World Class Eritrean Riders Ready for First Grand Tour

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Three Eritrean Professional riders will race the 2014 La Vuelta a Espana - the first Grand Tour for all of them. Irrespective of their final result, reaching to this stage by itself is a milestone for African Cycling in General and the Eritrean in particular
Three Eritrean Professional riders will race at the 2014 La Vuelta a Espana – their first Grand Tour, representing Africa. Irrespective of their final result, reaching to this stage by itself is a milestone to Eritrea and African Cycling

By TesfaNews,

TOMORROW three Eritrean riders will have their first ever grand tour, the La Vuelta a Espana. They are Natnael Berhane from Team Europcar; Merhawi Kudus and Daniel Teklehaimanot from African Team MTN-Qhubeka.

The 2014 La Vuelta a España, which gets underway on Saturday August 23rd, will be their first Grand Tour ever representing Africa.

As Africa’s first ever professional cycling team to race a Grand Tour, Team MTN-Qhubeka is extremely excited and very proud to announce the 6 African, out of which two are Eritreans, and 3 European riders that will make history and represent the squad at the 2014 La Vuelta a Espana.

Merhawi Kudus will be the youngest rider in the race.

For each and every these Eritrean riders starting La Vuelta a Espana is like a dream being realised. The motivation and morale among their respective team is high as they prepare to get started with tomorrow’s Team Time Trial (TTT).

Let’s wish them success.


I am really happy to be here at the Vuelta, before I think of any results the most important thing for me is that I am just here at the start. For my country, Eritrea, it is an important time in our history too. The bicycle is really famous back home, and now we have 3 Eritrean’s in this race. Whenever i look at Eritrean media they are always talking about us and the Vuelta, this shows me it is a good opportunity for us but also a difficult one. We have got lots of encouragement though so I look forward to trying to finish this race now that I am here.


I did my first grand tour with GreenEdge but now I am doing it with my home team from Africa so i’m a really excited and happy to be here. The first time I was here I was very stressed and I think that is normal but now that I have a little experience and I am with my home team I am definitely more motivated than the last time.


“For the last five years I have watched it every year on TV. In 2012 I started to imagine and hope that one day I would be there on the start line. It’s a dream come true.”