The first stage of the Tour du Cameroun was not really difficult from a topographical point of view and also the distance with 128 km was not too long as well. The goals of the team were clearly set: working for the captains Amanuel Mengis and Jean Bosco Nsengimana to keep them in a good position for the GC. That worked out not too bad as Amanuel was in the promising break – away and he was followed by Jochka Beck. Not a bad situation for the Team. But it came to the point that Joschka had to suffer too much due to this incredible heat and he had to let go the break. Also the other German riders were already suffering a lot.
But Amanuel – also called Emma – was able to follow at the front of the race and keep his position. In the final he took a 7th place, what is a good position for the rest of the race, especially keeping the mountains in mind. We keep our fingers crossed guys!
photo credits: Accpac Cyclistes Cameroun