The Italian Niccolo Bonifazio did not miss the first opportunity offered to the sprinters by winning today in Moanda ahead of the French Lorenzo Manzin (Vital Concept-B & B Hotels) and André Greipel (Arkéa-Samsic). The German, who was the great favorite of the day with his 36 years and his experience (155 victories since the beginning of his career) has not taken advantage of the work done by his teammates during the last twenty kilometers. Arkéa-Samsic riders have controled alongside South African Pro Touch Team all the day the breakaway of three riders, Eritrean Sirak Tesfom, Moroccan Mohamed Tasmana and Rwandan Didier Munyaneza. The three riders had never been able to increase their lead by more than 2'50''.
Once picked up 18 kilometers from the finish, André Greipel's team-mates had accelerated their pace even more for their leader, but it was finally Niccolo Bonifazio, 26, who was fastest on the line. The Italian, who had never raced the Tropicale Amissa Bongo, will wear the first yellow jersey of the 14th edition tomorrow.