Rein Taaramae, The Estonian champion riding for Team Cofidis took out the 3rd stage of the Tour of Turkey. Adam Yates (Orica – Greenedge) would finish 2nd and Romain Hardy (Cofidis) claimed the final podium spot. Merhawi Kudus, the young Eritrean climber from Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung would impress by finishing 4th, 38″ down on the stage winner. 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.
Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma – QuickStep) was able to win consecutive stages at the Tour of Turkey after sprinting to victory once again during stage 2. Cavendish was able to pip Francesco Chicchi (Neri Sottoli) and Niccolo Bonifazio (Lampre-Merida) to the line. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung again had Kristian Sbaragli and Youcef Reguigui mix it up in the final sprint finish. The fight for position though was intense as a lot of pushing and shoving would ensue. In the end the MTN-Qhubeka fast men were slightly out of position and so did not want to risk too much with a long week of racing ahead. Sbaragli.
Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung are the first Pro Continental Cycling Team from Africa – this is their story. From South Africa to the rest of the world, the team have made their mark on the sport. In this, the 5th episode of An African Bicycle Dream we look back at our first full season at the pro continental level as well as look at the beginning races of our 2014 season like the Tirreno-Adriatico and Milano San Remo..