Arguably the most upwardly mobile team in the world right now, MTN-Qhubeka are the first major competitive cycling squad to be based in Africa.

The Pro Continental team made its Grand Tour debut in 2014 at the Vuelta a Espana, As well as returning to that race in 2015, MTN-Qhubeka are regular fixtures as wildcards in major races – Paris-Roubaix, Liege-Bastogne-Liege and Fleche-Wallone have all been ticked off so far – and that’s not to mention the daddy of them all, the Tour de France.

Alongside a roster of African talent, MTN-Qhubeka’s leading riders include Edvald Boasson Hagen (Norway), Tyler Farrar (USA) and British rider Steve Cummings.

Edvald Boasson-Hagen during the Team Presentation of the 2015 Tour de France (Watson)

MTN-Qhubeka title sponsor to withdraw its funding

Despite an overwhelmingly successful Tour de France, African telecommunications company MTN will withdraw their funding from the Qhubeka team at the end of the season. MTN reportedly spend around R100m…