The 2019 Tour de l’Espoir organized by Vivendi Sports led by Robins Tchale-Watchou takes off tomorrow Monday in the streets of Douala with a team time trial.
This racet, which is taking place for the second year in Cameroon, counts for the U23 Nations Cup of the UCI, reserved for the hopes of world cycling, like the queen race, the Tour de l’Avenir which revealed by the past, many future great champions. The victorious nation of the Tour de l’Espoir will have the honor of getting an invitation for the Tour de l’Avenir in August in France.
But before getting there, it will swallow five stages until next Saturday on well-balanced routes between Douala and Yaounde via Nkongsamba and Dschang in the West of the country and Ngoulemakong in the South. Young riders from 19 to 22 years, invited to Cameroon this year will represent different continents, Africa obviously with 14 committed nationalities, Asia with Japan, South America with Argentina and Ecuador and Europe with Portugal but also Ukrainians, Dutch, Irish and Hungarian.
The first edition in 2018 was won by the young champion of Rwanda, Joseph Areruya, who has since been in the professional level. His compatriots will obviously want to keep their title like all African riders who want to remain masters on their continent. But they will have to fight against the Portuguese riders who often dominate the events of young categories, but also the Argentineans or the Ecuadorians, two rising nations of the world cycling.February 3, 2019