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Paris-Camembert: Kristian Sbaragli in the mix once again

While most attention was placed on today’s Ronde van Vlaanderen, MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung were also racing the Paris-Camembert. The race victor would be Julien Loubet (Marseille 13 KTM), the Frenchman just out sprinted countryman Pierrick Fedrigo (Bretagne Seche). Samuel Dumoulin (AG2R La Mondiale) was 3rd.

The race was animated by a 3 man early escape, Robert Foster (United Healthcare), Michael Carbel (Cult Energy) and Nicolas Baldo (Vorarlberg) were the aggressors. The trio built up a lead of just over 9 minutes before the inevitable chase ensued. The tough final 90km took its toll on the escape and they were caught with 25km to go.

In the closing kilometers a number of attacks went off the front and eventually 2 riders would make it stick. Loubet and Fedrigo would arrive at the finish just 9″ ahead of a select group which contained our Kristian Sbaragli. In the sprint for 3rd, Kristian would be 5th, giving him 7th place in the race overall. Another consistent result by the Italian speedster.

Jens Zemke – Head of Performance
This is a really prestigious race for the French riders and we can be satisfied with another top ten from our young sprinter Kristian. He was leading the sprint until just 30 meters to go. Even though a podium spot was possible we are still content with the result and we know the result will come for Kris.

About MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung
Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung 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 p/b Samsung’s goal is to give talented African riders a path into the pro peloton while raising funds for Qhubeka. In 2015, MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung are inviting you to help them mobilise 5,000 kids on bicycles. To contribute to the #BicyclesChangeLives Campaign, click here.

Qhubeka is an Nguni word that means “to progress”, “to move forward”. Qhubeka (qhubeka.org) is World Bicycle Relief’s program in South Africa. World Bicycle Relief (worldbicyclerelief.org) is a global non-profit organization dedicated to advancing education, health and economic opportunities by providing simple, sustainable transportation. Since World Bicycle Relief’s founding in 2005, it has delivered more than 220,000 specially designed, locally assembled bicycles to people in need. 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.

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