Transfer Mechanics: The struggles facing African riders trying to break into the WorldTour

Trofeo Laigueglia 2020 - 57th Edition - Laigueglia - Laigueglia 203 km - 16/02/2020 - Giulio Ciccone (Italy) - Biniyam Ghirmay (ERI - Nippo Delko One Provence) - Diego Rosa (ITA - Team Arkea Samsic) - photo Tommaso Pelagalli/BettiniPhoto©2020
Biniyam Ghirmay on the podium at the Trofeo Laigueglia with Giulio Ciccone and Diego Rosa (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

This spring, rider agent Robbie Hunter sent an email to around 30 of the most influential team managers, coaches, and directors in the sport. The subject of the correspondence was to draw attention to the lack of African - and especially black African - riders in the peloton.

Despite coming in the wake of the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement and the related topics that were brought to everyone's consciousness as a result, only a handful of responses came back. 

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Daniel Benson

Daniel Benson was the Editor in Chief at between 2008 and 2022. Based in the UK, he joined the Cyclingnews team in 2008 as the site's first UK-based Managing Editor. In that time, he reported on over a dozen editions of the Tour de France, several World Championships, the Tour Down Under, Spring Classics, and the London 2012 Olympic Games. With the help of the excellent editorial team, he ran the coverage on Cyclingnews and has interviewed leading figures in the sport including UCI Presidents and Tour de France winners.