- Julian Hellmann in the stage winner jersey sponsored by Skol Rwanda
Stage three: Huye-Musanze 199.7km
1. Julian Hellmann (Team Embrace the World) 05h11’04”
2. David Lozano (Team Novo Nordisk) 05h11’12”
3. Calvin Beneke (South Africa) 05h11’12”
4. Jonas Doring (Team Descartes Romandie) 05h11’14”
5. Valens Ndayisenga (POC Cote de Lumiere) 05h’11’15”
General Classification ranking
1. Samuel Mugisha (Team Rwanda) 10h34’00”
2. Jean Claude Uwizeye (POC Cote de Lumiere) 10h34’21”
3. Mulu Hailemicheal (Ethiopia) 10h34’21”
4. David Lozano (Team Novo Nordisk) 10h35’55”
5. Jonas Doring (Team Descartes Romandie) 10h36’07”
WATCH: HELLMANN Julian wins stage 3 of Tour du Rwanda 2018
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Team Embrace the World’s debutant Julian Hellmann has won stage four of the ongoing 2018 Tour du Rwanda, the longest stage ever since the annual UCI Africa tour event was first staged in 2009.
The 27-year old beat a stiff competition from a strong field of breakaway riders that entered Musanze still together before sprinting to claim the 199.7km stage with a total time of five hours, 11 minutes and 4 seconds.
Hellmann beat his closest contender David Lozano from USA’s team Novo Nordisk by just eight seconds after the latter clocked 5 hours, 11 minutes and 12 seconds to claim the second spot while South Africa’s Calvin Beneke finished third with the same time with Jonas Doring from Team Descartes Romandie scooping the fourth place posting 5 hours, 11 minutes and 14 seconds whereas Ndayisenga was the best Rwandan rider finishing in the fifth place with 5 hours, 11 minutes and 15 seconds.
Yellow jersey holder Mugisha finished 13th, one minute and 17 seconds behind stage winner clocking 5 hours, 12minutes and 21 seconds.
At about three kilometers into the race, four including Club Benediction’s Janvier Hadi, Benjamin Favre from Team Haute-Savoie Rhone-Alpes and Timothy Rugg from Team Embrace the World made an early attack.
With 20 Kilometers into the race the four kilometres were joined by a bunch of other riders to a 23-man breakaway opening a one minute and fourteen seconds to the peloton that included the yellow jersey holder Samuel Mugisha.
32 kilometers into the race, the breakaway had stretched their lead to two minutes and fifty one seconds, racing at an average speed of 43.10 Km/h and the group entered Muhanga town, the peloton had reduced the deficit eight seconds.
Hadi claimed the first intermediate sprint that was at 72.8 kilometers beating Yacine Hamza from GSP Algerie and Team Descartes Romandie’s Jonas Doring.
2016 two-time stage winner Rugg claimed the first King of the Mountain climb that was after 85.4 kilometers beating Doring and Team Rwanda Didier Munyaneza.
The 32-year old claimed even the second climb that was at 116.5 kilometers beating Rwandan trio of Eric Manizabayo, Moise Mugisha and Didier Munyaneza before Hadi claimed the second and final intermediate sprint of the day that was after 121 kilometers beating Julian Hellmann of Team Embrace the World and Munyaneza.
Heading into the final 40 kilometres, five riders including South Africa’s Calvin Beneke, Rugg, Tom Balascovic from Team Haute-Savoie Rhone-Alpes and Benediction’s Jean Bosco Nsengimana were leading the peloton with gap down to one minute and three seconds.
Ethiopian 19-year old Mulu Hailemicheal snatched the final King of the Mountain climb that was after 165.9 kilometers beating Hellmann, Moise Mugisha and Samuel Mugisha.
As the breakaway entered Musanze town, the 27-year old accelerated beating his contenders to reach the cross the finish line, recording a debut stage win at Tour du Rwanda.
“I saw gap towards the end and I decided to sprint and fortunately I won, this very icredible, I am very happy, thank you all so much,” an overwhelmingly excited Hellmann disclosed after winning.
Following this stage, Mugisha still leads the general classifications with a total time of 10h34’00” followed by Jean Claude Uwizeye with 10h34’21” same as Mulu Hailemicheal stands in the third place a gap of 21 seconds.
Meanwhile for stage four on Wednesday, riders will set off from Musanze town heading to Karongi district in the western province via Rutsiro district, a 135.8 kilometer distance that is one of the new stages and the second longest stage in this year’s edition.
Riders will meet the first intermediate sprint after 20.3 kilometers before climbing the first mountain after 27.3 kilometers while the second one will after the riders have rode 70.6 kilometers and the last one will be after 103.7 kilometers before heading into the final intermediate sprint after 119.4 kilometers.
- Mugisha Samuel in the yellow jersey sponsored by MINISPOC
- Mulu Hailemicheal in KOM jersey sponsored by Cogebanque
- DORING Jonas in most aggressive rider’s jersey sponsored by @RwandAgriExport
- Mugisha Samuel in #VisitRwanda jersey sponsored by RDB Rwanda
- HADI Janvier in the Best Sprinter jersey sponsored by SP
Stage four: Musanze-Karongi (135.8km)