Eritrea's champions of the future

Kudus Merhawi, Tour of Rwanda 2012

The buzz at the Tropicale Amissa Bongo stage race in Gabon is all about the Eritreans.

Four days into the race, the national squad leads the African teams' classification and have five riders in the top twenty overall, having matched strong European squads like Europcar and Lotto-Belisol blow for blow.

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