Burkina Faso's dominance challenged at ECOWAS Cycling Tour

Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Riders from Cote d' Ivoire, Ghana and Mali finished in the top six positions on Thursday at the end of the first stage of the ongoing third ECOWAS Cycling Tour, thereby challenging the dominance of Burkina Faso’s cyclists in the regional competition.

According to the organizers, ECOWAS, the first stage of the tour covered 117 kilometres from Lagos, Nigeria, to Ouidah in Benin Republic, with Ivorian cyclist Bolodigui Ouattara finishing first in three hours, 20 minutes, 36 seconds.

He was followed by Burkina Faso’s AbdoulAziz Nikiema, who clocked 3:20:36 while Anim Samuel of Ghana posted 3:20:37 in placing third.

Two Malians, Sangare Oumar and Sangare Tidiani, recorded 3:20:38 and 3:20:39 respectively, while Nigeria's Ajibade Qodir, who has had a good showing in the tour so far, posted 3:20:42.

The regional body said that most of the cyclists maintained an average speed of 33.2 kilometres an hour during the race.

Meanwhile, Burkina Faso's Nikiema and Ivorian Ouattara were first and second in all three sprints, while Qodir was adjudged the third best in the three intermediate sprints.

The tour which kicked off in Lagos on 13 November will be over 450 kilometres across five countries (Nigeria, Benin Republic, Togo, Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire), terminating in the Ivorian commercial capital, Abidjan, on 17 November, 2013.
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