Tour du Rwanda: Canada’s name roster

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)


LowestRates cycling team will be among many teams that will participate in Tour du Rwanda 2017


With just eleven days left to the highly anticipated 9th edition of Tour du Rwanda, teams from around the world are getting through the final paces ahead of the competition, while others are announcing their rosters.

LowestRates manager speaks to the riders before racing from Kigali Convention center to Karongi during Tour du Rwanda 2016


This year’s edition will get underway from November 12 to 19 attracting a total of 17 teams including six national teams, six UCI Continental teams and five club teams.

Canada’s Cycling Team will make their second appearance following an outstanding debut last year.


Canadian based cyclist leads the peloton during the 4 lap of the final stage of Tour du Rwanda 2016


On Tuesday, the club confirmed a roster of five riders that will be vying for their first Tour du Rwanda glory.


Apart from winning Rugg Timothy was one of Tour du Rwanda 2016 riders who had many supporters across the city.

The team will be led by Cameron McPhaden also known as the master of the groupetto, Jules Cusson-Fradet, Stephen Keeping, Edward Greene and Brett Wachtendorf also known as the climbing specialist.

“As the last formal event for team LowestRates on the 2017 calendar, my teammates and I have been doing some serious preparatory work to be able to light some fireworks before hanging up our racing wheels for the season,” Cameron McPhaden was quoted as saying in a statement released on the club’s website.

Rugg and Algerian rider seen in the break away. the duo did 3 laps together and they were taken by the peloton in two final laps


He added; “Our motivation for this year is to live up to the reputation we established during last year’s race, taking the win in two of the eight stages in Rwanda. It won’t be easy, but it can certainly be done, especially with the work that Brett and Ed have been putting in the mountains. The three of us domestiques will be fetching bottles, keeping our leaders safe in the pack, and dealing with any riffraff that tries to disturb the day’s plan,” Cameron said.

Rugg Timothy, the winner of two stages in Tour du Rwanda 2016 , seen here in action climbing in some tough hills of Kigali during the final stage of the tour


Last year, the team impressed on their debut winning a total of two victories that included the prologue race and stage three (Karongi-Rusizi) all courtesy of Rugg Timothy who later joined German UCI Continental team Bike Aid.

They finished in the fourth place in the general team classification out of 12 teams behind Dimension Data for Qhubeka, Ethiopia and Team Rwanda.

Rugg seen here dispirited after finishing the final stage in ten positions, differently to what he expected after crossing more 5 laps leading the race in a solo break away


Apart from winning Rugg Timothy was one of Tour du Rwanda 2016 riders who had many supporters across the city.

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