Nederburg, South Africa’s leading and most awarded winery, is adding its support to Africa’s debut in the Tour de France as one of the sponsors of the “wild-card” team selected to participate in the 3 344 km July race through the Netherlands, Belgium and France.
The MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung squad is one of five wild-card teams in the world’s biggest cycling race that features a total of 22 teams. Represented by a selection of home-grown African cyclists, as well as a few mentors to accelerate their progress, it is the first African-registered team to take part in the race.
Louis Meintjes, Jacques Janse van Rensburg, and Reinardt Janse van Rensburg are the three South African members of the selected squad. Renowned chef David Higgs of The Saxon Boutique Hotel Villas andamp; Spas in Johannesburg, will accompany the team and taking care of all their meals on the trip. He will also be serving Nederburg wines to the team’s VIPs.
According to Dr Carol Austin, head of performance support, and medical for the Africa team, Higgs will be an invaluable addition