African MTN-Qhubeka team aims for Grand Tours

MTN-Qhubeka team

MTN-Qhubeka aims to become Africa's first team in a Grand Tour as early as 2014 and possibly next year.

"The long term goal is to race one of the three-week tours [in 2014], tough the Vuelta already said they could be interested in us [in 2013]," European team manager, Brent Copeland told Cycling Weekly. "It'd be nice, but we will have to see come July or August. ... If we throw these guys into a three-week tour [too early] we'd just be making fools of ourselves."

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.