Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung are very happy to announce the signing of Natnael Berhane for the 2015 season. Berhane is a former African and Eritrean road race champion as well as the current national time trial champion of Eritrea. During last year’s Tour of Turkey, Berhane made history by becoming the first black African to win a professional cycling stage race in Europe when he won the races overall classification. Berhane also went on to win Africa’s most prestigious UCI race this year, The Tour of Amissa Bongo in Gabon, after out-sprinting Spain’s Luis Leon Sanchez for the all-important bonus seconds on the final stage. Having spent the past 2 years.
Today Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung start its final stage race of the year, the Tour de l’Eurometropole in Belgium. This sprint friendly 4 day tour will once again attract a large World Tour field as many riders look to fine tune their form before the Tour of Beijing. With the likes of Marcel Kittel (Giant-Shimano) and Arnaud Demare (FDJ.fr) present at the race, we can expect some really thrilling and fast stage finishes. As the racing goes in Belgium though, narrow roads and a bit of wind generally cause for a race shake up. A strong and consistent team performance will more than likely ensure.