Alan Boileau, remember this name. At 21 years old, the Frenchman is simply in the form of his life!
In the first 5 stages of the 2.1 Category Tour du Rwanda, Boileau, featuring for B&B Hotels team, has won 3 stages so far.
Boileau has a way of winning races when you least expect him. He has mastered the art of hiding in the middle of the peloton and stays quiet and relaxed as other riders fight for intermediate points, but will pop up in the last hundreds of meters away from the finish line and force a sprint photo-finish victory.
That’s exactly how he has won all his first three professional stages in the Rwandan tour. Perhaps that explains why he sits 11th in General Classification despite having won 3 stages out of 5 so far.
During Thursday race, right from the 15Km through the last 1Km, Alexis Vuillermoz and Van Breussegem were in the breakaway and were at some point one of the two was considered as elected victor. But Boileau and his teammates from the B&B Hotels ps KTM had a different plan. And the plan worked out perfectly well.
Towards the last elevation, Boileau attacked, Bruessegem was dropped in the last 200 meters. Boileau and second placed Alexis Vuillermoz used 3 hours, 28 minutes and 45 seconds, two seconds ahead of Eyob Metkel whose effort lifted to the top of the general classification.
Most of the B&B Hotels team riders are in their late 20s and early 30s, Boileau is the youngest and so they trust his technique and strength to attack and win the race from the last 50 meters. He has done it three times so far.
We can only hope that Boileau’s first 3 professional victories will propel him to bigger Stage victories globally. But first, he has 3 more stages left to finish in Rwanda.
Meanwhile, Eritrean rider for Team Terengganu, Eyob Metkel dethroned Colombia’s Sanchez Brayan Stiven from the coveted yellow jersey.
Eyob is the third different rider to wear the Yellow Jersey in this year’s Tour du Rwanda after Colombians Vergara Brayan Sanchez and Umba Abner Santiago.
Friday’s circuit Stage 6 will cover 152.6km from Kigali Convention Center through Gicumbi and Rulindo Districts before finishing at Mount Kigali.
1. Eyob Metkel (Terengganu Cycling Team) 16h49’05"
2. Rodriguez Cristián (Team Total Direct Energie) +2"
3. Hoehn Alex (Wildlife Generation Pro Cycling) +4"
1. Teugels Lennert 35pts
2. Manizabayo Eric 26pts
3. Quintero Carlos 20pts
1. TEUGELS Lennert 22pts
2. Goeman Andreas 8pts
3. Goytom Tomas 8pts
Best Young Classification
1. Zerai Nahom (Eritrea) 16h49’23’’
2. Alan Boileau +13"
3. Ormiston Callum +1’17"
Best African Classification
1. Eyob Metkel 16h49’05’’
2. Zerai Nehom +18"
3. Kent Main +01’02’’
1. B&B HOTELS pb KTM 50h27’00’’
2. Total Direct Energie +02’27’’
3. Team Medellin +02’44’’