Tour of Rwanda 2012 will certainly start the career of the young Eritrean Merhawi Kudus. At only 18, former African UCI Continental Center made today a great performance by winning stage 1 in Nyagatare after 148 km race. Present in the escape from km 104 with two South Africans (Shaun Ward and Dylan Girdlestone) and Ethiopian Alem Abebe, Kudus Merhawi took well his responsibilities despite her very young age.
In the final sprint, he did not fear despite the presence of two riders of South African team. This is his first victory outside the borders of Eritrea and it is certainly not the last. «It’s a great pleasure for me, he said at the finish. I felt good today, I wanted not to stay in the peloton.» A perfect tactic that announces a great week for the young rider on next famous mountains roads, which is his specialty. South African Shaun Ward (4th on the prologue yesterday) although classified prologue yesterday, took the yellow jersey with 7 seconds ahead of his compatriot Girdlestone and 7 seconds of Merhawi Kudus.
These three men had escaped after the third climb of the mountain classification with Alem Ethiopian Abebe.
Canadian Team Quebecor Garneau of the leader Remi Pelletier-Roy worked at the front of the bunch behind the four escapees, to catch up the yellow jersey but failed to 27 seconds on the finish line. The Canadian had to leave his leader jersey Shaun Ward. The best Rwandan on the general classification is Adrien Niyonshuti, 6th and very active today in the peloton during. In the first kilometers of the stage, another Rwandan Joseph Biziyaremye was present in the first breakaway of the day before the merger with the pack. The riders will now discover the difficult mountain roads, with for beginning two stages in the programm tomorrow.