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Daniel Teklehaimanot: King of the Mountains

On July 9, Eritrean cyclist Daniel Teklehaimanot, was named “King of the Mountains” and awarded the polka dotted jersey, after he accumulated the most points in the three-climbs sessions of Stage 6 of Tour de France’s 191.5 kilometer race.

Daniel Teklehaimanot’s achievement is a first at other levels

  • The team he races for, Team MTN-Qhubeka, is the first African cycling team to participate at Tour de France;
  • The 10-member MTN-Qhubeka is over-represented by Eritreans: in addition to Daniel Teklehaimanot, it includes Merhawi Kudus.

In a nutshell, Daniel is among the first African team, among the first Eritreans to participate at the legendary Tour de France, and he is the first to win the winner’s jersey. The news electrified Eritreans, Africans and all cycling fans.

From a purely technical side, his accomplishment is a natural progression.  He has been competing professionally for 7 years and has won many races including Rwanda, Algeria and Turkey. But it is not the technique which is captivating but the unlikeliness of his story. The 26 year old was diagnosed with tachycardia (escalated heart beat) which required surgery to correct. And although cycling is huge in Eritrea and particularly its capital, Asmara, he did not have access to the same resources that some of his more privileged competitors had.

To top all off, he is a humanist.  In his victory speech, he said that he is a proud Eritrean and proud African and he sees his position in the limelight as an opportunity to raise funds for disadvantaged Africans. His words:

I can’t believe it. That was my childhood dream to get the polka dot jersey at the Tour de France. This is a day I will never forget. It is a big step for African cycling. We are trying to give 5,000 bicycles to African students. Being on the podium will help our project and I want to help make a difference for my African people.

At its best, Sports has the ability to unite people and, however briefly, to make us forget all our difference. Take a break, join Daniel at the mountaintop, to celebrate the achievements of an Eritrean, an African and a humanist!

Correction: An earlier version of this posting, incorrectly identified Daniel as having come first overall at the end of stage 6 on June, an error pointed out by Awate community members SA and Michael S. Thanks for the correction: Here’s the video of the climb (less than 2 minutes):

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  • Berhe Y

    Selam Abi,

    Sorry in taking long to respond. I try to stay disconnected on weekends, even though it’s hard to do.

    I think it helps to reliaze we are were we are today. What’s the best way to move forward. Integration and Unity may be an option, but I think it’s best we focus what we can do BEST for each other separatly and then we can consider when the right time comes. I personally think this momement is not right for both coutnries and people, we have to show our people that we can leave side by side, respecting each other and supporting each other.

    I don’t think Ethiopia have a good partner in Eritrea that they can work with (specially with the current government). I think if a new govrnemtn comes to power, they may need to stay away without intefering too much in the affairs of the people (except may be business related), until such time where the people are able to refine their systems.

    Also I don’t think Ethiopia is a good model, at least political speaking at this moment, to follow. I can’t really grasp my head around on the 100% election vote results going to the current ruling government.

    Berhe

  • Nitricc

    Hey Abi be honest. Did you support TPLF in 1998 the war against Eritrea or not. I ask this because from readings and diggings; MOST Ethiopians supported the Denqoro TPLF just out of hate to Eritrea.
    Now did you or did you not?

    • Abi

      Hi Nitricc
      First , there is no denqoro tplf. They outsmarted your EPLF/ PFDJ. They are winning meto bemeto.
      Did I support my government during the war ? Are you kidding me? Of course !
      If you ask ethiopians, the great majority of them tell you Badime was not the cause of the war. I also didn’t believe for a second it was. I’m glad the denqoro IA was punished. Look , both of us are warriors and nationalists . You can easily mobilize the citizens.
      It was so easy to mobilize ethiopians because of the extreme arrogance of eritreans as citizens and their government in general towards ethiopians. “Eritrea yegilachin, ethiopia yegarachin didn’t help at all. Ethiopians were expecting to see their army in asmara. You have to be thankful to Meles.
      Back to your question
      Since I didn’t blieve Badime was the cause, we have no business in staying there.
      The cause was pure economics and ego.
      This is Amharic proverb that fits perfectly. Don’t read it right to left as usual. you messed up big time last time.
      1) keAbro adegih gar atsaded. YaTefahal.(ego)
      2) leba sikafel enji siserq ayTalam.(economic)
      I have more if you put a formal request.

