Date: Monday, 22 July 2019
It is a smile and a strength of conviction that seduced the public. Last Monday, in Albi, Natnael Berhane appears on the podium of the 10th stage of the Tour de France to receive the Combatity Award. The 28-year-old Eritrean rider has worked tirelessly since the start of the Grand Loop, which he attended for the second time.
" I want to fight to show the colors of Cofidis and try to slip into the breakaways, " he explained to reporters. He was also part of the breakaway stage 6, which ended at the Planche des Belles Daughters.
"A very good competitor" (Vasseur)
And it is not ready to stop: the rider, freshly crowned with a title of champion of Eritrea, has just extended for two more seasons at Cofidis. Cédric Vasseur, sports manager of Cofidis, does not hide his satisfaction: " he is a very good competitor and a rider who has quickly adapted to the team."
"It's a real pleasure to be able to work with a rider like Natnael, continues Cédric Vasseur. And it is a pride for Cofidis to have in his ranks a national jersey wearer. " The prospects are good for Natnael and for the whole team as Cofidis will join the World Tour next season.
Natnael Berhane : " I am very proud to continue my career at Cofidis, I have very good relations with the staff, the other runners and I always want to give the best in these colors." I very much appreciate the fact that I hope that it will help to create vocations in Eritrea and Africa. "