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MTN-Qhubeka Plans to Make History at the Tour de France

Eritrean riders within team MTN-Qhubeka
South African and Italy based continental pro team MTN Qhubeka is destined for greatness. Team boss Doug Ryder talks about 2015 goals that are centered around the Spring Classics, Tour de France and La Vuelta a Espana. (Photo: the three Eritrean riders in the team)

By CyclingNews,

MTN-Qhubeka are looking to make history in 2015 by becoming the first African team to make it into the Tour de France. The team, which began in 2007, has been growing quickly over the last few years. They took the step up to Pro Continental level in 2013 and took part in their first Grand Tour at last year’s Vuelta a España.

To help them in their hopes of making history, the team have signed eight new riders including Edvald Boasson Hagen, Tyler Farrar and future Grand Tour rider Natnael Berhane. Continue reading MTN-Qhubeka Plans to Make History at the Tour de France

Natnael Berhane Dreaming of Tour de France Start

Natnael said African riders usually encounters challenges in securing visa during a European or Asian race and he hoped moving to an African team like MTN-Qhubeka will solve future visa problems

By CyclingNews,

TOUR of Turkey victor Natnael Berhane says that it would be a dream come true if he were to become the first Eritrean cyclist to ride the Tour de France in 2015 with his new team MTN-Qhubeka. The South African-based team are looking to become the first African registered team to make it to the Grand Boucle and Berhane hopes to be one of the luck nine selected if they earn a wildcard. Continue reading Natnael Berhane Dreaming of Tour de France Start

I Wanted to Give Every Eritrean a Reason to be Proud: Rider Natnael Berhane

It is now official. Team MTNQhubeka today announced that one of Africa’s finest cyclists Eritrean Natnael Nerhane signed a two year professional contract for the 2015 season. Not only delighted to be able represent his country and the continent within an African professional team, Natnael promised that he wanted to give everybody in Eritrea a reason to be proud.

By Team MTN-Qhubeka,

TEAM MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung are very happy to announce the signing of Natnael Berhane for the 2015 season.

Berhane is a former African and Eritrean road race champion as well as the current national time trial champion of Eritrea. During last year’s Tour of Turkey, Berhane made history by becoming the first black African to win a professional cycling stage race in Europe when he won the races overall classification. Continue reading I Wanted to Give Every Eritrean a Reason to be Proud: Rider Natnael Berhane

Kudus to Take out Crucial Stage 6 at the Tour of Turkey

Stage-6 today is so important for Merhawi Kudus and his team MTN-Qhubeka simply because the following stages (7 & 8) in the weekend are expected to be a peloton bunch finish.

By Alula Abraha,

AFTER the hardest Elmali climb of stage-3 in the presidential Tour of Turkey last Tuesday, Merhawi Kudus has set himself as a race leader for his team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsun to contend for the GC that is expected to be concluded in the weekend.

The winner of the Elmali heights (stage-3) of the presidential tour of Turkey, which is one of the hardest climb in the European tour race courses, usually emerges as the GC winner in the end. Last year, it was conquered by Natnael Berhane of Eritrea and eventually won it after being unfairly dispossessed of his yellow leaders Jersey in the 6 stage by a Turkish rider riddled with doping scandal. Continue reading Kudus to Take out Crucial Stage 6 at the Tour of Turkey

Stage 3: Merhawi Kudus Finishes 4th Place at the Tour of Turkey

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Merhawi Kudus is not a name on many people’s lips, but from what we have witnessed today at the Queen’s stage of the Tour of Turkey, the 20-year-old, 54Kg Eritrean is one of the hottest talents in cycling.

Commanding performance. Merhawi Kudus is now 5th on the GC, only 38″ behind the leader

By MTN-Qhubeka,

TODAY’s queen stage at the Tour of Turkey was always going to be a battle with 3 big classified mountains on route. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung started the race on the front foot by placing Ferekalsi Debesay in the break of the day, which was formed at km 30, just before the first climb by 6 riders.

With 80km to go, Ferekalsi Debesay was distanced by the leading group as they made their way up the penultimate climb. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung then took control of the peloton and proceeded to set an extremely hard tempo all the way to the top of the mountain. The gap to the now 4 leading riders was drastically reduced from 4 and a half minutes to just a minute and a half while a number of riders were shelled out the back of the peloton too. Continue reading Stage 3: Merhawi Kudus Finishes 4th Place at the Tour of Turkey

Merhawi and Ferekalsi Taking Part at the Tour of Turkey

Eritrean Merhawi Kudus,20, is among the 8 Pro Teams and 11 Continental Pro teams that are lined up to take over the trophy from compatriot and winner of the 2013 Tour of Turkey Eritrean Natnael Berhane (Europcar)

By TesfaNews,

THE 50th Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey (TUR) kicked off today (Sunday) in Turkey’s Mediterranean resort town of Alanya.

African pride Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung is also participating at this prestigious, UCI 2. HC event with an eight men strong lineup constituting Eritreans Merhawi Kudus and Freqalsi Debesay aiming to contest for the overall classification as well as with an options on the flat stages.  Continue reading Merhawi and Ferekalsi Taking Part at the Tour of Turkey