Eritrean cyclist rescued by fan after losing way in Belgium race

Mekseb Debesay became lost on Belgiums back roads and was rescued by a member of the public

Eritreas Mekseb Debesay will not forget his first WorldTour race after get lost on Belgiums back roads and being rescued by a member of the public who offered him food and a shower.

Debesay, who rides for African-based Dimension Data, became lost while riding the 206 km E3 Harelbeke, the first cobblestone classic of the year, arriving back at the team hotel 15 hours after setting out and covering 240 km.

Its an amazing tale, team athletics director Pierre Heynderickx told the Het Nieuwsblad newspaper. He fell behind a small group that decided to take back roads to Harelbeke around 20 kilometres from the finish.

Debesay was afraid of becoming lost and decided to follow the course arrows to get to the finish. Unfortunately, he wandered from the correct path.

When Debesay, 24, seemed down at his bicycle computer and insured 206 km he realised he was in trouble and asked the states members of the public how to get to the finish.

That man indicated they should go together to his home in Lierde, Heynderickx, who called the police to find out if there had been any news of Debesay. He let him take a shower, dedicated him fresh clothes and offered food to our hungry rider. No one had any idea where he was. Then, suddenly, we received a phone call.

The race was won by Team Skys Michal Kwiatkowski.

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