MTN-Qhubeka reflects on successful first season in pro ranks

Gerald Ciolek wins Milan-San Remo 2013

Africa's first professional team, MTN-Qhubeka adjusted quickly at its new level this year with 15 wins, including a big one in Milan-San Remo. It closes its season now in Rwanda but already considers its debut a success.

"We had our ups and downs, guys with broken bones but we've come out of this season ranked well," General Manager Douglas Ryder told Cycling Weekly. "We won a WorldTour race, the Milan-San Remo with Gerald Ciolek but others won too and contributed to those 13 wins."

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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.