    • Kim Hanna

      Selam Nitricc,
      .
      I am sure abi will get back to you. You don’t have to tell him to be honest. Until then let me tell you my honest answer.
      .
      Yes, Nitricc, I supported Ethiopia (TPLF if you must) during the 1998 war.
      .
      Do you know or contemplate what could have happened if Eritrea won the war and reassembled Ethiopia to the liking of I.A. That is a horrible cliff that was averted. That was an existential threat.
      So my support to Ethiopia is not out of hate of Eritrea, period.
      .
      BTW, did you read Fanti’s translation of a contemporaneous discussion of the problems. Who do you think, be honest, has the reason, will and the capacity to initiate that war? Ethiopia (TPLF) or Eritrea?
      Mr. SAAY, who I am sure, had a reservoir of information about this area of discussion was noticeably absent from shading additional light on it.
      .
      K.H

  • tes

    Dear Readers,

    Here I will present you my favorite web, shabait

    I Grass root sport Vs being represented

    It has been 7 consective years since PFDJ introduced a grass root activity (attention: it is only in Asmara) aimed at producing massive sports men inside Eritrea. http://shabait.com/news/local-news/20190-7th-grass-roots-festival-of-central-regions-begins-

    On the other hand: Eritrea was represented by diaspora residing children to play in “Dana Cup international soccer competition” which was once overwhelmedly dominated by young Eritreans coming from Keren, Asmara, Mendefera, Dekemhare and Gindae. http://shabait.com/news/local-news/20198-eritrea-participating-in-dana-cup-international-soccer-competition-

    Where are then those who started 7 years before? Ala PFDH even he is not aware on posting to self exposing news for his own failure

    tes

    • Nitricc

      Hi professor; engineer; food sceintist; Poletical activist; what ever you are. What is the point of your article? I think you getting to the point of concern. What ever happen to your Geneva garbage? Lol I guess you have with all tigryans protesting against your country and people. You are a joke.

  • saay7

    Nitricc, Berhe Y, Emma, All:

    I posted this last year? two years ago? Don’t remember. If you are a cycling fan, or you are simply homesick, you have to watch it. It’s one of the extreme sports series by Red Bull: it’s entirely filmed in Eritrea.

    The cyclist rides the Asmara-Massawa road on a fixed-gear bike: one of those things where you have to pedal in reverse to brake.

    For practice, he rides the Asmara-Keren road.

    Beautifully filmed; tells u the history of cycling in Eritrea…and how deeply it has seeped into the Eritrean blood…you get to see some of our cyclist champs; and you see the humble tailor Emma;)

    Enjoy!

    saay

    http://www.redbull.com/ch/de/bike/stories/1331627774559/asmawa-full-movie

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Dear Saay,

      The current debate is not my cup of tea. Anything of non -political issue doesn ‘t stimulate my appetite to engage. So I am Watching and reading you guys, until you make a return to the current issue of national concern.

      Regards,
      Amanuel Hidrat

      • saay7

        MerHaba Emma:

        Consider this thread our exile for those of us not interested in the Nakfa/birr/bun/09 discussion:) exile amelna indiyu… Don’t worry some new article will re-ignite the discussion.

        saay

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Kubur Saay,

          I was hoping that your recent article will drive us to a meaningful debate, focusing on structuring and reinventing the struggle of the opposition camp. Unfortunately at the risks of our youth we always deviate from the core of our struggle. We do not know yet how to control and cater our struggle.

          Regards,
          Amanuel Hidrat

          • saay7

            MerHaba Emma:

            Forums are dynamic, spontaneous and unpredictible which is why readers prefer them to articles. As a writer I have reconciled myself to this fact: that sometimes (often? Almost always?) commenters are reacting to other comments and not the article in question 🙂 So you have to be proactive and if you don’t like the subject, just change it.

            I actually think Yohannes article (the donkey and the dog) should have triggered massive discussion. With a few changes it can be submitted for a PEN award. And we will get to say it was first published at awate.com. Isn’t that exciting Emma arkey?

            saay

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            I fully agree my friend.

      • Abi

        Selam Ato Amanuel
        With all due respect I dont agree with your statement. this is not a small matter to be ignored. This matter was so big it sent over 100,000 innocent young people to death. I don’t understand why it is not your cup of tea. As a justice seeker , these are the things you should fight so that they don’t become major causes to go to war. I have been crying on this issue for a long time. It was my cup of COFFEE.
        May be we should discuss this over coffee. I pay for coffee so you don’t need LC.

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Dear Abi,

          Actually the bir -nakfa and the border issue are politico -economic issue. My point is we debate on them endlessly for over fifteen years. For us Eritreans our priority now is how to remove the dictator more than anything. Anything related to history and mutual relation with our neighbor countries can be dealt after dismantling the regime we have. There will be no resolution to the border issue as long as the monster is at the helm of power. I am absolutely sure about this fact.

