The 27 years old, Team Dimension Data rider (formerly known as Team MTN-Qhubeka) Daniel Teklehaimanot from Eritrea has been voted today the best African Cyclist of the Year 2015 by a jury made up of African and European sports leaders, coaches, managers, journalists and specialists, chaired by Bernard Hinault, the five-time winner of the Tour de France.
The best climber of the Critérium du Dauphiné and bearer of the polka dot jersey in the Tour de France, Daniel Teklehaimanot beat his South African teammate, Louis Meintjes, who was 10th in the Vuelta and the Tunisian Rafaa Chtioui (Skydive Dubai), winner of the Tropical Amissa Bongo in Gabon.
The Best African Cyclist of the year trophy was created first in 2012 to reward riders for their results on the continent and in the rest of the world and to make African cycling more popular.
Eritrean Natnael Berhane was the inaugural recipient of the award back in 2012.
Other winners of the award include Mekseb Debesay of Eritrea (2014) and South Africa’s Louis Meintjes (2013).
Excellent news! @DanielTeklehai1 wins the Trophy for African Rider of the Year, 2015! Well done Dani! pic.twitter.com/I9aGyYL3re
— Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team (@Q36_5ProCycling) December 17, 2015