South African road champion, Louis Meintjes, finished 3rd during stage 5 of Le Tour de Langkawi earlier today. The young Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung rider formed part of a three man breakaway that included eventual stage winner Bradley White (United HealthCare) as well as 2nd placed finisher Thomas Rabou (OCBC Singapore). The break of the day went clear after 10km of racing and initially consisted of 6 riders. Due to a lack of cooperation the break started to attack each other with the 3 committed riders eventually going clear with 100km to go. Directeur Sportif, Kevin Campbell, explains how the team tactics worked out perfectly for.

The GP Citta di Lugano ran its course on Sunday 2 March with Mauro Finetto (Yellow-Fluo) taking the win ahead of pre-race favourites Sonny Colbrelli (Bardiani) and Diego Ulissi (Lampre) respectively. The Swiss race saw an early move of 8 riders go clear after 20km of racing. They were able to enjoy a lead of around 6 minutes before the Italian teams started to reel them in. With 10km to go the escapees were finally caught. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung tried to get a man in the move early in the day, but to no avail, as Songezo Jim explains. “The plan was to try.

The Omloop Het Nieuwsblad was everything a Belgian Classic should be, with short steep cobbled climbs, cold temperatures and rain. All the riders finishing the race would have be feeling slightly battered by the elements after Saturdays race. Ian Stannard (Sky) was the strongest rider on the day timing his efforts to perfection to take the victory at the opening classic of the year. Stannard and Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) rode clear of a reduced lead group with 16km to go and managed to arrive at the finish together where the British rider got the better of the Belgian in a two up sprint. In.