GreenEdge Rider Teklehaymanot Prepares for London 2012 in Eritrea

Orica-GreenEdge rider, Daniel Teklehaymanot, on his debut WorldTour campaign

With his most elegant and almost languid pedaling style, Eritreans will see their hero rider Teklehaymanot at the London Olympics representing their country for the first time

By Cycling News,

Daniel Teklehaymanot’s graduation to WorldTour level at OricaGreenEdge this season has been a significant stride in Eritrean cycling’s progress at international level and he will continue in that pioneering fashion at the London 2012 Olympics on July 28.

“It’s going to be the first time that Eritrea has been represented in cycling at the Olympics, so I’m very happy,” Teklehaymanot told Cyclingnews. “I’m looking forward to riding for Eritrea in the national jersey at the Olympics in London. It will be special.”  Continue reading

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Janse Van Rensburg of MTN-Qhubeka Wins Stage 2 Tour of Eritrea 2012 (VIDEO)

Janse Van Rensburg of MTN-Qhubeka becomes the first foreigner to win the Yellow Jersey in the history of Tour of Eritrea

Stage 2 winner Van Rensburg also won the Red, Green and Yellow Jersey of the Tour of Eritrea

By MTN-Qhubeka,

Following on from his teammate Jani Tewelde’s first stage win at the Tour of Eritrea on Wednesday 30 May, Jacques Janse van Rensburg ensured that the MTN-Qhubeka Team took another stage win as took first place on the podium after a hot and gruelling second stage from Massawa to Asmara.

The blazing hot conditions of stage one continued through to the second stage of the race, which was a 115km stretch that included a daunting 60km climb along Seydichi Pass.

“Jacques Janse Van Rensburg demonstrated again on today’s stage just why he must be one of this continent’s best climbers by ascending to victory on a brutal 60km climb,” says MTN-Qhubeka Team Manager Kevin Campbell. Continue reading

Jani Tewelde of MTN-Qhubeka Wins Stage 1 Tour of Eritrea 2012 (VIDEO)

For the first time in the Tour of Eritrea history, a foreign team snatched the Yellow Jersey from our national team [… well… with the help of an Eritrean of course]

Jani Tewelde upsets Tour of Eritrea Yellow Jersey tradition

By TesfaNews,

MTN-Qhubeka’s promising rider, Jani Tewelde has won the 89km long stage one competition of the Tour of Eritrea at a time of 2:25’42”. He comfortably took the lead in this UCI 2.2 rated race.

The win is also the first Yellow Jersey win for Jani Tewelde and his team. This phenomenon makes him the first foreign team player to win the Yellow Jersey, for the first time, in the history of the Tour of Eritrea.

Mekseb Debesay from team Red Sea Camels and Yemane Bereket from Eritrean National Team finished second and third respectively followed by MTN-Qhubeka’s Tesfay AbrahaContinue reading

Rwanda: Cyclists Turn Focus on Eritrea Tour

Emerging super stars like Jani Tewelde has nothing to say for such threats except to say that, 'We shall see!'

By Rwanda Focus,

The Rwandan National Cycling team (Team Rwanda) is leaving nothing to chance ahead of the upcoming Tour of Eritrea. The team is expected to start residential training today in Musanze, Eastern Province under the guidance of the experienced American coach Jonathan Boyer.

Boyer, the first American to compete in the Tour de France back in 1981, is convinced that with the right preparation, the team can challenge for honors in Asmara after a spirited 7th position in last month’s La Tropicale Amissa Bongo, Africa’s premier cycling competition, which was held in Gabon.

The tour of Eritrea is slated to run from May 30 – June 3 and Emmanuel Murenzi, the executive secretary of the local cycling federation (Ferwacy), is convinced the terrain suits Team Rwanda. Continue reading

Meb Keflezighi of Eritrea Rises Again

The trailblazer has nothing to lose as he guns for another Olympic medal. 

Meb named the first American to win the a Marathon in 27 years

By Sabrina Grotewold,

Mebrahtom Keflezighi’s a nice guy, but he’s got teeth. Sharpening them was a prerequisite for any post-collegiate elite runner hoping to reverse the abysmal state of U.S. distance running in 2000. Keflezighi, known affectionately by family and fans as Meb, proved that American men could compete on a world-class level again.

When Joe Vigil and I put the Mammoth Track Club together [in 2001], we had Meb and Deena [Kastor] as our leaders,” says Bob Larsen, Keflezighi’s coach for the past 18 years and the now-retired cross-country and track and field coach at UCLA. “They showed the path. People got confident again and said, ‘If they can train really hard at altitude, compete internationally and win Olympic medals, so can we.’ That growth is still taking place.” Continue reading

Gabon: Meron Russom Named The First African to Win A Yellow Jersey (VIDEO)

The second stage of Tropical Amissa Bongo will go down in the annals of the race but also in the history of African cycling. While two Eritreans, Daniel Teklehaymanot in Lambaréné and Natnael Berhane in Libreville, had won the first stage in 2011, this time it is Meron Russom who wore the leader’s jersey in Ndjolé on Wednesday (25) afternoon.

Meron Russom has achieved what no rider on the African continent had done it before

By Peter Eric,

The Eritrean from Team MTN-Qhubeka, has achieved what no rider on the continent had already done. With premiums achieved on the finish line for his third place in the stage, Meron Russom is mounted on the top of the podium provisional.

It remains in effect even four steps to go and everything still to play. But this performance proves Continue reading

Zersenay Tadese won the 22nd Lisbon Half Marathon for 3rd Consecutive Year

The Eritrean runner threepeated on the men’s side in 59:34 but was over a minute short of his world record 58:23 despite going through 10k near record pace (27:44, 27:40 is the pace needed)

Another Lisbon win for Zersenay Tadese

By IAAF,

Zesenay Tadese of Eritrea, got a big international win as he won the Lisbon Half Marathon today (25) in Portugal. He didn’t run under 59 minutes on Sunday (25) as in his previous appearances and crossed the finish line more than a minute off his World record (58:23) set in 2010, but still won handily in 59:34.

USA’s Shalane Flanagan won the women’s race in 1:08:52 at this IAAF Gold Label Road Race. Continue reading