Henok Mulubrahn is expected to join the Qhubeka NextHash WorldTour team from January 1, 2022, with the 21-year-old rising through the ranks to become a professional cyclist after a two-year stint with the South African team’s continental team.
The rider from Asmara, Eritrea, has had several good results this year, placing second in the Giro del Medio Brenta earlier this month, third in the second stage of the Under-23 Giro d’Italia and sixth in the Giro dell’Appennino. He also joined the WorldTour team to run the Trofeo Andratx and the Trofeo Calvià.
“It has always been a dream for me to be a professional, since I was 17 when I was racing with the Eritrean team,” Mulubrahn said in a statement before thanking his family, especially his uncle and his father, for all. their support. “My father always believed in me, he told everyone that I would one day be a professional and was very supportive of me.”
Mulubrhan said his teammates and the Continental squad also played a crucial role in his journey to the pro ranks.
“With them, my dream went from a simple dream to a realistic goal,” he said. “They gave me the opportunity to experience racing in Europe and to increase my level.
“Last year I lived, trained and raced with guys like Natnael Tesfatsion and Leonardo Marchiori. They got pro on this team so that gave me a lot of motivation to train hard and keep believing that I can do it too. “
The Qhubeka NextHash WorldTour team is currently competing in the Tour de France, where Nicholas Dlamini made history, lining up as the first black South African to participate in the French Grand Tour. Dlamini crashed at the start of the 144km mountain stage to Tignes on stage 9, but proudly refused to come down and throw in the towel. He was out of the time limit but fought to the finish line anyway to “honor my dream of racing the Tour”.
Mulubrhan, too, wants to follow in his footsteps and take the start of a Grand Tour.
“Now I’m starting over from the beginning, and it’s time for a new dream as a professional,” he said. “I want to start a grand tour, that’s my next goal and after, in a few years my family dream is to see myself win a stage of a grand tour. This is what I’m going to work on. “
Team principal Douglas Ryder said Mulubrhan is showing incredible improvements with his adaptation to international races and the team are hoping he gets better and better.
“One of the greatest pleasures I have is seeing young riders take the opportunity to establish themselves in our continental team and then earn their place to ride at the highest level with our WorldTour team,” said Ryder. “This is exactly the goal of our team, to create hope and opportunity for a successful career as a professional cyclist and to continue to inspire others with hope that their dreams can come true.”