Cape Town - For the second time this year, Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung will race on American soil as the African team start the UCI 2.HC Tour of Utah on Monday, August 3.
The Tour of Utah is a seven-stage event, finishing on August 9 but only after the 16 teams have completed the 1 100km route. It will be the second time MTN-Qhubeka take part in the Tour of Utah after debuting in the race back in 2013.
The route is well balanced with opportunities for the sprinters and punchers in the first five days; thereafter the climbers will have the chance to decide the GC over the final two stages.
It will be important for the MTN-Qhubeka team to race visibly as they represent their wheel partner, ENVE Composited, in their home state.
The event itself also serves as a key event in their Vuelta a Espana preparation as the Utah high altitude will be beneficial to their riders that are hoping to participate in the Spanish grand tour later this month.
They will line up with a strong team led by Natnael Berhane who comes off a fifth place finish at the recent Tour of Austria.
Stage victor from Austria, Johann van Zyl, is also in Utah along with Jay Thomson, Songezo Jim, Adrien Niyonshuti, Youcef Reguigui, Matt Brammeier and Matt Goss.