The 9th edition of the Tour du Mali, renamed « Tour de la paix », has just reached its epilogue with the victory of the Malian cyclist Issiaka Coulibaly, at the end of the 5th and last stage Bamako-Siby-Bamako, over 120 km. In addition to a criterium of 10 laps of the Boulevard de l’Indépendance of the capital contested by 48 riders on Saturday.
The 9th edition of the Tour du Mali, which started on Tuesday 23 March, has just finished, after the 5th stage Bamako-Siby-Bamako over 120 km and a criterium of 10 laps of the Boulevard de l’Indépendance of the capital contested by 48 riders, this Saturday. This last stage was won by Paul Dumont from Burkina Faso ahead of Souleymane Traoré and Antoine Kouadio, who are both from Ivory Coast. But it was the Malian Issiaka Coulibaly who won this « Tour de la paix », ahead of his compatriot Seydou Djiré and the Burkinabe Souleymane Koné.
Winner of the tour, Malian Issiaka Coulibaly dedicated his yellow jersey to all his teammates and the Malian people. In addition to the individual awards, participation trophies were presented to all participating teams, including Burkina, Côte d’Ivoire, Benin, Guinea, Mauritania, Senegal, Morocco and three national teams from Mali.
« The presence of all these countries proves that sport is a factor of integration and solidarity between peoples. This presence, as well as those of international TV channels, prove that Mali is today a country on its feet, moving towards peace and unity despite prejudices, » said Mali’s Minister of Youth and Sports, Mossa Ag Attaher.
« I am a happy and fulfilled man because Mali has won and kept the yellow jersey on the five stages of this 9th edition of the Tour du Mali. I am happy with the presence of all these countries that have ignored security prejudices to come and race alongside us, » said the president of the Malian Cycling Federation, Amadou Togola.