Three South Africans are among the nominees for the African Cyclist of the Year award.
The award was established four years ago by organisers of the Tropicala Amissa Bongo in Gabon, which has been one of Africa’s premier road tours for the past 10 years.
Its purpose is to reward a rider whose results on the continent and abroad have contributed to growing the awareness of and respect for African cycling.
Five-time Tour de France winner Bernard Hinault heads the panel of managers, coaches, officials and journalists who make up the jury. The winner will be announced on December 17.
The nominees are:
Eritrea: Natnael Berhane (MTN-Qhubeka), Mekseb Debesay (Bike Aid), Merhawi Kudus (MTN-Qhubeka), Daniel Teklehaimanot (MTN-Qhubeka)
Algeria: Adil Barbari (Centre Mondial UCI), Abdelkader Belmohktar (Groupement Sportif Pétrolier), Youcef Reguigi (MTN-Qhubeka)
Morocco: Soufiane Haddi (Skydive Dubaï), Mouhssine Lahsaini, Salaheddine Mraouni
Rwanda: Valens Ndayisenga (Centre Mondial UCI), Jean-Bosco Nsengimana, Bonaventure Uwizeyimana
South Africa: Daryl Impey (Orica-GreenEdge), Jacques Janse van Rensburg (MTN-Qhubeka), Louis Meintjes (MTN-Qhubeka)
Burkina Faso: Rasmané Ouedraogo
Cameroon: Clovis Kamzong
Ethiopia: Tsgabu Grmay (Lampre-Merida)
Tunisia: Rafaa Chtioui (Skydive Dubaï)