Your Wednesday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

August 10, 2016

In Wednesday’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Fournier wins photo finish in Route de France, stage 3; Vos’ touching gesture for Annemiek van Vleuten; Australian women’s team pursuit squad crashes in training; UCI defends Olympics road race course; Sondre Holst Enger to AG2R La Mondiale; Timmer, Stamsnijder extend with Giant-Alpecin; Nikolas Maes joins Lotto-Soudal; Preview: What you need to know about the men’s time trial at the Rio Olympics; Team Africa Rising helps first Eritrean female cyclist to race professionally in the United States; Study: Pro cyclists better at resisting mental fatigue; Police: Cyclist at fault in deadly collision; Dan Craven ‘live-tweets’ during Olympic road race; Cavendish on Olympics: Third Time Lucky or Fail Again; Actress Leslie Jones on the women’s road race finish

Team Africa Rising helps first Eritrean female cyclist to race professionally in the United States

by CyclingTips

Yohana Dawit, a 24-year-old Eritrean with Team Africa Rising will race as a guest rider for the Green Mountain Stage Race in Vermont with the Amy D. Foundation race team. Yohana will become the first female Eritrean cyclist to race at the professional level in the United States.

“It’s wonderful to see so much excitement around these African cyclists; we were moved by the potential to help, as it all aligns so well with developments we try to promote through Amy D. Foundation programming,” said Dan Dombroski, President and Founder of Amy D. Foudnation. “The invitation of Yohana was a function of circumstances including conversations with Amy D. Foundation board of directors and the Team Africa Rising staff. Ultimately, our understanding is that Eritrea is supportive of their female cyclists, and so it seemed fitting to invite the Eritrean National Champion.”

Eritrea has seen a surge in cycling of late with Daniel Teklehaimanot (Dimension Data) becoming the first to ever race in the Tour de France in 2015, wearing the KOM jersey as well. There are now three Eritreans racing at the WorldTour level.

After successfully building a strong Rwandan men’s national team, which now boasts five Rwandan riders on European professional teams, and with a reputation that has spread across world cycling, Team Africa Rising is turning its attention in a major way to African women’s cycling. For female cyclists, the current obstacles in the sport include lack of training, equipment, funding, international races on the continent and the one of the most significant barriers, cultural stigma.

“This is exactly the breakthrough we need. We are grateful to the team at Amy D. Foundation and look forward to making our presence known to the world of women’s cycling,” said Kimberly Coats, director of Team Africa Rising. “This is just the first step in an ongoing and exciting process to launch a full team in the near future.”