Dimension Data to reduce number of African riders for 2019 under pressure to retain WorldTour status

The manager says that 2018 felt like someone had made a Dimension Data voodoo doll to poke at

Dimension Data at the 2018 Tour Down Under (Sunada)

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Team Dimension Data – the squad which set out to have an African rider win the Tour de France by 2020 - will feature fewer riders from the continent in 2019 in a bid to maintain their WorldTour status.

A potential reduction in WorldTour teams from the current 18 to 15 looks set to see three teams lose the chance to compete at the highest level by 2020, and manager Doug Ryder doesn't want to be the weakest link when it happens.

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