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by Mark Zalewski

July 21, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Zakarin climbs to Tour de France stage win, Froome extends GC lead; Spratt wins penultimate stage of Internationale Thüringen Rundfahrt der Frauen; GC Leader Buts sprints to stage 4 win in Qinghai Lake; Jelle Wallays wins Grand Prix Cerami; Sagan signs €6 million contract with Bora-hansgrohe; Cavendish leaves Tour de France on second rest day to prepare for Olympics; Your guide to La Course by le TDF; First all-black women’s pro cycling team forming in Africa; Henao on riding against former flatmate; New professiona; Cyclist hit by vehicle on first ride with camera; Sagan: Life is like a movie (part 2)

First all-black women’s pro cycling team forming in Africa

by VeloClub

An African news source today announced the forming on an all-black women’s pro cycling team to be part of the UCI Women’s WorldTour in 2017.

A selection of 13 women from Rwanda, Eritrea, and  Ethiopia —with Rwanda’s cycling star Jeanne d’Arc Girubuntu among them — is currently training at the Africa Rising Cycling Center (ARCC). The purpose of this training camp is to assess talent for this potential professional team, which aims to compete at the highest world level.

“It is still early, we do not yet have all that we need to create and maintain the team,” stated Kimberly Coats, ARCC and Team Rwanda head of Marketing and Logistics, in an interview with AllAfrica.  “Currently, I am identifying and approaching potential sponsors, particularly in the United States.”

Headlining the roster for this potential team is Rwandan cyclist Jean d’Arc Girubuntu, who became the first black African woman to ride at the UCI Road World Championships in Richmond last September, just two years after she started cycling.

She caught the interest of the media as well as several cycling organisations interested in developing the sport in Africa.  Due to the limited development opportunities in Rwanda, Girubuntu was sent to train in South Africa and to the UCI World Cycling Centre in Switzerland. She raced at the African Continental Championships in Morocco —where she was the only black African woman on the podium — and joined Team Rwanda as their first female rider.

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