Merhawi Kudus (MTN-Qhubeka), finished second, third and fourth respectively on stage 4
Merhawi Kudus (MTN-Qhubeka), finished second, third and fourth respectively on stage 4. All are in their first year as professionals, with this being the first race for both Kudus and Chaves.
The Eritrean Kudus was the one to ignite things on the final climb, forcing many out the back. “When we got to the bottom of the climb, everybody was tired and I just decided to go by myself,” he said. “When I attacked at the beginning of the climb, the whole race was behind me and he (Pourseyedi Golakhour) followed me. 15km to go alone is difficult. I am really happy because this is the first race for me as a professional. I am really happy.”
Kudus is only 20-years-old and joined MTN-Qhubeka at the beginning of this season. He spent 2013 as a stagiaire for Bretagne-Séché Environment and rode with the World Cycling Centre, with whom he won a stage of the Tour of Eritrea and the overall classification of the Tour de Côte d’Or