Solid Team Effort by MTN-Qhubeka in GP du Canton

The GP du Canton in Gippingen came down to a sprint from a select group of riders, just as expected. The fastest rider on the day would prove to be Simon Geschke (Giant-Shimano). The German was able to beat Silvain Dillier (BMC Racing) and Jerome Baugnies (Wanty Groupe Gobert) into the minor podium postions. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung had Sergio Pardilla finish with the front group, crossing the line 20th.

The stage was characterised by a 3 man breakaway which included Roger Kluge (IAM Cycling), Gianfranco Zilioli (Androni Giocattoli) and Mirco Saggioriato (Switzerland). The trio were let out on a long leash of just on 10 minutes before Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung assumed responsibility for the chase, gradually reeling the escapees back in with a little help arriving from Orica-Greenedge later on too.

With 2 laps to go, the race lit up with numerous attacks that resulted in the original leaders being caught. In the end a select group of around 25 riders were in contention for the race victory. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung rode well to protect their designated leaders, putting them in a good postion as the racing heated up. Jens Zemke explains, in detail, how exactly the team got on in his report below.

Stage Results

GP du Canton results

GP du Canton (Switzerland) – (12 June/UCI 2.HC) Team Lineup

GP du Canton team

Race Profile

(15 laps x 12.1km)


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