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by Shane Stokes
October 1, 2015
Photography by 2015 Tour de Langkawi
Following announcements Tuesday and Wednesday that saw the addition of Mark Cavendish, Mark Renshaw, Bernhard Eisel, Nathan Haas and Omar Fraile to the team plus the retention of several others, MTN Qhubeka has announced a third wave of contract news.
The team, which will race as Team Dimension Data in 2016, is retaining six more African riders next season. These are Tour de Langkawi winner Youcef Reguigui (Algeria) plus the South Africans Johann van Zyl, Jaco Venter, Jay Thomson, Songezo Jim and Nic Dougall.
They join already-confirmed African riders Daniel Teklehaimanot, Merhawi Kudus, Natnael Berhane, Jacques Janse van Rensburg and Reinardt Janse van Rensburg on the squad, something that MTN Qhubeka says shows that the development of African pro cycling is the main driving force in the team.
Also staying on board are Theo Bos and Matt Brammeier, who both had contracts extending into 2016.
The team states that more signings will be revealed in the weeks ahead.
“I am really excited that all these riders are staying with their “home” team,” said Team Principal Douglas Ryder. “It is great to see the hard work and talent shining through this year and we received many of our successes from this group of riders.”
He said that the mentorship of the international riders had helped to “fast-track them to success through their knowledge of the racing and stature in the pro peloton.”