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Merhawi Kudus Ghebremedhin (Tigrinya: መርሃዊ ቕዱስን ገብረመድኅን; born January 23, 1994) is an Eritrean cyclist, who currently rides for UCI WorldTeam Astana.[2] He was named in the start list for the 2015 Tour de France,[3] becoming one of the first two black Africans to start the Tour alongside teammate and countryman Daniel Teklehaimanot.[4] At the age of 21 Kudus was the youngest rider in the race.[5] He was named in the start list for the 2016 Giro d'Italia.[6]

Merhawi Kudus
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Kudus at the 2013 Tour de l'Ain
Personal information
Full nameMerhawi Kudus Ghebremedhin
Born (1994-01-23) January 23, 1994 (age 25)
Height1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)[1]
Weight58 kg (128 lb; 9.1 st)[1]
Team information
Current teamAstana
Rider typeClimbing specialist
Amateur team(s)
2013World Cycling Centre
2013Bretagne–Séché Environnement (stagiaire)
Professional team(s)
Major wins
One-Day Races and Classics
National Road Race Championship (2018)
Merhawi Kudus of Astana Pro Team (right), third place of the General classification at the 55th Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey 2019 at the award ceremony.


Career achievementsEdit

Major resultsEdit

6th Overall Tour of Rwanda
1st Stage 1
1st   Mountains classification La Tropicale Amissa Bongo
2nd   Road race, African Under–23 Continental Championships
2nd Overall Tour of Eritrea
1st Stage 4
2nd Overall Vuelta Ciclista a León
1st   Young rider classification
3rd   Road race, African Continental Championships
6th Asmara Circuit
8th Overall Fenkil Northern Red Sea Challenge
2nd Overall Tour de Langkawi
3rd Overall Mzansi Tour
5th Overall Route du Sud
1st   Young rider classification
African Continental Championships
1st   Team time trial
5th Time trial
9th Road race
10th Giro dell'Emilia
10th Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana
3rd Time trial, National Road Championships
6th Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana
9th Overall Tour of Oman
3rd Road race, National Road Championships
4th Overall Tour of Oman
1st   Young rider classification
9th Overall Vuelta a Burgos
9th Overall Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana
1st   Road race, National Road Championships
7th Overall Vuelta a Burgos
9th Overall Tour of Oman
1st   Overall Tour of Rwanda
1st Stages 2 & 3
3rd Time trial, National Road Championships
3rd Overall Tour of Turkey

Grand Tour general classification results timelineEdit

Grand Tour 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
  Giro d'Italia 37
  Tour de France 84
  Vuelta a España 92 38 DNF 31
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish


  1. ^ a b "Merhawi Kudus". MTN–Qhubeka. Qhubeka. Retrieved 17 August 2014.
  2. ^ "Astana Pro Team presented renewed roster for 2019". Astana. Apgrade. 16 December 2018. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  3. ^ "2015 Tour de France start list". Velo News. Retrieved 2 July 2015.
  4. ^ Cummings, Basia (10 July 2015). "Daniel Teklehaimanot: 'I'm proud to be an Eritrean riding the Tour de France'". Retrieved 10 July 2015.
  5. ^ "Daniel Teklehaimanot becomes first African to compete in Tour de France". 4 July 2015. Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  6. ^ "99th Giro d'Italia Startlist". Pro Cycling Stats. Retrieved 6 May 2016.

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