Tag Archives: World Tour

Mekseb Debesay Returns to BIKE AID

“We are happy to welcome one of Africa’s most charismatic cyclists back in our team”

With him began the success story of our team before he was pulled for 3 years in the World Tour by Dimension Data. Mekseb Debessay is now returned as the reigning African champion.

BY BIKE AID

In 2014, a German team set off on new ways in professional cycling. For the first time, a European cycling team is working intensively to develop African cycling and also aims to transport the great stories from those countries where cycling enjoys a higher status than the Tour de France in France. Continue reading Mekseb Debesay Returns to BIKE AID

Natnael Berhane Joins Cofidis Replacing Daniel Teklehaimanot

Already played five grand rounds (Tour de France 2016, Giro 2017-2018 and Vuelta 2014-2015), and recently 10th overall in the Tour of Guangxi, the Eritrean is ready to take up a new challenge at the French club Cofidis for 2019.

BY CYCLING NEWS

Cofidis have signed another WorldTour rider, picking up Natnael Berhane from Dimension Data for the 2019 season. The Eritrean replaces his compatriot and former teammate Daniel Teklehaimanot, who has not received a contract extension. Continue reading Natnael Berhane Joins Cofidis Replacing Daniel Teklehaimanot

Mekseb Debesay Ends Season With Top 10 Overall

He makes history by being the first ever Eritrean to finish in the top 10 on GC at a World Tour race, by placing 10th at the 2017 Tour of Gaungxi.

Congratulation. Another history has been made by an Eritrean rider at the 2017 Tour of Guangxi.

BY SUPER SPORT

Mekseb Debesay, from Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka has become the first Eritrean to finish top 10 GC at a World Tour event.

The final stage of the Tour of Gaungxi ended in another mass sprint and, once again, it was Fernando Gaviria (Quickstep-Floors) who took the victory. Niccolo Bonifazio placed second and Dylan Groenewegen was third. The big bunch sprint meant Tim Wellens had no trouble in defending the overall race lead, to be crowned the 2017 Tour of Gaungxi champion. Continue reading Mekseb Debesay Ends Season With Top 10 Overall

For Years, Africa Persists for a Place in the European Cycling

Mekseb Debesay, Daniel Teklehaimanot and Natnael Berhane are the three Eritrean cyclists who form the Dimension Data, a team characterized by its solidarity

BY MANEL MONTILLA *

The dominance of African athletes in the background world has been well known for decades. Ethiopian Haile Gebreselassie, Eritrean Zersenay Tadesse, the four times World half-marathon champion and the first athlete from his country to win an Olympic medal, a bronze in the 10,000 in Athens 2004 final or the Eritrean Ghirmay Ghebreslassie, who also won the 2015 World Athletics Championships in Beijing, China. Continue reading For Years, Africa Persists for a Place in the European Cycling

Tour of Oman: Kudus Takes Aim at Green Mountain

Vuelta a Espana will be Eritrean’s lone Grand Tour in 2017

Merhawi Kudus keeping his white jersey lead at the Tour of Oman. He said Green Mountain stage race that will be held from September 1 – 4, 2017 is his main objective. 

By Cycling News,

Merhawi Kudus (Dimension Data) showcased his early-season form with a fine display on the Mas de la Costa climb at the recent Vuelta a la Comunitat Valenciana, beaten only by Nairo Quintana (Movistar), and the Eritrean has continued in similar fashion at the Tour of Oman.

Every time the road has climbed this week, Kudus has been to the fore. Spinning at his usual high cadence, he placed fourth on the uphill finale at Al Bustan, and then 8th at Quriyat on Thursday, alongside Romain Bardet (Ag2r-La Mondiale) and Fabio Aru (Astana). Those performances leave Kudus fourth overall ahead of Saturday’s decisive leg to Jabal Al Akhdhar, better known as Green Mountain, just 21 seconds off the lead of Ben Hermans (BMC Racing). Continue reading Tour of Oman: Kudus Takes Aim at Green Mountain

Tirreno-Adriatico #4: Steve Cummings 1st, Natnael Berhane 3rd

The 4th stage of Tirreno-Adriatico 2016 was the first World Tour victory for Team Dimension Data as well as for the Eritrean Road Race National Champion Natnael Berhane – his first World Tour Podium win.

By Team Dimension Data,

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

Eritrean Mekseb Debesay and Mark Cavendish Teammates in the World Tour

Mekseb Debesay is officially a teammate of Mark Cavendish in the World Tour with team Dimension Data, formerly known as MTN-Qhubeka, for the 2016 racing season.

By Stradalli Cycle,

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.

“This is truly a success story that has turned out just as we have hoped it would. Mekseb is well respected and one of the most popular cyclists on the African continent. He has won many victories for our team.” Continue reading Eritrean Mekseb Debesay and Mark Cavendish Teammates in the World Tour

Daniel Teklehaimnaot: #Dauphine 2015 Polka dot Jersey Winner

TOUR de FRANCE – Here he come! Eritrean Daniel Teklehaimanot wins first ever World Tour jersey for his team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung. The undisputed King of the Mountains !

By MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung,

THE completion of the final Criterium du Dauphine stage brought with it a tremendous amount of joy for Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung as Daniel Teklehaimanot would win the King of the Mountians polka dot jersey, our African team’s first ever World Tour leaders jersey.  Continue reading Daniel Teklehaimnaot: #Dauphine 2015 Polka dot Jersey Winner