15 SELECTED TEAMS FOR THE TROPICALE 2018
The organisers of the Tropicale Amissa Bongo have announced the complete list of the 15 teams that will participate in the 13th edition from January 15th to 21st. The set will consist of 3 teams from the UCI Continental Pro, 2 teams of the UCI Continental and 10 African national teams.
As for eleven years, the team of Jean-Rene Bernaudeau also accustomed to the Tour de France will be present on the roads of Gabon under the colors of Direct Energie with the last two winners of the Tropicale, Adrien Petit in 2016 and Yohan Gene in 2017. Another french team Delko Marseille-Provence KTM will also be starting as last year, led this time by their new sports director Andy Flickinger who previously led Thomas Voeckler.
The Italians of Wilier-Triestina who have been present for years on the difficult routes of the Tour of Italy will discover the Gabonese course as well as the Portuguese Sporting Tavira who will come with their Italian leader Rinaldo Nocentini former holder of the yellow jersey of the Tour de France.
The German Bike Aid team accustomed to events in Africa completes the list of professional teams that will oppose the ten African national selections where we will find with pleasure Tunisia who had not returned to the Tropicale Amissa Bongo since 2012 but also the riders from Mauritius, led by Michel Thèze, the first coach of Chris Froome at the UCI World Center, who will discover the Gabonese event.
DIRECT ENERGIE (France) UCI Continental Pro
DELKO MARSEILLE PROVENCE KTM (France) UCI Continental Pro
WILIER-TRISTINA (Italy) UCI Continental Pro
SPORTING TAVIRA (Portugal) UCI Continental
BIKE AID (Germany) UCI Continental