Eritrean lost during E3 Harelbeke took 15 hours to complete course

Mekseb Debesay forced to rely on kindness of strangers for food and fresh clothes after taking a wrong turn during Belgian one-day race

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Eritrean Mekseb Debesay of team Dimension Data lost his way in the E3 Harelbeke in Belgium yesterday, spent 15 hours on the road and resorted to a stranger's help for food, shower and clean clothes.

Sky's Michal Kwiatkowski won the one-day WorldTour race ahead of Peter Sagan (Tinkoff). Sky's Ian Stannard attacked the chase group to take third place.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.