Team Dimension Data given WorldTour status for 2016

African squad will move up to the WorldTour in 2016 - the first time that the continent has fielded a team in cycling's top flight

MTN chases on stage eighteen of the 2015 Tour of Spain

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Team Dimension Data has been given WorldTour status for 2016, making it the first African squad to join professional cycling's highest league.

The squad - formerly known as MTN-Qhubeka - announced its elevation to the UCI WorldTour on Wednesday as they are gathered in South Africa for a pre-season training camp.

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Nigel Wynn worked as associate editor on, he worked almost single-handedly on the Cycling Weekly website in its early days. His passion for cycling, his writing and his creativity, as well as his hard work and dedication, were the original driving force behind the website’s success. Without him, would certainly not exist on the size and scale that it enjoys today. Nigel sadly passed away, following a brave battle with a cancer-related illness, in 2018. He was a highly valued colleague, and more importantly, an exceptional person to work with - his presence is sorely missed.