MTN-Qhubeka will be first African team to ride in a Grand Tour

History is made as MTN-Qhubeka start the 2014 Vuelta a Espana on Saturday

Daniel Teklehaimanot leads an escape on stage four of the 2014 Tour de Suisse

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

MTN-Qhubeka will become the first African team to race a grand tour on Saturday when it starts the Vuelta a España in Jerez De La Frontera, in the south of Spain. The South African team announced on Saturday that it will field six Africans in its nine-man team.

"It is fitting that Africa's first ever team to race a Grand Tour starts the one Grand Tour that is closest to the African Continent," general manager, Doug Ryder said. "I am really proud of this team and how the riders have stepped up in the last two years."

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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.