Natnael Berhane Winner Tour Gabon 2014: Becomes First Black African to Win Stage Race

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Eritrea's Natnael Berhane on the podium next to Gabon's president Ali Bongo (L) after the 9th Tropicale Amissa Bongo 2014 (Tour du Gabon), on January 19, 2014 in Libreville. Eritrea's Natnael Berhane won the race.  (Photo SERGE ROGERS/AFP/Getty Images)

Natnael Berhane becomes first black African to win stage race

The Eritrean Berhane Natnael became the first black African cyclist who achieved the final victory in a professional stage race after winning the Tropicale Amissa Bongo in Libreville on Sunday. The sixth stage and final stage took place in the streets of Libreville and bonuses (both […]

By: Fahrenheit Magazine
January 19, 2014

The Eritrean Berhane Natnael became the first black African cyclist who achieved the final victory in a professional stage race after winning the Tropicale Amissa Bongo in Libreville on Sunday.

The sixth stage and final stage took place in the streets of Libreville and bonuses (both arrival and the three intermediate points along the way) got the win the Eritrean cyclist, who beat Spanish Luis Leon Sanchez, who had started the step a second ahead of compatriot and four on Egoitz García Berhane.

Berhane, 23, and runs in the French Europcar team finished second in the last Tour of Turkey, in April, 2013, behind Mustafa Sayar, which was later controlled positive during the Tour of Algeria.

The decision on the disqualification or the outcome of Sayar is still not firm, so Berhane victory in Gabon is officially the first.

Young Berhane, an outstanding sprinter who defends mountain and is effective in the time trial, has become the great promise of African cycling.

Sofware Translation from Spanish


Tropical Amissa Bongo victory for Eritrean Natnael Berhane
la-croix.com | 01/19/14

The Eritrean Natnael Berhane (Europcar) became the first rider Sunday SSA to win a race in professional stage by winning the final General Tropicale Amissa Bongo in Gabon ahead of Spaniards Luis Leon Sanchez and Egoitz Garcia.

Second in the Tour of Turkey in April 2013, Berhane should be declared the winner of this race if the winner of the Tour of Turkey, Mustafa Sayar, tested positive during the Tour of Algeria, is downgraded. Officially, the victory Tropical is the first.

Berhane, who had 4 seconds late in the morning, was imposed at the end of suspense to style Sanchez a second thanks to bonuses on the line in Libreville.

"I do not know what to say. Emotion," sighed the winner who did cry with joy his manager Bernaudeau, who was discovered in 2011.

Berhane has successfully established itself in two intermediate sprints and has benefited from the help of … national teams of Eritrea and Morocco.Runners, who did not play anything general, are indeed inserted twice in sprints depriving Sanchez seconds while the Eritrean Amanuel Meron, 3rd final sprint, failed to Sanchez, the fourth, of get another bonus.

"I want to thank Eritrea and Morocco. If Sanchez had taken" one more second "he was the yellow jersey," said Berhane.

The stage was won by Belgian Frederique Robert (Wanty), who won yesterday, after a bunch sprint.

Les classements Stage 7

7e et dernière étape (Owendo-Libreville)
1. Robert (BEL, Wanty-Groupe Gobert), les 119,2km en 2h32’52’’ (Moy. : 46,79km/h)
2. Jans (BEL, Wanty-Groupe Gobert) , m.t.
3. Amanuel (ERY, Equipe nationale d’Erythrée), m.t.
4. Sanchez (ESP, Caja Rural), m.t.
5. Garcia (ESP, Cofidis), m.t.
6. Ouedraogo (BUR, Equipe nationale du Burkina Faso), m.t.
7. Berhane (ERY, Equipe nationale d’Erythrée), m.t.
8. Uwizeyimana (RWA, Equipe nationale du Rwanda), m.t.
9. Mraouni (MAR, Equipe nationale du Maroc), m.t.
10. Debesay (ERY, MTN-Qhubeka), m.t.

Classement final
1. Natnael Berhane (ERY, Europcar), 22h52’24’’
2. Sanchez (ESP, Caja Rural), à 1’’
3. Garcia (ESP, Cofidis), à 2’’
4. Habeaux (BEL, Wanty-Groupe Gobert), à 22’’
5. Gerdemann (ALL, MTN-Qhubeka), à 23’’
6. Jeandesboz (FRA, Europcar), à 27’’
7. Baugnies (BEL, Wanty-Groupe Gobert), à 54’’
8. Sénéchal (FRA, Cofidis), à 1’9’’
9. Bernaudeau (FRA, Europcar), à 1’45’’

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