Cape Town - MTN-Qhubeka has announced that the young
Eritrean talent Mekseb Debesay will join Team Dimension Data for the 2016
season as will Spaniard, Igor Anton.
Debesay has been one of
the most successful riders on the UCI African Tour this year, picking up no
less than 7 victories which included 2 stage wins at last month's Tour du Rwanda
as well as the overall GC win at the International Tour de Blida earlier in the
year. The Tour d’Algerie and Tour of Eritrea GC victories are also among the 24-year-old’s palmares.
The experienced Anton will also represent Africa’s Team next season, adding depth to the team's
climbing contingent. Anton is already a well-known rider, with a number of
prestigious victories to his credit. Stage wins at the Giro d’Italia as well as
at the Vuelta a Espana, Anton's pedigree is well established. With a stage and
the overall victory at the Vuelta Asturias this year, the 32-year-old has also
shown he still hungry for success after 11 years as a professional.
Mekseb Debesay said: It’s
hard for me to describe in words how I feel about joining this team. It’s a
dream come true for me after five years of longing to joining Africa’s
Team, which will race as Team Dimension Data next year.
Anton said: I always like riding my bike
but joining this team adds another dimension to it due to its cause. Knowing to
race for a greater good is something that I feel very special about and am very
much looking forward to. It’s certainly a fortunate feeling. I always wanted to
continue my career, but liked the idea to join this team. It feels like a good
group of people and I’m really motivated to pin on my first number in the new
Team MTN-Qhubeka will be known as Team Dimension Data from January 1, 2016.