The 4th stage of Tirreno-Adriatico turned out to be a dream day for Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka as Steve Cummings took the victory ahead of Salvatore Puccio (Team Sky) with teammate Eritrean National Road Race Champion Natnael Berhane finishing in 3rd position.
The Eritrean pride Natnael Berhane has won numerous stage races in his pro cyclist carreer for instance winning the overall General Classification of Tropicale Amissa Bongo in 2014 and the Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey in 2013.
Attacks started to fly from the front group with Steve Cummings and Natnael Berhane covering each one, hoping to keep the race together for Boasson Hagen. Puccio then put in a telling attack with 6km to go which Cummings and Matteo Montaguti (Ag2R) followed. The trio got a 10 second gap before 3 riders jumped across the gap to join them, Berhane was part of this move placing our African Team in a great position with 2 riders in the lead group of 6. Continue reading Tirreno-Adriatico #4: Steve Cummings 1st, Natnael Berhane 3rd→
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→
Is the new African hero coming back to an African race? Abdul Razak Umar, of the Ghana National Team, is a big fan of Daniel Teklehaimanot and is looking forward to race in the same peloton as him, at the African Continental Championships, next Friday, near Casablanca, Morocco.
“Some people say Daniel won’t come to the event because he has nothing to do anymore with us, African riders. But me, I know he will come. He has to come, African Championships made him,” Razak Umar told Cyclingnews.
Speculations stopped when Team Dimension Data’s pro cyclist, the wearer of polka-dot jersey at the last Tour de France, landed in Morocco on Monday, flying straight to the Tour of Oman where he supported Edvald Boasson Hagen in his two stage victories.
Eritrea may be on the verge of celebrating a first grand tour stage winner with 22-year-old Merhawi Kudus. The Dimension Data rider, who climbed alongside stars Vincenzo Nibali and Romain Bardet in yesterday’s Tour of Oman, says that his sights are on a Giro d’Italia high-mountain stage.
After two years of hard work, the most successful rider of the Continental team will, the Eritrean Mekseb Debesay, now be riding side by side with Mark Cavendish in team Dimension Data, formerly known as MTN-Qhubeka, for the 2016 racing season.
Eric Haus, President of Bike Aid, said that this proves the teams goals are being accomplished exactly as they hoped for.
We are delighted to announce that the young Eritrean talent, Mekseb Debesay will join Team Dimension Data (formerly Team MTN-Qhubeka) for the 2016 season.
Mekseb has been one of the most successful riders on the UCI African Tour this year, picking up no less than 7 victories which included 2 stage wins at last months Tour du Rwanda as well as the overall GC win at the International Tour de Blida earlier in the year. The Tour d’Algerie and Tour of Eritrea GC victories are also among the 24 year old Eritrean’s palmares. Continue reading Eritrea’s Mekseb Debesay Sign for Team Dimension Data→