Though unaccustomed to such sweltering temperatures in his native Leicestershire, the sole British competitor Dan McLay acclimatised quickly and sprinted to his maiden victory as a professional on Stage 3 between Mounana and Koulamoutou.
Race leader Rafaâ Chtioui rides near the front of the bunch during Stage 4, closely watched by eventual runner-up Giovanni Bernaudeau (Team Europcar). After winning the opening stage between Bongoville and Moanda in a breakaway, Chtioui defended his lead to the finish.
Africa rising: Team Rwanda gets ready for an air transfer to Libreville after Stage 7. Organising the race is a significant logistical challenge and several planes transported riders around Gabon on occasion during the race to ensure speedy travel.