Cape Town - Team MTN-Qhubeka have been included in this years’ edition of the Amgen Tour of California, it was announced on Friday.
The Amgen Tour of California is America's premier cycling race and takes place from 10-17 May.
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"It's the first time our team will be doing the Tour of California. Not only is it an important race for our sponsors but also for us it is a really important race and we really look forward to going there. Obviously when we are there we will want to play a prominent role in the action at the front of the race," Sports Director Michel Cornelisse commented.
"It's exciting for the team to be debuting in the race. Our ENVE wheels are also made in America so it's cool that we can go over there and show off how fast their wheels are.
"We don't know the parcours yet but there is a time trial and that's always a good test against the others. Generally the race always has a balanced route, sometimes it is a bit hot but it's normally a really good race.
"It comes at a good time in the year, just as a lot of riders are getting back into racing after the classics and it is used by a lot of riders in preparation for the Tour de France," said rider Steve Cummings.