Ese Upkeseraye of Nigeria, centre, won the women's road race in Accra ©African Road Championships

Eritrea's Henok Mulubrhan defended his men's road race title at the African Cycling Confederation (CAC) African Road Championships in Ghana's capital Accra, while Nigeria's Ese Upkeseraye won the women's road race.

Mulubrhan triumphed again in a sprint at the end of the 11-lap, 132-kilometre race after his success in Sharm El Sheikh last year.

He crossed the finish line first in 3hrs 4min 27sec, edging out Algeria's Yacine Hamza in second and Morocco's Achraf Ed Doghmy in third.

The victory added to Mulubrhan's bronze in the men's time trial and silver in the team time trial in Accra.

In the 72km eight-lap women's road race, Upkeseraye prevailed in a sprint to triumph in 2:00:36.

Burkina Faso's Ese Upkeseraye Awa Bamogo made the podium after finishing fourth in the individual and team time trial, earning silver in the road race.

Bronze went to Mauritius' Lucie de Marigny-Lagesse.

Under-23 titles were also awarded in the road races.

Byiza Uhiriwe Renus of Rwanda placed seventh in the men's race to earn under-23 gold in 3:04.27, with silver going to Eritrea's Aklilu Arefayne and bronze to Algeria's Hamza Amari after they placed 10th and 15th respectively in the sprint.

There was a Rwandan one-two on the women's under-23 podium.

Diane Ingabire just missed out on the senior podium in fourth, but claimed the under-23 title.

Her compatriot Xaverine Nirere was sixth in the race, with her time of 2:00:42 earning silver.

Algeria's Nesrine Houili took under-23 bronze with a 13th-place finish in 2:06:15.

The CAC Para-cycling Road Continental Championships in Accra are due to begin tomorrow and run until Friday (February 17).