MTN-Qhubeka: Africa’s First Team in the Tour de France

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This year’s Tour de France is currently ongoing and has had its high and low moments. The yellow jersey is the goal for the contenders. The interesting fact for many is that Africa’s first official team is represented in this Tour de France, the cycling sport’s biggest stage. This is not to say that cyclists with African roots have never engaged in the Tour, sure they have, however, there has never been an Africa-registered team and 22-member team MTN-Qhubeka is making the records as they partake in the 2015 Tour de France.

Of the 22 riders on the team, only about 9 are participating in the event. Although the team was expected to be an underdog as a wildcard invitee at its first Tour de France, the team has been quite a strong one to be contended with! Their first victory was scored by the Eritrean rider, Daniel Teklehaimanot on the Stage 6 making him “the first African to claim the King of the Mountains jersey in Tour history.” Steven Cummings, another rider in the team also brought in a Stage 14 victory for the team on the Saturday, 18th July, which coincided with Mandela’s birthday!

As a wildcard team, MTN-Qhubeka is going against the odds quite strongly. They have managed to start what is to be known as the turning point of cycling in Africa. As evident in the name, the team is owned and sponsored by MTN which is also one of Jovago’s shareholders. In solidarity to Africa, we wish the MTN-Qhubeka team all the best in the Tour de France.

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