THE racial abuse aimed at Eritrea’s cycling Champion Natnael Berhane at Tour of Austria is unacceptable and it has to be condemned by all in strongest terms possible. The racism that plagued FIFA for years shouldn’t make its way into Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI). Continue reading Say ‘NO’ to Racism in Cycling→
AFRICAN Continental Individual Time Trial (ITT) Championship concluded earlier today with Eritrean Daniel Teklehaimanot unusually finishing in second place for the Silver medal behind Tsgabu Grmay of Ethiopia while Merhawi Kudus, who had competed in both the Elite and U23 ITT, had won Gold in the U23 ITT while finishing 5th in the Elites.
“I’m so happy to be here. It’s like home to me,” says the 23-year-old Eritrean, who was a trainee at the World Cycling Centre (WCC) in 2011 and 2012. “It’s good to train here in the mountains for the Vuelta.”
Natnael Berhane first arrived at the WCC in Aigle (Switzerland) in March 2011, determined to chase his dream of joining the professional peloton. His progress was dazzling, and in 2013 he signed his first professional contract with UCI ProTeam Europcar. He has already made waves with overall wins in the 2013 Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey and in the 2014 Tropicale Amissa Bongo in Gabon.
ERITREA’s passion for cycling is not news to those that have any inkling on the country’s history. In recent years a rising number of riders are being acknowledged for their professionalism, albeit reluctantly in many cases.
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.
Eritrean Natnael Berhane (Europcar) finally inherited the historic Presidential Tour of Turkey title after Turkish Cycling Federation confirms the doping offence and formally stripped off the victory title from the controversial winner Mustafa Sayar.
The surprise victory by a relatively unknown Mustafa Sayar and his dramatic performance on stage six with eight seconds clear of against riders and teams with far more experience raised eyebrows and questions.