Nyanza- Team Rwanda Karisimbi’s Joseph Biziyaremye emerged winner of the 2014 Tour of Rwanda longest and 5th stage from Rubavu to Nyanza district in Southern Province in a thrilling 182.4Km race.
The 26 year old became the 5th person to win a stage during this year’s tour after edging out Eritrean Dawit Haile and 4th stage winner Mraouni Salaeddine to the top spot.
In 2011,Biziyaremye became the first rwandan to win a stage in Tour du Rwanda.Biziyaremye Joseph and Ndayisenga Valens are now the only rwandan riders to win two stages in Tour du Rwanda.
Yellow Jersey holder Ndayisenga Valens managed to finish in 5th place enough for him to keep the coveted jersey with only two stages to go.
Biziyaremye, who has been consistent from day one, began the leg well from Rubavu, remaining at the front for the longest periods and could only complete a strong performance by crossing the line first in Nyanza.
The Karisimbi rider could not hide his excitement as he punched the air after piping the Eritrean Haile and Moroccan Mraouni who sought to win a second consecutive stage but it was never to be.
The Rubavu-Nyanza stage was characterized by huge crowds all the way from Rubavu through the districts of Nyabihu, Ngororero, Ruhango and Nyanza where it finally ended.
Biziyaremye clocked 05h09’49’’ for the 182.4km stage to cement his place among the top three to raise further hopes of Rwanda winning the tour since it went international in 2009.
“I am excited. I feel energized, not by my win but most importantly the performance of the team. The fact that we are still keeping the yellow jersey is what is most important,” an elated Biziyaremye said.
Ndayisenga on the other continues to put up a spirited performance by ensuring a top 5 finish to retain the yellow jersey, capitalizing on the troubles of his competitor Mekseb Debesay who once again had a calamitous stage.
The Eritrean riding for Bike Aid-Ride for Help sustained two punctures during the course, despite mounting an early assault from Rubavu. Mekseb finished a lowly 37 on a day which saw 50 riders complete the stage.
However the UCI Continental Tour number one contender maintained his ‘best climber’s’ jersey as he has done since the tour started. He is ranked at number 22 on general classification.
Only Debretision Aron of Team AS.BE.CO can dent Rwanda’s chances of winning this year’s tour, with 1’18’’ on the clock behind Ndayisenga.
Rwandans dominate the top 5 positions on general classification, with only Debretision in 4th position, sandwiched between Ndayisenga in the 1st position, Jean Bosco Nsengimana in 2nd, Biziyaremye in 3rd and Patrick Byukusenge in 5th position.
- Biziyaremye Joseph Rwanda Karisimbi 05h09’49”
- Dawit Haile Eritrea 05h09’49”
- Mraouni Saleedine Morocco 05h09’49”
- Buru Temesgen Ethiopia 05h09’49”
- Ndayisenga Valens Karisimbi 05h09’49”
- Afewerki Elias Eritrea 05h09’49”
- Habte Salomon Eritrea 05h09’49”
- Depretsion Aron 05h09’49”
- Amanuel Million Eritrea 05h09’49”
- Mxenge Thulasizwe South Africa 05h09’49”
- Ndayisenga Valens Rwanda Karisimbi 18h59’05”
- Nsengimana Jean Bosco Rwanda Karisimbi 19h00’01’
- Biziyaremye Joseph Rwanda Karisimbi 19h00’20’
- Debretsion Aron As.Be.Co 19h00’23’
- Byukusenge Patrick Rwanda Akagera 19h00’51’