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Tsgabu Grmay the first Ethiopian cyclist to make it to Tour de France

Tigrai Online, Ethiopian News, July 8, 2016

Tsgabu Grmay the first Ethiopian to make it to Tour de France
Tsgabu Grmay become the first Ethiopian to make it to Tour de France cycling race.

Tsgabu Grmay made history by becoming the first Ethiopian to make it to the Tour de France debut.

Ethiopia has been participating in cycling computations including the Olympic Games for over fifty years, but not a single Ethiopian has made to the famous Tour de France.

This year Tsgabu Grmay changed the history of cycling in Ethiopia by becoming the first Ethiopian rider to beat all odds and compete at the Tour de France.

Tsgabu said he was so excited and proud to come this far, “I'm so excited because I've never done this race,” when he was getting ready to compete in the big race. “For me the Tour de France is not just about finishing 21 stages. It's about doing something special. I'm ready to do something in this tour, I am ready to fight”.

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Many Ethiopians are expressing anger and frustration at the coverage this amazing Ethiopian cyclist is getting by the Ethiopian state media and the independent websites. We at Tigrai Online received a very angry email today with the subject line reading “Shame on you” for not publishing any news regarding Tsgabu’s great achievements this month. We accept all the criticism without any ifs and buts and we apologize for not covering this amazing news.

Ethiopians on social media are insinuating all kind of reasoning for Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation not covering the new about Tsigabu, we don’t know why EBC didn’t cover the cycling news about Tsigabu Grmay, but we know why we didn’t do it. It was negligence on our part and there is no excuse for it.

We are so happy and proud for Tsgabu Grmay to get this excellent results and making Ethiopia and Ethiopians proud in the sport of cycling. If the Ethiopian news media including this one didn’t record it properly, history will remember Tsigabu as the first Ethiopian to make it to the Tour de France debut and we wish him all the best in his cycling career.

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