On Sunday, Geoffrey Soupe (TotalEnergie) of France won the 16th edition of the Tropicale Amissa Bongo in Gabon, one of the most important cycling races on the African continent.
Hamza Amari of Algeria and Mauritian Christopher Rougier-Lagane finished second and third, respectively.
On Sunday, the race’s seventh and final stage concluded in Libreville, Gabon’s capital.
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“The victory is all the more beautiful because the team was formidable, and the emotions are indescribable, to have this pressure for seven days,” said one of the players (…) “We were under pressure until today, there is no small race, the level is really homogeneous for about fifty riders, so it is very difficult,” said Geoffrey Soupe of France, winner of the Tropicale Amissa Bongo 2023.
“You have seen the craze, everywhere the Tropicale has gone, as is the case today on the boulevard, there are people, it is the joy of seeing the little queen on Gabonese soil,” said Nestor Obiang Ngong, a Libreville resident.
The Tropicale Amissa Bongo, which counts for the UCI Africa Tour, was held in five of Gabon’s nine provinces, a small central African country that is 90% covered by dense rainforest.
The race features international professional teams as well as ten African national teams.
Final ranking of the 16th edition of the Tropicale Amissa Bongo:
1. Geoffrey Soupe (FRA/TotalEnergie) in 20h18:16.
2. Hamza Amari (ALG/Algeria national team) in 20h18:45.
3. Christopher Rougier-Lagane (MAU/Mauritius national team) 20h18:50.
4. Natnael Berhane (ERI/Beykoz Team-Turkey) 20h18:52.
5. Dawit Yemane (ERI/Eritrea National Team) 20:18:54.