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Cycling is Eritrea’s Window to the World

Eritrea was looking out at the world through the window of cycling
Eritrea has been looking out at the world through the window of cycling for three-quarters of a century. Now the world is beginning to look in. (Photo: Aidan O’Donnell)

BY AIDANE O’DONNELL | QARTZ AFRICA

When Amanueal Tsegay broke away on the second day of this year’s Tour of Eritrea he was accompanied all the way to the finish by pleading and cries from his team car: dai! dai! dai! It’s an Italian word, the first one an Italian will turn to when cheering on an athlete, and it rings out on Eritrea’s roadsides whenever bikes are raced. Continue reading Cycling is Eritrea’s Window to the World

Worrying Level of Apartheid Sports in TPLF’s Ethiopia

Ethiopian Tour Meles Zenawi or Tigraway Tour Meles Zenawi? TPLF sounds desperate to make the deceased former prime minister more Ethiopian after his death today than what he was when he was alive and shooting.

By Simeon,

Just 78 years after fascist colonial Italy had first organised the Tour of Eritrea that discriminated the participation of the native Eritreans in 1938, Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) led regime in Ethiopia has hosted the first competitive tour in Ethiopia.

The tour kicked started yesterday in Mekele, the regional capital of Tigray, after UCI decided only last month to include that into the Africa tour calendar. However, if only not for the eerie name the authorities gave to the tour, that would have been a good start for the sport in Ethiopia. They named it “Tour Ethiopian Meles Zenawi“. Continue reading Worrying Level of Apartheid Sports in TPLF’s Ethiopia

Politicking Eritrean Cycling Success

The mainstream media has been unfairly allergic to Eritrea’s chronicles in the arena of sport, especially cycling. If politics and sport mix, no one wins. Whether the western media like it or not, the stories of Eritrea’s success in sport will be told over and over again and in the end the whole world will see the true image of Eritrea through its indomitable athletes.

By Yosief Abraham Z.,

It has been already informed the commencement of the 2016 Tour of Eritrea and amid the various media-outlets tides concerning Eritrea, unintentional activities of propagating Eritrea’s chronicles in the arena of sport with political matters have been common.

Starting from Sudan Tribune which abandoned celebrating Eritrea’s inescapable success with its report of “Young flee to neighbor country” while Eritrea was shining in Tour de France last year, others like the Washington Post also delved deep to join the trick of politicking even attractive sport activities for entertaining their own agenda. Continue reading Politicking Eritrean Cycling Success

Cycling Brings Eritrea to The Heart of Richmond

The people of Slovakia and Peter Sagan may have won the premier event in the UCI Road World Championships. As far as the Eritreans were concerned, they were the winners as they had won the hearts and minds of all, long before they came to Richmond.

By Sophia Tesfamariam,

It was just over a month ago that the historic Tour de France placed Eritrea and her cyclists on the world stage. A new chapter was written in cycling history when Daniel Teklehaimanot became the first rider down the start ramp at the 2015 Tour. Daniel and his fellow Eritrean compatriot Merhawi Kudus became the first black Africans to race the Tour, as part of MTN-Qhubeka, the first African-registered team ever to start the Tour. Continue reading Cycling Brings Eritrea to The Heart of Richmond

Daniel Teklehaimanot Wins Eritrean National Individual Time Trial Title

Daniel Teklehaimanot won the 2015 Eritrean national time trial championships. It means that he will wear the national time trial jersey of Eritrea will at the Tour de France when stage 1 get’s underway on the 4th of July.

By MTN-Qhubeka,

DANIEL Teklehaimanot has won the Eritrean national time trial championships after beating the MTN-Qhubeka Feeder Team rider, Meron Teshome by just 4 seconds over the 38km course. Natnael Berhane made it an even better day for MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung by finishing in 3rd place.  Continue reading Daniel Teklehaimanot Wins Eritrean National Individual Time Trial Title

Tour de France 2014: Why No African Riders and Where is Eritrean Natnael Berhane?

It was hoped Eritreans and South Africans on the roads of the Tour de France. But this year, the competition is an orphan of the continent. Where is Natnael Berhane of Eritrea? According to rfi.fr, he was forced out before the start of the race because of a slump in form. ??

By Mathieu Olivier,

LOOK no African representatives in the peloton of the Tour de France, which is slender, Saturday, July 5, from Great Britain and ending at Paris in just under three weeks. Once again, Africa is absent from the great mass of cycling, despite the beautiful hope glimpsed during the 2013/2014 season and plenty of races on the continent.

Indeed, if it was long believed to participation Natnael Berhane (Europcar), winner of the 2014 edition of the Tropical Amissa Bongo , the Eritrean in poor form in recent weeks, has had to resort to watching his teammates take start without him. Postponed without doubt one of the most promising riders in the professional peloton.  Continue reading Tour de France 2014: Why No African Riders and Where is Eritrean Natnael Berhane?