Africa’s undeterred cycling giant, Eritrea, has vowed to win what is going to be its third consecutive continental cycling championship that is planned to be held in Ouagadougou – Burkina Faso from November 6 to 11.
For the first time in the Tour of Eritrea history, a foreign team snatched the Yellow Jersey from our national team [… well… with the help of an Eritrean of course]
MTN-Qhubeka’s promising rider, Jani Tewelde has won the 89km long stage one competition of the Tour of Eritrea at a time of 2:25’42”. He comfortably took the lead in this UCI 2.2 rated race.
The win is also the first Yellow Jersey win for Jani Tewelde and his team. This phenomenon makes him the first foreign team player to win the Yellow Jersey, for the first time, in the history of the Tour of Eritrea.
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.
Eritrea’s young cycling superstars Natnael Berhane and Africa’s current championship Daniel Teklehaimanot showed their tremendous performances and won the first and fifth stage of 2011 Tour d’Algerie on Monday, June 27 and July 1 respectively.