Eritrean lost during E3 Harelbeke took 15 hours to complete course

Mekseb Debesay forced to rely on kindness of strangers for food and fresh clothes after taking a wrong turn during Belgian one-day race Eritrean Mekseb Debesay of team Dimension Data lost his way in the E3

Mekseb Debesay forced to rely on kindness of strangers for food and fresh clothes after taking a wrong turn during Belgian one-day race

Eritrean Mekseb Debesay of team Dimension Data lost his way in the E3 Harelbeke in Belgium yesterday, spent 15 hours on the road and resorted to a stranger’s help for food, shower and clean clothes.

Sky’s Michal Kwiatkowski won the one-day WorldTour race ahead of Peter Sagan (Tinkoff). Sky’s Ian Stannard attacked the chase group to take third place.

Meanwhile Debesay, 24, wandered the Flemish back roads in desperation.

“It’s an amazing story,” team sports director, Pierre Heynderickx told 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.”

Debesay won the Tour d’Algérie and the Tour of Eritrea before signing with Dimension Data ahead of 2016. The E3 Harelbeke marked his first WorldTour race, and it was one he will not forget.

He reached 206 kilometres on his computer, the race distance, but still had not arrived in Harelbeke. He turned to one of the many fans on bicycles riding along the same roads.
“‘Please, where’s Harelbeke?’ he said. That man suggested that they should go together to his home in Lierde,” Heynderickx added. “He let him take a shower, gave him fresh clothes and offered food to our hungry rider.”

His team left for the Mercure Hotel in Roeselare, but were worried about their last man. Heynderickx called the police, the UCI’s race jury and the organisers.

“No one had any idea where he was. Then, suddenly, we received a phone call.”

Debesay covered around 240 kilometres and, 15 hours after he left, returned to the team’s hotel base in Roeselare.

Source: http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/

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9 COMMENTS
  • Berhe Tensea March 27, 2016

    This is really sad and unfortunate, and I wish him success in the future.

  • Andemariam March 27, 2016

    The poor guy never got lost, he was desperately looking for refugee center to surrender with his bike.

    • Gigi W March 28, 2016

      You idiot, you have beer got lost have you?

    • Fanuel March 29, 2016

      you are twat!

    • Berhe Tensea April 2, 2016

      Andemariam,
      You are funny, thank you very much.

  • wedinakfa March 27, 2016

    I blame President Isays Afewrki.

  • Hidat March 28, 2016

    AYE ANDEMARIAM ETI TIMENEYO DIKA XIHIFKA.(KABAKA NILELI POOR GUY ) KIHILU ILKA TIHASIB.

  • berhane March 28, 2016

    sorry mekseb, next time you have to ride with confidence and attension.

  • Zeray March 28, 2016

    The western world can be disorienting to most of us. I have a confession. I once tried to climb an escalator at an airport from the ascending (opposite side) and the escalator kept pushing me back. You think I made a Mistake? No!! I thought it was broken!!!

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