Team MTN Qhubeka p/b Samsung is set to make history when it becomes the first African
registered cycling team to participate in the Tour de France this year. To be on
the starting line of Le Tour is a huge step forward for Team MTN Qhubeka p/b Samsung
and a massive milestone for African cycling. The opportunity comes with great responsibility
and Team MTN Qhubeka p/b Samsung will take to the Grand Départ 2015 with clear objectives
and a strong team. Five African and four international riders make up the Team MTN
Qhubeka p/b Samsung Tour de France cycling squad.
As an African team racing to raise awareness for the Qhubeka charity, they head
to the Tour de France with the goal of putting 5 000 African children on bicycles
through the #BicyclesChangeLives campaign. MTN is extremely pleased that five of
the nine riders on our squad come from Africa, with the remaining four spots completed
by international riders.
There has been much speculation as to who might make the Team MTN Qhubeka p/b Samsung
squad for our African debut appearance at the La Grande Boucle, but it is with great
pleasure and excitement that we officially announce the nine-rider list.
We have three South African riders represented. Our South African national road
race champion, Jacques Janse van Rensburg, the African continental road race champion,
Louis Meintjes, and our fast finishing, Reinardt Janse van Rensburg, have all made
Our Eritrean riders, who were all part of Eritrea’s continental team time trial
victory this year, have all also made the selection. Merhawi Kudus and Daniel Teklehaimanot
will each be part of the final nine starting spots.
Complementing our five African men are the four experienced internationals, Edvald
Boasson Hagen, Steve Cummings, Serge Pauwels and Tyler Farrar. All four men have
been an integral part in the development of our African riders, and are now ready
to help champion our #BicyclesChangeLives cause at the Tour de France.
- Edvald Boasson Hagen (Norway)
- Steve Cummings (Great Britain)
- Tyler Farrar (USA)
- Jacques Janse van Rensburg (South Africa)
- Reinardt Janse van Rensburg (South Africa)
- Merhawi Kudus (Eritrea)
- Louis Meintjes (South Africa)
- Serge Pauwels (Belgium)
- Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eritrea)
For more info on the riders, visit the Team MTN Qhubeka p/b Samsung website.
MTN is extremely proud of the team and know that they will honour us as a nation!