Impressive Negasi finishes as the top African rider at the Giro d’Italia under 23

An impressive ride from Ethiopia’s 𝗡𝗲𝗴𝗮𝘀𝗶 𝗛𝗮𝘆𝗹𝘂 𝗔𝗯𝗿𝗲𝗵𝗮 saw him finish an excellent 14th position overall on 𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗱𝗲𝗯𝘂𝘁 𝗚𝗶𝗿𝗼 𝗱’𝗜𝘁𝗮𝗹𝗶𝗮 𝘂𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗿 𝟮𝟯 – 𝘁𝗵𝗲 ‘𝗕𝗮𝗯𝘆 𝗚𝗶𝗿𝗼’.

This saw the 22-year-old from Mekelle finish the race as the 𝗵𝗶𝗴𝗵𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗽𝗹𝗮𝗰𝗲𝗱 𝗔𝗳𝗿𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝗿𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗿 in 𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘁𝗼𝘂𝗴𝗵𝗲𝘀𝘁 events 𝗼𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗰𝗮𝗹𝗲𝗻𝗱𝗮𝗿.

The race proved to be very challenging with some extreme levels of climbing, and was ultimately won by Leo Hayter of the Hagens Berman Axeon team.

14th was an excellent result for the young man who has proved an example to us all in showing incredible spirit in the face of great challenge.

Overall, the high level of racing saw Team Qhubeka’s contingent severely tested but come through the event cementing our continued belief in the spreading our message of hope in that bicycles change lives.

There were top 10 stage finishes for Nicolo Parisini – 5th on stage two and 6th on stage four, as well as Kevin Bonaldo, who was 8th on the opening stage.

Bonaldo was unfortunately forced to abandon the event due to illness while a crash suffered by Mattia Guasco saw him fight bravely all the way to the finish of the race but unable to effect the racing in the way he’d hoped. He did though play a crucial support role.

That was alongside the impressive Eritrean Nahom Zeray Aray who at just 19-years-old and in just his first few months of racing in Europe showed enormous potential in such a prestigious race. Along with Guasco, his piloting for Abreha in crucial parts of the race displayed his tremendous potential.