloton and the break in sight. It was only after the halfway point of the stage that the gap grw to over four five minutes. On the last climb of the day the breakaway started to loose its momentum. Numerous riders tried to go solo. Oliviera tried his luck shortly before reaching the summit and opened up a gap of a minute on the descent. Behind him the break stayed together in an effort to keep their advantage over the peloton. A few riders were keen on moving up in the overall. Eventually, Oliviera won the stage. Julien Simon (Cofidis) and Nicholas Roche (Sky) lead home the break. Steve finished in 19th. In the GC Aru kept his lead, while Louis stayed safe. He sits in 12th position now, but is set to move up again come the mountains. “We knew today there would be a good chance for the break. In our meeting we had 3 or 4 guys ready to try make the break. The others teams were on the same plan so it took some time for peloton to let a move go and I made it across as with a small group. I felt okay today but Lampre had the numbers in the break and they used the extra riders to their advantage. Once Oliveria was away they just shut us down so I just kept safe to the line.” Steve Cummings – Rider
  15. Steve Cummings lit up the 6th stage of the Vuelta a Espana, attacking from the main break of the day only to be caught with 3km to go. Steve would win the most aggressive rider of the day prize. Click here to view the article
  16. The stage win would go to the young Esteban Chaves (Orica-Greenedge) once again as he attacked from the peloton just before the 3km to go banner, bridging and passing Stevo on the final climb to the line. Daniel Martin (Cannondale-Garmin) was 2nd with Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) in 3rd. The early part of the stage was fast and furious with the break taking 70km to finally form. With temperatures in the upper 30’s today, it was a tough day. Steve though, was made for these tough days and when he and his 4 breakaway mates got clear they muscled out a 4 minute lead. Movistar kept close tabs on the break as they were a bit weary of the possible GC threat the riders in the break posed to their leaders. With 12km to go the gap was down to 30” for the leaders, this is where Stevo threw caution to wind and attacked solo. The gap quickly went back up to 55” as Steve laid down the power. It was not to be though as the tough finale saw the GC rider quickly reel our British star in. It was not all over for our African team though as Louis Meintjes was brought to a great position by his teammates and managed to finish the stage with the favourites group in 18th place. This ensured Louis held on to a top 20 position overall. It was hot out there but it was good. The start was quite aggressive and the breakaway took a long time to go as there was a lot of interest in making the break. We did well, everyone was covering the moves and eventually it went after about 60 or 70 kilometres. It was difficult because Gautier was up 3 minutes on GC so we didn’t really get the advantage we needed. For me it was then just a question of eating and drinking and hoping we would be allowed a bit more leeway but we didn’t really get enough. In the final I gave it a try, hoping to catch them napping or that there was a bit of disorganised chaos behind but it was still good. We can try again in a few days’ time. Steve Cummings – Rider It was a good stage for us. We tried to get into the break and it took over 60km’s for 5 strong riders to go off the front. It was a good point that Steve was there. In our meeting we wanted Steve there at that moment and he was. It was unfortunate that Gautier was there so the GC teams kept it under control at 4 minutes. If this wasn’t the case and they got 10 minutes then it would have been a great opportunity for the win. The team was great, they looked after Louis and brought him to a good position at all the important points. He started the climb in a good position and was able to follow the leaders. I must say that all the boys did a great job, everyone came to the car to fetch bottles for Louis so it was good job. Jean-Pierre Heynderickx – Sport Director
  17. In another transitional stage of the Tour de France, Steve Cummings found himself in the main break of the day at the Tour de France for MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung. Steve was joined by 19 other eager contenders as they built up an 8 minute lead over the peloton. It was looking good for the breakaway riders as the large lead group had no real adversaries in the peloton willing to chase them down. It would be a special day for Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung as our African team would honour Mandela Day during today's Tour de France stage. The plan was always to animate the stage for our African team on a day where we hoped to bring light to the Mandela Day cause. Nobody could have dreamed of the fairy-tale finish that was, Steve Cummings crossing the line solo to win the stage after the stage long break. In a late solo escape, Steve was