Tigrai Online Dec. 29, 2012
Tsgabu Grmay dreams of becoming the first African winner of the Tour de France and the 21-year-old Ethiopian's impressive showing at the African Cycling Championships suggests it is far from an impossible dream.
Grmay won gold in the under-23 individual time trial in Burkina Faso and also finished second overall in the senior standings.
And while he said his silver medal in the seniors came as a major shock, many of his coaches and team managers told me they were not surprised.
Grmay is a product of the World Cycling Centre, a body which receives the majority of its funding from the sport's world governing body, the UCI, and the Olympic movement.
Think of it as a training college for riders with the potential to step up to the professional ranks - they're invited from across the continent to the centre's African base in Potchefstroom, South Africa.
Tsgavu Grmay was born in 1991 in the capital city of Tigrai state Mekelle in Northern Ethiopia. Tsabu Grmay started cycling in 2008 with his brother and father. He began competing in local races, winning his first event. Encouraged, he joined his brother’s team, the Trans Ethiopia Team, and started racing regularly, progressing from a B-level junior to A-level racing in 2009. When he began outperforming his older brother, he realised that he had the potential to compete at a higher level.
He was selected for the 2009 Ethiopian National Team and competed at the 2010 African Champs in Rwanda, where he finished third in the U23 category. He and also rode the tour of Rwanda, finishing fifth overall. In 2010, he trained at the UCI African Continental Cycling Centre in South Africa. In 2011, he trained at the UCI Centre in Switzerland and competed in the Tour of South Africa and Tour of Gabon. He joined the MTN-Qhubeka Team in 2012 and is looking forward to continuing to build on his international race experience
Source: BBC Sports