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.
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→
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 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.
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.