Meticulous Team Embrace the World’s Timothy Rugg claims stage four as Mugisha keeps hold of yellow jersey

8 August 2018 at 16:58  

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Timothy Rugg wins stage four

Stage four: Musanze-Karongi (135.8km)

Top ten

1. Timothy Rugg (Team Embrace the World) 03h31’25”
2. Samuel Hakiruwizeye (Team Rwanda) 03h33’35”
3. Didier Munyaneza (Team Rwanda) 03h33’49”
4. David Lozano (Team Novo Nordisk) 03h33’49”
5. Jean Claude Uwizeye (POC Cote de Lumière) 03h33’53”
6. Moise Mugisha (Les Amis Sportifs) 03h33’53”
7. Mulu Hailemicheal (Ethiopia) 03h33’53”
8. Samuel Mugisha (Team Rwanda) 03h33’53”
9. Julian Hellmann (Team Embrace the World) 03h33’56”
10. Antoine Aebi (Team Descartes Roamndie) 03h33’56”

General classification top five ranking

1. Samuel Mugisha (Team Rwanda) 14h07’53”
2. Jean Claude Uwizeye (POC Cote de Lumière) 14h08’14”
3. Mulu Hailemicheal (Ethiopia) 14h08’14”
4. David Lozano (Team Novo Nordisk) 14h09’44”
5. Jonas Doring (Team Descartes Roamndie) 14h10’03”
6. Valens Ndayisenga (POC Cote de Lumière) 14h10’06”
7. Julian Hellmann (Team Embrace the World)14h10’27”
8. Azzedine Lagab (GSP Algerie) 14h10’54”
9. Didier Munyaneza (Team Rwanda) 14h10’55”
10. Desalegn Temalew (Ethiopia) 14h10’57”


WATCH: Timothy Rugg wins stage 5

For the second day running, it was a Team Embrace the World affair as 32-year old Timothy Rugg yet again proved his cycling prowess on Rwandan soils putting up a strange unaccompanied performance to win stage four; Musanze-Karongi of the ongoing Tour du Rwanda.

The American rider who is making his second appearance at the annual UCI Africa Tour since his debut in 2016 with Canada’s Team stepped up his performance from Tuesday’s Huye-Musanze stage that was won by his team mate Jullian Hellmann and claimed it posting 3 hours, 31 minutes and 25 minutes.

Rugg who showed the sheer determination to win launched an attack just after about 25 kilometers into the race which he maintained until he reached Karongi town scooping all the three climbs that were along this course.

Team Rwanda’s Under-23 riders Samuel Hakiruwizeye came second clocking 3 hours 33 minutes and 35 seconds while his team mate and reigning national champion Didier Munyaneza crossed the finish line third 3 hours 33 minutes and 49 seconds.

This was Rugg’s second stage win following his triumph during the 2016 edition in which he won stage three from Karongi to Rusizi plus a prologue race which he had won on the opening day.

Rugg who had entered this stage standing on the 41st position, a total of 24 minutes and 36 seconds behind yellow jersey holder Samuel Mugisha skipped a total of 10 places and after stage four, he now standing in the 32nd position with a total time of 14 hours, 30 minutes and one second, a total of 22 minutes and eight seconds behind Mugisha.

Meanwhile 21-year old Mugisha is still in yellow jersey for the third now with a total time of 14 hours 7 minutes and 53 seconds followed by Jean Claude Uwizeye in the second place with 14h08’14” while Ethiopian Mulu Hailemicheal comes third with 14h08’14”.

On Thursday, the race will head to Rubavu from Karongi where riders will race a distance of 95.1 kilometers.

Thursday, 09/08/2018

Stage five: Karongi-Rubavu (95.1km)