          Regards,
          Amanjel Hidrat

  • Nitricc

    I enjoy the whole show. thanks Dani. you and your Eritrean cycling team is the only good things on this dark and trying times of the nation.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=126&v=kRGB4HwUOCs

    • Berhe Y

      Hi Nitric,

      I can’t never see I agree with you but can’t agree more.

      On the bright side, as you said it’s the best thing that’s happening for us Eritreans in particular and Africans in general at the tour, and it’s been sleepless two weeks for me as I am sure for a lot of Eritreans.

      Merhawi kudos was hoped to make a stage win after 10 stage and I think he will try today, he is for the first time with the breakaway team (was other bigger group) caught up.

      What I like to say is Cycling will and should be a BIG export from Eritrea.

      Saay, it should be deckared Eritrea’s national sport, that gives Eritrea no other better image at the world stage.

      I even say, work and school hours should be optional during the tour.

      Look at the number of guys who are future hopefuls of the tour.

      http://eastafro.com/2015/06/28/video-cyclist-natnael-berhane-becomes-champion-of-eritrea-2015/

      Berhe

      • saay7

        Selamat Berhe Y:

        1. The only two reasons I am not saying “I told you so!”is because (a) it annoys me when people say that; and thus it must annoy people to hear it (Golden Rule) (b) and the person I can say that to, Rodab, is lost over Lye.tv watching Eritrean melodramas. (When we last heard of Rodab, it was to bid awate farewell because he was lost in Saleh Said’s uberdramatic “Zeytefetseme Hiywet”. This one. Really.

        https://youtu.be/_TFBZnjrAPI

        Otherwise, after Rwanda, Algeria, Turkey, it was clear Eritrea was on path to blaze trail, set a claim on Tour de France.

        2. If it is going to be the Sports of Eritrea…well, have you seen competitive bicycling live since you left Eritrea? 🙂 It is the kind of sports where you have to erase from your head the thought that the guy just in front of you is not going to brake for no reason at all. Because they race wheel-to-wheel. Trusting total strangers to be rational: does that define us? 🙂

        3. Nitricc sucks at sports. Instead of showing us a video that has the dramatic highlights of our King, he showed us one that has his wedding video. He also sucks in politics. His real calling is to translate toothless amharic poems from toothless people into toothless English so it can be read by toothless people. Also, Nitricc uses “toothless” more than the Big Lebowski uses “dude.”

        saay

        • Nitricc

          SAAY; lol really? Well I can’t deny that I suck but what can I do. Lol?
          I have no idea cycling was risky. I saw a cyclist falling over the cliff. I have no idea what happened to him but obviously he is okay, if not we would have read it on the news.
          Now here is an Aristotelian take down and let see if you are still in school of chauvinistic.
          We have seen the success of the Eritrean cyclists and we have also witnessed PIA cultivating and encouraging them all they. When they won the African computation; PIA told them “Enough of Africa, time to France” even last month PIA met with Daniel and Kudus and encouraged them and wish them well.
          In your judgment; does PIA deserve credit for the success of Eritrean cyclists?

          • saay7

            Hey Toothy Nitricc:

            John Naisbitt would certainly give a LOT of credit to PIA. John Naisbitt is the one who came up with “leadership involves finding a parade and getting in front of it.”

            That “PIA told them ‘enough of Africa, time to France’ ” is part of the 40-year long cult-cultivation that IA has done and you fell for it. You weren’t there; the meeting was not broadcast; the summary of the meeting doesn’t say he told them that. You are so toothless: falling for every propaganda piece! 🙂

            My bff, Ambassador Estifanos, posted a pic on his tweeter profile which shows Eritrean cyclists preparing to race in…. 1951. (image attached.) It went on during the Italian, British, Haile Selasse and Derg era. So, if you want to give credit to PIA for something that started when he was 6, hey, why not. But you also have to give him blame for all the things that happened–exodus, torture, no rule of law, total impunity for the lawless–under his watch. Now THAT is the definition of leadership.

            saay

          • saay7

            Toothy Nitrric:

            If you are into credit-giving mode and you want to give it to the right person (the one who organized the parade and not the one who jumped in front of it) this is the man who breathed life into Eritrean cycling… A household name in Eritrea for generations.

            saay

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Dear Saay,
            Who is this gentleman please who is the household name for generations? I need a little more information.
            Amanuel Hidrat

          • Berhe Y

            Wedi Masola (Jovani I think his name). He owned custom clothing store (enda Sarto), near katerdrale.

            I think he was a cyclists.

