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First African Team to Compete in the Tour de France in 2015

A South African cycling team will be the first from the continent to compete in cycling’s biggest race.

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The Tour de France is one of the largest, most prominent cycling competitions in the world, but in over a century of annual races, not a single African team has ever competed. That changes this year: on Wednesday, Tour de France organizers issued one of five wildcard invitations to MTN-Qhubeka, a team from South Africa.

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You Are What You Ride: Two French Designers Create Illustrated Bike Taxonomy

Romain Bourdieux and Thomas Pomarelle of Cyclemon have created a series of posters in an homage to the race, and bike riding in general.

This year the Tour de France turns 100 years old. In celebration of their country's legacy, French illustrators and designers Romain Bourdieux and Thomas Pomarelle of Cyclemon have created a series of posters in an homage to the race, and bike riding in general. The illustrations playfully stereotype what kind of rider you are based on your wheels, including weirdos, hipsters, grandpas, and cougars all in the mix.

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While the Tour de France has been plagued with a bit of controversy lately—Lance Armstrong, and the fact that women still aren't allowed to compete in the games—a love of cycling is universal. Check out their clever animation, and images below, and let us know what kind of cyclist you are in the comments.

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