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 2012The parcoursStage 1: Moanda - Akiéni, 150 kmThe 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 kmThe 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 kmThis 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 kmIt 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 kmIt 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 kmThis 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 kmAs 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.
Delko Marseille Provence KTM
Interpro Cycling Academy
Minsk Cycling Club
SenegalPCS startlistTeams on race websiteThe jerseys
All of the jerseys!
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. 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. Race website Twitter Facebook Les Cyclistes Africaines
- a web archive of all African cyclists, with all their UCI results and even some non-UCI results