Two Eritrean cyclists to make history for MTN-Qhubeka at Tour de France

The Guardian
Published on June 23,2015
• Merhawi Kudus and Daniel Teklehaimanot named in nine-man team
• MTN-Qhubeka will be first African team to ride Tour de France

Daniel Teklehaimanot of MTN-Qhubeka will ride the Tour de France next month. Photograph: Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images
Daniel Teklehaimanot of MTN-Qhubeka will ride the Tour de France next month. Photograph: Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images

Two Eritrean cyclists will be the first from their country to compete in the Tour de France after being picked by the MTN-Qhubeka team.

The South Africa-based team, the first from Africa to gain a Tour place, selected the 21-year-old climbers Merhawi Kudus and Daniel Teklehaimanot in their final nine-man group on Tuesday.

Five of the nine are from Africa; the other three are South Africans – Jacques Janse van Rensburg, Reinardt Janse van Rensburg and Louis Meintjes.

MTN-Qhubeka will also have the American sprinter Tyler Farrar, the Norwegian Edvald Boasson Hagen, Britain’s Steve Cummings, and the Belgian Serge Pauwels.

MTN-Qhubeka was given a wild-card entry for the Tour.

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