photo credits & excerpts @ Tour of Rwanda
Boivin Guillaume (cycling Academy Team) claimed the victory in a thrilling sprint finish on stage 1 of the Tour du Rwanda. Zemenfes SOLOMON (Eritrea) finished second with Tesfom OKUBAMARIAM (Eritrea) in third and EYOBMetkel (Dimension Data for Qhubeka) fading into fourth.
“I am very happy for the win today. It’s an amazing feeling.We’ve been here for a couple of days and it’s really a good experience.The crowds are really great, the fans are so amazing.I am really happy.” said Guillaume
Pre-race favorite and last year runner-up Areruya Joseph finished safely in the bunch to seal a slim one second ahead of Cycling Academy’s Guillaume BOIVIN and NSENGIMANAJean Bosco (Stradalli – Bike Aid).
“It feels good to be in yellow and I want to keep it. It’s up to us to work hard” said Areruya.
Top 10 Finishers
1 Guillaume Boivin (Can) Cycling Academy Team 2:12:35
2 Zemenfes Solomon (Eri) Eritrea National Team
3 Tesfom Okubamariam (Eri) Eritrea National Team
4 Temesgen Buru (Eth) Mebrahtu Ethiopia National Team
5 Metkel Eyob (Eri) Dimension Data For Qhub
6 Jean-Claude Uwizeye (Rwa) Les Amis Sportifs
7 Sébastien Fournet Fayard (Fra) Haute-Savoie/Rhone-Alpe
8 Elyas Afewerki (Eri) Eritrea National Team
9 Dimitri Bussard (Swi) Meubles Descartes Prod
10 Joseph Areruya (Rwa) Les Amis Sportifs
General classification after stage 1
1 Joseph Areruya (Rwa) Les Amis Sportifs 2:16:38
2 Guillaume Boivin (Can) Cycling Academy Team 0:00:01
3 Jean Nsengimana (Rwa) Bosco Stradalli – Bike Aid
4 Valens Ndayisenga (Rwa) Dimension Data For Qhubeka 0:00:02
5 Temesgen Buru (Eth) Mebrahtu Ethiopia National Team 0:00:06
6 Tesfom Okubamariam (Eri) Eritrea National Team 0:00:07
7 Fayard Fournet (Fra) Sébastien Haute-Savoie/Rhone-Alpes 0:00:08
8 Kibrom Giday (Eth) Hailay Ethiopia National Team 0:00:09
9 Justin Paroz (Swi) Meubles Descartes Prodis 0:00:12
10 Metkel Eyob (Eri) Dimension Data For Qhubeka
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