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by Neal Rogers
January 22, 2018
In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Impey wins Santos Tour Down Under, Greipel claims final stage; Van der Poel, Compton win Cyclocross World Cup in Nommay; Citing fever, Nibali withdraws from Vuelta a San Juan; Government of South Australia guarantees equal prize money at TDU; Dimension Data boss: No room for Teklehaimanot, but he’ll have new team soon; RCS Sport announces wildcards for Giro d’Italia plus other WorldTour events; Israel Cycling Academy celebrating Giro wildcard invitation; Bardiani-CSF secures second chance at Giro; Video: Katusha-Alpecin works on dialing in Marcel Kittel’s leadout train; Video: Molly Weaver on surviving catastrophic 2017 training incident; Video: Fan-made 2018 WorldTour season trailer.
While 2018 WorldTour racing has begun, Eritrean star Daniel Teklehaimanot is currently without a contract. However his former boss, Dimension Data for Qhubeka team manager Doug Ryder, told CyclingTips he expects Teklehaimanot to announce his signing with a new team “soon.”
Teklehaimanot, who hails from Debarwa but resides in Lucca, Italy, did not return correspondence seeking information on his 2018 status. His agent, Andrew McQuaid of Trinity Sports Management, said he was unable to comment, signaling that while no contract has been signed, there have been agreements “in principle” with an undisclosed team.
Teklehaimanot came up through the UCI World Cycling Centre and placed sixth overall in France’s Tour de l’Avenir in 2009 before turning pro with Orica-GreenEdge for 2012-13. He spent four seasons with Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka as the highest-profile black African rider on the South African team.
Ryder said that while the team remains focused on developing African talent, priorities have shifted since bringing sprint star Mark Cavendish into the squad in 2016. Cavendish, 32, is currently second on the list of all-time Tour de France stage wins, with 30, just four less than Eddy Merckx, and Ryder said breaking that record is a focus for the team.
“Daniel was with us for four years, and we gave him a good innings, and in those four years he rode two Tours de France, one Vuelta a España, and one Giro d’Italia,” Ryder told CyclingTips at the Santos Tour Down Under. “So Daniel was an amazing guy. When we look at Daniel, and his development in our team, and what our focus is going forward, with Mark Cavendish, in terms of trying to go beyond Eddy Merckx’s record, and then Louis Meintjes coming into the team to be a GC rider … Daniel is an opportunistic rider, and we just didn’t have space for him any more.”
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