September 15, 2015 0 Comments
Just over a week ago we joined part-time bike rider / full-time barista Matthew Brammeier at the finish of Stage 1 of the Tour of Britain in a super-sunny Wrexham. It was the first time his teammates had seen Matt since his horrific collision with a team car on a fast descent at Tour of Utah a few weeks ago. As each of the Team MTN-Qhubeka riders arrived back at the team bus after the race their faces lit up to see Matt, balanced on crutches, beaming back at them. There followed high-fives, handshakes and a number of delicate man-hugs (he's still suffering the after-effects of 3 busted ribs and a cracked pelvis). We were privileged to witness these moments and the camaraderie amongst this band of brothers was evident for all to see. In fact the joy and perhaps even relief on their faces was quite touching - this is no ordinary bunch of bike riders, it's a family.
Earlier that day Matt had confidently predicted that Edvald Boasson Hagen was their man for GC and his tip to be in yellow come 5.30PM in London 8 days later. This was no blind loyalty to a teammate - there was a real belief and certainty in his prediction. Eddie didn't quite have the top end speed to outsprint the likes of Viviani, Cavendish and Greipel that day, but during the course of the race he proved to be the strongest guy overall. And what a race it was. Gruelling - and that was just following it with a camera. Narrow, grippy roads, crosswinds and World Class teams all motivated to finish the season strongly. Here we caught-up with Eddie as a huge crowd gathered at the Team MTN-Qhubeka bus ahead of the final stage in London. Elbows were out as we jostled for position to interview our man!
Below is a gallery of Team MTN-Qhubeka shots we were able to capture during the week. Hope you enjoy.
April 30, 2021 0 Comments
Mark Cavendish’s welcome return to victory has led to calls for the Briton to be selected for the Tour de France, including the #CavToTheTour push on Twitter. There is a considerable emotional appeal to him taking part, but is it practical?
April 23, 2021 0 Comments
Earlier this week l’Equipe reported that last year’s Tour runner-up Primož Roglič would have a two month break from racing prior to the French event. That approach goes against the trend of all recent Tour winners, yet Jumbo-Visma believes that this route is the best one to take. Is the team right?
April 16, 2021 0 Comments
The Richard Freeman investigation may have concluded, but there is a sense that questions about British Cycling may only be multiplying. As WADA begins to delve into the federation’s past, Conquista speaks to one whistleblower about his ongoing concerns and where he believes previous enquiries have fallen short.