The Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung riders made their presence felt at the 1st road stage of the Tour de Luxembourg today. Matt Brammeier found the break of the day before Kristian Sbaragli sprinted to 5th place at the line. Matt would go on the attack from kilometer zero and dragged 5 other riders up the road with him. It was a long 212km slog today and so the break were allowed to get up to 5 minutes lead on the peloton. Matt certainly had some good legs though as he increased the tempo closer to the end of the stage which saw 3 of the.

The Criterium du Dauphine has always been seen as the precursor to the Tour de France. With Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung all set to start the Grande Boucle in July, the Criterium du Dauphine will form part of our African teams final build up to the Tour. The Criterium du Dauphine is an 8 stage UCI World Tour event that gets underway on Sunday 7 June. As Chris Froome and Vincenzo Nibali are expected to start, and with a number of the same roads being used as in the Tour de France, one would think it could be a dress rehearsal for what is to.