Natnael Berhane

Natnael Berhane (Tigrinya: ናትናኤል ብርሃነ; born 5 January 1991 in Asmara) is an Eritrean professional road bicycle racer, who currently rides for amateur team AlShafar Jumeirah. He is a two time African cycling champion in 2012 and 2013.

Natnael Berhane
Natnael Berhane TA 2013 (Cropping).jpg
Berhane at the 2013 Tour de l'Ain
Personal information
Full nameNatnael Berhane
Born (1991-01-05) 5 January 1991 (age 31)
Asmara, Eritrea
Height1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight66 kg (146 lb)
Team information
Current teamAlShafar Jumeirah
DisciplineRoad
RoleRider
Rider typePuncheur
Amateur teams
2010–2012Eritrea National Team
2022–AlShafar Jumeirah
Professional teams
2013–2014Team Europcar[1]
2015–2018MTN–Qhubeka
2019–2021Cofidis[2][3]
Major wins
Stage races
Tour of Turkey (2013)

One-Day Races and Classics

National Time Trial Championships (2014)
National Road Race Championships
(2015, 2019)
Medal record
Men's road cycling
Representing  Eritrea
CAC Road African Championships
Gold medal – first place 2013 Sharm el-Sheikh Team time trial
Gold medal – first place 2015 Wartburg Team time trial

CareerEdit

In 2013, Berhane joined Team Europcar. Berhane won the queen stage of the 2013 Tour of Turkey by powering away from the small lead group in the last 200 meters of a long, steep climb.[4] With the provisional suspension of Mustafa Sayar for an earlier EPO positive in the Tour of Algeria, the first place on the General Classification was awarded to Berhane.[5] In early 2014 Turkish Cycling Federation stripped off Mustafa and announced Berhane's victory.[6] At the beginning of the season, Berhane won La Tropicale Amissa Bongo, thanks to the bonus seconds awarded during the intermediate sprints on the last stage. He was the first African winner of this race.[7]

After two years with Europcar for his professional debut, Berhane joined African Pro-Continental cycling team MTN–Qhubeka for the 2015 cycling season.[8] He was named in the start list for the 2016 Tour de France[9] and the start list for the 2017 Giro d'Italia.[10]

Major resultsEdit

2009
7th Overall Tour of Eritrea
2010
1st   Overall Tour of Eritrea
1st Stage 1
2nd Overall Tour of Rwanda
1st Stage 7
9th Road race, African Road Championships
2011
African Road Championships
1st   Road race
1st   Team time trial
1st Stage 6 La Tropicale Amissa Bongo
3rd Overall Tour d'Algérie
1st Stage 1
8th Circuit d'Alger
2012
African Road Championships
1st   Road race
1st   Team time trial
7th Time trial
1st   Overall Tour d'Algérie
1st Young rider classification
1st Stage 3
2013
1st   Team time trial, African Road Championships
1st   Overall Tour of Turkey
1st Stage 3
2014
1st   Time trial, National Road Championships
1st   Overall La Tropicale Amissa Bongo
1st   Sprints classification
5th Tour du Finistère
2015
African Road Championships
1st   Team time trial
6th Road race
National Road Championships
1st   Road race
3rd Time trial
5th Overall Tour of Austria
7th Overall Tour of Utah
2017
2nd Time trial, National Road Championships
2018
10th Overall Tour of Guangxi
2019
1st   Road race, National Road Championships
African Games
2nd   Team time trial
4th Road race
4th Time trial
  Combativity award Stage 10 Tour de France

Grand Tour general classification results timelineEdit

Grand Tour 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
  Giro d'Italia 59 83 DNF
  Tour de France 125 86
  Vuelta a España 148 79 DNF
Legend
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Team Europcar (EUC) – FRA". UCI World Tour. Union Cycliste Internationale. Archived from the original on 2 January 2014. Retrieved 2 January 2014.
  2. ^ Bacon, Ellis (30 December 2019). "2020 Team Preview: Cofidis". Cyclingnews.com. Future plc. Retrieved 1 January 2020.
  3. ^ "Cofidis". UCI.org. Union Cycliste Internationale. Archived from the original on 1 January 2021. Retrieved 1 January 2021.
  4. ^ "Berhane wins queen stage at Tour of Turkey". Cyclingnews.com. Future plc. 23 April 2013. Retrieved 23 April 2013.
  5. ^ "Doping Tour of Turkey win could pass to Natnael Berhane". CapitalEritrea.com. 15 July 2013. Retrieved 21 July 2013.
  6. ^ "Tour of Turkey Victory Passed to Eritrean Natnael Berhane".
  7. ^ "Berhane first African winner of Tropicale Amissa Bongo". Cyclingnews.com. Future plc. 20 January 2014. Retrieved 21 January 2014.
  8. ^ O'Shea, Sadhbh (8 October 2014). "MTN-Qhubeka willing to join WorldTour in 2015". Cyclingnews.com. Immediate Media Company. Retrieved 17 February 2015. Interim team manager Brian Smith has been very busy this winter, adding a number of big names to their roster including Edvald Boasson Hagen, Tyler Farrar, Matt Goss and Natnael Berhane.
  9. ^ "2016 > 103rd Tour de France > Startlist". ProCyclingStats. Retrieved 30 June 2016.
  10. ^ "2017: 100th Giro d'Italia: Start List". Pro Cycling Stats. Retrieved 2 May 2017.

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