Africa participation in Tour de France 2016 2016-09-05
Tsgabu Gebremaryam Grmay, member of LAMPRE-MERIDA World Team, will be the first Ethiopian cyclist to participate in the Grande Boucle.
Born 25 August 1991 in Mekele, Ethiopian city at 2000 meters of altitude, covering kilometers after kilometers on his bikes, Grmay set new limits for the cycling.
Ethiopian cyclist is a pure climber and his level of skills is confirmed by the participation in the Giro d’Italia 2015 and Vuelta a Espana 2015 (both races completed) and by the performances on the mountains of the recent Criterium du Dauphiné, where he obtained the 2nd place in the best climbers classification.
"I am so so so happy. I still I can’t believe that I am going to do the Tour! As I said, the Grande Boucle is my long time dream. It was very long way coming from Ethiopia to race the Tour de France: few years ago, when you were thinking about coming from Ethiopia and participating in the Tour de France, it was something impossible for me and for all Ethiopian people. But now this thing is going to change… I am going to show that is possible and I am really really happy and proud." Declare Tsgabu.
Louis Meintje, born in 21 February 1992 in Pretoria / South Africa participates in the Grande Boucle as member of LAMPRE-MERIDA World Team.
Daryl Impey, born in 06 December in 1984 in Johannesburg / South Africa participates also as member of ORICA - BijeexchangeTeam.
Natnael Berhane, born 05 January 1991 from Eritrea,
Daniel Teklehaimanot born 10 November 1988 in Debarwa City from Eritrea and
Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg, born 03 February 1989 in Virginia Free State from South Africa, participate all of them as members of Team Dimension Data World Team.
Six African Riders are participating through 3 world teams in Tour de France. Their results after stage 3 are as follow:-
In individual Time Classification: Louis Meintje 32th place with gap +00'25", Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg 98th place with gap +3'10" Daryl Impey 104th place with gap +04'05", Natnael Berhane 166th place with gap +08'29", Daniel Tekle 167th place with gap +08'29", Tsgabu Grmay 178th place with gap +09'22".
In Youth Classification: Louis Meintje took the 5th place while Natnael Berhane ranked the 25th and Tsgabu Grmay the 27th place.
Orica Team took the 1st place and recorded 43h44'30" in Team Time Classification, while Lampre-Merida Team ranked the 7th with a gap time +00'46" and Team Dimension Data 18th with a gap 03'24".
Tour de France is a UCI World Tour class 2.UWT composed of 21 stages with total distance of 3,535 km. this year 198 riders participated from 22 teams during the period 02-24 July 2016.
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