Historic moment for Africa as Teklehaimanot starts Tour


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  • Sunday, 05 Jul 2015

MTN-Qhubeka rider Daniel Teklehaimanot of Eritrea prepares to start the 13.8 km (8.57 miles) individual time-trial first stage of the 102nd Tour de France cycling race in Utrecht, Netherlands, July 4, 2015. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

UTRECHT, Netherlands (Reuters) - The sweltering conditions would have been familiar to Daniel Teklehaimanot as he rolled down the start ramp on Saturday but not the wall of noise that hit him seconds later.

The first black African to ride the Tour de France was given the honour of being the first of the 198 riders to set off in the medieval Dutch city of Utrecht where crowds estimated at 700,000 gathered to watch a 14-kilometre individual time trial.

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