Daniel Teklehaimanot

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Daniel Teklehaimanot
Tour de France 2015 - Étape 8 - Rennes 28 - Daniel Teklehaimanot (cropped).JPG
Teklehaimanot at the 2015 Tour de France
Personal information
Full name Daniel Teklehaimanot Girmazion
Born (1988-11-10) 10 November 1988 (age 27)
Debarwa, Eritrea
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 71 kg (157 lb)
Team information
Current team MTN-Qhubeka
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Amateur team(s)
2009–2011 World Cycling Centre
Professional team(s)
2008 Amore & Vita-McDonald's (stagiaire)
2010 Cervélo TestTeam (stagiaire)
2012–2013 GreenEDGE
2014– MTN-Qhubeka
Major wins

One-day races and Classics

African Road Race Championships (2010)
African Time Trial Championships (2010–2013)
African Team Time Trial Championships (2010–2013, 2015)
National Road Race Championships (2008, 2012)
National Time Trial Championships (2011–2012, 2015)
Infobox last updated on
26 June 2015

Daniel Teklehaimanot Girmazion (Tigrinya pronunciation: [tɐklɐhajmanot]) (born 10 November 1988)[1] is a professional road racing cyclist from Eritrea.[2] He competes for the MTN-Qhubeka squad.[3]


Teklehaimanot at the 2015 Tour de France

Teklehaimanot was a member of the UCI's World Cycling Centre training program before signing for the new Australian cycling team GreenEDGE in 2012.[4] Whilst at the World Cycling Centre he was diagnosed with tachycardia, which was corrected by surgery in early 2009. He returned to riding in May of that year and went on to finish sixth overall in that year's Tour de l'Avenir.[5] In 2010 he rode as a trainee for Cervélo TestTeam. The same year, he won the African Championships in the road race, individual time trial and team time trial, at both senior and under-23 levels. On the 2010–2011 UCI Africa Tour, he won the Tour of Rwanda and the Kwita Izina Cycling Tour.[6] He participated in the 2012 Summer Olympics being the first Eritrean competing in a sport other than athletics; he finished the road race in the 73rd position. In 2012, he became the first Eritrean to ride in La Vuelta, one of the 3 grand tours; he finished the race 146th overall.

Teklehaimanot joined MTN-Qhubeka for the 2014 season, on a two-year contract.[3] In 2015, at the Critérium du Dauphiné, he won the first World Tour jersey in MTN-Qhubeka's history by taking the mountains competition.[7] He was named in the start list for the 2015 Tour de France[8] alongside team-mate and compatriot Merhawi Kudus,[9] becoming the first black African to start the Tour when he was the first of the 198 riders to start the race's opening time trial.[10]

Teklehaimanot became the first black African rider to wear the polka dot jersey after winning it on Stage 6 of the 2015 Tour de France.[11]


1st MaillotEritrea2.jpg National Road Race Championships
5th Overall Tour Ivoirien de la Paix
2nd Overall Tour Eritrea
1st Stages 1 & 3
6th Overall Tour de l'Avenir
African Championships
1st Road race
1st Individual time trial
1st Team time trial
1st Overall Tour of Rwanda
1st Stage 2
1st Stage 2 Coupe des Nations Ville Saguenay
African Championships
1st Individual time trial
1st Team time trial
1st MaillotEritrea2.jpg National Time Trial Championships
1st Overall Kwita Izina Tour
1st Stages 1, 2 & 3
1st Stage 5 Tour d'Algérie
5th Overall Tropicale Amissa Bongo
1st Stage 4
African Championships
1st Individual time trial
1st Team time trial
1st MaillotEritrea2.jpg National Road Race Championships
1st MaillotEritrea2.jpg National Time Trial Championships
African Championships
1st Individual time trial
1st Team time trial
1st Prueba Villafranca de Ordizia
4th Overall Mzansi Tour
African Championships
1st Team time trial
2nd Individual time trial
1st MaillotEritrea2.jpg National Time Trial Championships[12]
1st Jersey white dots on red.svg Mountains classification Critérium du Dauphiné
Tour de France
Held Jersey polkadot.svg after Stages 6–9

Grand Tour general classification results timeline

Grand Tour 2012 2013 2014 2015
Pink jersey Giro
Yellow jersey Tour 49
red jersey Vuelta 146 47

WD = Withdrew; In Progress = IP


  1. ^ "Daniel Teklehaimanot". Cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 1 April 2012.
  2. ^ CQ Ranking
  3. ^ a b "Teklehaimanot moves to MTN-Qhubeka". Cyclingnews.com (Future plc). 10 October 2013. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  4. ^ Carrey, Pierre (4 August 2011). "Teklehaymanot signs for GreenEdge". cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 5 August 2011. 
  5. ^ Lee, Sean (17 August 2012). "Teklehaimanot is a stage racer in the making". theroar.com. Retrieved 8 June 2015. 
  6. ^ Arinaitwe, Ostine (13 June 2011). "Rwanda: Teklehaimanot Wins Kwita Izina". allafrica.com. Retrieved 5 August 2011. 
  7. ^ "MTN-Qhubeka celebrate maiden WorldTour jersey at Critérium du Dauphiné". Cyclingnews.com (Future plc). 15 June 2015. Retrieved 15 June 2015. 
  8. ^ "2015 Tour de France start list". Velo News. Retrieved 2 July 2015. 
  9. ^ Cummings, Basia (10 July 2015). "Daniel Teklehaimanot: 'I'm proud to be an Eritrean riding the Tour de France'". theguardian.com. Retrieved 10 July 2015. 
  10. ^ "Daniel Teklehaimanot becomes first African to compete in Tour de France". thenational.ae. 4 July 2015. Retrieved 5 July 2015. 
  11. ^ "UCI World Cycling Centre: former trainee Teklehaimanot makes Tour de France history". Union Cycliste Internationale. 10 July 2015. Retrieved 2 August 2015. 
  12. ^ Clarke, Stuart (26 June 2015). "Nationals roundup: who are the new champions around the world?". Cycling Weekly. Retrieved 27 June 2015. 

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