Eritrean Sport News: At yesterday’s opening stage to Tour of Eritrea, the German team Stradalli – BIKE AID could well present their colours again and take another podium placing in a UCI ranked race with Meron Amanuel’s 3rd place.
Already with the places 5 and 3 at the two one-day races “Fenkel Challenge” and “Massawa Circuit” showed a positive trend of the team’s performance. The expectations were set high for the first stage of Tour of Eritrea to fight for the stage win on this 112 km long, mostly flat stage from Barentu to Teseney. The goal was to decide the race in a bunch sprint, as the team has with Meron Teshome one of the fastest men among their squad. But cycling race is not cycling race when all comes a bit different at the end and especially in races in Africa. Also it was the case that time, due to numerous attacks in the beginning and crosswind sections that the guys from Eritrea know very well. But fortunately it was Meron Amanuel who knows the roads and conditions also very well and he made it up to the front to finish 2nd at the end of the following group behind the solo winner Yonatan Hailu, who made a gap with 14 seconds and claimed the yellow jersey that day.
3rd Place at stage 1 is another good performance from “Mister sunshine” Meron Amanuel and gives hope for another good results the upcoming days!