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Eritrean Cycling Legends – Tesfalidet and Salambini

Legendary cyclists Tesfalidet Hailom and Carmelo Saglimbeni (aka Salambini)
A Candid interview with legendary Eritrean cyclists Tesfalidet Hailom (L) and Carmelo Saglimbeni (aka Salambini)

By Daniel Wedi Korbaria,

ON MAY 24th, about 450 people attended the joyful celebrations in occasion of the 24th anniversary of Independence in Rome. This year’s theme was “Development Trough Resilience“, the same resilience that has characterized Eritreans including in the Diaspora since the days of the Struggle for Liberation first and the nation-building process later.

In this spirit, Eritreans flowed to the Teatro Tendastrisce, adorned by colorful decorations and flags. The theater was overflowed by a festive atmosphere and the delicious, mouth-watering smell of traditional dishes like zigni and himbashaContinue reading Eritrean Cycling Legends – Tesfalidet and Salambini

Visa Problems Blocking Africa’s Brightest Cycling Talents

When sport and politics clash: we talk to Eritrea’s top talents denied a chance of racing in Europe by bureaucratic red tape

Eritrean cyclist talents emerge through their competitive domestic scene and the African calendar, however, red tape threatens to block the path to achieving their dreams

By Andy McGrath,

THE brightest cycling talents from one of Africa’s strongest nations are being handicapped by visa problems that prevent them from racing in Europe.

Top under-23 Eritrean riders Tesfom Okubamariam, Metkel Eyob and Meron Teshome were invited to the World Cycling Centre at the UCI, in Switzerland to train for two months last summer. It would have been a key stage in their development.  Continue reading Visa Problems Blocking Africa’s Brightest Cycling Talents

Eritrea: Promised Land to World Cycling

The sport that gives another face to the cycling-mad nation of Eritrea – Cycling

By Final Kilometre,

It was former UCI President Pat McQuaid who pushed for the global expansion of the sport, around 2009, when Cycling was quite stagnant. The same races were competed by riders from the same nations, with a few exceptions but not many. Tour of Oman, Tour of Dubai and the Montreal and Quebec classic races didn’t exist, to name just a few. A large portion of the world wasn’t involved and didn’t care about cycling.

Fast forward to 2014, and things have changed. A Slovakian cycling superstar, and Britain is arguably one of the most successful nations in the sport. Go further down the ladder and there’s an even more diverse scene of riders from countries who may not yet be making waves on the World Tour, but will be in the future.  Continue reading Eritrea: Promised Land to World Cycling

Tour d’Algiers Cleared up; Daniel Teklehaimanot in the World Tour

A team of six greedy Eritrean riders scooped ten of the eleven winner’s medals at the 2014 tour d’Algiers. Daniel Teklehaimanot with his team MTN-Qhubeka is in a World Tour race.

By Alula Abrha,

The greedy Eritrean athletes who took part in the Tour d’Algiers have just won all, but one, medal that was on offer. But they were so generous, though, that the only medal that they had let slip through their fingers is the very one that they are famous for.

Natnael Berhane, Merhawi Kudus, Daniel Teklehaymanot, Metkel Eyob, FreQalsi Debesai, Meron Russom, Tesfom Okubamariam and many others have in the past been crowned as KoM (king of the mountains) on many occasions but yesterday the story was unusual. Mekseb Debesay was peeped to 2nd place to the eventual winner, Mohammed Mirza of UAE. The rest of the 10 medals were all appropriated by the Eritreans riders but it beggar’s belief that, out of everything else, they let go off the medal for the Mountain’s classification.  Continue reading Tour d’Algiers Cleared up; Daniel Teklehaimanot in the World Tour

Daniel Teklehaimanot Wins Prueba Villafranca

Another huge moment for African cycling, Daniel Teklehaimanot solos to victory in Prueba Villafranca

By Green Edge Cycling,

Daniel Teklehaimanot soloed to victory at Prueba Villafranca-Ordiziako Klasika.

The Eritrean left his eight former break companions behind in the closing three kilometres of the one day Spanish classic in Basque Country. It is the first professional victory for Teklehaimanot in Europe.

I’m really happy,” said Teklehaimanot. “I’m so happy to get this victory for the team. Everybody worked really hard. We did a lot of work in the peloton and we always had a rider in the break. It was with the team that I get this win.”  Continue reading Daniel Teklehaimanot Wins Prueba Villafranca

Natnael to Inherit Tour of Turkey Win if Sayar Returned Positive for Doping

Eritrean Cyclist Natnael Berhane (Europcar) who stood second in the 2013 Tour of Turkey might possibily be the automatic winner if Turkish winner Mustafa Sayar confirmed positive for doping test

A born climber, Natnael, after outclassing the rest of the field in the 2013 Tour of Turkey

By velonews.com,

Turkish rider Mustafa Sayar has been provisionally suspended after returning a positive doping test at the Tour of Algeria in March. Sayar (Torku Şeker Spor) won the overall at the Presidential Tour of Turkey in May and was second in Algeria, where he tested positive for EPO, according to cycling’s world governing body, the UCI.

The provisional suspension of Mr. Sayar remains in force until a hearing panel convened by the Turkish Cycling Federation determines whether he has committed an anti-doping rule violation under Article 21 of the UCI Anti-Doping Rules,” said the UCI in a statement. Continue reading Natnael to Inherit Tour of Turkey Win if Sayar Returned Positive for Doping