On the Horn of Africa, with around 5 million people lies the enigmatic country of Eritrea. How has this small, multi-cultural nation dominated the continent of African cycling … and produced the first Black African cyclists to finish the mighty Tour de France?
This is the story of Daniel Teklehaimanot and the giants of Eritrean cycling.
When Amanueal Tsegay broke away on the second day of this year’s Tour of Eritrea he was accompanied all the way to the finish by pleading and cries from his team car: dai! dai! dai! It’s an Italian word, the first one an Italian will turn to when cheering on an athlete, and it rings out on Eritrea’s roadsides whenever bikes are raced. Continue reading Cycling is Eritrea’s Window to the World→
Eritreans Natnael Berhane and Merhawi Kudus, as well as South Africa’s Reinardt Janse van Rensburg and Nic Dougall have inked deals with Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka that will see them representing Africa’s team beyond 2016.
On the instigation of the Tour of Eritrea 2016, early morning today, at 8:00 local time, 8 cycling teams lined up at the beginning line, in the town of Foro.
The participating teams are 3 from Eritrea, the third being the National team, followed by national teams of Sudan, Rwanda and Egypt. Amore Vita of Italy, Stradalli – Bike Aid from Germany of which three Eritreans Meron Amanuel, Meron Teshome and Amanuel Menghis are members.
Following to 2009 official recognition by UCI, the 2016 Tour of Eritrea (Tour-de-Eritrea) kicks-off its curtains today (16). In this competition Eritrea—as host country—is represented by one National Cycling Team and other two – Tsinat and Salina – backing and individual teams. And with eight participant teams, the 2016 Tour of Eritrea commenced today in its way from Foro to Ghindae, the Capital city of the Semanawi Keith Bahri forests.
Africa’s cycling powerhouse, Eritrea, once again proved to top the UCI Africa Tour nation standings by accumulating a total of 1027 UCI points while its offspring Tesfom Okbamariam (25) has risen to the top of the 2016 UCI Africa Tour ranking #1 for a total UCI points of 375.