On January 23rd, 2020, Cameroonian Clovis Kamzong Abessolo won the 4th stage in a 190 kilometers race which started from Lambaréné in Western Gabon to Mouila. He used 4 hours 34 minutes and 42 seconds to the finish and was followed by Areruya Joseph who came second.
28-year-old Kamzong usually races for the SNH Velo Club team but was selected to represent Cameroon during La Tropicale Amissa Bongo. He is the first Cameroonian to win the highly competitive cycling race.
La Tropicale Amissa Bongo is happening for the 15th time since it was upgraded to the 2.1 status by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI). This year’s edition was remarkable as three Africans won 3 of the stages of the race including Clovis Kamzong from Cameroon, as well as Natnael Tesfazion and Biniam Girmay from Eritrea.
The 4th stage was a very tight race as four cyclists including Joseph Areruya (Rwanda), Clovis Kamzong (Cameroun), Abdul Aziz Nikiema (Burkina Faso) and El Houcaine Sabbahi (Maroc) competed fiercely to reach the finish line overtaking the other racers by 7 minutes and 40 seconds, 160 kilometers to the finish line.
Kamzong won the race by a hair’s breadth overtaking Areruya Joseph by milliseconds. The best place he had ever won was 11th since the competition started.
Nzafashwanayo Jean Claude who also represent Team Rwanda cycling team came 22nd following Kamzong by an interval of 4 minutes and 22 seconds.
Eritrean Natnael Tesfazion leads the race followed by Jordan Levasseur from France who usually races for Natura4Ever-Roubaix team.
The Rwandan team is led by Munyaneza Didier who is 14th followed by Nzafashwanayo Jean Claude.
In 2018, Rwanda won the La Tropicale Amissa Bongo. It is the 9th time Rwanda is taking part in the highly competitive race of the UCI-tour.
On January, 24th, 2020, La Tropicale Amissa Bongo will proceed with the 5th stage where racers will compete in an 82 kilometers race from Lambaréné to Bifoun.