Why has their never been any African professional cycists of any note. Surely if you took the middle and long distance runner types from Morocco, Algeria, Ethiopia and Kenya and gave them specialist coaching they would dominate pro cycling as they have done in middle and long distance running for the past 20 years. The fact is that only a tiny number of rich nations compete in pro cycling, technology and money has taken over to a large extent and it's not about the rider anymore. If we look at track cycling the machines and equipment is so costly that it is now an extremely exclusive and elitist sport far detached from the average person in the street. The cycling world needs to be affordable, accessible and inclusive to the whole world rather than the rich elite.