            Berhe

          • Berhe Y

            Hey Saay,

            Did you notice in the display picture, it’s the picture of Abebe Bekila after Rome Marathon, and looks like he was there.

            http://youtu.be/JB2hnBaiA1s

            See at 45 seconds.

            What a history to witness, I hope he was there in France to witness Daniel win.

            Berhe

          • saay7

            Hey Berhe:

            Not only was he there; he carried him (Abebe Bekila) once victorious*:) Just another Eritrean celebrating the achievements of an Ethiopian. See how nice we are Abi?

            Emma: Here’s more on the man, the humble tailor, Giovanni Mazolla.(PS: Also an Olympian.) Just don’t ask me about my personal hero when I was a kid, Giganti (Tekeste Weldu): i don’t have his pic. He and Caramello took turns winning every race, like Hamma-Akele did in football, with Tele and Logo making occasional me-too appearances. And the keren boys, well, I don’t want the wrath of SGJ because he will tell me that every single Hamma/Akele football player was a Keren transplant:)

            https://www.flickr.com/photos/mfi/2352324459

            saay

            *Abi, when I was a kid, I heard this story. Is it true?

            White Lady: Abebe Bakila, I love you!
            Abebe Bekila: የላቡን ተይ እባክሽ

          • Abi

            Saay
            I knew you were nice before you knew you were nice. That is why we died to keep you with us. We die for those we love. It is in our blood.
            BTW, when Abebe Bikila won the Olympic, it was only ethiopia. Eritrea was a midterm project at Cairo university.

          • saay7

            Abi:

            … And you were country before being country was cool?

            You need to memorize th great Fanti Ghanas line. It was actually a riddle: if Eritreans were Ethiopians, why did we Ethiopians kill them, our own brothers and sisters? If Eritreans were not Ethiopians, why did we die in such huge numbers to keep them?

            But that’s too hard for people who actually think the ELF was created by Egypt:) but then who created the ELM (mahber showate/haraka) which preceded it by ten years? Using ur logic it must be Sudan because it’s founder* and first members were based in Port Sudan.

            Saay

            * YG, considered by many as the man who has figured out Eritrea, once called the founder of Haraka “some guy.”

          • Fanti Ghana

            Hello Saay,
            yHeshuwo dea.
            By the way, shame on Abi, that riddle came straight from Gonder! Remember my ‘prison mate’ Gondere soldier who, technically, recruited me to become Jebha at age 14? (I was discussing him with dawit way back, you may have noticed).

          • Nitricc

            SAAY WHEN I watched this, I know why the Ethiopians died to keep Eritrea and Eritreans.
            http://eastafro.com/2015/02/08/video-eri-tv-team-eritrea-winners-of-1962-african-cup-of-nations/

          • Abi

            Nitricc
            Luciano an eritrean? How is that possible? Is it possible to be an eritrean when there is no eritrea? In 1962 , there was no eritrea and eritreans. Only mama ETHIOPIA.
            Are you talking about 1992 ?

          • Nitricc

            Hi Abi, we gave you something you never able to get on your own. how about thanks lol. i have to say this though, i do admire Ydnekachew Tesema though; he put the best talent on the field and he did not choose based on ethnicity. The Egyptians were confident to have you for breakfast but the Eritreans saved you and stunned the Egyptians. i know there were three teams. Deredawa, Addis and Eritrea teams and there were eight Eritreans on the team, that should tell you everything you need to know. i wonder what we could have accomplished together if you didn’t choose to massacred us in droves.

          • Abi

            Nitricc
            Interesting. I wish you side with the Egyptians and we lost the game to them . Instead of you side with them and we lost hundreds of thousands of our poor people in 30 years war. They are winners . We both are losers. I HATE them. I hate all who bleed us.
            Let’s forget about it . I have a joke regarding soccer.
            I was playing FIFA 15. I chose team eritrea. My son chose team Brazil ( always)
            I lost the first game 8-0.
            When I try to play another team, I couldn’t find the players. They all defected. I love FIFA 15 ! So real.

          • Nitricc

            Lol Abi that is funny. hahahahah. yes i admit Eritrean soccer players are losers. winners will never defect. listen what Daniel said; ” my body is in France but my mind is in my country” that is the mentality of winner.anyway; it is done and over with. i think both people suffered at the hand of stupid king and ignorant Mengstu.

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Nitricc
            Are you for Eritreans and Eritrea or for your sectarian ego?

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Are you for Eritreans and Eritrea or for your sectarian ego? A case that will never build a nation even if you dig the whole of your life with your hooves.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Saay & Berhe,

            Thank you very much for the feed.

