In a thrilling finale of the 34th edition of Tour du Faso, Moroccan cyclist Achraf Ed-Doghmy brilliantly clinched the 10th and final stage of the competition on Sunday, November 5, 2023.
The Tour du Faso was a breathtaking spectacle featuring several national teams, including Mali, Côte d’Ivoire, Benin, Niger, Ghana, Rwanda, Cameroon, Algeria, Guinea, and Togo. Additionally, Belgium’s national team and three local teams also participated in the event.
The race took place between Saponé and Ouagadougou, covering a distance of 103.1 km. Ed-Doghmy crossed the finish line in an impressive time of 2 hours, 19 minutes, and 12 seconds, boasting an average speed of 44.439 km/h. His triumph was particularly rewarding as he outpaced his competitors, with Ivorian cyclist Abou Sanogo and Moroccan rider Adil El Arbaoui securing the second and third positions, respectively. Another Moroccan talent, El Houçaine Sabbahi, claimed the fourth spot.
Nevertheless, the Tour was not short of suspense. In the preceding stages, Ed-Doghmy had already showcased his prowess by winning the 4th stage and securing the second position in the 6th stage, which was won by Burkinabè cyclist Paul Daumont. Daumont eventually seized the coveted yellow jersey, marking a significant victory for Burkina Faso.
Other notable moments from this year’s Tour du Faso included Moroccan cyclist Adil El Arbaoui’s victory in the 7th stage between Koudougou and Boromo (122.8 km) and the second-place finish of Morocco’s Oussama Khafi in the 9th stage. In addition to individual achievements, the Moroccan national team also secured its ticket to the 2024 Paris Olympics.