RCS Sport has announced the wildcard recipients for their respective 2015 World Tour events. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung are delighted that for the 3rd year running, they have been included in both the Tirreno Adriatico and Milan Sanremo events. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung thanks RCS Sport for extending these invitations to their team.
We don't think anybody could forget our debut appearance at the 2013 Milan Sanremo. It was the race in which our African team was announced to the world as Gerald Ciolek triumphed, giving our team its biggest victory to date. Obviously this victory has a special place in our team’s history and so we are delighted to be going back to "La classicissima di Primavera" this year where once again, we will contest for the victory.
The Tirreno-Adriatico will be our first World Tour stage race of the 2015 season and as guests to the race we hope to put on a great show. We will look to better our stage podium placings we have received in previous years and be visible throughout the race. The Tirreno-Adriatico has treated our team well in preparing our riders for the classics and so we are grateful to have such a high quality event on our calendar once again.
The Tirreno Adriatico will take place from the 11-17 March while the 296km Milan Sanremo Monument will be held on the 22nd March.
Brian Smith - General Manager
"It’s important for our team to receive the best invitations to help promote our project and also to give our riders the best chances. Today is another great day with confirmation that we will ride both Tirreno Adriatico and Milan Sanremo. With 2 previous winners of MSR in the team, I think we can go there with confidence. We will be super motivated to perform well in both of these RCS Sport races."
Gerald Ciolek - Rider
"I am very happy we have got wildcards for Tirreno and Milan Sanremo. The Tirreno is a race I really enjoy and it always gets me into good shape for the classics. I hope to be able to deliver a good result at Sanremo like I have in previous years. It will be great to show of our stripes at both these races so look out for the big yellow flying Q in the finale."
Team MTN-Qhubeka was founded in 2007, steadily working its way up from a regional team to now being a Continental Pro team with bases in South Africa and Italy. MTN-Qhubeka’s goal is to give talented African riders a path into the pro peloton while raising funds for the Qhubeka charity.
Qhubeka is an Nguni (Zulu, Xhosa) word that means “to carry on”, “to progress”, “to move forward”. Qhubeka (qhubeka.org) helps people move forward and progress by giving bicycles in return for work done to improve communities, the environment or academic results. Having a bicycle changes people’s lives by increasing the distance they can travel, what they can carry, where they can go and how fast they can get there. To contribute to the #BicyclesChangeLives Campaign, click here.
MTN (mtn.co.za) is a long-time supporter of Qhubeka and the team. Launched in 1994, the MTN Group is a leading emerging market operator, connecting 219.2 million subscribers in 22 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
Learn more about the team at www.teammtnqhubeka.com.
Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung press release