Mario Stiehl is at the Ruta del Sol for us this week. Here are some of the moments he captured on the opening day of racing where Tyler Farrar was 5th in the morning road stage before we took on the afternoon time trial..

The opening day of the Ruta del Sol saw riders competing over 2 half stages. The morning road stage was a crash affected affair won by Pim Ligthart (Lotto-Soudal) ahead of Fabio Silvestre (Trek Factory Racing) and Grega Bole (CCC Sprandi Polkowice). The afternoon time trial was dominated by Javier Moreno (MOV) with Wilco Kelderman (LottoNL-Jumbo) and Jerome Coppel (IAM Cycling) completing the podium. It was a day of mixed fortunes for Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung as we had 5 of our riders go down in the mornings stage. Luckily all our riders got up relatively unscathed. Tyler Farrar and Steve Cummings got through the.

Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) won the 2nd stage of the Tour of Oman ahead of Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and Greg van Avermaet (BMC Racing) from a small bunch sprint. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung had both Jacques Janse van Rensburg and Louis Meintjes finish as part of the front select group. The 2nd stage of the Tour of Oman saw some late excitement with a short climb in the final 10km’s of the stage providing a platform for some attacking riding. The early 4 man escape of the day stood no chance as multiple teams had an interest in the stage finale today, including Team.

Ahead of arguably the most important season in the history of South African cycling, SuperSport has secured the rights to a number of international tours and classics, many of which will feature our very own Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung. The team will be using a number of these events to fine-tune its preparation for its debut – the first by a SA team – in the biggest race of them all, the Tour De France. These include Paris-Roubaix, the one-day race famous for how tough it is, thanks to its rough terrain, much of it on cobblestones. This is followed by La Flèche Wallonne, the.