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Cycling – 2018 African Continental Road Championships


African cycling giants

Eritrea

Eritrea top the current UCI African rankings with 1489 points, by far the most successful country in UCI Africa Tour races and African Continental Road Championships in particular. They have won more medals in these annual multi-category races than any other African country

Eritrea has won the elite men’s Team Time Trial (TTT) of the race for a record seven times since 2011 and will be in Kigali to stretch the landmark for an eighth consecutive time.

Eritreans have also claimed the men’s major road race five times, four Individual Time Trial (ITT) titles, all by former Tour du Rwanda champion Daniel Teklehaimanot and two titles in women’s TTT category.

South Africa

Currently ranked second on the continent with 1250 points, South Africa is undoubtedly Africa’s powerhouse in women’s cycling and will be the team to beat in Kigali. The likely main challengers will be defending champions Eritrea, Ethiopia, Mauritius and the hosts Rwanda.

The country holds a record 10 titles in women’s main road race, including four titles in a row by Ashleigh Moolman from 2011 to 2015. They have also won the elite men’s road race a record 7 times, including last year’s victory by Willem Jakobus Smit in Cairo, Egypt.

Morocco

Ranked third on the continent with 943 points, Morocco is another force to reckon in African Continental Road Championship. No country other than Eritrea and South Africa has been on podium more times than this North African nation.

Rwanda

Apart from the aforementioned countries, Rwanda has won more medals than any other country on the continent. However, unlike the three cycling giants, Rwanda has never won a gold medal in African championships.

Ranked fourth in Africa with 855 points since last October, Rwanda stands a good chance of rising in ranks, should Sterling Magnell’s men maintain the good momentum they have been on in the last few months, when the African championships kick-off next week, on February 14.

Cycling – 2018 African Continental Road Championships

Description: Individual time trial

Details: Individual Time Trial Juniors Women – 18,6 km. Individual Time Trial Juniors Men – 18,6 km. Individual Time Trial Elites Women – 40,0 km. Individual Time Trial Elites Men – 40,0 km.

Place: Kigali

Start Date & Hour: 15/02/2018 08:00

End Date & Hour: 18/02/2018 13:00

 

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