24-year-old Merhawi Kudus is considered one of the most exciting young talents from the African continent. He started cycling at 14 and immediately impressed in road races even though he was racing on a mountain bike.
As an 18 year old in 2012, he started the Tour of Rwanda and won stage one. He raced a more European program in 2013 and picked up victories in France and Italy.
In 2014 Merhawi went on to finish 2nd overall at the Tour de Langkawi. At the Route du Sud Merhawi found himself in some esteemed company as the likes of Alejandro Valverde, Michael Rogers and Nicholas Roche could not shake the young Eritrean as he held on to 5th place overall. At the 2014 Vuelta a Espana, he showed his grit and determination to finish the grand tour even after a massive crash in week 1. 2015 saw the Eritrean starting the Tour de France as the youngest rider in the race, and he went on to make it all the way to Paris.
2016 was an important year for Merhawi as in his 3rd season as a pro he began to aim for the top steps in selected races. He rode both the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a Espana. 2017 was the year where we really saw Merhawi had what it takes to compete for glory on the most difficult climbing days, finishing 2nd behind Nairo Quintana at the Volta a Valenciana and 2nd again on stage 5 of the Vuelta a Espana, before a crash took him out of the race on stage 7.
Birth Place: Asmara, Eritrea
Turned Professional: 2014
Rider Type: Climber
2nd Stage 5 Vuelta a Espana
4th GC Tour of Oman (1st Young Rider)
2nd Stage 4 Volta a Valenciana
2nd Best Young Rider Tour of Oman
2nd Best Young Rider Vuelta a Burgos
3rd Best Young Rider Tour de Romandie
African Championships TTT
2nd Best Young Rider Giro del Trentino
2nd GC Le Tour de Langkawi
5th GC Route du Sud
Bronze Medal African Continental Championships
2nd GC Tour of Eritrea
2nd GC Vuelta Ciclista a León
Stage 4 Tour of Eritrea
Stage 1 Tour of Rwanda