Daniel Teklehaimanot ensured that he would ride in the Tour de France’s polka-dot jersey at least until the rest day after spending two days in the break and mopping up four mountain points along the way. The MTN-Qhubeka rider made history just by arriving at the Tour and continues to do so with this jersey, but who is Daniel Teklehaimanot?
A quiet and friendly, but determined character, Teklehaimanot may be a new name to a lot of cycling fans. Some may know him from his exploits at the Critérium du Dauphiné in June or some may be familiar with him from his stint at the WorldTour level back in 2012 and 2013. However, in his native Eritrea, Teklehaimanot is a national hero – a whopping 3,000 people turned up for his wedding late last year. The passion for cycling is one of the reminders of the 60-odd years that Italy ruled the country.
Born in Ireland to a cycling family and later moved to the Isle of Man, so there was no surprise when I got into the sport. Studied sports journalism at university before going on to do a Masters in sports broadcast. After university I spent three months interning at Eurosport, where I covered the Tour de France. In 2012 I started at Procycling Magazine, before becoming the deputy editor of Procycling Week. I then joined Cyclingnews, in December 2013.
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