African cycling scene takes a hit as La Tropicale Amissa Bongo is postponed

Geoffrey Soupe (TotalEnergies) won the 2023 La Tropicale Amissa Bongo
Geoffrey Soupe (TotalEnergies) won the 2023 La Tropicale Amissa Bongo (Image credit: Getty Images)

The African cycling scene has taken a significant hit with one of its biggest races, La Tropicale Amissa Bongo postponed for the foreseeable future amid the context of the current political situation in Gabon after the coup d'état that occurred in August.

Despite it being a trivial consequence of a much more significant event, the race's future was plunged into uncertainty at the time of the military coup with President Bongo under house arrest just five months prior to the race's scheduled start.

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James Moultrie
News Writer

James Moultrie is a gold-standard NCTJ journalist who joined Cyclingnews as a News Writer in 2023 after originally contributing as a freelancer for eight months, during which time he also wrote for Eurosport, Rouleur and Cycling Weekly. Prior to joining the team he reported on races such as Paris-Roubaix and the Giro d’Italia Donne for Eurosport and has interviewed some of the sport’s top riders in Chloé Dygert, Lizzie Deignan and Wout van Aert. Outside of cycling, he spends the majority of his time watching other sports – rugby, football, cricket, and American Football to name a few.