- Race of the month -
The 31st edition of the Tour du Faso in Burkina Faso took place from October 26th to November 4th. Part of the UCI Africa Tour since 2005, the UCI 2.2 race covers 1171 kilometres in ten stages, covering all regions of the country, starting and finishing in the capital of Ouagadougou.
The 2018 edition was won by Burkina Faso native Mathias Sorgho, who had previously finished third on two occasions. Dutch rider Florian Smits (Global Cycling Team) won the opening stage to take the leader's jersey, but lost it on the next stage, when Sorgho took the overall lead. Sorgho lost the lead on the following stage to teammate Saidou Bamogo, only to regain it when he won Stage 4. The leader held off all challengers for the remainder of the race, to win the title by 13 seconds over Sjors Handgraff (Global Cycling Team) of the Netherlands.
- 2018 Final Standings -
1 Mathias Sorgho (BUR) Burkina Faso 28:22:42
2 Sjors Handgraff (NED) Global Cycling Team at 0:13
3 Dieter Bouvry (BEL) Team Flanders 1:33
4 Rick Nobel (NED) Global Cycling Team 1:40
5 Julian Hellmann (GER) Team Embrace the World 2:01
- Focus on Miguel Angel Lopez (COL) -
Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana Pro Team) leads the UCI America Tour rankings for the second consecutive month at the end of November. Lopez is completing the strongest season of his career, with third place in the general classification of two Grand Tours: the Giro d'Italia and La Vuelta Ciclista a España. He also won the White Jersey as Best Young Rider at the Giro, and finished second overall in two UCI 2.HC stage races: the Vuelta a Burgos and Tour of Oman. Still only 24 years of age, Lopez won the Tour de Suisse (2.UWT) in 2016, and two stages of the 2017 La Vuelta Ciclista a España.
- 2018 UCI Continental Tour Rankings (November 25) -
UCI Africa Tour - Daryl Impey (RSA)
UCI America Tour - Miguel Angel Lopez Moreno (COL)
UCI Asia Tour - Alexey Lutsenko (KAZ)
UCI Europe Tour - Alejandro Valverde (ESP)
UCI Oceania Tour - Michael Matthews (AUS)
UCI Africa Tour - South Africa
UCI America Tour - Colombia
UCI Asia Tour - Kazakhstan
UCI Europe Tour - Belgium
UCI Oceania Tour - Australia