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14th Tour du Faso - 2.5
Burkina Faso, November 15-26, 2000
The only international cycle race in Africa between the Sahara and the Zambezi takes place in Burkina Faso, once known as Upper Volta. Burkina Faso is one of the most population dense states in West Africa, with over 9 million inhabitants in a 275,000 square kilometre area.
The country has its own place in the history of cycling. It was here, on the 15th of December 1959, that the legendary Fausto Coppi rode his last race, he came in second in a criterium of the streets of the capital Ougadougo. He came home from this African tour with a virus, some sources say malaria, that took his life with pneumonia on the 2nd of January, 1960, two days into what should have been his fourth decade in top cycling. His son, Faustino Coppi has been asked to attend the 2000 event, along with Tour de France greats Eddy Merckx, Jean-Marie Leblanc and Bernard Hinault.
The Tour du Faso this year is a UCI 2.5 event, attracting teams from the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Italy, Switzerland and several African teams.
1999 Nasry Said (Egy)