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[2.1] La Tropicale Amissa Bongo
« on: February 27, 2017, 13:17 »
They moved this to week 9 for whatever reason. But the result is that I completely forgot about the race and am now throwing together this thread at the 13th hour, while stage 1 is already underway. ;)

First, links to previous years' race threads:
2016 2015 2014 2013 2012


The parcours


Stage 1: Moanda - Akiéni, 150 km

The riders will discover the first day an unprecedented stage with 150 kilometers from Moanda who had never opened the festivities. This program can already hurt the legs especially at the beginning of the season, especially because of the distance. The route is hilly from the start to the finish in Akiéni.

Stage 2: Léconi - Franceville, 98 km

The riders must be careful to this nervous step. There will be no neutral time. The arrival at Franceville in front of the official tribune is known for its difficulty after a very difficult climb of 3 kilometers which often provoked some beautiful surprises.

Stage 3: Mounana - Koulamoutou, 157 km

This stage can be considered like the queen stage of the 2017 Tropicale because it is the longest of the week. The first 100 kilometers can be daunting before reaching the second part of the race but with a very acrobatic final and a small climb 2 kilometers before the finish.

Stage 4: Fougamou - Lambaréné, 110 km

It is traditionally a very eventful stage. It can cause big changes in the general classification with this last climb one kilometer of the arrival in Lambaréné which often allowed the best riders to extirpate to impose itself on the banks of the Ogooué.

Stage 5: Lambaréné - Kango, 144 km

It has become a "classical" stage between the Moyen-Ogooué and the Estuaire, which the riders know perfectly. The difficulties of the day are mainly in the first part of the race but it remains the preserve of the sprinters who know take advantage of the final approach to garner speed.

Stage 6: Akanda - Libreville, 133 km

This departure had been given for the first time to Akanda from Cap Estérias for the 10th edition in 2015. Faced with this success, the experience has been renewed ever since this time. The riders will go to Libreville on magnificent roads before entering Libreville where they will find a muscular circuit to go 16 times.

Stage 7: Owendo - Libreville, 140 km

As every year since the creation of the event in 2006, the final stage takes place in the streets of the capital, in the image of the tradition of the great stage races. After the departure in front of the station Owendo, the race is then very nervous on the final circuit with the arrival in front of the official tribune which offers in apotheosis, a lively show.

The teams
Despite the date change, the number of non-African teams is higher this year than it was last year ... however, the 3 teams of last year's edition were an almost-record low.
This year, two French PCTs are joined by three Conti teams and ten African national selections. It's great to see Burkina Faso or Senegal on the startlist, but I think this is the first time that not a single South African will participate in the race.
#direct Direct Energie
#delko Delko Marseille Provence KTM
#interpro Interpro Cycling Academy
#minsk Minsk Cycling Club
#bikeaid Bike Aid
*gb Gabon
*er Eritrea
*rw Rwanda
*ma Morocco
*et Ethiopia
*dz Algeria
*bf Burkina Faso
*cm Cameroon
*ci Côte d'Ivoire
*sn Senegal

PCS startlist
Teams on race website


The jerseys
All of the jerseys! :win
They have further dialed down the number from last year, though: "Only" 9 jerseys compared to 11 last year. They'll get to the UCI maximum of 4 jerseys eventually ... next decade or so. ;)



#yellow GC, #orange Stage winner, #greenpolka Best Climber
#pink Points, #bluepolka Intermediate Sprints, #white Best Young Rider
#bluewhite Best African, #red Combativity, #green Best Team


Coverage
No live TV ... but Twitter is your friend. The race website is good too, they have journals with the previous day's action up every morning: Les Gazettes
And TV5Monde will probably show short highlights at some point - which will then make their way to YouTube.
:web Race website
:twitter Twitter
:facebook Facebook
:web Les Cyclistes Africaines - a web archive of all African cyclists, with all their UCI results and even some non-UCI results
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  • « Last Edit: February 28, 2017, 09:04 by LukasCPH »
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    Re: La Tropicale Amissa Bongo
    « Reply #1 on: February 27, 2017, 20:11 »
    There were a couple of moves, but the first ones didn't get anywhere. Eventually, *er Elyas Afewerki & *et Temesgen Buru were let go, and I like to think that they had plenty of time to find common ground and will go home and tell everyone they know that the other side in the *er - *et rivalry is just normal people incensed by their government, and that both peoples could get on fine if they were just allowed to.

    Anyway, the stage ended in a sprint of sorts, with #delko Mikel Aristi quickest to the line.


    The *ga team didn't take the start today:
    http://news.alibreville.com/h/70897.html
    They're boycotting the race in protest against the lack of support from their national federation. Apparently they've done it once before, though I don't remember that.
    Normally, there should be no way they would be allowed to start tomorrow ... but what's normal in Africa?
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    Re: La Tropicale Amissa Bongo
    « Reply #2 on: February 28, 2017, 11:11 »
    There appears to be a live ticker on Eurosport's website, although I checked it yesterday and it didn't seem to have any updates at all

    http://it.eurosport.com/ciclismo/tropicale-amissa-bongo/2017/live-leconi-franceville_mtc932499/live.shtml
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    Re: La Tropicale Amissa Bongo
    « Reply #3 on: March 01, 2017, 07:18 »
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    Re: La Tropicale Amissa Bongo
    « Reply #4 on: March 01, 2017, 12:15 »


    seems an interesting result #minsk on the campaign or something Fus with a report I hope  :D
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    Re: La Tropicale Amissa Bongo
    « Reply #5 on: March 01, 2017, 17:15 »
    Fus with a report I hope  :D
    A Belarussian won today's stage and also takes the GC lead.
    :sick
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    Re: La Tropicale Amissa Bongo
    « Reply #6 on: March 02, 2017, 13:07 »
    From PCS



    "La Tropicale Amissa Bongo (2.1) Stage 4 Fougamou › Lambaréné

     Race/stage cancelled.

    Stage cancelled due to a technical incident on one of the aircrafts which was to transfer the riders from Franceville to Lambaréné."
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    Re: La Tropicale Amissa Bongo
    « Reply #7 on: March 03, 2017, 15:39 »


    Bad day for #delko and #minsk, Gene takes the stage and GC lead from a 13 man break which finished with 9 minutes over the rest
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    Re: La Tropicale Amissa Bongo
    « Reply #8 on: March 03, 2017, 15:54 »
    7 stages, 1 overall win, and now on a good way to another. :win

    Yohann Gène is the true King of the Bongo! :D
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