Dylan being awarded the yellow jersey of Tour du RWANDA 2013
Tour du Rwanda one of the key attractive points to make Rwanda well known worldwide, remains the first event in Rwanda that impresses international news agencies to explore the beauty of Rwanda,as the tour crosses all over the country commonly known as “Land of a Thousand Hills”. This year ,the tour has left Rwanda on top.
The South African cyclist has won the Tour.
Dylan Girdlestone from South Africa has won the most stunning 2013 Tour of Rwanda. In yellow from the fourth stage of the competition, Girdlestone finished on top of the leader board in the final general classification after encircling a time of 20”35”55 round run over the weekend in Kigali.
Dylan, the 24-year-old who covered the 804km tour championship said, “The competition was easier said than done most especially the second stage which was the longest of all. But I thank my teammates for the support they gave me in attacking the tricky mountainous stages.”
Girdlestone believes that Rwandan riders performed well. “They should engage in many competitive events like the upcoming Tour of Egypt.”
Louis Meintjes from Team MTN-Qhubeka finished second while King of the Mountain climber Eyob Metkel from AS.BE.CO, an Eritrean club was the third. This is the second time that the yellow jersey is returning to South Africa.
The surprise cyclist who confirmed his potential was John Njoroge from Kenya who finished fourth in general round up after clocking 20”39”34. Eritrea’s AS.BE.CO was the best team of the tour beating MTN-Qhubeka on the final day.
The 94km sprint section of five laps of the last stage was won by Algerian Azzedine Lagab with a time of 2”23”54.
Lagab the winner of the fifth stage is the only rider who won two stages in the competition. He reached the finish line after beating countryman Hichem Chabane by one minute and forty eight seconds.
Aron Debretsion from AS.BE.CO finished third after clocking a time of 02”25”42 ahead of MTN-Qhubeka (Rwanda) Adrien Niyonshuti as Girdlestone finished fourth.
Jean Bosco Nsengiyumva from Rwanda finished in the sixth position and also mounted the podium for being the youngest rider in the competition. The fifth edition of the Tour of Rwanda that started on November 17 ended over the weekend.
The Rwanda Cycling Federation (Ferwacy) president Aimable Bayingana said, “This was the most spectacular cycling event in Rwanda. The tour is now renowned all over the world. It is both the local and international media that has made this happen.”
Bayingana added that, “Rwandan riders performed well, most especially the young riders, they tried all the way and that is the reason why Valens Ndayisenga and Janvier Hadi won two stages in the event.”
Niyonshuti who represented MTN-Qhubeka was also impressed with how his countrymen and his teammates performed. “What Rwanda riders lack is experience, if they can gain that, then next year, they can improve a lot. For instance while attacking the pro-riders; I wanted my fellow countrymen like Hadi, Ruhumuriza (Abraham) and Ndayisenga to do so.”
“Personally, this year’s event was intense. This was my first competition since I got ill. All my training was indoor with scientific technology sprints not outdoor racing. Actually, I am surprised I performed this way.”
“This is the reason why in my academy, there are two English men who came to assist me in helping the young riders through scientific bike training,” added Niyonshuti.
Out of the 66 riders who started the whole competition in the first stage, only 54 finished the event. Jay Robert Thomson of MTN-Qhubeka who won the first stage from Kigali–Rwamagana pulled out because of stomach complications