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Eritrea’s Merhawi Kudus Holds a Key to Team DiData’s Revival

Merhawi Kudus holds the key to put Dimension Data back in the race
Following Ben King’s two stage victories, his teammates Merhawi Kudus holds the key to put Dimension Data back in the race.

BY ANGUS POWER | KEWESE ESPN

Eritrean cycling champion Merhawi Kudus will target the steepest mountain-top finishes to back up the success of Dimension Data teammate Ben King at the Vuelta a España. Continue reading Eritrea’s Merhawi Kudus Holds a Key to Team DiData’s Revival

Merhawi Kudus Crashes Out of Vuelta During Stage 7

This puts the African Team Dimension Data down to just 5 riders, after Nic Dougall (stage 6), Youcef Reguigui (stage 5) and Ben King (stage 3) fell ill.

According to his team, Merhawi got no broken bones, but sustained numerous deep cuts and bruising. Cuts to knee and face were most serious. The team assured fans Mera will be okay.

BY CYCLING NEWS

Dimension Data’s difficult Vuelta a España, with three riders already out because of a virus, got even worse on Friday as Merhawi Kudus crashed out injured. The team is now down to five riders after just a week of racing. Continue reading Merhawi Kudus Crashes Out of Vuelta During Stage 7

La Vuelta #5: Merhawi Kudus Shines to Finish 2nd

Huge and historic. An incredible and courageous ride by our 23-year-old Eritrean rider Merhawi Kudus saw him finish 2nd place on the fifth stage of Vuelta a Espana.

BY TEAM DIMENSION DATA

Alexey Lutsenko (Team Astana) won stage 5 of the Vuelta a Espana while our young Eritrean, Merhawi Kudus put in an incredible ride to place 2nd on the stage. Marc Soler (Movistar) rounded out the podium in 3rd while Chris Froome (Team Sky) retained the overall lead. Continue reading La Vuelta #5: Merhawi Kudus Shines to Finish 2nd

Daniel Teklehaimanot Wants More Success in 2015

The iconic Eritrean cyclist is confident after first season with MTN-Qhubeka

By Sadhbh O’Shea,

FOR Daniel Teklehaimanot, the path through professional cycling has been tricky and, at times, hugely frustrating. A former African road and time trial champion, there was a lot of excitement around his signing with Orica-GreenEdge in 2012. However, the relationship was doomed to fail with visa problems blighting much of Teklehaimanot’s time at the team.

After a season with the MTN-Qhubeka team, Teklehaimanot is feeling positive about the year ahead and takes confidence from a good finish at Vuelta a España last season. Continue reading Daniel Teklehaimanot Wants More Success in 2015

Cycling in Eritrea (The Economist)

To the ignorant Switzerland Authorities: Eritrea is the undisputed Cycling Champion of Africa and its professional athletes, who have already won highly coveted invitations to train and race abroad, won’t compromise their shining success with your worthless asylum paper.

By The Economist,

ERITREA would appear on no one’s list of cycling powerhouses. No African rider has ever won the Tour de France—no black African has ever even competed in it—and the last time an Olympic cycling medal was bestowed on an athlete from anywhere on the continent was 1956.

The closed and desperately poor nation, which split off from Ethiopia in 1993 following a 30-year-long separatist conflict, is a minnow even within the broader context of African sports. Unlike, say, Kenyan distance runners or Cameroon’s football team, Eritreans are yet to achieve significant international athletic success in any major event.  Continue reading Cycling in Eritrea (The Economist)