Henok Mulubrhan is ready to join the Qhubeka NextHash WorldTour team
Henok Mulubrhan is ready to join the Qhubeka NextHash WorldTour team from January 1, 2022, where the 21-year-old switched up the ranks to become a professional cyclist after a two-year stint with the South African-based team’s continental squad.
The rider from Asmara, Eritrea, has delivered a number of strong results this year, placing second at the Giro del Medio Brenta earlier this month, third at stage two during the Giro d’Italia under 23 and sixth at the Giro dell’Appennino. He also joined the WorldTour team to drive the Trofeo Andratx and Trofeo Calvià.
“It has always been a dream for me to be a professional from the time I was 17 when I rode with the Eritrean team,” Mulubrahn said in a statement before adding his thanks to his family, especially his uncle and father, for all their support. “My father always believed in me, he told everyone that one day I would be a professional and supported me a lot.”
Mulubrhan said his teammates and the continental team had also been an important part of his journey to the professional ranks.
“With them, my dream changed from just being a dream to becoming a realistic goal,” he said. “They gave me the opportunity to experience racing in Europe and increase my level.
“Last year I lived, trained and ran with guys like Natnael Tesfatsion and Leonardo Marchiori. They became professionals from this team so it 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 running in the Tour de France, where Nicholas Dlamini made history, posing as the first black South African to compete on the French Grand Tour. Dlamini crashed early in the 144 km mountain stage to Tignes on stage 9 but proudly refused to climb out and throw in the towel. He was outside the deadline, but fought on to the finish line regardless of “honor my dream of running the Tour”.
Mulubrhan will also follow in his footsteps and take to the starting line for a Grand Tour.
“Now I start from scratch again 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 a few years, my family dream is to see me win a stage in a grand tour. This is what I want to work for. ”
Team manager Douglas Ryder said Mulubrhan showed incredible improvements with his adaptation to international racing and the team hopes he will go from strength to strength.
“One of the biggest pleasures I have is seeing young riders take the opportunity to establish themselves on our continental team and then earn their place to ride at the highest level with our WorldTour team,” said Ryder. “This is exactly what our team is all about, creating hope and the opportunity for a successful career as a professional cyclist and continuing to inspire hope in others that their dreams can come true.”