By Peter Kamasa,
AFRICA’s top cyclist Eritrean Mekseb Debesay has tipped Rwandan riders to be the best on the continent.
Debesay rides for German-based team Bike Aid and won the mountain climbing category in the Tour du Rwanda.
The 23-year-old says Tour du Rwanda winner Valens Ndayisenga and Jean Bosco Nsengimana who finished in second place have potential.
Congratulations to the winner of #TourofRwanda Valens Ndayisenga and thank you to all participants #TourofRwanda2014
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“Everyone that took part and watched the Tour du Rwanda saw their potential, it is hard to beat them, they are like fighters so I believe that Rwanda has a good future in cycling,” Debesay said adding that the hilly terrain of Rwanda works well for local cyclists in races that involve hilly routes.
Although he failed to impress in the Tour du Rwanda winning just two stage, Mekseb had a good season this year winning African road cycling championship and is keen to be the first Eritrean to ride in the Tour de France.
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Mekseb Debesai Accorded Special Honor
ERITREAN cyclist Mekseb Debesai, member of the German Bike Aid Club, has been accorded a special honor from UCI upon scoring the highest mark in the competitions conducted in Africa this year.
He secured the accord for scoring a total of 241 points in the consecutive rounds of the race, according to the UCI website. It is also known that Moroccan cyclist Lahsani Mwasai ranked second with 219 points and Algerian cyclist Azedin Laeqab scored third rank with 192 points.
@UCI_cycling has crowned #Africa's number 1 Mekseb Debesay here in #Kigali #Rwanda-the Bike Aid-Ride for Help rider smiles #TourOfRwanda2014
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