          • Berhe Y

            Thanks Saay,

            I had no idea, I visited his shop few times and met him a lot with my father (as he use to have his clothes tailored there). He use to service his car at my father shop sometimes and I have had a chance to meet him there as well.

            I think Caremello is the same as Salambini Carmello and I remember when cycling resumed after the Derg come to power, he come back to race again (that“s when I started watching), may be it was in the 80s.

            My all time hero was Yemane Tekeste, I followed him when he started in Ganta Abanti all the way until he become champion of Eritrea, Ethiopia and Africa. He had lots of nick names, Feres (Horse), wetru Higus (he loved to smile), Hagereseb (he was not asmarino but from a village) but he was unstoppable, specially uphill. It was really sad when I heard he died of heat stroke when he want to race in the Sudan (second famous Eritrean athlete that caused us, another being I forgot his name but he had older brother named Berket Yohannes, who played for ELPA).

            https://scontent.cdninstagram.com/hphotos-xpa1/t51.2885-15/s320x320/e15/10958288_1564220250461719_123844650_n.jpg

            Thanks for the video too, I have not seen it before. Extreme Cycling should be our next tourism venture. Now I can share it with lots of many non Eritrean friends, where the news has been anything but depressing.

            Berhe

          • saay7

            Hey Berhe Y:

            Yes, I am talking about Salambini Caramello (real name: Saglimbeni Carmelo but, hey, we go by Eritreanized names around here:)

            There is an Eritrean with encyclopedic knowledge of Eritrean cycling and I have reached out to him: he has names, he has pics…I will share if he shares:)

            About Eritreans picking up Xtreme sports, I just don’t see it: we are too grounded. Did you see the general tone of skepticism when they heard he was going to ride Asmara-Massawa on fixed gear, no hand-brake bike. The owner of the bike shop tells him “we will take our car, and then when you are on the beach of Massawa, you can ride your bike and take pictures.” That is Habesha condescension. One of our bikers flat out says that if he says he can ride Asmara-Massawa on THAT cycle, he is making it up. Suspending disbelief and imagination is not our thing…except, you know, Ghedli:)

            saay

          • Abi

            Saay
            Ato Berhe is reminding you derg is the best thing that ever happened to eritrean cycling.
            You see, we are nicer!
            You are always welcome.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Abi,

            I should correct myself. After they closed it in the first place, and making riding a bike illegal, when they come to power. Then they re-opened it and they made sure, people need to have ownership and license (actual) to ride a bike. And if they find you riding a bike belonging to someone else, the police stops and asks for ID and confiscate the bike and the owner had to pay HUGE amount of money, to get the bike back. I admit, the PFDJ have not done that so far.

            Then they allowed the resumption of the bike races (which was what I was referring).

            Abi, I know you meant this as a joke but I think, looking at what we have now in our country and how it turned out by PFDJ, you seem to indicate that we would have been better off, had we stayed with Ethiopia. That may be the case, but if Ethiopia could ONLY honor it agreement and the deal it made.

            Berhe

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Saay,

            I understand what you mean, may be it`s we have limited access to medical care afterwords, that our parents always install in us to take the safe route.

            I am sure with time it will come, look how skateboarding is taking off in Ethiopia. http://youtu.be/VOBNvO_eD8Y

            If not for us Eritreans, it can be to those tourists who like extreme cycling. They guy actually said, it`s for first time he felt fear, and he wondered why there is no body know about this. Which I guess it means there isn`t that many places with similar thrill around the world.

            But I think we will be in new era going forward, just saw this video and I can`t imagine the positive impact it will have.

            http://youtu.be/1RsPmWRylv8

            Berhe

          • saay7

            Thanks Berhe Y:

            Will check it out! Skateboarding in Ethiopia sounds awesome…

            We kinda had our Xtreme sports with… cucinette (sp?), didn’t we? 🙂 Please explain to the non-Asmarinos and Ethiopians what that is:)

            saay

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Saay,

            Yes i remember, it was the best. The best place for us was behind Yacob Garage, there was nice down hill we use to go crazy, and you had all the taxi going back and forth to Acria at the bottom of the road. If the break didn`t work, you just end up in the road where the chance of surviving is very slim. Now that I think about it, that`s some series risk taking.

