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La Tropicale 2018-01-15 14:57:00

GERMAN LUCAS CARSTENSEN CREATES SURPRISE

The sprinter of the Bike Aid team dominated in the sprint the favorite of the day Adrien Petit.
It was probably not the most cited this morning before the launch of the 13th edition of the Tropicale Amissa Bongo from Kango. Adrien Petit, who already won four stages in the past on the Gabonese roads, was the most anticipated. But the rider of Direct Energie found stronger than him on the banks of the Ogooué in Lambaréné where at the end of a last difficult climb in the last kilometers, it is a young German of 23 Lucas Carstensen who was the faster but also the most skilled to keep track. Already a winner of stages in the Tour of Senegal and the Tour of Tunisia in 2017, this rider from Hamburg in northern Germany has quickly adapted to the harsh weather conditions for organizations of European riders just out of a harsh winter. This victory also rewards the whole investment of its Bike Aid team, helped by a German humanitarian foundation that has invested in cycling to offer runners from the African continent a professional structure present on most UCI races in Africa but also in France. Asia or South America.
Lucas Carstensen will wear the yellow jersey tomorrow for the second leg between Ndende and Fougamou for 175 kilometers.

LUCAS CARSTENSEN: "It's a great success for me and for the team. I did not know the arrival but I had studied the final on the road book and I knew it would be difficult for the sprinters to organize after the bump. I had imagined that it would be very fast and that the momentum before the straight line, there would be very little time to place well. I was not too wrong, I started my sprint 250 meters, I felt very strong today.


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