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For the first time ever an African team will be competing in the Tour de France. The MTN-Qhubeka team is one of five wildcard teams chosen to race in next year's tour. "Their participation in the tour will help accelerate the progression of African cycling," said the tour's director Christian Prudhomme. The team is not new to professional level cycling, having already competed in last year's Tour of Spain. Beyond some promising young African cyclists in the line-up, the MTN-Qhubeka team also has Norwegian sprinter Evald Boasson Hagen, one of the top names in the successful Sky team. They will also have Australian Matt Gross, Dutchman Theo Bos, and American Tyler Farrar. Doug Ryder, the team's Principal, has high hopes for the team in the Tour. He has confidence that they can show promise even though they are a young team. Feeling obligated to act accordingly because of the wildcard position, expect the MTN-Qhubeka team to be very aggressive. "We definitely want to go for stage wins. We dong' have a team now for GC, but we will definitely go for stages and try to wear a leader's jersey."
Very excited to see how MTN performs in the Tour. I don't have much love for any one team in particular, but I like rooting for the under dog.
Good on them!