            Berhe

          • Fanti Ghana

            Hello Berhe,

            What breaks? Having breaks on a ‘kuchineta,’ I don’t know you can do that anyway, but that would just take most of the fun away. The one I know/had and many others I saw later were made in such a way the right front corner, where the horizontal and vertical supports meet but not attached, to be loose. With the horizontal shaft being a little longer and extended outward (steering wheel) the way we used to stop was by pushing that ‘steering wheel’ sharply to one side and jackknife to a halt, which causes us to fall most of the time depending on the speed (inertia). The shorter/younger the child the more dangerous it was, because they can’t extend their leg far enough to create the necessary angle to cause jackknife. Our threats were cows yours must have been cars, so did someone devise a break in Asmara eventually? I wonder what other upgrades were made to it.

          • Abi

            Fanti
            First you have to tell us ethiopians what kuchineta is. According to Saay, we don’t know. Fanti, if you go to markato, kuchineta is as good as an N3. Of course it is a little modified. It has 4 wheels instead of 3. It has also a break. The break is usually a sole of an old shoe at the back where it is easy for the person pushing it to step on it.
            The three wheel kuchineta is a lot of fun. I have a scar to show. No breaks at all.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Fanti,

            You made me to think harder about the brakes and I really do not remember how we did it. One thing for sure we had to stop, otherwise we would be run by a taxi. I may have confused my “Congo shoes” with break. You know what Saay about Asmarino exagrations…

            If they use to take shower in a bath tab, they tell you “when we use to swim in our back yard” or something like that…

            Lately I come to realize that I do not have a good memory and I tend to forget a lot of details.

            Berhe

          • Fanti Ghana

            Hello Brother Berhe,
            No, your memory is intact, and you were right actually. Abi confirmed that bellow. You city boys had Kuchinetas with breaks while the poor villagers like me suffered to stop the unstoppable by force. I can’t tell you how frustrating that is. I guess there is no end to the oppression we peasants had to endure?

          • saay7

            Hey Berhe Y:

            Here’s a pic from an FB page on Saglimbeni Carmelo who represented Ethiopia in the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City (you are welcome, Abi:)

            Let’s see if you agree with my designation of Cucinetti Levels:

            Xtreme Cucinetti (Level 3): Arbo-Robue-Asmara outskirts. Winding, steep, no brakes. (so dangerous, no pics)
            Advanced Cucinetti (Level 2): Bar Piccolo- Mai Timket. (see pic)
            Introductory Cucinetti: (Level 1) Bar Zilili-Bar Torino (see pic)
            Cucineti for dummies: Idaga Hamus (level 0) because it is flat (see pic). Also, provoke Ghezae for no reason at all.

            Abi, in Derg time, the Cucineti, which were invented for “sports” were converted into pack animals to transport stuff that you got from waiting in lines for half a day. So, that’s how terrible your derg was.

            saay

          • Abi

            Saay
            You are unusually being generous to derg. Only the lucky ones waited on the line for half day got part of what they want. The rest go home empty handed or buy from those who got some. I lived it, Saay .
            The bread line starts at 4:00 am. The shop opens at 7:00am.
            No wonder shaebia is derg in Tigrigna.

          • Ted

            Hi Saay, nice pics. Soon then there will be street lug race from Asmara -Nefasit. Even 5 yrs olds do it.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=erSHs3_jKtc

          • Fanti Ghana

            Hello Saay, Hawei meArei, wedi goitai (that should be enough compensation for all the headache and boredom I caused you recently),

            You know our ex-Chief-of-Staff Tsadkan G. Tensae, he had a younger brother (martyred too early) who made the first ‘cucinetti’ in my villa-town! He was noticeably a lot older than me (3-4yrs), he was very sweet and kind even as a child. He used to let me ride it well into the wee hours, and then he would push his ‘Kuchineta’ with me on it all the way home to only pull his ‘Kuchineta’ back home alone. Those days are some of my wild childhood memories I never forget.

            Beyan Negash,
            This man scares me too!

          • saay7

            Hey Fanti Ghana:

            As far as I am concerned, you can do no wrong and you cause me no boredom, nor headaches. Awate is a buffet line or a restaurant where u can order things a la carte. Just because I am not interested in a subject doesn’t mean it’s boring or it causes me headaches. I just move on:)

            I do not have good memories of Tsadkan. He was doing that Colin Powell thing with the stick pointing at a map and how he was going to destroy them enemy and the enemy was me. But I relate to the story of ur childhood: of older gentler friends who were irrationally kind and generous. Mine let me ride their fancy bikes.

            It’s all good Fanti Ghandi:)

            saay

          • Fanti Ghana

            Hello Saay,

            For what it is worth, I don’t know him! He was relatively too old and long gun for high school when I was starting school. I only saw him one winter when he came home on school break. He was well respected in the higher ranks of TPLF, but the fact that he sided with the TPLF splinter group disappointed me beyond belief. On my quest to enquire what went wrong with him my older friends who knew him, almost all of them, indicated that he was different from his brother even early on, and I am not surprised. Anyway, I shouldn’t say much about a man I don’t know well enough, but sorry for bringing it up.

