As he had announced last Sunday before the start of the 7th edition of the Tour du Rwanda, Mekseb Debesay is ready to compete with the Rwandans who dream of winning a second time after Valens Ndayisenga in 2014.
The Eritrean of the German Team Bike Aid won today the 1st stage in Rwamagana in sprint ahead of the yellow jersey Jean-Bosco Nsengimana. Debesay was able to demonstrate that he was in a very great condition while the national team of Eritrea had previously tried to blow up the pack. But all the best riders of the peloton had arrived all together on the final circuit for the final sprint.
Mekseb Debesay winner in 2014 of the continental classification UCI Africa Tour and elected the Best African cyclist of the year is not an unknown rider in Rwanda. Last year, he suffered several falls that had prevented his chances for the final classification. "This stage victory today is a good signal for the future, he said. It will put me confidence before the mountain stages. "
The Rwandans was very secured around the yellow jersey Jean Bosco Nsengimana who did not lose anything of his position in the overall standing.
The second stage tomorrow will take the riders from Kigali to Huye over mountain roads.