The Tour of Oman concluded today, with Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) winning the expected bunch sprint in Muttrah Corniche. Eduard Grosu (Nippo – Vini Fantini) and Sacha Modolo (UAE Abu Dhabi) completed the stage podium. Ben Hermans (BMC Racing) was the overall winner of the Tour of Oman. Continue reading Tour of Oman: Merhawi Kudus Wins White Jersey
Vuelta a Espana will be Eritrean’s lone Grand Tour in 2017
By Cycling News,
Merhawi Kudus (Dimension Data) showcased his early-season form with a fine display on the Mas de la Costa climb at the recent Vuelta a la Comunitat Valenciana, beaten only by Nairo Quintana (Movistar), and the Eritrean has continued in similar fashion at the Tour of Oman.
Every time the road has climbed this week, Kudus has been to the fore. Spinning at his usual high cadence, he placed fourth on the uphill finale at Al Bustan, and then 8th at Quriyat on Thursday, alongside Romain Bardet (Ag2r-La Mondiale) and Fabio Aru (Astana). Those performances leave Kudus fourth overall ahead of Saturday’s decisive leg to Jabal Al Akhdhar, better known as Green Mountain, just 21 seconds off the lead of Ben Hermans (BMC Racing). Continue reading Tour of Oman: Kudus Takes Aim at Green Mountain
What a way to open Team Dimension Data’s 2017 account!
The 4th stage of the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana was the queen stage of the race, ending on the 4km climb to Llucena. Nairo Quintana (Movistar) showed his class by taking the stage win and the lead in the general overall classification.
The only rider to come close to matching the Colombian was our young Eritrean climber, Merhawi Kudus. Kudus finished 2nd with Amaro Antunes (W52-FC Porto Porto-Canal). Continue reading Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana #4: Merhawi Kudus Finishes 2nd Place
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.
The 22-year old Merhawi Kudus, who is at the moment racing in Spain, has already shown glimpses of his talent during the first week of La Vuelta. Continue reading Natnael Berhane and Merhawi Kudus Renew Team Dimension Data Contract
Eritrea is a nation of gritty and gutsy rider. Merhawi Kudus is the youngest of all but already the first ever black African to have successfully raced in all the three prestigious World Grand Tours: La Vuelta, Le Tour and the Giro in less than two years.
He has also got the record four grand tours, only equalled by the living legend himself, Teklehaimanot the man. It wasn’t long ago back in 2012 when Daniel Teklehaimanot made a grand entrance and opening the flood gate as the first ever black African debutant on the grand tour of La Vuelta only two weeks after he made another history by becoming the first rider to represent Eritrea at the Olympic road race. Continue reading Kudus to Eritrean Riders in the World Tour
By Gregor Brown,
Eritrea may be on the verge of celebrating a first grand tour stage winner with 22-year-old Merhawi Kudus. The Dimension Data rider, who climbed alongside stars Vincenzo Nibali and Romain Bardet in yesterday’s Tour of Oman, says that his sights are on a Giro d’Italia high-mountain stage.
One day after he climbed to sixth place on Green Mountain, Kudus was more upset with his gearing choice than he was surprised by his ride. He wanted something easier than a 39×29 so that he could spin away like Chris Froome in the Tour de France. Continue reading Merhawi Kudus Aiming Giro d’Italia with Tour of Oman Confidence