On Wednesday organizers announced that South Africa outfit MTN-Qhubeka would be the first African team to take part in the Tour de France when it starts in Utrecht next July.
The 102nd edition of Tour de France will have a field of 22 teams each made up of nine cyclists, as they compete in one of the most grueling events in world sport.
Tour’s director Christian Prudhomme said that they believe MTN-Qhubeka’s participation in the tour would help accelerate the progression of African cycling. He continued to point out that the race was opening up to the world hence the likes of Colombia’s Nairo Quintana would also feature as one of the favourites for next year’s race.
Teams for 2015 Tour de France
AG2R-La Mondiale, Astana, BMC Racing, Etixx-QuickStep, FDJ, IAM Cycling, Lampre-Merida, Lotto-Soudal, Movistar, Orica-GreenEdge, Cannondale-Garmin, Giant Alpecin, Katusha, Team LottoNL-Jumbo, Team Sky, Tinkoff-Saxo, Trek Factory Racing, MTN-Qhubeka, Bora-Argon 18, Cofidis, Europcar and Bretagne-Séché Environnement