          • Rahwa T

            Hi Berhe,
            I checked an old picture of ELPA foot ball team from Facebook with a list of the players. It tells that Berket Zemikael was an older brother of Yohannes Zemikael.

          • Berhe Y

            Thank you Rahwa. You are correct, I mixed the names (deqi edaga hamus).

            He was the first professional player signed to play outside.

            Berhe

          • Fnote Selam

            Berhe,

            The most famous nick name of Yemane Tekeste was ‘Ghebel’.

            For my money, the best Eritrean cyclist ever (and probably will be sometime before we see anyone like him) is Dawit Mehari. Unfortunately, in 2003-4(I think), he (along with other three Eritrean cystitis) decided not to return to Eritrea after training in Europe. I heard he is picked up cycling again and is riding with some Dutch lower division team.

            Best,

            FS

          • Peace!

            Dear Fanti,

            That’s right his nick name was”Ghebel” Wedi’Adi Seghdo, and his team was Kirai Betoch and Kibra’ab Reda’e was also one of his professional teammates. He was trained and empowered by Zer’e Ghaber.

            Regards

          • tes

            Dear saay7,

            I completely agree with you. Credit goes to this man. he worked hard to make cycling alive. Not only that but the beauty of our now old cities.

            This man will be honored when time comes to honor for those who did tight thing in Eritrea. Second will be wedi vacaro (R.I.P). These two people worked hard to bring Eritrean sport activity from the ashes.

            tes

      • Nitricc

        Hi Berhe; well at least we agreed on something lol. Just curious; list three issues that you don’t agree with me. My stands are crystal clear. Now tell me, the issues you don’t agree with.

        • Berhe Y

          Hi Nitric,

          I was actually starting to make a list but Saay answered in his last response. As low Ng as you believe IA is the best Eritrea has and you see the crisis he is causing us, I can’t agree with you on anything.

          What I am actually worried is, the Hasad that he is, he will try to control and screw up cycling.

          Berhe

          • Nitricc

            Hi Berhe; you disappointed me. I was waiting you say something that got tooth. I love when people disagree with me. I learn one or two things about myself. when you said ” I can’t never see I agree”
            i was juiced up to hear you out. when you used the word ” Never” that is very strong word my friend. for the fact you failed to list any difference shows that i am alright and on the right path. Eritrea first!!! is my motto.

  • selam

    Dear MT
    I do think Eritrean opposition websites also should take the credit from the PFDJ by just posting such news, it is very ignorant and foolishly designed to give all good news to pro PFDJ websites, that is counter productive and not helpful ,you need the people’s trust that you also enjoy the good news about your countrymen and country . I do not support all the way on how the dams , schools, bridges that built by warsay but I still think it is good that you give credit to the young people who gave their golden age forced to build all these. You need to give credit to the young man. Every thing that get done by warsay is meant some thing to them and some thing to the people. We can not go and destroy every infrastructure, it is our people’s sweat and blood not PFDJ’s work. I think awate.com should think on how to cut off some of the advantages of the PFDJ’S news by simply explaing how things are done in Eritrea and how the people are suffering from such policies not by ignoring. By the way saying Daniel to sit in Paris just to make news for one day about his opposition is good but not good for him and not good news for the sport and in general not good for Eritrea .Your wish is evil wish . I personally think sitting in paris and making interviews by Radio Erena , assena .com , awate.com and others is not good for daniel and for the sport.

  • Hamza Yusuf

    Tekelhaimanot sounds like an Agame name:) anyhow his family hails from Aksum so he is an Ethio-Eritrean 🙂

  • Resun

    Heard he is of Tigray/Axum extraction.

    • Yoty Topy

      Hi Resun,
      What are you talking about? He said, he is proud to be Eritrean. Everything else is just ALUBALTA.

    • selam

      Dear resun
      Get over your sleepy and theivery habits. If you read the article it is his words that matter not his nationality, I am always a supporter and fun of Ethiopian runners , I could care less about their Ethiopianism . Yet I find so many Ethiopians comments just wiered. The Axumite or something thing like that thing is rubbish. Tigray , what Tigray , not to make it small or some thing negative but your intentions is really corrupted.

