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I Am Proud to be an Eritrean Riding the Tour de France

proud to be an Eritrean riding at the Tour de France
“I’m really proud to be an Eritrean riding at the Tour de France. It’s big for me, and for my team also. I’m really happy” – Daniel Teklehaimanot, the man who already made the headlines across the world for being the first African to win the best climber’s KOM jersey in the history of Tour de France (Photo credit: © ASO/B.Bade)

By Basia Cummings (for The Guardian),

DANIEL Teklehaimanot has a lot of firsts weighing on his shoulders. On Thursday, he became the first African rider to wear the coveted King of the Mountains jersey in the Tour de France, racing as part of the first African team to compete in it, MTN-Qhubeka.

For weeks now, the term “making history” has been following this impossibly tall, softly spoken Eritrean cyclist around. Along with his team-mate, Merhawi Kudus who, at 21, is the youngest tour rider this year, he is the first black African to compete in the world’s biggest bike race. Continue reading I Am Proud to be an Eritrean Riding the Tour de France