Eritrean cyclist rescued by fan after losing way in Belgium race

• Mekseb Debesay offered food, clothes and shower by member of public • ‘Unfortunately, he wandered from the correct path,’ says team director Eritrea’s Mekseb Debesay will not forget his first WorldTour race after getting lost on

Mekseb Debesay offered food, clothes and shower by member of public
‘Unfortunately, he wandered from the correct path,’ says team director

Eritrea’s Mekseb Debesay will not forget his first WorldTour race after getting lost on Belgium’s back roads and being rescued by a member of the public who offered him food and a shower.

Debesay, who rides for African-based Dimension Data, became lost while riding the 206km E3 Harelbeke, the first cobblestone classic of the year, arriving back at the team hotel 15 hours after setting out and covering 240km.

“It’s an amazing story,” team sports director Pierre Heynderickx told the Het Nieuwsblad newspaper. “He fell behind a small group that decided to take back roads to Harelbeke around 20 kilometres from the finish.

“Debesay was afraid of becoming lost and decided to follow the course arrows to get to the finish. Unfortunately, he wandered from the correct path.”

When Debesay, 24, looked down at his bicycle computer and saw 206km he realised he was in trouble and asked a member of the public how to get to the finish.

“That man suggested they should go together to his home in Lierde,” Heynderickx, who called the police to find out if there had been any news of Debesay. “He let him take a shower, gave him fresh clothes and offered food to our hungry rider. No one had any idea where he was. Then, suddenly, we received a phone call.”

The race was won by Team Sky’s Michal Kwiatkowski.

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  • Afewerki July 17, 2016

    Respected Amanueil

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  • Afewerki July 17, 2016

    Respected Amanueil

    Allow to state some words with due great respected , Please , could YOU remember the History of ERITREA in 1940 th , what was happening with Grazmach Teclehaimot Bokuru for what purpose they killed him I urge to rewind your mind twice , First of all I am not a supporter of the REGIME , But I love my country you have to think beyond ISAIAS AFEWERKI or further than the leading regime in ERITREA , Do you believe WOYANE they think positive for ERITREA , we have seen a lot in our live of the past regime of Haileselasse and Mengistu , But the people of ERITREA HE forgot every bud done to him and excuse that , But when you back to woyane KIFATEN TENKOLEN it is not only over the government of ERITREA and but you have seen by your eyes while you were in ERITREA all the bag doings on our people of eritrea, Any how any one who repeats that lie is also a damned LAIR…So , Please, as you are like an AMBASSADOR to Eritrea , I consider you in my own mind do noy made out landished and inflammantory statements fit for the mouths of street thugs thansophisticated and respectable international media.do not demonized and villanized your self .it is a crime think for your next generation hawka Afewerki Gebru Weldemicael miss senay akburotu

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