The 21-year-old died in Asmara just three weeks after competing at the Grand Prix du Morbihan Feminin, in France.
The young rider was involved in a road traffic collision while out training in Asmara, Eritrea, according to the BBC.
Since the news of her passing tributes from the cycling world have been pouring in.
The Union Cycliste Internationale posted on social media on Tuesday (9th November): "With her constant smile, kindness, respect and deep passion for cycling, Desiet Kidane Tekeste was a rising young talent who will be greatly missed."
The World Cycling Centre wrote: "Words can't express our sadness to hear of the passing of 21 year old UCI WCC athlete, Desiet Kidane Tekeste from Eritrea. We will miss you Desiet."
Desiet 💙— UCI (@UCI_cycling) November 9, 2021
With her constant smile, kindness, respect and deep passion for cycling, Desiet Kidane Tekeste 🇪🇷 was a rising young talent who will be greatly missed.
Our thoughts are with her family, friends and @WCC_Cycling teammates and coaches during this tragic time. pic.twitter.com/6xve9QDV6i
Kidane first showed her athletic promise back in 2018 with a string of junior titles.
She won the time trial and road race at the Junior African Continental Championship in Rwanda and then went on to place 22nd and 28th in the road race and time trial respectively at the world championships in Innsbruck, Austria.
At the Youth Olympic Games in Argentina, the Eritrean scored her best finish in the women's youth combined road race where she came 11th.
Results such as these saw Kidane welcomed into the UCI's 2021 World Cycling Centre continental team. This year her best result came in France, where she finished 18 in the Périgord Ladies event.
The world first saw this amazingly talented young cyclist Desiet Kidane from #Eritrea at the @afroroadchamps in #Rwanda in 2018. She took 🥇in the Road and ITT races as a junior. Her future was so bright spending time at @WCC_cycling now tragically cut short #RIP #gonetoosoon pic.twitter.com/KwIwmOwNEx— Africa Rising Cycling (@CyclingAfrica) November 9, 2021
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