MTN-Qhubeka boss Doug Ryder 'nearly passed out' on hearing his team received a Tour de France invite

Team principal Doug Ryder tells Cycling Weekly what a Tour de France wildcard means to MTN-Qhubeka and African cycling in general

The 2015 Tour de France wildcard announcement nearly made MTN-Qhubeka's Doug Ryder pass out while at his computer in South Africa this morning.

The team's invitation, one of only five given to Pro Continental teams, marks a first for MTN and a first for an African team in the world's biggest bike race.

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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.