New sponsor for NTT would be lifeline for African cycling, says Thomson

VICTOR HARBOR AUSTRALIA JANUARY 25 Ryan Gibbons of South Africa Team NTT Pro Cycling Dylan Sunderland of Australia Team NTT Pro Cycling Samuele Battistella of Italy Team NTT Pro Cycling Peloton during the 22nd Santos Tour Down Under 2020 Stage 5 a 1491km stage from Glenelg to Victor Harbor TDU tourdownunder UCIWT on January 25 2020 in Victor Harbor Australia Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
NTT Pro Cycling in action at the Tour Down Under (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Jay  Thomson has said that any brand or sponsor willing to come in and save the NTT Pro Cycling squad would be saving African cycling and keeping open a door that seen dozens of riders from the continent have their shot at racing in the WorldTour.

The 34-year-old rider has also told Cyclingnews that keeping the team alive for 2021 would also help children on bikes in Africa, thanks to the team's longstanding commitment with Qhubeka Charity.

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