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We salute Team MTN Qhubeka p/b Samsung

Team MTN Qhubeka p/b Samsung made history at this year’s Tour de France where they made their riding debut as Africa’s first team. The team finished in an impressive fifth place overall out of 22 teams. But they did not ride alone. They had the force of 1 195 cyclists pedalling with them through the Fanometer Challenge. Cyclists followed Team MTN Qhubeka@TdF on the Strava app, and all their kilometres ridden during the race period were displayed in real time on a screen next to the team’s tour bus in France. By the end of the tour, we achieved a massive 200 000km!

Not only did Team MTN Qhubeka p/b Samsung represent Africa, but they also promoted the Qhubeka initiative #BicyclesChangeLives, which aims to mobilise underprivileged children by donating bicycles. Non-cyclists also got behind the cause by sharing cycling selfies with the hashtag #TeamMTNQhubeka.

The team expressed their heartfelt gratitude for the support shown. “We would dearly love to thank everyone – fans, media, fellow competitors, the ASO and all of our partners – for the amazing support we received over these last three weeks. You were all a part of history!”

Here are some highlights from the team:

  • Edvald Boasson Hagen sprinted to finish in fourth place for the African team
  • Daniel Teklehaimanot spent four days in the Polka Dot jersey
  • The team achieved a Mandela Day stage win courtesy of Steve Cummings
  • They travelled a total distance of 3 360.3km with an average distance of 160.01km travelled each day. The average speed of the team’s riders across all stages added up to 42.46km/h

MTN is extremely proud of the team’s achievements and, most of all, the support from the MTN family across the continent that pushed them to finish line in an emphatic fashion.

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