The Milano-Torino saw the Astana riders continue their domination of the end of season Italian one day events with Diego Rosa securing the win for the Kazak team. Rafal Majka (Tinkoff-Saxo) was 2nd and Fabio Aru (Astana) place 3rd. The race provided the riders with a 186km route with the only real difficulty coming in the form of the 5km Superga climb which would have to be tackled twice in the final 25km. On the way to the climb though, Daniel Teklehaimanot found himself in the break of the day, this after Natnael Berhane was also very active in the early part of the race..
The first road stage of the Tour de Eurometropole would come down to the expected bunch sprint. Jens Debusschere (Lotto-Soudal) would be the fastest on the day, securing the stage win ahead of Raymond Kreder (Roompot) and Timothy Dupont (Roubaix Lille). MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung were represented in the early action of the stage with Nic Dougall and Jayde Julius both looking to find the break of the day. After Nic was brought back Jayde got the jump on the peloton with 5 other riders and they were allowed to build up a small lead. AG2R La Mondiale would take no chances with the break though.
After announcing a number of new additions to Africa’s Team this week, it is with great pride that Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung, who are set to race as Team Dimension Data from 2016, are now able to confirm 6 more African rider renewals. Youcef Reguigui, our Algerian fast man who took a stand out overall victory at this year’s Tour de Langkawi will remain with Africa’s team next year. Johann van Zyl, who in emphatic fashion won a stage of the Tour of Austria in July, will also continue his professional career with Team Dimension Data. Jaco Venter, our 2015 Vuelta a Espana road captain.