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Eritrean champion Dawit Yemane with BIKE AID to the D-Tour

Tuesday, Aug 24, 2021 in Pro Cycling

With two national champions from Africa side by side with three German and one French rider BIKE AID starts at this year's Deutschland Tour. We can stand for the values we want to stand for.

With the current national champion from Eritrea, Dawit Yemane, BIKE AID was able to sign another talent from Africa and will already present him at the Deutschland Tour.

The development of African cycling and supporting riders from Africa has been part of the core of Team BIKE AID since the beginning. In particular, athletes from Eritrea have always played a major role in the past and with Mekseb Debesay it was already possible to win the UCI Africa Tour in the first year of existence. 

Now, the 23-year-old Dawit Yemane gets the chance to prove his talent with BIKE AID in high-class races. Dawit has attracted attention not least by winning the national championships, where he was able to relegate the favorite Merhawi Kudus (World Team Astana) to second place.

"Dawit Yemane has already attracted our attention in the past with his climbing qualities in some races. Since we want to improve the team further in climbing and especially looking already towards the future, we are looking forward to welcoming Dawit to our team," said Timo Schäfer

Team BIKE AID will be lined up at Deutschland Tour with the 3 German top athletes Nikodemus Holler, Justin Wolf, Lucas Carstensen, the Frenchman Julian Lino as well as the Algerian champion Azzedine Lagab and Eritrean champion Dawit Yemane. 

Nikodemus Holler has been one of the most successful German athletes on the continental level for several years with his qualities for GC top positions. Justin Wolf offers these qualities in terms of time trial, for example with the gold medal at the European Championships in the Mixed Team Relay 2020 or this year with his fifth place at the German Time Trial Championships. Lucas Carstensen managed to win sprints in high-class races in Africa, Asia and Europe in recent years.

Newcomer Julian Lino from Brittany convinced with his offensive riding style right from the first races, so he now gets the chance to be an important part ot the line up at the season highlight with BIKE AID.

"Yes, we support cyclists from Africa. But also to transport a piece of the incredible cycling enthusiasm from there to Germany. Because cycling continues to need new inspiration in this country in order to re-establish itself among the general society. The hosting of the Deutschland Tour is an essential building block for this. We would also like to make our contribution in our own way. We may take unusual paths, although we also have very successful German athletes in our team who have absolutely earned a start in the Deutschland Tour," says Matthias Schnapka.