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→
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.
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)→