- Ant Sims
MTN on Wednesday dumped their Tour de France conquering team. It doesn’t matter. When you’ve battled the hardest mountains in the Alps—blah blah blah, etc etc. But seriously, what’s next for this team? How will they cope? Can they keep making Africans across the continent happy? Or will a certain cell phone company ruin the show? We spoke to Team [Insert Sponsor]-Qhubeka's Number One, Douglas Ryder. By RICHARD POPLAK.
Clive Rice, SA’s first one-day international captain in the post isolation era, passed away on Tuesday after a long battle with cancer. His on-field prowess cannot be doubted, but many will be left wondering why he never spoke out about the ills of apartheid, which denied him and countless others the chance at international sporting glory. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
They’ve won a stage. They’re second in the team standings. And now, Doug Ryder, the Tour de France’s newly anointed strategic genius, is about to make like Hannibal and storm the Alps. But as the Tour takes a break before those gruesome mountain stages, Ryder made the time to chat to Daily Maverick. By RICHARD POPLAK.
Serena Williams cruised to her sixth Wimbledon title on Saturday. She has now won more Grand Slam titles since turning 30 than Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendl and Andre Agassi ever did. Williams came to this earth to kick ass and chew bubblegum and she’s been out of bubblegum for the last 15 years. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
Clear your calendar, say farewell to your family: the Tour de France is upon us. This year, Africans have a horse in the race – Team MTN-Qhubeka is the first officially African outfit to field a team in the sport’s grandest race. It is a monumental moment for cycling, and a proud month for African sport – it may signal the end of European and American dominance on the bicycle, and the start of the African era. By RICHARD POPLAK.
The South African cricket team are off to Bangladesh for a whistle-stop tour consisting of two T20s, three ODIs and two Tests. A resurgent and motivated Bangladesh will offer a stern challenge for South Africa. Another challenge is the continued battle to transform the team and while the Test and one-day side continue to lag behind, there’s some real promise in the T20 squad. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.