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Tour de Taiwan makes history with first ever Ethiopian international victory
Source: Tour de Taiwan
Ethiopia is known for his world class runners but Tsgabu Grmay of MTN-Qhubeka has put his country on the map of world cycling by winning stage 5 of the Tour de Taiwan in style. He attacked uphill with 3-km to go and made it all the way to the finish in an attempt that made him move up to second on GC with a deficit of 27 seconds from race leader Bernard Sulzberger.
The race was effectively launched after 25 kilometers with a breakaway formed of Adiq Hussainie (Champion System), Thomas Palmer and Robbie Hucker (Drapac), Anthony Giacoppo (Huon-Genesys), Masahiko Yasui (Shimano), Ian Bibby (Madison) and Dennis van Niekerk (MTN-Qhubeka). The latter refused to be caught by the bunch and re-opened the gas before the junction, soon to be rejoined by two riders from Champion System: the previous day’s winner Zachary Bell and local hero Feng Chun Kai.
The trio stayed away for 85 kilometres with a maximum advantage of 2.10. It allowed Feng to become the new king of the mountain – a competition he won at the Tour de Taiwan last year – as he passed first atop the Xiangye Coffe Shop first category climb at km 92. He pursued his effort with Van Niekerk until they got caught with 12km to go. Patrick Shaw (Huon) and Jakub Kratochvila (Arbö) tried their luck in the uphill stretch leading to Kanpanzan, a wonderful panorama in the country of Taoyuan. But it was Grmay who found the way to escape as he prolonged an effort made at the front of the bunch by his team-mate Louis Meintjes.
“This tactic was absolutely planned”, the 21 year old from Ethiopia explained. “We don’t have a sprinter at MTN-Qhubeka here, so we have to attack to try and win. It was also part of the plan to have someone like Dennis in the break earlier on. Once I got a gap, I gave everything I could. This is my first pro season, so it makes me so happy to collect my first victory. I’m happy for Africa and for Ethiopia.”
With Grmay now in second place overall and Meintjes in fourth, the first ever African Pro Continental team has two cards to play ahead of stage 6 that has a terrain favorable for big offensives around New Taipei City.
Just to be clear, He won round 5 not the overall victory. Currently he is in Second place overall. So the final victory has yet to come. Is that what I am reading??
The title is a bit confusing
Anyhow, congratulation Tsgabu. It is not an easy task to get to this stage.
Congrats to my Ethio bro!!..Good job!!
A quick google-wiki chech reveals that MTN-Qhubeka is a South African based team consisting of 21 riders. There are three Eritreans ranging 22-36 in age and one Ethiopian (21), the winner of stage 5, and nine South Africans. There are about 23 stages in a bike race in as many days. If he maintains the best time overall, which is normally razor thin, he may well be the winner of the tour. But it is a long, long shot. A grueling sport unlike any, it’s great spectator sport as well. The Tour de France is best of them all with tour of Italy and Spain following. Tour of Taiwan sounds like a local event. Congrats nonetheless. The correct name sounds like Tsegabu Girmay. Now that a succession of famous riders have been dethroned, anyone minus dope in thier veins may shine.
Great news! It is an excellent thing to have a name in cycling too.
He has finished the tour second, which is unheard of in Ethiopian history. Good luck.
Ethiopia has 80million talented people. all it needs is democracy, freedom, justice and we are world beaters.
Wonderful news! Ethiopia is being successful in cycling is amazing!!! Now all the big profesional cheaters like Lance Armstrong being cought, the true sports men are emerging from countries like Ethiopia! Good luck on the overall bro! Keep up the great job!!!!
JOB WELL DONE BRO.
Well done young Man, congratulations !
Long Live Ethiopia
here is the youtube link how he won
Congradulations Tsgabu. Let’s hope he has some Big Business helping him because the equipment is very expensive.
Good Luck Dude!
Geremew Denboba was the first Olympian representing Ethiopia. And now, Tsgabu Germay’s name will be written in the history of Ethiopian sports, as being the first ever to win an international cycling course.
I’m proud of you Tsegabu!
Way to go!
cycling one of the coolest sports ever developed in world history. Cycling is a great way to enjoy the outdoors, dream great dreams, think great thoughts, meet interesting people, explore diverse regions, see the countryside, or just cruise down the road in a zen like state. Traveling at speeds on average from 10 to over 40 mph, cycling is an efficent, healthy, and green mode of transport. In the 21st century, the sport has become increasingly popular thorough out the globe, with the construction of thousands of miles of cycling paths in North America and Europe such as the East Coast Greenway and the Euro Velo.
The most popular cycling event in the world. It has been held in France every summer since 1903 (excluding the years of 1915-1918 and 1940-1946 due to the World Wars). The race has a current traditional length of about 3 weeks, and falls in the month of July. The rider do not race for three weeks straight, of course. They race one stage a day, with two rest days stratigically placed within the race schedule to give the riders ample time to recover. Each stage is usually around 100 miles or so. Among the most famous riders to win the tour are the Big Five. These are the five men who have won the Tour five times (or more). These men are: Jacques Anquetil (1957, 1961-4), Eddy Merckx (1969-72, 1974, Bernard Hinault (1978-9, 1981-2, 1985), Miguel Indurain (1991-5), Lance Armstrong (1999-2005). All of the above men won the tour just five time except Lance Armstrong, who won seven times in a row. The overall leader of the Tour wears the notorious “maillot jaune", or “yellow jersey". Other special jerseys include the polka dot jersey, given to the best climber, the green jersey, won by the best sprinter, and the white jersey, which is awarded to the rider under 23 years of age who is highest in the overall classification.
The Tour de France is awesome!
To win a competition through illegitimate methods, particularly in the French Alps i want to see you Tsgabu Grmay that is my wish for you my bro
Does he has Eritrean blood??
It is a CLEAN WIN since it’s not easy to synchronize the muscle, the mind and the group. GREAT!
Ato Tsgabu Grmay! That is it, “JOT” (Just on time) you are a man word in action, a very victorious Ethiopian man on the field. You simply stands to defend your native land. Good job! May God bless all?
21 years old??????
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