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It's a dream come true, says Team MTN-Qhubeka on receiving an invitation to participate in the 2015 Tour de France. They will be the first African team ever to do so in the prestigious race's 101 year history.
South Africa’s MTN-Qhubeka cycling team is one of five wildcard entries for the Tour the France.
Team MTN-Qhubeka have announced a major signing: Edvald Boasson Hagen, a stage winner in both the Tour de France and Giro d'Italia, is set to join the South African cycling outfit on a two-year contract.
Team MTN-Qhubeka powered by Samsung begins its 2014 season at the La Tropicale Amissa Bongo in Gabon next week, with two of the six riders in their line-up making comebacks to professional cycling.
John-Lee Augustyn will return to professional cycling next year with Team MTN- Qhubeka. The South African returns to the sport after spending time off the bike to recover from a hip injury that undermined his promising career.
Team MTN-Qhubeka won the stage five team time trial of the Tour de Korea on Wednesday, giving the team its second victory of the race after sprinter Kristian Sbaragli claimed a win on the opening stage.
Kristian Sbaragli claimed his first professional win by easily outsprinting the field on the first stage of the Tour of Korea on Sunday and in so doing picked up Team MTN- Qhubeka's second leader's jersey of the season in a stage race.
Gerald Ciolek's sixth place stage finish on Sunday ended Team MTN-Qhubeka's successful appearance at the International Bayern Rundfahrt in in Bavaria, Germany.
Gerald Ciolek won not only the third stage but also took over the lead at the International Bayern Rundfahrt on Friday, giving South Africa's Team MTN-Qhubeka its first yellow jersey of the cycling season.
MTN-Qhubeka became the first African cycling team to compete in a World Tour event in March - following this up with victory in one of the most prestigious one-day races on the calendar. Brad Morgan chats to team principal Douglas Ryder about the vision that makes the team unique.