Moroccan cyclist Nasr Eddine Maatougui won the 2nd stage of the 10th edition of the International Challenge of HRH Crown Prince Moulay El Hassan of cycling, disputed Thursday between Guelmim and Sidi Ifni on a 121.5 km course.
Nasr Eddine Maatougui won the Birthday Trophy for HRH Crown Prince Moulay El Hassan, after his victory during this stage in 02h 50 min 58 sec, ahead of his compatriots Adil El Arbaoui and Achraf Ed-Doghmy.
The first stage, contested on Tuesday between Guelmim and Tan Tan over a 125.5 km course, also saw three Moroccan cyclists occupy the three steps of the podium, namely Achraf Ed-Doghmy, Oussama Khafi and Hassan Saber.
The participants in this edition, organized under the High Patronage of HM King Mohammed VI, are competing for three trophies in three stages of the Challenge, which has been on the calendar of the International Cycling Union (UCI) since its first edition in 2010, namely the Crown Prince Trophy (1st stage), the Birthday Trophy of HRH Crown Prince Moulay El Hassan (2nd stage) and the Royal House Trophy (3rd stage).
The third and final stage was to link, on Friday, Guelmim to Sidi Ifni via Tiznit (130.5 km).
The International Challenge of HRH Crown Prince Moulay El Hassan is a showcase that promotes the country’s tourist assets as well as its cultural riches, especially since it confirms once again that the Kingdom of Morocco is a true haven of peace. and a land of hospitality, dialogue, tolerance and coexistence.
This 10th edition saw the participation of cyclists representing, in addition to Morocco, represented by the three national selections (the first team, the Olympic team and the regional team), the national selections of the United Arab Emirates, the Sultanate of Oman and Mauritania, as well as continental teams from Germany, the Netherlands, Slovakia, the United Arab Emirates and Morocco (Sidi Ali Unlock).