by Nana Coker April 26, 2017
For the first time ever an all-African cycling team will take part in a UCI Pro-Tour race.
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 Apr.25 and ends on Sunday 30 Apr.
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