Roy Roukoz, center, competes at the 2017 Lebanese Road Race Championships. (The Daily Star/Finbar Anderson)
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A young Lebanese cyclist competed alongside 177 riders from around the globe at the men's under-23 world championship road race in Norway Friday. Twenty-year-old Roy Roukoz, from Beirut's Dekwaneh, was the sole Lebanese competitor in the 191-kilometer race in Bergen, Norway, which took place as it poured rain. Speaking to The Daily Star shortly after the race he said that he was "not ready for such a strong race ... The course was very technical, with lots of climbs and hills".Furthermore, he was at a disadvantage compared to many of the competitors, many of whom "race 60 races a year or more". However, Roukoz was proud of having taken part and being able to race under the Lebanese flag on the world stage.
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