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Merhawi Can be Future African Tour de France Winner: MTN-Qhubeka

I see a future African Tour de France winner in Merhawi Kudus
“I see a future African Tour de France winner in Merhawi Kudus. He has a potential to be one of the best stage race riders in the world” – MTN-Qhubeka Team Principal Douglas Ryder

By Laureus,

AS THE 2015 Tour de France heads towards its third week, MTN-Qhubeka Team Principal Douglas Ryder made the boldest prediction of the event so far.

I believe there is a future African Tour de France winner in [Eritrean] Merhawi Kudus. He is the youngest rider in the Tour de France this year, at just 21, and has the potential to be one of the best stage race riders in the world.”

While the sports world focuses on Chris Froome, still wearing the yellow jacket at the head of the field at the end of Stage 12, the more significant developments for the future may be happening further back in the peloton. Continue reading Merhawi Can be Future African Tour de France Winner: MTN-Qhubeka

Eritrea’s Tour de France Hopeful Turns up 15 Minutes Before Tour de Yorkshire Race Start

When Sport and Politics Clash. Merhawi Kudus was one of the 11 riders shortlisted by team MTN-Qhubeka to become the first African rider to participate in the Tour de France. However, European red tape always threaten to block the path of Eritrea’s most accomplished riders from achieving their dreams.

By Richard Abraham,

VISA problems and flight delays means MTN-Qhubeka rider Merhawi Kudus arrived in Bridlington for stage one of the Tour de Yorkshire with just minutes to spare.

Getting changed in the back of a car and arriving at the start town just 15 minutes before the event is due to roll out isn’t exactly perfect preparation before a bike race.  Continue reading Eritrea’s Tour de France Hopeful Turns up 15 Minutes Before Tour de Yorkshire Race Start

Merhawi Wins U23 Gold, Daniel Elite Silver at the African Championship ITT

Eritrean Merhawi Kudus after winning his second Gold medal for the African Championship

By TesfaNews,

ERITREAN rider Merhawi Kudus from team MTN-Qhubeka today won the under 23 Individual Time Trial race of the Confederation of African Cycling Road Championships.

Merhawi posted the fastest time of the day before sweeping his second Gold medal in the championship. Rwandan Valens Ndayisenga and Adil Barbari of Algeria took their respective silver and bronze medal. Continue reading Merhawi Wins U23 Gold, Daniel Elite Silver at the African Championship ITT

Interview With Eritrean Cyclist Merhawi Kudus

Merhawi Kudus, one of the most exciting talents from Africa was strong in 2014, but he will be even stronger in 2015

By Ruud Arts & Wesley Verheijen,

20 YEAR old Merhawi Kudus has just started his 2nd year as a professional with MTN – Qhubeka. In his first year we saw some impressive performances, he finished 2nd in the GC of the Tour de Langkawi, and was climbing with guys such as Valverde in the Route du Sud. Kudus also had some set backs with crashes in 2014 but he showed strong will power and always kept fighting. Merhawi dreams to compete with the very best of the sport and we have a feeling this dream might become reality real soon!

Lets start at the beginning. At what age did you start cycling and how did you get into cycling?

I started cycling at the of age of 13 riding on my mountain bike. Cycling is a very popular sport in Eritrea, it is like what football is in Brazil. Wherever you go you see guys doing races, so I grew up watching cycling. Continue reading Interview With Eritrean Cyclist Merhawi Kudus

Merhawi Kudus, the other African Sensation at the Presidential Tour of Turkey

“His climbing abilities are obvious. That is why, in spite of his young age, we made him our leader for the Tour of Turkey, a very important race in our programme” – MTN-Qhubek team manager, Douglas Ryder

By Presidential Tour of Turkey,

ERITREA’s Merhawi Kudus (Team MTN-Qhubeka) is one of the favourites to take over from compatriot Natnael Berhane (Europcar) and claim victory in the Presidential of Turkey, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

Last year, the Presidential Tour of Turkey had made headlines by crowning the first Black African rider in a HC race with a line-up worthy of a World Tour event.  Continue reading Merhawi Kudus, the other African Sensation at the Presidential Tour of Turkey

Merhawi Kudus, MTN-Qhubeka’s Hot New Climber from Eritrea

Team says the Eritrean is an exceptional talent

“Remember the name Merhawi Kudus because you might be hearing it a lot more from now on” – Team MTN-Qhubeka

By Sadhbh O’Shea,

Merhawi Kudus – remember the name because you might be hearing it a lot more, if his team is to be believed. MTN-Qhubeka directeur sportif Kevin Campbell praised the intelligent ride by the 20-year-old Eritrean that saw him take second place in the general classification at the Tour de Langkawi.

“We knew he was a great climber, but he showed that he was something out of this world almost. So we were very happy with the way that he went, but it’s not surprising,” Campbell told Cyclingnews.  Continue reading Merhawi Kudus, MTN-Qhubeka’s Hot New Climber from Eritrea