Su. 24/02 | Stage 1 | 111.8km | Kigali > Kigali
Italian young rider Alessandro Fedeli from France’s Delko Marseille Provence proved his prowess and sent a message to his fellow contenders on what to expect in the next seven stages of this year’s ongoing inaugural edition of 2.1 Tour du Rwanda rising to the occasion to claim stage one on Sunday afternoon in Kigali.
In what was a sprint finish, the 22-year old Fedeli beat a strong field of very experienced riders to claim the 111.8km stage and will kick off stage two on Monday in a yellow jersey.
Three riders namely Fedeli, Yakob Debesay Abreham from Eritrea and and Przemyslaw Kasperkiewcz also from Delko Marseille Provence crossed the finish line clocking two-hours, forty-one minutes and thirty-two seconds each beating the trio of 2017 champion Joseph Areruya, Salim Kipkemboi from Kenya and Simon Guglielmi of Equipe de France Espoir by just two seconds after they all posted 02hours, 41 minutes and 34 seconds.
The race started with the trio of Bonaventure Uwizeyimana from Benediction Excel Energy, Hudry Florian from Interpro Cycling Academy and Rohan du Plooy from ProTouch attempting a breakway from the peleton and opened a gap of one minute and 22 seconds.
With 91 kilometres to the finish, the trio had stretched the lead to 5 minutes and 35 seconds before Rohan claimed the first King of the Mountain riding at 39.3km/h.
With 60 kilometres to finish, the chasing pack had started to bridge the gap and the lead had decreased to four minutes and 54 seconds.
Heading into the final 35 kilometers the gap had decreased to just one minute and 35 seconds before the peloton caught the breakaway with just three kilometers to the finish.
Meanwhile tomorrow, the race will head to the Southern province in Huye district from Kigali covering a distance of 120.5 kilometres.