By Etienne Mengnjo Mainomo
The 12th edition of the Cycling Tour of Cameroon has kicked off with Kamzong Abossolo winning the first lap that kicked –off at the Yaoundé, at the May 20 Avenue on Saturday, on March 14.
The town of Bafia in the Mbam and Enubou Division was the point of attraction Saturday 14th March 2014 as Kamzong Abossolo Clovis of the SNH Velo Club of Cameroon crossed the finished line to become the winner of the first stage of the 12th edition of the Cameroon International Cycling Race.
Kamzong Abossolo Clovis completed the 121km from Yaoundé to Bafia in 3: 8, 3hours. In terse sentence, he expressed his happiness, “I am so happy”.
He was closely trailed by his counterpart from the National Cycling team of Cameroon; Nzeke Geremie Francis followed closely in 17’seonds . Ouedraogo Rasmane from Burkina Faso was just in time to complete the third most valuable position.
Leaving the nation’s capital last Saturday at about 10:30am, the 114 cyclist from seven countries (France, Switzerland, Slovakia, Cote d’ivoire, Rwanda, Burkina Faso and host country, Cameroon) were so determine to show their cyclist skills when the Minister of Sports and Physical Education, Adoum Garoua gave the kick off.
After covering 41km, the journey was not quite good for Sikandi Ghislain Dapnet of the Cameroonian national team who sustained injuries as he fell from his bicycle but struggled to the finishing line.
At the end of the first stage, six Cameroonians were amongst the first ten in the general classification while Burkina Faso and France completed the remaining four spaces.
Kamzong Abossolo Clovis keeps the blue jersey for the best Cameroonian cyclist, the green jersey for the best cyclist on points and the yellow jersey for the winner of the first lap.
Krbury Michael (Switzerland) and Jamoneau Tony (France) keep the white jersey with red spots and white for the best climber and the youngest cyclist respectively.
The President of the cyclist federation Yossi Honore did not hide his feelings as he expressed satisfaction with the tour in general. “I am very satisfied with the general atmosphere surrounding the first lap. To the winner of the first stage, it shows seriousness and is not a surprised to me and I will love to suggest that it should go on to the end or the race”
The race Commissioner, Belgian Jean Pierre Coppenolle was not indifferent, “it was a good start of the race and the Cameroonian riders were very strong as well as those from Burkina Faso. For the Burkina Faso rider coming third is a challenge after passing all night in the plane. The accident was our fault and we are working to see that it should not happen again”.
SNH Velo Club of Yaounde is the overall best cycling team during this first stage while the Cameroon nation cycling team and Burkina Faso come in the second and third position respectively.
With the first stage already gone, cyclist will enter the second lap Sunday March 15, from Bafia to Bangante and will cover a distance of 121.3km.
The tour would take the caravan to; Bafoussam – Foumban – Bafoussam (139 km), Bafang – Mbanga (122.5 km); Bonabéri – Buea – Limbe (94 km); Limbé- Douala (122 km) Douala – Kribi and Pouma – Yaoundé (131 km).