Herald Sun Tour #1: Tyler Farrar fastest for MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung
The Herald Sun Tour got underway today with a quick 2.1km prologue. The short technical course around Melbourne was quite a spectacle with William Clarke (Drapac) clocking the fastest time to take the victory. Caleb Ewan (Orica-Greenedge) and Brenton Jones (Drapac) rounded out the podium.
Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung had Tyler Farrar stop the clock in the shortest amount of time for our African team, just 5 seconds behind Clarke and in 15th position. The short distance meant the time gaps from first to last place are rather insignificant yet the race is now well poised heading into tomorrow’s first 157km road stage.
The other MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung riders at the Sun Tour had no problems around the Melbourne course. Matt Goss, Nic Dougall and Matt Brammeier finished the prologue less than 10 seconds down on the winner. With Serge Pauwels and Songezo Jim both in a solid positions too, the team is now ready for the upcoming weeks racing.
Michel Cornelisse – Sports Director
“The Melbourne prologue was quite technical with a few tight corners. Our riders managed to do well and finished just a few seconds short of the race winner. We now look forward to the coming stages that should suit our strengths.”
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.