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Historic moment as first ever African rides Tour de France

Daniel Teklehainot from Eritrea becomes the first ever African to take part in the famous Tour de France

The sweltering conditions would have been familiar to Daniel Teklehaimanot as he rolled down the start ramp on Saturday but not the wall of noise that hit him seconds later. The first black African to ride the Tour de France was given the honour of being the first of the 198 riders to set off in the medieval Dutch city of Utrecht where crowds estimated at 700,000 gathered to watch a 14-kilometre individual time trial. The 26-year-old is part of debut-making team MTN Qhubeka, the first African pro-cycling outfit to line up in the world’s greatest race. “(The organisers) phoned me last night and said ‘do you want to kick … Continue reading

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