The 2nd stage of the Vuelta a Espana saw a bunch sprint decide the outcome in San Fernando with Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ.fr) claiming the first road stage victory. The tough and technical finish saw John Degenkolb (Giant-Shimano) cross the line in 2nd with Roberto Ferrari (Lampre-Merida) taking the final podium spot. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung had Gerald Ciolek mixing it up in the sprint and finishing in 11th place. There was much to be pleased about for Africa’s team though as the first breakaway of this years Vuelta contained no less than 2 MTN-Qhubeka riders. Jacques Janse van Rensburg and Kristian Sbaragli both got into.
Team MTN-Qhubeka announced the arrival of African cycling by achieving a respectable 12th place finish in the opening stage of the Vuelta Espana 2014. The team powered through the 12.6km flat team time trial (TTT) course in 14:42, finishing just 29 secs off the winning team Movistar. “For our our grand tour debut we did a really good job.” said Jacques Janse van Rensburg. “We started off at about 95% effort through the first technical cobbled section. As soon as we got onto the smooth tar it was “full gas” for every rider. We raced through the first half well, setting a solid time for the.