Cycling: Eritrea, the new darling of the continent

Hero: Daniel Teklehaimanot

Eritrean cycling is currently occupying the front of the African scene which for ages has been the preserve of South Africans and Moroccans.

At the last African Championship and the Tour of Rwanda, the hegemony of South Africa and Morocco on the African cycling was strongly contested by Eritrea. This nation emerging from the little queen of the continent has surprised many as it was unchallenged during those two competitions.

Indeed it is during the African Nations Championship raced in Rwanda in early November that the Eritrean Cycling emerged from anonymity to become airborne. So after the race,      Eritrea has achieved the grand slam by assuming the top spot in team and individual overall.


Better still, the individual standings showed the presence of 4 Eritrean athletes in the top 10 with the yellow jersey holder Daniel Teklehaimanot. Rebelote for this 22 year old young Eritrean at the tour of Rwanda held last November from 16 to 25. Overall, Teklehaimanot has once again imposed himself with a time of 29h 02min 32s and has assumed the leader’s yellow jersey. In addition the second place went to his compatriot Berhane Teweldemedhin Natnael with 56s late. Whereas the South African Reinardt Janse van Rensburg and the Moroccan Adil Jelloul contented themselves respectively with the 3rd and 4th places.
Also, the team rankings for the month of November of the Union Cycliste International (Africa region) crowns unsurprisingly Eritrea (437.68 points) Best African nation of cycling ahead of Morocco (419 pts) and Cameroon (129 pts). At the individual level, it is the Eritrean Daniel Teklehaymanot (199.67 pts) who is crowned king before Moroccan Adil Djelloul (113 pts) and fellow Meran Russan (86.67 pts). Suffice to say that a new era of cycling is being written in Africa with Eritrea.

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