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Eritrean Cyclists Pedal Country onto World Stage

Natnael Berhane, Winner of the Tour of Turkey 2013
Natnael Berhane, Winner of the Tour of Turkey 2013

By Jenny Vaughan (AFP),

ASMARA –  When Eritrean cyclist Natnael Berhane crossed the finish line of the Tour of Turkey in May, he made history not only for his country but for his continent.

Natnael, 22, who is expected to take first place after the winner was disqualified for doping, was the first person from sub-Saharan Africa to win a race of that class.

But he is only one of several Eritreans in this cycling-mad Horn of Africa state making his mark on the sport, showing another side of a nation that makes headlines more for [alleged] brutal repression than world-class athletes.  Continue reading Eritrean Cyclists Pedal Country onto World Stage