Africa to create Tour de France contender in ten years, Cavendish
MONTAUBAN (FRANCE) – British sprint king Mark Cavendish believes Africa have a Tour de France contender within ten years.
Eritrea’s Daniel Teklehaimanot competes throughout the 183km second stage from the 103rd edition from the Tour de France cycling race, between Saint-Lo and Cherbourg-en-Cotentin, Normandy, on This summer 3, 2016
Grand Tour champions for example Briton Chris Froome, Spain’s Alberto Contador and Nairo Quintana of Colombia need strong cardiovascular and endurance abilities.
They are areas by which east Africans particularly stand out in athletics, with Kenyans and Ethiopians dominating from 1,500-metres to the marathon.
With lean physiques and also the chance to coach at altitude, and gain the lung benefits which brings, African riders ought to be competitive in cycling.
And Cavendish, who rides for African team Dimension Data, believes it is just dependent on time prior to being.
“Within ten years there might be an excellent rider for that continent of Africa,” he stated.
“I will not let you know who, however i think within this team we’ve the very first big rider of black origin in cycling.”
Two Eritreans take presctiption the Dimension Data Tour team this season, Daniel Teklehaimanot, 27, and Natnael Berhane, 25.
Both of them are accomplished climbers, among the essential aspects of an excursion champion.
This past year another Eritrean, Merhawi Kudus, 22, also rode the Tour during May he finished 37th in the Giro d’Italia.
“It isn’t through deficiencies in talent there has not been a standout rider yet,” added Cavendish.
“Daniel used the polkadot (climbers) jersey for any couple of days this past year. Which was massive for that team, for that continent but for the Qhubeka charitable organization.
“For any black African rider to become a contender, it isn’t about talent, it is a cultural history factor.
“You need to start somewhere — that’s using the men that are professionals now, it can filter lower towards the more youthful generation.
“There exists a feeder team at Dimension Data and also the talent is originating through.
“It’s incredible, when we can ingrain a cycling lifestyle — something that isn’t trained but is instinct — into guys, I really believe within the next ten years i will be seeing the continent of Africa to be the next dominant pressure in cycling.”
Teklehaimanot won the king from the mountain tops jersey in the esteemed Criterium du Dauphine both this season and last, and held the polkadot jersey for four days in the 2015 Tour, where he finished 49th.
Kudus was ninth in the Tour of Oman captured and it has ridden the 3 Grand Tours despite being only 22.
Berhane won the Tour of Poultry in 2013 and it was fifth within the Tour of Austria captured.
He’s completed the Vuelta a Espana two times and it is riding his first Tour.
Briton Froome was created in Kenya and increased in Nigeria, benefitting from altitude training from the youthful age.
He’s since won the Tour de France two times and it is the widely used to triumph again this season.