UCI grants second division licence to African team

MTN-Qhubeka team

The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) granted its first second division licence to an African team yesterday. MTN-Qhubeka, based in South Africa, received the OK along with Colombia-Coldeportes and USA's Team Type 1.

"We are an African-registered, African-sponsored team with 70 per cent of our riders from the African continent making it the aspirational African team in world cycling," team principal, Doug Ryder told Cycling Weekly.

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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.