Eritrean cyclist rescued by fan after losing way in Belgium race

• Mekseb Debesay offered food, clothes and shower by member of public
• ‘Unfortunately, he wandered from the correct path,’ says team director

Eritrea’s Mekseb Debesay will not forget his first WorldTour race after getting lost on Belgium’s 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 206km E3 Harelbeke, the first cobblestone classic of the year, arriving back at the team hotel 15 hours after setting out and covering 240km.

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