Burkina Faso retains ECOWAS Cycling Tour title

Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - Rasmane Ouedraogo of Burkina Faso has emerged the overall champion at the 3rd ECOWAS Cycling Race, retaining the title he won in the 2nd edition in 2011, PANA reported Tuesday.

The four-stage race, which was flagged off 13 Nov. in Nigeria's commercial city of Lagos, terminated at the Palais De Sport, Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire's commercial city, on Sunday.

After mustering enough points to stay in the top five at every stage, Ouedraogo finished strong in the final stage (Aboisso-Abidjan) to accumulate 30 points, good enough to retain the title.

Isiaka Fofana of Cote d’ Ivoire finished second overall with 27 points, while Abdoul Aziz Nikiema of Burkina Faso was third on 25.

Nigeria’s Bassey Nelson Okon, who won in some of the intermediate sprint events, was fourth with 23 points; Senegalese Oumar Gueye placed fifth with 21 points while another Nigerian, Ajibade Qodir, was sixth on 19.

No fewer than 90 cyclists from the 15 ECOWAS member states featured in the race that traversed five countries - Nigeria, Benin, Togo, Ghana and Cote d’ Ivoire.

The maiden edition of the race was held in 2009 with 12 countries in attendance.

Organisers said the race was initiated by the ECOWAS leaders to further the ECOWAS ideals of regional integration, while promoting sporting excellence.
-0- TN/SEG 19Nov2013

19 november 2013 13:28:21

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