The undaunted African cycling kingpin, Eritrean Daniel Teklehaymanot won yesterday the Individual Time Trial (ITT) title of the 2012 African Continental Cycling Championship in Burkina Faso.
The win, that brought him a second gold medal in the competition, came after finishing a circuit distance of 31.8km in 39 minutes and 11 seconds at an average speed of 48.68 km/hr.
The lesser known Grmay Tsgabu of Ethiopia and South African Jay Thomson finished second and third respectively.
Last year’s African Champion Eritrean Natnael Berhane, who was participating for the first time in the individual chronometer, finished a respectable 7th. However, he stood third in the U23 category to win him silver. Ethiopian Grmay Tsgabu is leading the U23 category with one Gold medal.
Daniel Teklehaymanot, who turns 25 today, is now winner of the individual title for third consecutive years. That undisputedly makes him the most invincible and fastest cyclist on the continent.
Daniel and the rest of team Eritrea are now aiming to clear their final hurdle on Sunday, the Road Race, at the Charles de Gaulle arena, against the excessive heat, dehydration and furiously prepared competitors .
The road race will attract 132 cyclists from 22 African countries.
Eritrea, who are chasing for a third consecutive African Continental Cycling Championship title, will put all of the seven riders for the final showdown.
RESULT / FINAL CLASSIFICATION (STAGE 2)
1/ Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eritrea) – 39’11”
2/ Tsgabu Gebremaryam Grmay (Ethiopia) – +0’03”
3/ Jay Robert Thomson (South-Africa)
4/ Adel Barbari (Algeria) – +0’46”
5/ Jacobus Venter (South-Africa) – +0’51”
6/ Rafaa Chtioui (Tunisia) – +1’04”
7/ Natnael Berhane (Eritrea) – +1’32”
8/ Till Drobisch (Namibia) – +1’58”
9/ Adrien Niyonshuti (Rwanda)
10/ Yannick Lincoln (Mauritius) – +2’05”