Tag Archives: African Champion

The Forgotten Rider: Tesfom Okubamariam

By Pierre Carrey | for CyclingNews,

As Eritreans were celebrating their triumph at the African Championships by eating chocolate and listening to some pop music on Friday evening, a question remained about why the victor, Tesfom Okubamariam, is not a professional already, in the slipstream of his best friend Daniel Teklehaimanot. The polka-dot jersey wearer at the last Tour de France states: “Tesfom has everything to be a pro, he deserves this.”  Continue reading The Forgotten Rider: Tesfom Okubamariam

Merhawi Concludes 2nd Overall in Tour de Langkawi

Merhawi Kudus won overall second in the General Classification while his team MTN-Qhubeka named the best team of the tour after winning the team GC

By TesfaNews,

Malaysia’s 2014 Tour de Langkawi has been concluded today with Andrea Guardini wining the 10th and final stage while Eritrean Merhawi Kudus of team MTN-Qhubeka finished second overall place on GC behind Iranian tour winner Mirsamad Pourseyedigolakhour (Tabriz Petrochemical Cycling Team).

Pourseyedigolakhour celebrated the victory to become Asia’s first ever overall winner of the tour. His team had worked very hard to maintain his slim 8 seconds lead over second placed contender Merhawi Kudus in the six stages that followed the queen stage of the race in Genting Highlands on the fourth stage.  Continue reading Merhawi Concludes 2nd Overall in Tour de Langkawi

Team MTN Qhubeka p/b Samsung: An African Bicycle Dream

MTN Qhubeka p/b Samsung – Africa’s first Professional Continental cycling team

By MTN Qhubeka,

Team MTN Qhubeka p/b Samsung are the first Pro Continental Cycling Team from Africa – this is their story. From South Africa to the rest of the world, the team have made their mark on the sport. Eritrean riders like Meron Russom and Jani Tewolde are serving as the back bones of this magnificent team.  Continue reading Team MTN Qhubeka p/b Samsung: An African Bicycle Dream

Natnael Berhane – The African Cycling Champion

Past few days, Natnael has been named winner of Tour of Turkey 2013 after ex-winner tested positive for doping

By Lovelyn Okafor,

Born January 5 1991, young Natnael Berhane has become a name to be reckoned with in professional cycling; a sport not very common in our part of the world.

Natnael made history for Eritrea and African cycling sport as the first cyclist from sub-Saharan Africa to win a major Hors over the years; first he was overall best in Tour of Eritrea, second overall in Tour of Rwanda, then in 2011, in the First African Road Race Championship, he was first over all in La Tropical Amissa Bongo and third overall in Tour d’Algerie.

In 2012, he made the first overall position in Tour d’Algerie and then the big one and in fact the latest, in 2013 the cycling giant hit the second overall position in Tour of Turkey. Continue reading Natnael Berhane – The African Cycling Champion