Frenchman Alexandre Geniez, riding for TotalEnergies, won the individual time trial (prologue) of Tour du Rwanda 2022.
Geniez clocked 4’41’’ in a 4km individual time trial (prologue) to beat Colombian Jhonatan Restrepo Valencia by 5 seconds and 65 microseconds, the winner of last two consecutive individual team trial.
The 14th edition of Tour du Rwanda was flagged off on Sunday morning amidst heavy morning and it didn’t stop until the last man.
Team Rwanda rider, Byiza Uhiriwe Renus finished in 25th position, 20 seconds behind the stage winner to take the best Rwandan Jersey.
Despite the results, Uhiriwe is upbeat that Rwandan riders shall perform better this season.
“Today’s race was very tough because of the rain but we are not discouraged by the results. This year, our goal is to win your and we will do everything to win it,” Uhiriwe said.
This is the first edition of the Tour du Rwanda 2.1 category since Rwanda was announced the hosts of the 2025 World Cycling Championship.
The President of the Rwanda Cycling Federation, Abdallah Murenzi said this tour and subsequent editions of Tour du Rwanda will help the country and the riders to better prepare for the World Championships.
“The last two years have been difficult for the riders because on the pandemic and travel restrictions, ” Murenzi said, adding, “but this year is better with fewer restrictions and teams increasing."
Last year we had 15 teams and now they are 19. We hope this tour and following editions will help us to better prepare for the 2025 World Championships.”
On the second stage of Tour du Rwanda, riders will take on the road race covering 148,3km from Kigali Arena to Rwamagana.
- GENIEZ Alexandre (TOTALENERGIES (FRA)
- RESTREPO VALENCIA Jhonatan (DRONE HOPPER - ANDRONI COL)
- DUJARDIN Sandy (TOTALENERGIES FRA)
- DREGE André (TEAM COOP NOR)
- LAURANCE Axel (B&B HOTELS - KTM FRA)
Yellow jersey: Alexandre Geniez Team Total Direct Energies
King of Mountains jersey: Jhonatan Restrepo ( Androni Team)
Intermediate Sprints jersey: Sandy Dujardin (Total Direct Energies)
Best young rider: Andre Drege (Team Coop Sykkel)
Best Rwandan rider: Uhiriwe Byiza Renus (Rwanda National Team)
Best African rider : Kent Main (Protouch (South Africa)
Combative rider: Axel Laurence (B&B Hotels - KTM)
Best Team : Team TotalEnergies