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Tropicale Amissa Bongo awarded 2.1 status

The third edition on the Tropicale Amissa Bongo taking place in Gabon will be held from January 16-20, 2008. The five-stage race, which this year still ran in the UCI 2.2 category, has been lifted to 2.1 status for next season.

Fourteen teams will be taking the start in Akieni, amongst them five trade teams: Bouygues Telecom, Française des Jeux, Bretagne-Armor Lux, Differdange Apiflo Vacances and CC Nogent-sur-Oise. They will be experiencing fierce opposition by African national squads from Gabon, South Africa, Libya, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Egypt, Morocco and Senegal.

The stages outline as follows: Akieni-Franceville (94 km), Mounana-Ngouoni (121 km), Bongoville-Moanda (100 km), Lambaréné-Kango (149 km) and Libreville-Libreville (130 km). This year's event was won by Frédéric Guesdon (Française des Jeux).

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