able to distance Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) and Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) by a very slight margin but still enough to claim a historical stage victory for MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung. The two Frenchman that took the minor podium placings would hesitate in chasing down our British star when he attacked at the summit of the final climb of the day. This hesitation was all that was needed for Stevo to cross the line first, arms aloft and history written. Steve Cummings crossed the line, displaying our teams 5 finger salute, symbolising our #BicyclesChangeLives campaign which aims to put 5000 African children on bicycles. A truly proud moment for our African team. I wasn't the strongest today and I knew there were better climbers in our lead group. I had to play the waiting game today as FDJ were looking to set up Pinot for the win. I waited and waited and eventually the last climb arrived which I rode at my own pace. Pinot and Bardet were just ahead and I used them as the carrot dangling in front of me for motivation. Everyone went bananas at the start of the climb but the key was to remain calm and take my opportunity when it arrived. I made contact with the two Frenchman at the top of the climb and knew they might hesitate to chase me if I got the jump on them on the flat part before the finish. I threw caution to wind and just went for it. It paid off and I won the stage. This is an incredible day for me and the team, with it being Mandela Day the team was motivated more than usual but I don't think we can quite believe what has just happened. It may take a while to sink in. Steve Cummings - Rider
  18. Steve Cummings has won the 14th stage of the Tour de France for MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung! In a thrilling finale, Steve Cummings rode away from his breakaway counterparts to win the 14th stage of the Tour de France. Click here to view the article
  19. The 1st stage of the Tour de France was a spectacle unrivaled by anything else we have experienced. We could not have hoped for a better start to our Grande Boucle either with Steve Cummings finishing in a terrific 10th place. Click here to view the article
  20. It was a day of so many highs for Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung with Daniel Teklehaimanot being the first rider to get the 102nd Tour de France started as he rolled off the start ramp at 14:00 in Utrecht. The crowds, which were bursting at the seams at around 800 000 strong, made for an unbelievable atmosphere which really motivated our African team. Each of our riders put in strong rides with our Briton Steve Cummings storming home in an exceptional time of 15'28" over the 13.8km course. Steve's time would be good enough for 10th on the day, an exceptional performance against 198 of the best riders in the world. Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing), the former world hour record holder took the stage win and yellow jersey ahead of multiple world time trial champions, Tony Martin (Etixx-Quickstep) and Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) respectively. It was a super day. Physically the effort was good but I also never really felt composed. I don't know, I think it was possibly the occasion that got to me a bit and I messed up a lot of corners, well pretty much every corner actually. But having said that, to come to the biggest bike race in the world it is great for the team to see we can all make mistakes but are able to compete with the best in the world. It was my goal to really deliver something good today for that reason, to give the team a bit of a lift and some confidence. Unfortunately it wasn't as good as I hoped but I think it was still pretty good to be honest. Steve Cummings - Rider I think we can be really proud and really happy with the result we achieved. A top 10 in the opening stage is what we wanted, it was what we were trying to achieve and Steve did. The crowd was also amazing being at the Tour de France for the first time, so Steve finishing 10th is beautiful. Jens Zemke - Head of Performance
  21. The final stage of the Circuit la Sarthe ended with the expected bunch sprint. There were also no surprises when it was Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) who crossed the line first ahead of Aleksei Tsatevich (Katusha) and Samuel Dumoulin (AG2R La Mondiale). The overall victory would go to Ramunas Navardauskas (Cannondale-Garmin) after he won the necessary bonus seconds to leap frog from 3rd to 1st. Click here to view the article
