After Janvier Hadi last two years, another Rwandan Jean Bosco Nsengimana won the opening day of the 7th Tour du Rwanda today on a 3.5 km prologue.
The rider of 22 years has largely broke the course held since 2012 by the Canadian Rémi Pelletier-Roy of eleven seconds. It is closely followed by his two compatriots in the standings, Valens Ndayisenga first Rwandan winner of the first Tour du Rwanda in 2014, and Janvier Hadi.
"It is a great satisfaction to put me on the top of the podium today, said the winner. This is a great result that confirms the progress of all the team. " The Rwandans trained by former US champion Jonathan Boyer placed six in the top ten, proving their will to shine on their roads during the seven steps to come through the land of a thousand hills where the difficulties of the mountain fail to surprise their rivals.
Among them, the French former professional Jérémy Bescond was placed in fourth position preventing Rwandan riders to occupy the first five places in the classification of the day.
The Eritrean Mekseb Debesay, winner of the Trophy for Best African Cyclist 2014, has also distinguished by finishing in 7th place twelve seconds behind Jean-Bosco Nsengimana.
The leader of the Bike Aid German Team announced this morning before the start that he was there to win the final classification. "I prepared myself to win the Tour of Rwanda, he announced. In 2014 I had suffered many crashs and I was not able to fight with my normal means. This year everything will be different. "
The peloton will go morning for the first stage between Rwamagana and Nyagatare.