Multiple world champion Theo Bos has signed a contract to ride for MTN-Qhubeka next season.
Bos, who signed with then-Rabobank — the team now known as Belkin — in 2011, will represent the first African-based UCI WorldTour team in the peloton starting in 2015.
“This team has a great culture, I want to win and we will work together to win, our success is the success of Africa,” Bos said in a team press release. “I am really motivated and I look forward to the challenges that lie ahead with my new team. I still have many goals I want to achieve in world cycling and I believe that Team MTN-Qhubeka is the right team for me to be able to do so.”
The Dutch rider has five track cycling world championships to his name, and at the 2004 Olympics he won a silver medal in the sprint event. On the road, Bos has racked up 35 victories — including the overall at the World Ports Classic this season, along with four stages at the Tour de Langkawi and a stage at the Tour de Pologne.
“Theo Bos is a great sprinter and a rider who has won races all over the world, his addition will add strength and depth to our sprint train in one day races and stage races,” team principal Douglas Ryder said. “As a rider he wins consistently throughout the season, which creates a positive feeling in a team and we look forward to him bringing this positive energy to Team MTN-Qhubeka.”
Added Bos: “I am really excited to be joining Team MTN-Qhubeka. It is an amazing project that I can’t wait to be a part of. The team race for a cause that is more than just winning races and that is Qhubeka, a social initiative where they aim to put children in Africa on bicycles. I really like this human element to the team.”