Today, Francisco Campos, Portugal, won the second stage of the Tour de l’Espoir in the streets of Douala, which were flooded with fans. It is the first time that a Portuguese cyclist has pulled off a win in this race, which counts for the UCI Under 23 Nations’ Cup, and the first time it has been won by a non-African rider.
Francisco Campos, who won two stages of the Tour of Portugal U23 in 2018, took advantage of his team’s work, breaking away during the last lap and finally winning in a sprint.
In the general ranking, it was a newcomer from Eritrea, Natnael Mebrahtom, who took the lead, replacing his fellow countryman Yakob Debesay, who was leading after the first team time trial. Natnael Mebrahtom knows the Tour de l’Espoir well, having won the first stage in 2018 on this same trail.February 5, 2019