Team Dimension Data will return to the Tour de France after a successful debut 12 months ago, setting another massive milestone for African cycling.
Once again the team will take to the start of the La Grand Boucle with clear objectives.
Steve Cummings’ stage win on Mandela Day, Daniel Teklehaimanot’s days in the polka dot jersey and a fifth place in the overall team classification were the notable results last year, and are the signposts for the team’s goals this time.
The ream race to raise awareness for the Qhubeka charity and will head to the Tour de France with the goal of putting 5 000 African children on bicycles through their #BicyclesChangeLives campaign.
Having won both the Points as well as the King of the Mountains classifications at the recent Criterium du Dauphiné, the riders have underlined their ambitions for the coming weeks and will send a well-rounded team to the tour. Six of the riders on the squad come from Africa.
The list of 12 riders from which the final nine riders will be decided is:
Edvald Boasson Hagen; Mark Cavendish; Steve Cummings; Bernhard Eisel; Tyler Farrar; Jacques Janse van Rensburg; Reinardt Janse van Rensburg; Serge Pauwels; Youcef Reguigui; Mark Renshaw; Daniel Teklehaimanot; Jaco Venter