On Wednesday it was announced by the ASO that Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung had received a wild card invitation to the 102nd Le Tour de France. The news took the worlds cycling media by storm and we have been overwhelmed by the response we are receiving in being the first African team to ever participate in Le Tour.
Our social media channels have been buzzing continually from the time of the announcement and the exposure the team has got in the main stream media, particularly in South Africa has been significant. It has been challenging to accurately express the magnitude of our joy and excitement and so we thought it was fitting that we asked some of our partners to share their thoughts on this historic moment.
Robert Reijers – Cervélo Managing Director
“As a new partner of MTN-Qhubeka, Cervélo is honoured to be a part of this unique moment in cycling history. This is a special opportunity for a team with such a progressive mission to compete in the Tour de France. Together with our partners, ROTOR, ENVE, 3T, KMC and Ceramic Speed, we will be thrilled to see our riders make their mark aboard Cervélo bikes, not only in the Tour, but throughout the 2015 season.”
Lars Janssen – ROTOR
“ROTOR is proud to be partner in this fantastic adventure, and truly honored to become part of this historic experience for African cycling. We will support the team in achieving it’s goals and help them maximize their performance to compete at the absolute Top-Level in cycling. ROTOR powers Qhubeka!”
Rene Wiertz – 3T President and CEO
“This is brilliant news for MTN-Qhubeka and African cycling. 3T is delighted to be able to put something back in to grass roots bike riding in Africa through our sponsorship of the pro sport, and we look forward to seeing an African pro team, riding 3T components, in the Tour de France.”