MTN-Qhubeka are looking to make history in 2015 by becoming the first African team to make it into the Tour de France. The team, which began in 2007, has been growing quickly over the last few years. They took the step up to Pro Continental level in 2013 and took part in their first Grand Tour at last year’s Vuelta a España.
TOUR of Turkey victor Natnael Berhane says that it would be a dream come true if he were to become the first Eritrean cyclist to ride the Tour de France in 2015 with his new team MTN-Qhubeka. The South African-based team are looking to become the first African registered team to make it to the Grand Boucle and Berhane hopes to be one of the luck nine selected if they earn a wildcard. Continue reading Natnael Berhane Dreaming of Tour de France Start→
AFTER the hardest Elmali climb of stage-3 in the presidential Tour of Turkey last Tuesday, Merhawi Kudus has set himself as a race leader for his team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsun to contend for the GC that is expected to be concluded in the weekend.
The winner of the Elmali heights (stage-3) of the presidential tour of Turkey, which is one of the hardest climb in the European tour race courses, usually emerges as the GC winner in the end. Last year, it was conquered by Natnael Berhane of Eritrea and eventually won it after being unfairly dispossessed of his yellow leaders Jersey in the 6 stage by a Turkish rider riddled with doping scandal. Continue reading Kudus to Take out Crucial Stage 6 at the Tour of Turkey→
Merhawi Kudus is not a name on many people’s lips, but from what we have witnessed today at the Queen’s stage of the Tour of Turkey, the 20-year-old, 54Kg Eritrean is one of the hottest talents in cycling.
TODAY’s queen stage at the Tour of Turkey was always going to be a battle with 3 big classified mountains on route. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung started the race on the front foot by placing Ferekalsi Debesay in the break of the day, which was formed at km 30, just before the first climb by 6 riders.
With 80km to go, Ferekalsi Debesay was distanced by the leading group as they made their way up the penultimate climb. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung then took control of the peloton and proceeded to set an extremely hard tempo all the way to the top of the mountain. The gap to the now 4 leading riders was drastically reduced from 4 and a half minutes to just a minute and a half while a number of riders were shelled out the back of the peloton too. Continue reading Stage 3: Merhawi Kudus Finishes 4th Place at the Tour of Turkey→