In his new appointment, "The Great Interview DirectVelo.com went to meet the new phenomenon of amateur squad: Merhawi Kudus. High altitude of 2300 meters, this climber from Eritrea, East Africa, was unleashed last week in the ribs of the Tour de Côte d'Or. The new pearl of the World Cycling Centre in Switzerland is not yet at its first year Hope. next month, he will intern at UK-Dried and aim for a stage win in the Tour de l'Avenir. . Exclusive after his victory in the French and Belgian fans maintenance DirectVélo: Are people in Eritrea know that you've won an amateur race in France? Merhawi Kudus: Yes, they have heard on the news! I've realized Monday night watching the news on the internet. Cycling is the number 1 sport in Eritrea then any victory that one of us can get abroad is an important news. Now people know me in my country and they stop me in the street to chat. I am constantly under pressure. Positive pressure, say. So if I win, the public is aware. follow the Tour of Gold Coast were quite appreciative of your superiority in the race and your joy on the podium on the last day. Have you felt this strong interest around you? I was touched by the marks of kindness. The organizers, spectators were very friendly. At the hotel also some riders have come to us to congratulate me or ask if I would go pro in 2014. As for my attitude on the podium, it is demonstrative. I have a dozen victories in last year's Junior and one this season with the Tour de Côte d'Or. And then, when I am happy, I am music, I dance … We often express this way after the races in Eritrea. How do you find the platoon level in France, compared to Eritrea? In France, it is high. I have not had an easy victory in the Tour de Côte d'Or. The last day, dug up a breakaway 2'40 "ahead and I would certainly have lost my shirt without the help of my teammates World Centre. In France, there are fifteen or twenty clubs on each race and hundreds of top riders. We say a priori that it is more difficult to impose in Eritrea, the country has so much talent! Indeed, we have a lot of talent, but I'm beginning to know all riders and all races. "I WANTED TO FOLLOW MY UNCLE" At what age do you start cycling? At the age of fourteen. I wanted to follow my uncle who ran third in class and now lives in the Netherlands . I was going to bike events to watch him as I was racing with my buddies on the way to school.: a sprint of six kilometers to go, another return Then I attended. competitions. I went with my bike in the middle of the road racers. As I took a few places in the top three, I thought it was stress. You've revealed in November 2012 on the Tour of Rwanda, one of the toughest tests 2.2 in Africa. As did you keep a good memory? It was a great experience. Beautiful climbs a sacred fight … I won the second stage and j 'I lost my jersey on the seventh, two days of arrival. Is it because you were still a little young or you're too spent in attacks you? I lost because South Africans were the strongest. They had two runners placed just behind me in the standings at least 32 seconds [Darren Lill, the ultimate winner, and Shaun Ward, Ed]. And I did not have one teammate m help, Meron. were doing our best. It's a shame to have lost but I do not have regrets. course, I was young. As a junior, I have benefited from a Notwithstanding the UCI in order to run. But I have received after taking the jersey. Commissioners questioned my right to stay in the race. I was scared. I was leading but I did not know if I could leave the next day. Finally, I got the green light. And I found that I had my place in the event. Mountain is your field? Yes, it is I feel most comfortable. I especially like it when there's a percentage. In Eritrea, we climb a few dry mounted because most races are held around the capital, Asmara, which is on a plateau. But your city stands at 2,349 meters above sea level. This is good for oxygenation? Yeah, I have no problem with altitude! And in the morning, my heart rarely exceeds 41 beats per minute. Beyond climbs hills and slopes, are you a versatile runner? I discovered against the clock only this season and I can get by without one. Such specialist for sprints in small groups. On descents, I progressed. But I do not like when it rains. This year, I lost a few races because of the wet road, for example the Tour de Franche-Comté. "THE 4TH STAGE OF TOUR OF THE FUTURE ME PLEASE " What are your ambitions for the Tour de l'Avenir in late August, which runs on a very hilly course? I would win a stage. Recently I studied the profiles on the Internet . Fourth step, for example, I like that [it connects Albertville and Saint-François Longchamp, with the Col du Grand Cucheron and the final climb, Ed].'s overall, I do not think it, it will certainly be too difficult to win. Longer term, what is the purpose of your career? Tour de France. Are you in contact with Daniel Teklehaimanot and Natnael Berhane, who are professional in Orica-GreenEDGE and Team Europcar? With Daniel , it was not easy to discuss in the first part of the season because he has long been in Eritrea before returning to Europe [for visa issues, Ed]. I speak often with Natnael, using Skype. It gives me a lot of advice and encouragement before the race He knows the program, he spent two years at the World Cycling Centre before me We belong to the same club in Asmara.. Asbeco We were six and nine Juniors. hopes equipped with a bike and paid for with money. We drove together every day and we slept in the same place. It was a bit the World Cycling Centre before the time? Yes. I love the Centre and I learn a lot here on tactics, training on … The next step would be to learn French. If you spend in a professional French team? I remain open to all options . Actually, I'm going to listen to the advice of Jean-Jacques Henry, our coach. This will be 2014 or 2015, I do not know. A French team or another country, I have no preference.