Cycling/Tropicale Amissa Bongo (1st lap): Algeria’s Abdelmalek Madani finishes second
Algeria’s Abdelmalek Madani was almost there. The last kilometres between Fougamou and Lambaréné were decisive. The Algerian cyclist from the Groupement Sportif Pétrolier (GPS) was leading the race but was caught up during the last climb of the lap then distanced during the final sprint of the lap.
But before the arrival, one could hardly imagine this final tussle. Adil Jelloul (Morocco), Azzadine Lagab (Groupement Sportif Pétrolier Algerie) and Gebremaryam Grmay (MTN-Qhubeka) broke away 1’45’’ from the pack.; The trio held strong for quite some moments before being caught up by French team Europcar.
This strategy, which was aimed at preparing Yohan Gene for the sprint proved to pay off. It should be recalled that Yohan Gène won the three stages during the 2010 and 2011 editions. The Frenchman was therefore putting on the yellow jersey.To equally note that the Gabonese cyclist Frédéric Obiang slipped off the pace few metres from the finish line which cost him his place amongst the Top five :
1. Yohan Gene (France, Europcar), in 2h04’32’’
2. Abdelmaleck Madani (Algérie, Groupement Sportif Pétrolier Algeria)
3. Fabian Schnaidt (Germany, Specialized Concept Store)
4. Ruslan Tleubaev (Kazakhstan, Astana Continental)
5. Jani Tewelde ( Erythrea, Team MTN-Qhubeka)
6. Meron Russom (Erythrea, Team MTN-Qhubeka)