It’s the Tour of Rwanda, already gaining momentum day after day with the South Africans showing their capabilities in this tour.
The third phase of the tour was won by LILL DARREN of National Team South Africa clocking 1h49’02’’ who was six seconds in front of another group of four riders including Rwandan ADRIEN NIYONSHUTI.
The third phase was so good to watch, no rainy interventions, no heat, lots of cheering and above all not that hilly.
It was the second race of the day after riding from Kigali to Muhanga earlier in the morning, where the riders rested till 14h30 taking off to Huye where DARREN won the phase.
People from the southern parts of the country are cycling lovers, they were in huge numbers to witness the race, they have someone special in this tour Abraham Ruhumuriza born in Huye, with other Rwandan riders people wanted to see one of their own performing high and it was only Adrien Niyonshuti who came fourth in this third phase and Abraham Ruhumuriza was the 41st.
Below are the Jersey winners
1. Lill DARREN goes into today’s fourth stage, Huye-Karongi wearing the Yellow Jersey. He takes it from Canadian Remi Roy Pelletier of Team Quebecor Garneau and was also the third phase winner.
2. National Team SA is the best team so far and was awarded with the COGEAR jersey after 274, 2 km.
3. The best Rwandan so far after the third phase is Adrien NIYONSHUTI and was awarded with the Western union jersey with Rwandan flag colours.
4. The best Combative rider was Alexey SCHMIDT of Team Type 1 SANOFI and was awarded with the EWSA red jersey.
5. The best African rider went to Lill Darren of national team SA and Western union awarded him with a jersey.
6. The best young rider went to Merhawi Kudus of Eritrea from team UCI continental center and was awarded with the National lottery jersey.
7. The best climber went to Marre David of Team SA and was awarded with the COGEABANQUE jersey.
After a bad morning (Kigali-Muhanga), Rwandan riders improved in stage three. Hadi of Team Rwanda Kalisimbi came 14th with 1h49’43’’41, Uwizeyimana (Team Rwanda Akagera) came 17th after clocking 1h49’54’’52, Rudahunga (Team Rwanda Kalisimbi) came 22nd with 1h50’10’’, Hategeka (Team Rwanda Akagera) clocked 1h50’10’’.
All eyes on todays race from Huye to Karongi, wstimated to be the harder than the previous three phases, a 152 km race with lots of hilly parts will be a jot to watch.