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Merhawi Can be Future African Tour de France Winner: MTN-Qhubeka

“I see a future African Tour de France winner in Merhawi Kudus. He has a potential to be one of the best stage race riders in the world” – MTN-Qhubeka Team Principal Douglas Ryder

By Laureus,

AS THE 2015 Tour de France heads towards its third week, MTN-Qhubeka Team Principal Douglas Ryder made the boldest prediction of the event so far.

I believe there is a future African Tour de France winner in [Eritrean] Merhawi Kudus. He is the youngest rider in the Tour de France this year, at just 21, and has the potential to be one of the best stage race riders in the world.”

While the sports world focuses on Chris Froome, still wearing the yellow jacket at the head of the field at the end of Stage 12, the more significant developments for the future may be happening further back in the peloton. Continue reading Merhawi Can be Future African Tour de France Winner: MTN-Qhubeka

MTN-Qhubeka Wins Stage #14 of the Tour de France

This can’t be real. Another historic victory for an African team at the Tour de France. This one is for Mandela, a “Mandela Day victory”

By MTN-Qhubeka,

STEVE Cummings has won the 14th stage of the Tour de France for MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung! In a thrilling finale, Steve Cummings rode away from his breakaway counterparts to win the 14th stage of the Tour de France.

In another transitional stage of the Tour de France, Steve Cummings found himself in the main break of the day at the Tour de France for MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung. Steve was joined by 19 other eager contenders as they built up an 8 minute lead over the peloton. It was looking good for the breakaway riders as the large lead group had no real adversaries in the peloton willing to chase them down. Continue reading MTN-Qhubeka Wins Stage #14 of the Tour de France

Eritrean Cyclists Make History at Tour de France (VIDEO)

Daniel Teklehaimanot and Merhawi Kudus are part of tour’s first African team and the first Eritreans to ride the race.

By Al Jazeera,

TWO cyclists from Eritrea, Daniel Teklehaimanot and Merhawi Kudus, are making history in the world’s most famous bicycle race.

The two riders are members of MTN-Qhubeka, the first ever African team in the Tour de France, as well as the first Eritreans to take part in the race. Continue reading Eritrean Cyclists Make History at Tour de France (VIDEO)

Eritrea’s Historic Day at Tour de France

Daniel Teklehaimanot and Merhawi Kudus will be remembered in history as the FIRST Eritreans as well as black Africans to compete at the Tour de France. It is HISTORIC because there will be no more FIRST for black Africans in the Tour anymore as it is already written in the history book by these two Eritreans. That way, Eritrea won the Tour already.

By AFP,

ERITREA’S commissioner of culture and sports on Saturday hailed the historic participation of two riders from his country in the Tour de France.

Daniel Teklehaimanot, 26, was first off at 1400 local time (1200 GMT) of all the 198 riders taking part in the Tour on the 13.8km opening stage time trial as a heatwave hit the Dutch Grand Depart town of Utrecht. Continue reading Eritrea’s Historic Day at Tour de France

Tour de France 2015, Great Moment for Eritrea and Africa

The ever courageous and aggressive African pride Eritrean riders, Merhawi Kudus and Daniel Teklehaimanot, are ready to compete at the world’s biggest bike race- the Tour de France. For the record and history book, Daniel Teklehaimanot will be the FIRST rider to start the 2015 Tour de France Time Trial (TT) today.

By Aklilu Lijam,

CYCLING is one of the most popular sports in Eritrea. It is the national sport, practiced and followed with exceptional passion. Everywhere you go there are people on bicycles; from old men in suits pedaling through the capital (Asmara), to youngsters on their ‘Cross Country’ mountain bikes.

As one journalist put it “Eritreans have had cycling in their blood”. But it is the obsession with racing that is most remarkable. Weekend races in Asmara and through other cities (Keren, Masswa, Mendefera etc.) attract tens of thousands of spectators. In Asmara alone, an average of twenty thousand paying spectators attend the race lined in the streets of ‘Enda-Mariam’ or ‘Monopolio’ shouting ‘Forza!’ and ‘Bravo!’ cheering for the riders and the teams they support standing on their feet for long hours. Continue reading Tour de France 2015, Great Moment for Eritrea and Africa