ALGIERS- Minister of Youth and Sports Mohamed Tahmi and the president of the International Cycling Union (UCI), British Brian Cookson, agreed Tuesday in Algiers to give a boost to their cooperation, especially on the "technical," level, for the development of the sport in Algeria.
"We have agreed to cooperate on the technical level to get the necessary support in organizing major cycling events in Algeria," said Tahmi, noting that the incidents that occurred during the second stage of the Tour of Algeria were due to lack of experience.
"They were a slight setback resulting from a lack of experience. Cooperation with the UCI will make it possible for us to avoid such inconvenience."
During the meeting, Tahmi also presented a scale model of the velodrome of Mascara (361-km west of Algiers) which, according to him, is meant to be "a breeding ground for young cyclists."
ORAN (Algeria)- Team Cevital’s Algerian cyclist Hichem Chaabane won Thursday, in Oran, the fifth and last leg of the 2014 Cycling Tour of Algeria, while the yellow jersey went to Eritrean Mekseb Debesay.
Chaabane clocked 2:43:20, ahead of Eritrean Mekseb Debesay and Emirati Mohamed Youssef Mir (from “Al-Nasr Club Dubai” team), both of whom clocked 2:43:38.
On this last leg, a 106-kilometre section (Oran-Tafraoui-Oran), Debesay managed to keep, with no difficulties, the yellow jersey he also won the day before on Santa Cruz summit.
Eritrean national team tops the overall ranking, before its Moroccan counterpart, while the “Singapore Continental Cycling” team takes the third place.
Friday will be dedicated to the Oran Grand Prix, third event of the 2014 Grand Tour of Algeria.
ORAN (Algeria)- Eritrea's cyclist Mekeseb Debesay won Wednesday the fourth step of the Tour of Algeria 2014, whose finish line was at Col of Santa-Cruz summit (Oran, 432-km west of Algiers), putting on the leader's yellow jersey.
Mekeseb Debesay clocked 3:45.18, ahead of Hong Kong's Yeung Ying Hon who clocked 3:45.48.
Eritrean Mekeseb Debesay also won the red jersey of the best sprinter, while the polka dot jersey of the best climber went to Emirati Youssef Mohamed.
For his part, Eritrean Emmanuel Egerzeigzaarhka put on the white jersey of the best hopeful.
The fifth and last step of the Cycling Tour of Algeria will take place Thursday on Oran-Tafraoui-Oran section, along 130 km.
ALGIERS-Algerian cyclist Adil Barbari (Sovac Club) won the first step of the Grand Cycling Tour of Algeria which took place Sunday in Algiers over a course linking Algiers to Ain Defla (112.5 km) ahead of Eritrean Mekseb Bebesay and Emirati Youcef Mohamed.
Barbari finished in 2h 41 min 32sec ahead of Eritrean cyclist (2h 42 min 14 sec) and Youcef Mohamed (2h 42 min 14sec).
The second step of this international competition will take place on Monday in Oran over a distance linking El Bahia to the province of Mostaganem (169.7 km).
ALGIERS- Dutch cyclist Thomas Rabou from "Continental cycling team" (Singapore) won the International Criterium of Algiers ran on a Saturday in Algiers over a distance of 96 km in closed circuit and clinches the leader's yellow jersey of Grand Cycling Tour of Algeria.
Thomas Rabou finished in 2h 14mn 36sec ahead of Moroccan Chaoufi Tarik (2h 14: 57) and his compatriot Abelouache Essaid (2h14: 57).
International Criterium of Algiers is run in closed circuit of 96km between the People’s National Assembly and Zighoud-Youcef boulevard.
The red jersey for the best sprinter returned to Eritrea’s Mekseb Bebesay, while Moroccan Abelouache Essaid got white jersey for best hope.
Dutch Rabou Thomas has also won blue jersey of the most combative rider.
The kickoff of the International Criterium of Algiers was given by the Minister of Youth and Sports, Mohamed Tahmi in the presence of Minister of Communication, Abdelkader Messahel, Minister of Higher Education Mohamed Mebarki and Algiers Prefect Mohamed Zoukh.