In today’s Stage One, Italian Feldeli Alessandro of Delko Marseille Provence KTM won. Rwandan champ Joseph Areruya came later by just seconds.
Team Rwanda for 2019 is made up of 12 cyclists previous winners: Valens Ndayisenga 2014/06, Jean Bosco Nsengimana 2015, Joseph Hareruya 2017 (Delko Marseille Province KTM), and Samuel Mugisha 2018 (Dimension Data).
The 2019 Tour du Rwanda is on for next week. It comes with several FIRSTS.
- The international governing body has elevated Tour du Rwanda to category UCI 2.1 from 2.2 category race. That puts it only second to Gabon’s race on the African continent. But Tour du Rwanda will maintain “most grueling race” tag in Africa.
- The frightening new development is participation of riders from Pro-Continental Teams and the world’s biggest, Tour du France.
- The top cash prize has been increased to $4,000, up from $1,200.
- The overall winner after each stage will get $1,400 – up from $600.
As the Kigali-Rwamagana-Kigali 111.8km route opened, Valens Ndayisenga, captain of Team Rwanda told local media that he makes no promise to Rwandans for miracles.
So far, Ethiopia National Team pulled out yesterday before first stage kicked off today.
Cycling teams attended Tour du Rwanda 2019:
Astana Pro Team
Delko Marseille Provence KTM
Team Novo Nordisk
Dimension Data for Qhubeka
Pro Touch Team
Nice Ethiopia Pro Team
Bai Sicasal Petro de Luanda
Interpro Stradalli Cycling
Benediction Continental Team
Rwanda National Team
Equipe Nationale d’Algerie
Equipe Nationale du Cameroun
Kenya National Team
Erythrea National Team
Equipe Nationale France U23