After the penultimate stage of the tour, Henry Tetteh Djanmah (Defending Champion) saw his title defense attempt went up in smoke as his efforts to close the time gap, for the Yellow Jersey amounted to nothing.
His inability to work the magic he promised left him over 6 minutes behind the Yellow Jersey holder.
When asked how he felt about what was going on with his title defense, the champion sounded optimistic, “this is cycling and anything can happen until the end, but I’ll keep working for my boy (Razak Umar) to win the white jersey”.
Samuel Anim, winner of 5 stages thus far, also failed to improve upon his time, after a late rally during the 9th stage. Prior to the last but one stage, Anim had closed the gap to 1 minute 49 seconds; however, ill fortune was the undoing of the Anim.
About 4km after the first ‘point chaud’, during the first half of stage 10 (Ada to Dzodze) the unexpected happened to the man, who has won all the Green and Yellow Jerseys up for grabs since stage 1. He had a crash, when he attempted an attack to escape the peloton. In the process, his front wheel got damaged, and he had no choice, but to wait for his team vehicle to rectify the mechanical fault.
Anim’s Predicament derailed his previous successes choked, he’s now 6 minutes behind Prosper Agbo, who is looking good to win his first tour de Ghana. Anim is however hopeful of keeping the Red and Green Jersey till the end.
“I’m not happy about what happened today, but I will keep the green and red till the end, no matter what happens.”
The 11th and final stage of competition is expected to be action packed. The white jersey battle will see Razak Umar (Die Hard) coming against the 17 year old sensation Frank Awuku Akuffo (All Stars). Frank is slightly ahead of Umar but the slightest slip from Frank could be detrimental to his chances.
Die hard, best team ( 2011 and 2012), have it all to do if they want to retain their title, they will have to come against the formidable All stars team, who are poised to make history by ending the competition with the White and blue Jerseys.
Prosper Agbo is expected to put up a strong defense with the aid of Francis Tetteh, against all serious threat from Frank Akufo (closest to Yellow Jersey; he is 2 minutes 2 seconds away from the Yellow Jersey. A two and half minutes breakaway could do the trick for Frank, provided he is given the opportunity to go that far without being held in check.
From Ada to Dzodze, Isaac Odonkor (All Stars) celebrated his first stage victory. This victory puts his team in pole position to be the best team of the 2013 Cowbell bike tour. He was closely followed to the finish line by Moro Egala and Isaac Sackey, who were second and third respectively.
Dickson Poku (Victory-Takoradi), ’the lone ranger’, finally had something to shout about, after all his hard work in this year’s tour. He placed first from Akatsi to Ada.
“This boy has really been impressive, because he has done it all alone without significant support from his teammates throughout the competition. He is one to watch in the future”, said Shaaban Mohammed, Technical Director of the Tour. Mohammed Aminu came second, and his colleague, Wisdom Akakpo, followed in the third position.