  22. With the final stage not being all that selective, Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung had 2 goals for the day: Louis Meintjes would need to finish safely in the bunch to win the King of the Mountains jersey and Steve Cummings would hope to consolidate his top 10 placing overall. Both objectives were achieved by the MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung riders. Neither of the riders in the early 2 man break, nor the rider who rode across to the leaders later in the stage were of any threat to Louis pink leaders jersey and once the break was caught with 30km to go, no rider behind Stevo on the GC was involved in any of the time bonification sprints. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung can be happy with its performance over the last 4 days. Winning the jersey with Louis and having Stevo finish 6th on GC were credible results for our African team in a race that did not include any big mountains. To have the boy’s race aggressively and play a prominent role on each of the stages was encouraging enough with the Ardennes classics now on the horizon. Our African team who were guided by Stephen Cummings were very visible throughout the race and we took every chance we could. Steve finished 6th overall on the GC. Every day we were involved in the awards ceremony and Louis won the Best Climbers jersey. Sarthe was a fantastic race for us, competing against only World Tour and Pro-Conti teams. We would also like to thank the supporters here, they really bought a lot of our autograph cards these few days and all this money gets donated to Qhubeka. Jens Zemke - Head of Performance
  23. After Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) set an unbeatable time early on, the final individual time trial stage of the Tirreno-Adriatico would end up being a battle of the seconds between the GC riders. Our Steven Cummings started the day 9th on GC but by finishing 8th on the stage, the Brit managed to secure a credible 6th overall. Click here to view the article
  24. The first Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung rider to really make an impact on the leader board today was Edvald Boasson Hagen. Eddy crossed the line in 11'49" over the 10km course, which would be good enough for 10th position on the stage. By the time the GC riders got going, Cancellara, Adriano Malori (Movistar) and Vasil Kiryienka (Team Sky) had all but decided the stage podium respectively. With less than a minute between 2nd & 10th on GC before the stage start, a number of teams were waiting at the finish line with calculator in hand. The biggest move was to be made by Steve as his 8th position on the stage saw him leapfrog from 9th to 6th. Stevo was just 1 second behind Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) and 40" from the overall victory, a fantastic result for our African team in our first World Tour race of the year. Nairo Quintana (Movistar) held on to his overall lead to win the tour outright ahead of Bauke Mollema (Trek Factory Racing) and Rigoberto Uran (Etixx-Quickstep). Fantastic again today! I mean 8th on the stage today, 6th on the GC only 1 second behind Contador. If you told me before Tirreno that we would finish 1 second behind Contador on GC then I would say that is a bit optimistic. So I am super happy with the results over the complete week. It was an enjoyable race for the team, they connected well, we did good leadouts and we have good results. In the history of our team I think this was one of our best weeks with the win in Langkawi and 6th place in the World Tour Tirreno stage race so we can be proud of our boys. Jens Zemke - Head of Performance
  25. With the stage finishing atop the 16.1km Terminillo climb, it was always going to be a battle of the GC riders today. There was an early break of 7 riders which got a maximum lead of 8 minutes, but despite their best efforts the GC teams had the final say on the finishing climb. Michele Scarponi (Astana) was the last of the escapees to be caught as the eventual stage victor, Quintana, soloed passed the Italian with 3.5km to go. In the earlier action on the slopes of the Terminillo, there was a whittled down group of 25 riders that would tackle the final 5km together. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung had both Steve Cummings and Louis Meintjes as part of this select group. It was at this point that Quintana attacked his rivals and would not be seen again, partly due to the time gap he opened up but also due to the poor visibility caused by the heavy snowfall. The chasers attacked each other one by one but their efforts were in vain until Mollema got away in the final 2km. Steve and Louis were under pressure over the final few kilometers but Stevo would hang tough to finish in 11th on the stage, keeping 9th position on the overall classification. The lead up to the climb was pretty regular. All the guys are going well so they were all up there protecting me and giving me the support throughout the stage. Edvald was even with me for the first 5km's of the climb today as well. I tried to ride a clever race on the climb, not following the small climber’s attacks but rather measuring my effort and just trying to stay in contact. I think it worked out well in the end. We have a good chance for the stage win tomorrow and the guys are super motivated so this is our next objective before I try empty the tank on the final time trial. Steve Cummings - Rider
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