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Eritrea’s Riders Harbour Dreams of Tour de France

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In a country where bikes are common and often older than cyclists’ parents, the hobby is fast becoming the sport of choice for young Tour de France aspirants.

By David Smith | for The Guardian,

Her four brothers are top level cyclists, but when Mosana Debesay took up the sport at 14 and wanted to pursue a professional career, her father treated her differently. “He was disturbed,” the 20-year-old recalled. “He said don’t ride, have rest, concentrate on education.”

The family lived in a village 13 miles outside Asmara, the cycling-mad capital of Eritrea. One day Debesay’s father went to the big city and saw, to his surprise, a women’s race. “After that he gave me permission,” Mosana smiled.  Continue reading Eritrea’s Riders Harbour Dreams of Tour de France