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.”
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?
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.
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.