Tour de Yorkshire rider turns up just 15 minutes before the race start

Visa problems and flight delays means MTN-Qhubeka rider Merhawi Kudus arrived in Bridlington for stage one of the Tour de Yorkshire with just minutes to spare

Merhawi Kudus, Tour de Langkawi 2014

(Image credit: Gregor Brown)

Getting changed in the back of a car and arriving at the start town just 15 minutes before the event is due to roll out isn’t exactly perfect preparation before a bike race.

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Richard Abraham is an award-winning writer, based in New Zealand. He has reported from major sporting events including the Tour de France and Olympic Games, and is also a part-time travel guide who has delivered luxury cycle tours and events across Europe. In 2019 he was awarded Writer of the Year at the PPA Awards.