He finished the Men’s Road Race 73rd well ahead of the 2012 Tour de France winner Badley Wiggins (103rd) all thanks to an accident/crush that stranded Daniel and many other riders for more than 4 minutes.
Five hours, forty-six minutes, and thirty seven seconds 05:46:37 was the total time that took Eritrea’s Daniel Teklehaymanot, which is his first at the Olympic game. Eritrea’s Cycling federation also the first time that it is participating cyclists being represented by Daniel who only started as a professional peloton in 2012 with GreenEdge came in only 40 seconds after the Gold winner Alexandr Vinokurov of Kazakhstan that came in at 5:45:57.
Long-distance and road runner Zersenay Tadese, 30, is Eritrea’s biggest medal hopeful during this year’s Summer Olympics, after winning the country’s first Olympic medal in 2004 at the Athens Summer Olympics. He is also the first Eritrean to hold a World Championship title after winning the 2006 IAAF 20-kilmoter race.
On 30 January, a historic moment in world cycling occurred at the Tropicale Amissa Bongo race in Gabon. During the last stage of the traditionally gentle season opening event, an mature rider from sub-Saharan Africa defeated an experienced professional. It was perhaps even an inaugural entry in road cycling’s annals. Just after the last corner, Eritrean riders Natnael Berhane launched an inextinguishable sprint that Quick step’s fast finishers Jerome Pineau couldn’t match.
While his arrival, 10 years his junior, was being carried by the crowed in the streets of Libreville, Pineau was gracious in defeat. “Either we play the game by coming here and taking the risk to be beaten or we stay at home….” He said. “I am even very happy to be defeated by an Eritrean rider. That’s a nice symbol” Continue reading Eritrea and its Riders: The Next Big Thing?→
Eritrea has lost its ‘leader of UCI Africa Tour 2010’ rank to Morocco this year to become Africa’s second most powerful cycling nation.
Thanks to their overall performance, the Moroccans have surged to the top of the team rankings and are just one point away from the top spot in the individual rankings. The Moroccans, used to dominating cycling on their continent, found themselves suddenly outmatched by the Eritreans in November last year, in the African Championships and the Tour of Rwanda. They learned from this reversal, and last month they answered their rivals’ fire and form with the hard science of persistence. The Eritreans ended up being ousted as leaders of the UCI Africa Tour.
To reinforce their position at the top of the UCI Africa Tour’s individual and team rankings, the “Red Sea Boys” beat the professionals to win two stages of the Tropical Amissa Bongo at the end of January. This victory from the Sub-Saharan Africans is an event that hasn’t been seen for decades in world cycling.Continue reading UCI Africa Tour: Historic Performance for Eritrea→