At 24 Daniel Teklehaimanot is another of MTN-Qhubeka’s hot young Eritrean signings. He excels in time trials and is tipped to develop into be a very strong climber and stage racer. Despite his youth and originating from war scarred Eritrea, Teklehaimanot has already been well groomed for pro cycling success. In 2008 he won an incredible six continental titles– the road race, Individual Time Trial and team time trial; at both under 23 and elite level. These outstanding performances attracted the attention of the UCI and Teklehaimanot was invited to develop his skills and potential at the World Cycling Centre. His transition from the World Cycling Centre to WorldTour rider came in 2010 with a stint as a ‘stagiaire’ (trial apprenticeship) with the Cervelo Test Team. He eventually turned professional with Orica Green Edge in 2012, to become the first black African rider to make a World Tour debut. Despite Teklehaimanot’s relative lack of race experience he quickly showed his talent and made his Grand Tour debut in 2012, successfully completing the Vuelta a Espana. Daniel will bring a considerable amount of European race experience to the line up of African riders at MTN-Qhubeka. The 2014 season should provide Teklehaimano some excellent opportunities to refine his climbing skills and time trialling skills with team mates Sergio Pardilla, and Ignatas Konovalovas.