      • Hamza Yusuf

        His uncle was a wealthy business man in asmara who got deported to Ethiopia by shaebiya .they took their business and villa. But this guy and his parents decided to stay

      • Hamza Yusuf

        Since you all are obsessed with how pure you are and want always to emphasize on your delusional “otherness” why not do a DNA test.He is the nephew of famous enda werki jeweler Axumite ?Asmarinos know .Saleh stop deleting the truth. You should name this site Kebire not Awate.You are jeberti Tgraway

        • selam

          Dear Hamza Yusuf
          I am not obsessed with our otherness, I am not some one that believe we are different.we are actually the same people with all Ethiopians with out same. Look hamza I mean if it is your real name , you should better accept the liability that comes with Axumit thing too. We Eritreans know that Axumite also belong to Eritreans on Equal footing with your barraged words. Here what we are saying is , about sport which is rooted in Eritrean DNA not your haloow understanding. I know some Weyane crokks are not happy about the news of this diamon history on the making but what can they do.i urge you to just jump to the cliff and kiss your king down there. He is Eritrean hero first and African inspiration second. Go ask your weyane crooks. The Flag is all over the world and you can do nothing. If there is any one that is not happy about his incredible achievement , well what can we say.

          we all know all websites be it government or opposition have no choice but to put one article about this brave Eritrean man. This Article was too late , I have asked saay long time ago to put one article about cycling in Eritrea , yet the cyclist forced awate.com team to put one at last good effort.

  • Abraham Hanibal

    Daniel Teklehaimanot keeps his polka-dot jersey for third day today-what an achievement! It was particularly emotional when he took with him the Eritrean flag to the podium today. Forza Dani.

  • Michael Tesfamariam

    Ato Michael
    The reason why are now speechless is that you are just beginning to understand your arrogance, ignorance, above all your disgraceful attitude that any brilliant cyclists or athletes like Daniel are all about your HGDEF. There is no correlation between HGDEF and Eritreans even if you pray days and nights. Are you going to label him then as non-Eritrean or disloyal, if tomorrow, Daniel decided to remain in France to show his opposition to the clique of death and starvation in Asmara?

    • michael solomon

      Sad we were given same name but I do never have been accused of supporting the mafia HGDEF – I wish they lived in a different planet so that you and your so called “opposition” can joint them too.
      I am proud of Daniel as an Eritrean -never ever do I confuse the two .
      Name any article that this web site ever posted any thing positive about Eritrea? they will not even dare to claim one …
      I think based on your rush labeling of me HGDEF supporter or ignorant – you might very well deserve it….or fits you more than me…

      • Nitricc

        Greetings the people of awate.
        AT; i don’t think you got the point Michael Solomon’s trying to make. even though he was ignorantly bullied by Michael Tesfamariam and miss understood by AT; the guy have a point. I have no doubt the mission and the purpose of this web site is to serve everything; what is good for Eritrea. however, it is not with out short comings. from the point of my observation; this web site failed to win the heart of average Eritrean. I understand this web site doesn’t have to glorify anything the government does good; obviously this is an opposition web-site; but, but, but but as Eritrean web site; it needs to address the interest of the average Eritrean and must understand the psychological make up of Eritreans in general. case in point; what is the harm for awate.com; on May 24 to wish a happy independence to the people of Eritrea and to the nation you love and care?
        on May 24 AT ignored the Eritrean independence day but have no problem to write an article to wish the Ethiopians to peaceful election on front page. i mean, what do you want the average Eritrean to think? the point is can be said. what is the harm for awate.com to lit electronic candle on the corner of the page and acknowledge the Eritrean martyrs on June 20? so, when Michael Solomon criticize awate.com for not wining the hearts of the average people; he have the point. in my mind, it is a point awate.com must consider going for ward.

  • NoDrama

    I am ecstatic on the vast perspective that Daniel’s achievement opens for future generation of Eritrean cycling. The way Abebe Bekila’s Olympic marathon win in Rome (1960) was a landmark event for African athelets especially in Ethiopia and Kenya, Daniel’s achievement, relatively speaking, is a milestone for African cycling, especially in Eritrea, Rwanda or Gabon. I am sure were the Salambini, ZerEgabir, wedi Gilom and, above all, Yemane the greatest given the opportunity to compete at this level, I bet they would have shined long before this date. But Daniel did it and he deserves it big time .

  • SA

    Hello Awate team,

    Thanks for your reporting on Daniel’s historic achievement. However, the last few words of your first sentence needs a correction. You wrote, “…he came first in Stage 6 of Tour de France’s 191.5 kilometer race.” He did not come first at the end of the 6th stage. That honor belongs to Zdenek STYBAR of the team ETIXX – QUICK STEP. However, he came first during each of the mountain classification sprints during the 6th stage.

    SA