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Cyclist Tsgabu Grmay to Become First Ethiopian to Compete in Tour de France

Ethiopian professional cyclist Tsgabu Grmay is set to become the first Ethiopian to compete in the famous Tour de France, which begins next month. The 24 year-old rides for team Lampre–Merida (Italy). A hearty congratulations to Grmay on the historic endeavour.

Tsgabu Grmay Photo: tsgabugrmay.com

Tsgabu Grmay Photo: tsgabugrmay.com

Ethiopia is internationally known for churning out the world’s finest long distance athletes but next month the country’s flag will be flown in entirely new territory, cycling.

The country’s professional cyclist Tsgabu Grmay is set to become the first Ethiopian to compete in the famous Tour de France, which begins next moth.

The 24 year-old who rides for team Lampre–Merida (Italy) announced the historic and exciting news on social media.

Grmay has competed in numerous competitions and has accomplished a lot despite his young age. Grmay is a two time national road race champion, two time national time trial champion, and one time African time trial champion.

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The 24 year-old became the first Ethiopian professional cyclist when he joined MTN–Qhubeka in 2012. In 2013 Grmay became the first Ethiopian to win an international cycling event when he won the fifth stage of the Tour de Taiwan. He made his UCI World Tour debut at the 2013 Giro di Lombardia.

Tsgabu Grmay Photo: tsgabugrmay.com

Tsgabu Grmay Photo: tsgabugrmay.com

Commenting on the historic involvement in the impending Tour de France, Grmay told Lampre–Merida that he hopes his participation will inspire new generations of Ethiopian cyclists. “Every cyclist from Ethiopia now will start cycling thinking it’s possible to achieve big goals and maybe also participating in the Tour de France…I am so happy and lucky to inspire the new generations by this way,” Grmay was quoted saying.

Social media congratulatory messages on the historic news.

Source: This is Africa

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