20-year old Kazakh International prodigy Fedorov Yevgeniy recorded a remarkable debut at 2020 Tour du Rwanda, becoming the first ever Kazakh rider to win a stage at Tour du Rwanda.
Fedorov who’s is featuring for Vino- Astana Motors from Kazakhstan made his intentions clear and sent a message to his fellow contenders of what to expect in the next seven days claiming stage one in a solo triumph to head into Monday’s stage two in a yellow jersey with a 15 seconds-lead.
The promising rider covered the 114.4km race that started from Kigali headed to Rwamagana and then back to Kigali in 2 hours, 44 minutes and 59 seconds. He beat his closest contender Mulueberhan Henok from Eritrea by 15 seconds after he posted 02h45’14” while his compatriot Hailu Biniam from France’s Nippo Delko Provence came third posting 02h45’17”.
Fedorov scooped five of the nine awards of the day including stage winner, yellow jersey, best climber, best sprinter and best young rider.
Just nine kilometers into the race, the trio of 19-year old youngster Renus Uhiriwe from Benediction Ignite, 20-year old Fedorov Yevgeniy and 25-year old Mongolian debutant Maral-Erdene Batmunkh made the first attack of the stage opening a 35 second gap on the chasing bunch.
35 kilometers into the race, the breakaway had stretched their lead to 6’55” before Uhiriwe scooped the first KOM points beating Fedorov.
At an average speed of 40km/hr in the first hour, Fedorov took the first sprint points that were after 50km beating Batmunkh where the gap on the peloton had stretched further to 7 minutes.
Uhiriwe yet again claimed the second KOM of the day after 63.3km/hr however after the turn at Rwamagana back to Kigali; the peloton began attacking the breakaway.
After 85km into the race, the peloton had refused to throw in the towel and the gap had decreased significantly to 4’50”.
As the race headed into the final 26 kilometers, eventual winner Fedorov pulled out a solo attack that saw him scoop the final two KOM points of category two hence scooping the KOM award of the day.
With the final 5km, Fedorov who looked extremely determined to make his mark to the 2020 Tour du Rwanda was leading the chasing group by 1’22” and 1’58” to the peloton which saw him cross the finish line in a remarkable solo win.
Uhiriwe took the combative rider award while Henok Mulueberhan took the best African award. Patrick Byukusenge from Benediction Ignite was awarded as the best Rwandan rider as team Eritrea was the best team of the day.
On Monday, riders will set off from Kigali heading to the south province in Huye district, a 120.5km stage.