Dimension Data target to defend Tour du Rwanda title


Dimension Data riders join Valens Ndayisenga to the stage celebrating the crucial victory of Tour du Rwanda 2016.


2017 Tour du Rwanda stages

Nov. 12: Prologue: 3.3km

Nov. 13: Stage 1 Kigali-Huye 120.3km+ 4 categorized climbs

Nov. 14: Stage 2 Nyanza- Rubavu 180km+ 6 categorized climbs

Nov. 15: Stage 3 Rubavu-Musanze 95km+ 1 massive categorized climb

Nov. 16: Stage 4 Musanze-Nyamata 121km+ 4 categorized climbs

Nov. 17: Stage 5 Nyamata-Rwamagana 93.1km+ 3 categorized climbs

Nov. 18: Stage 6 Kayonza-Kigali 86.3km+ 4 categorized climbs (including the infamous “Mur de Kigali”)

Nov. 19: Stage 7 Kigali-Kigali 120km+ 10 categorized climbs (one per lap of the circuit)

Dimension Data rider Samuel Mugisha who was crowned to be the best climber of Tour du Rwanda 2016, captured here with former Dimension Data cyclist Valens Ndayisenga , the winner of Tour du Rwanda 2016. It is expected that Samuel should do what his compatriot did last year to make sure that South African club defend the title


South Africa’s Team Dimension Data have confirmed their five-team roster that will be vying to defend this year’s Tour du Rwanda that gets underway this coming Sunday on November 12 and run until November 19.

The Italy based UCI continental team are the defending champions in both general classification which they won courtesy of Rwandan rider Valens Ndayisenga currently with Austria’s Tirol Cycling team and were the best overall team.

Best climber of Tour du Rwanda 2017 captured along the solo break away ,during the race to prepare Tour du Rwanda


The roster that was announced on Monday via the team’s official twitter handle is led by Rwandan duo of Joseph Areruya and Samuel Mugisha who currently is with the fifteen riders that will represent Rwanda under three teams namely Team Rwanda, Club Les Amis Sportifs de Rwamagana and Club Benediction de Rubavu.

The 20 year old Mugisha speaks to the media after reaching the finish during the race to prepare Tour du Rwanda 2017. He won the 120 km race , that started from Nyanza to Rubavu last month.


The local riders are currently in a training camp at Africa Rising Cycling Center (ARCC) in Musanze district.

Last year, Areruya who was making his second appearance in the annual 2.2 UCI Africa Tour finished fourth and won stage four Rusizi-Huye.

Earlier this year, the former Les Amis Sportifs rider made history by winning stage 5 of the 2017 Giro d’Italia U23.

The winner of Tour du Rwanda 2016 Valens Ndayisenga,seen here celebrates his victory. He was one of five  Dimension Data riders who rolled their bicycles along the tour.


This historic win was a first on two fronts, first, it marked Rwanda’s first win on the European racing circuit and it was also Dimension Data All-African Continental Team’s first victory outside the continent.

In 2015 when he debuted in Tour du Rwanda, Areruya finished second on the General Classification behind the eventual winner Jean Bosco Nsengimana.

Meanwhile his compatriot Mugisha made his Tour du Rwanda debut last year and stunned by winning the King of the Mountains jersey.

(L-R) Rwandan cyclists Joseph Areruya, Valens Ndayisenga and Samuel Mugisha are among those looking to win Tour du Rwanda 2017. The yellow jersey hold has joined Tirol Cycling Team. The duo, Samuel and Areruya joined Dimension Data


Another big name on this roster and favourite to win this year’s edition is Eyob Metkel from Eritrea who finished second last year in the general classification just 39 seconds behind Ndayisenga and managed to win stage five Muhanga-Musanze. The other two riders are Kent Main and Stefan de Bod.

This year’s Tour du Rwanda will cover a total distance of 819 kilometers and will reach in all the five provinces of the country.

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