For the first time ever an all-African cycling team will take part in a UCI Pro-Tour race today.
The line-up for South Africa-based Team Dimension Data for the Tour de Romandie includes four Eritreans, two South Africans, an Algerian and a Rwandan.
The six-day race in Switzerland begins today and ends on Sunday.
It is part of the second tier of races behind the three biggest events on the cycling calendar (Tour de France, Vuelta a Espana and the Giro d’Italia).
Some of the biggest names in cycling are taking part in the Tour de Romandie including the three-time Tour de France winner Kenyan-born Chris Froome.
Team for Tour de Romandie:
- Merhawi Kudus – Eritrea
- Natnael Berhane – Eritrea
- Mekseb Debesay – Eritrea
- Adrien Niyonshuti – Rwanda
- Youcef Reguigui – Algeria
- Daniel Teklehaimanot – Eritrea
- Jay Thomson – South Africa
- Jaco Venter – South Africa