Ghana’s Anthony Boakye placed a respectable 29th position out of 88 cyclists in a time of 2:49:43 the race rolled from the city of Wolayita into the beautiful city of Arbaminch in a distance of 117km.
Abdul razak Umar came 41st in a time of 2:51:05 with Frank Akuffo making a time of 2:52:19 to complete Ghana’s Team general classification to 15th.
The entire stage craft was once again dominated by Ethiopian Ebrahim Redwan who staged a time of 2hrs 47mins 59secs ahead of fellow Ethiopian Gebrewahd Tamrat Meresa and Smit Jakobus of south Africa who also did a time of 2:47:59 and 2:47:59 respectively.
It was a fair race full of the usual mountain climb. The Kenyans and Rwandans did very well in this particular stage falling within the first 10 positions.
Team Ghana is currently domiciled in the beautiful Paradise Hotel inside Arbaminch. It portrays a spectacular aerial view from the lobby.
The post event activity involved a tree planting exercise by all leaders of delegation from each country. This firms part of the vision of the tour symbolising the “Green development” concept of the Ethiopians.
This has clearly proven to all the African countries present that cycling is not only about winning medals- but it could be used as a string tool to educate the masses about the need to protect the environment through “greening”
The next stage will be held tomorrow from Arbaminch to wolayita in the same distance of 117km.