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It’s encouraging to see the biggest race organisers continually putting their faith in the team, which is something we’ve been working hard to achieve. Our work ethic is to respect every race we take part in and give it our best and more so with regards to WorldTour races of course.

To line up as Africa’s team on the start line of the 100th edition of Liège-Bastogne-Liège is especially significant for the sport and something we’ll see the rewards of years from now.

There’s some more exciting announcements to come in the coming days which keeps the team motivated. The riders have shown an incredible level of motivation since our training camp in December. It shows so far in the races and we’ve already won in Africa (Gabon), picked up a national title (Louis Meintjes at SA Champs) and have our first European victory (Gerald Ciolek, Ruta Del Sol) under our belts.

We’ve not been confirmed for a grand tour yet but what it’s done is motivated the guys more to prove we’re capable of racing at the top level of the sport and we’re very grateful to be there. Here’s to an exciting few weeks ahead in world cycling. Keep supporting Africa’s team.

Douglas Ryder

Team Principal

Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung