So we thought Darren Lill shot after leaving the yellow jersey at the young Kudus Merhawi yesterday, it was discovered today a mentally strong rider who has turned things around in his favor on a course that favored yet his Eritrean rival.
From the first meters of the stage, the South African rider went on the attack and after three attempts, he succeeded in getting into a good escape. Destabilized Kudus Merhawi takes too long to react and organize the prosecution. The peloton did not help specifically and suddenly the gap was quickly rising sharply.
After 50 kilometers of racing, the gap of the young Eritrean stopped in the pack, was already four minutes. Merhawi was then decided to take responsibility and attacked in turn to try to switch the trend in its favor. The gap was then seven minutes, but with a few bold, he realized that most of the work to fill the hole. But the task was too heavy for this 18 year old inexperienced. Before Daren Lill and his six another escapees made combining perfectly and maintained a comfortable lead. At the foot of the final climb to the finish, two escapees tried their luck, the Canadian Bruno Langlois and the Ethiopian Getachew Atsbha. But Darren Lill watched all orders and took quickly to lead to prepare the final sprint. He already knew that the yellow jersey he returned but he also wanted the stage win for a prestigious victory. Behind Kudus Merhawi failed to 8th place at 6’52’’ and lost its leading position despite his courage.
Tomorrow the last stage inside Kigali should confirm the leadership of Daren Lill, who has a sufficient advantage in the provisionnal overall ranking.