Date: 3rd March 2017
Avg. speed winner: 44.620 km/u
Race category: Men Elite
Start/finish: Lambaréné › Kango
*Our Eritrean rider Tesfom Okubamariam has risen up to 2nd overall rank after a master move in a 13 riders breakaway that opened a 9 minutes gap to the peloton !
You deserved your 'most aggressive rider' title boy !
Tropical Amissa Bongo: the French Yohann Gene
Published on 03-03-2017 Modified on 03-03-2017 at 17:31
Yohann Gène (Direct Energie), a regular on Gabon's roads, won his seventh stage victory on Friday, March 3, 2017 since his first participation in 2009.
In the streets of Kango, he enjoyed this fourth victory in the same place, taking at the same time the head of the overall standings.
The rider from Guadeloupe took a serious option on the final victory that he already won in 2013, as he now has 16 seconds lead overall on the second, Eritrean Tesfom Okubamariam. "I announced that I would slip into all the breakaway because I was already thirty seconds in the overall standings.
I knew I would be less guarded because I did not really represent a danger for the yellow jersey, "said the 35-year-old.
1. Yohann Gene (FRA / Direct Energie) 13:20: 36.
2. Tesfom Okubamariam (ERI / Interpro Cycling Academy) at 16 seconds.
3. Nikodemus Holler (GER / Bike Aid) m.t
4. Salaheddine Mraouni (MAR) m.t
5. Soufiane Sahbaoui (MAR) takes 17 seconds.
Love continues between Yohann Gene and Gabon
Yohann Gene (Direct Energie) won the fifth stage of the Tropical Amissa Bongo. The stage was disputed between Lambaréné and Kango, it was 144 kilometers long. Although at the start of the stage, two sides were listed, the race seemed conducive to a sprint finish. The French heart ahead of the sprint Moroccan die Makhchoun (Morocco) and Eritrean Meron Teshome (Bike Aid).
More than 50 kilometers from the finish, a group of about ten men break away from the peloton.
Direct Energie was the most represented team with four riders. The peloton was slow to react and failed to catch up on the lead group.
And in the last meters, Gene well led by his teammates, made speak the watts and offered the fifth stage. As a reminder, the Direct Energie rider won the race in 2013 and now has seven stage victories on Gabon's roads.
With his victory, Yohann Gene takes the lead of the overall standings and thus endorses the yellow jersey leader. The Eritrean Okubamariam Tesfom (Interpro Cycling Academy) points him to the second place of the general and the German Nikodemus Holler (Bike Aid) to the third.
Tomorrow the riders will start from the penultimate stage. The peloton will start at the end of the morning of Akanda and the arrival will be judged in Libreville, the capital of Gabon.