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MTN-Qhubeka Blog: Wesemann's Aggression pays off

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Cycling News
Published:
August 08, 2013, 2:11 BST,
Updated:
August 08, 2013, 3:12 BST

South African rider spents 125km off the front

The MTN-Qhubeka team line up for a team shot before rolling out for training

The MTN-Qhubeka team line up for a team shot before rolling out for training

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America is just like the movies. It's crazy how it's just like you see on TV. This is my first time here and when we first got to Elk Grove it was everything we've seen on tv for years. Garage bands blasting music, people coming out on their lawns to have bbq's (not braai's like we call it), they drink beer and cheer you on. The atmosphere is just unbelievable. They've all got perfectly manicured

 

homes. Utah is completely the opposite. It's just desolate, red rock, really beautiful area. It's like the Karoo in South Africa only much bigger and spectacular. It's just amazing and really beautiful, pretty much like a postcard.

I was really happy to get some TV time on stage 2 and get into the breakaway. After the first KOM, Michael Hepburn and I flew down the descent and got a gap. I won't call him a fatty but he's not a climber, just like me. The bunch knew we weren't a threat and they let us go, knowing they would catch us later. Eventually I went off on my own on the last climb and at the end of the day got given the jersey as the most aggressive rider. Did I look happy on the podium? Because I was.

The altitude in Utah is just crazy. You think you have a lot of power and going well until all of a sudden it hits you and you feel like you are breathing through a straw. We are adapting to it now but the first few days was a shock as you think you have power then you look down at your SRM meter and the power you're putting out is pretty low.

Racing is getting better for us as we're adapting to the conditions. We will keep being aggressive and show what our team is about. If you keep knocking on those doors, eventually one will open.

 

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MTN-Qhubeka Tour of Utah blog

The first truly African professional continental team will compete in North America for the first time, and take part in the Tour of Utah from August 6-11, 2013, bringing an international flair to the UCI 2.1-ranked race. The team celebrated its first WorldTour victory in March with the Milan-San Remo win by Gerald Ciolek, and will be looking to make a big splash in America. South Africans Jacques Janse van Renseburg, Louis Meintjes, Martin Wesemann and Songezo Jim will be joined by Meron Russom of Eritrea, Tsgabu Grmay of Ethiopia, Algerian Youcef Reguigui and Italian Kristian Sbaragli for the race, and will share their experiences with Cyclingnews.    

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