The importance of Qhubeka Assos for African cycling

Merhawi Kudus, Daniel Teklehaimanot MTN-Qhubeka during stage two of the 2015 Tour de France, a 166km stage between Utrecht and Zelande, on July 5, 2015 in Utrecht, Netherlands.
Merhawi Kudus and Daniel Teklehaimenot became the first black Africans to ride the Tour de France in 2015 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Douglas Ryder's now-successful search for a sponsor for his WorldTour team was about much more than saving a cycling team, it was about saving a project he’d poured his heart and soul into for more than a decade.

A former professional, albeit with a modest palmarès, Ryder has seen his team grow from a regional side to a top-level force in the last decade and a half, although it's fair to say results have become harder to come by in recent years.

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Andrew Greaves is the head of journalism at News Associates. Find him on Twitter here.