- David Lozano wins penultimate stage 7
Stage 7: Musanze-Kigali (107.5km)
1. David Lozano (Team Novo Nordisk) 02h48’18”
2. Valens Ndayisenga (POC Cote Lumiere) 02h48’35”
3. Jean Claude Uwizeye (POC Cote Lumiere) 02h48’35”
4. Samuel Mugisha (Team Rwanda) 02h48’35”
5. Joseph Gichora Kamau (Kenyan Riders Safaricom) 02h48’53”
General Classication top five
1. Samuel Mugisha (Team Rwanda) 22h20’27”
2. Jean Claude Uwizeye (POC Cote Lumiere) 22h20’48”
3. Mulu Hailemicheal (Ethiopia) 22h21’37”
4. Azzedine Lagab (GSP Algerie) 22h21’53”
5. David Lozano (Team Novo Nordisk) 22h22’00”
Spanish international proficient rider David Riba Lozano claimed the penultimate Musanze-Kigali stage 7 of Tour du Rwanda on Saturday while Team Rwanda’s Samuel Mugisha increased his chances of winning this year’s final edition of the 2.2 UCI Africa Tour before it’s upgraded to 2.1 next year.
Lozano beat the breakaway of four riders including Valens Ndayisenga, Samuel Mugisha, Jean Bosco Nsengimana and Timothy Rugg in the final 5km to claim, a first stage win for USA’s Team Novo Nordisk that made their debut this year.
The 29-year old experienced Lozano won the 82.2km stage in 2 hours, 48 minutes and 18 seconds beating the chasing group by a total of 17 seconds.
The trio posted 2 hours, 48 minutes and 35 seconds with Ndayisenga taking the second spot followed by Uwizeye while Samuel finished fourth with Joseph Gichora Kamu of Kenyan Riders Safaricom taking the fifth spot clocking 2 hours, 48 minutes and 53 seconds.
“It was a very hard stage, I tried to join the best Rwandan riders in the final kilometers and when we started climbing, I decided to attack and fortunately I won, we are here to win and of course we shall try to do the same tomorrow,” said Lozano
However, Lozano is still one miunute and thirty three seconds adrift Mugisha who now leads the general classification with 22h20’27" where he is 21 seconds ahead of Uwizeye and one minute and ten seconds ahead of Mulu Hailemicheal who is in the third place.
If Mugisha wins tomorrow, he will join the club of Rwandan riders that have won the annual race since 2014 including Ndayisenga (2014 and 2016), Nsengimana in 2015 and reigning champion Joseph Areruya.
Meanwhile, the eight day event winds up tomorrow with stage eight around City of Kigali that will cover a distance of 82.2km that with riders set to climb the famous cobbled ‘wall of Kigali’ twice.
Today’s gruesome stage will have a today of seven climbs; four of category 4, one of category 2 and two of category 1.
Riders will meet the first climb after 11.6km, the second one after 23.6km while the third one after 35.6km with the fourth one after 47.6km. The fifth climb will be after 65.9km while the sixth will be after 70.4km and the last one after 80.3km.
There will also be two intermediate sprints with the first one after 33.9km while the second one after 45.9km.
Sunday, 12th August, 2018
Stage 8: Kigali-Kigali (82.2km)