1.21.2013

Tropicale: Qhubeka happy with results

Press release
Team MTN-Qhubeka powered by Samsung today completed the week long La Tropicale Amissa Bongo in Gabon. Africa’s first ever Professional Continental team finished the race strong with Tsgabu Grmay placing second on the final stage. Songezo Jim was the highest finisher for the team overall, in 4th while Grmay moved up to 5th. The team finished second overall in the team classification after 20 year old Louis Meintjes finished 10th on the general classification.
“I am really happy with this result,” Jim said. “We came here with a young team but we road as a unit and can be proud of this week. I was really focused coming into the race. My training in December went really well and although I am a climber and there aren’t many hills here, I was happy to be aggressive against the sprinters. My team was amazing in supporting me and looking after me, especially during the decisive break on stage 6.”
Sports director, Kevin Campbell, was in charge of managing the team this week. “I am very happy with how the team conducted itself,” he said. “We had a few crashes and broken bikes but picked ourselves up and finished in the top 10 on nearly every stage.  To come here with such a young team and race against tough European and African competition and be one of the strongest teams at the end of the race is encouraging. We placed 3 guys in the top 10 and nearly won the team competition, this bodes well for the future.”

GC FINAL RESULTS
1 3 FRA19810625 GENE Yohann EUC FRA 21h53'32''
2 35 MAR19910202 * HADDI Soufiane MAR MAR 21h53'40'' 08''
3 62 BEL19880406 BILLE Gaëtan LTB BEL 21h53'46'' 14''
4 25 RSA19900917 * SONGEZO Jim MTN RSA 21h54'26'' 54''
5 22 ETH19910825 * GRMAY Tsgabu MTN ETH 21h54'57'' 01'25''

6 101 ALG19860918 LAGAB Azzedine ALG ALG 21h55'02'' 01'30''
7 141 CIV19910920 * CISSE Issiaka CIV CIV 21h55'03'' 01'31''
8 86 BEL19870129 ZINGLE Romain COF BEL 21h55'22'' 01'50''
9 96 ERI19920713 * TESHOME Meron ERI ERI 21h55'33'' 02'01''
10 24 RSA19920221 * MEINTJES Louis MTN RSA 21h55'53'' 02'21''

TEAMS FINAL CLASSIFICATION
1. LOTTO BELISOL
2. MTN - QHUBEKA
3. TEAM EUROPCAR

4. MAROC
5. COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS
6. ERYTHREE
7. ALGERIE
8. CAMEROUN
9. ETHIOPIE
10. KENYA
11.LAMPRE - MERIDA
12. COTE D`IVOIRE
13. RWANDA
14. BURKINA FASO
15. GABON

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