The International Cycling Union has appointed Laurent Bezault as UCI Africa Tour Adviser. Former organiser of the Tour du Faso, he will supervise development initiatives in Africa, collaborating in particular with National Federations and event organisers. He will also be UCI Technical Delegate at the African Continental Championships.
Laurent Bezault (France) will work with other UCI Africa Tour Adviser Jean-Pierre van Zyl and will concentrate his efforts mainly in the French-speaking regions while van Zyl looks after the English-speaking regions.
âCycling has a great deal of potential in Africa,â he comments. âNumerous countries already have a culture in this sport, with competitions proving popular even in the remotest of villages. The popularity of African cycling is at an all-time high. I will help organisers register their events on the UCI Africa Tour calendar and the National Federations form UCI Continental Teams."
The former member of Amaury Sport Organisation âs (ASO) sports direction, Laurent Bezault, 47, worked for 18 years at the heart of professional events such as the Tour de France, and amateur races such as the Tour de lâAvenir. He was the backbone of the Tour du Faso between 2001 and 2008.
His experience as an amateur then professional rider (second in Paris-Nice in 1993) will also be an asset in his missions for the UCI.