MTN Qhubeka

MTN Qhubeka still working on landing additional sponsorship deals and riders

The chances of MTN Qhubeka riding its first Tour de France will be made clearer in the coming weeks, with ASO thought likely to name the teams which will receive wildcards to the race in January. The African team is working hard to ensure that it will be there and, in order to be able […]


Rocacorba Daily

In this morning’s edition of the Rocacorba Daily news digest: Astana Continental team ‘suspended indefinitely’ by Vinokourov after Fedosseyev’s positive test; Women’s NRS expanded in 2015 with two new races; Canadian William Goodfellow receives two-year ban for anti-doping violation; Rui Costa’s brother Mario inks deal to race alongside him with Lampre-Merida; Peter Sagan helps launch […]


Louis Meintjes: “I hope 2015 will be the first time I can pull off a win in Europe”

The 2013 world under 23 road race silver medallist Louis Meintjes is still just 22 years of age but, having progressed solidly in the first two years of his professional career, he is setting his sights higher for the upcoming season. Meintjes had a fine second year with MTN Qhubeka this season. The South African […]


The Week in Bike #45 – TWIBmas is All Around

You’d think the efforts of a past-prime pop star to frack just that tiniest extra bit of success out of his career would have nothing to do with cycling, and yet…there he is in my headlines. So why not extend the theme—the words of Love Actually‘s Billy Mack do have some surprising applicability to the sport’s current condition, even […]


Ciolek: I’ve forgotten the suffering in the Tour…I’d be glad to go back

Speaking about a possible return to a race he hasn’t competed in since 2011, former Milan-Sanremo winner Gerald Ciolek has said riding the Tour de France again is a major objective for him in 2015. The German sprinter’s MTN-Qhubeka team has met with Tour organisers ASO and is awaiting confirmation about whether or not it […]


Rocacorba Daily

In this morning’s edition of the Rocacorba Daily news digest: Specialized lululemon becomes Velocio-SRAM; Fourth rider linked to Astana team tests positive – Okishev fails A test for steroids; Tony Martin to attempt the hour record in 2015; Cookson open to shortening the Grand Tours; Bono surgeon reveals extensive injuries arising from bike smash; Smith […]


Smith: I want MTN Qhubeka to be completely open with data

MTN Qhubeka’s general manager Brian Smith has said that he is open to sharing as much information as possible with fans and others, saying that he wants the team to be open and transparent. Smith is about to head to South Africa for the team’s first training camp in advance of the 2015 season, a […]


How MTN Qhubeka will revitalise Goss, Boasson Hagen, Farrar

They are three riders who have each won stages in Grand Tours and clocked up victories in important single-day events; they are also three riders who have lost a little momentum in recent years and are trying to get back to their best. MTN Qhubeka signed Matt Goss, Edvald Boasson Hagen and Tyler Farrar to […]


UnitedHealthcare says roster is full, no place for Horner (updated)

Chris Horner’s agent Baden Cooke said this week that the rider could end up on a US-based team if a European squad they are in discussions with doesn’t agree a deal, but it appears that UnitedHealthcare is not a possible destination. The American setup was one of only two Pro Continental squads from that country […]


The Week in Bike #42 – Why Cook Leftovers?

As he noted on Tumblr earlier this week, Cosmo found Matthias Brändle’s Hour Record attempt a welcome distraction from stories that seem to sound…familiar around this time of year. It’s important to pick out on new distinctions in the headlines, be they different concepts in how to manage the sport, or new takes on dodging the doping rap. We […]