At stage 2 finished at Rubavu, Joseph Areruya lost his yellow jersey, defeated by the Swiss Simon Pellaud, but he won the 3rd stage yesterday in Musanze, close to the training center founded by the Ferwacy (the Rwandan Cycling Federation) and the American Jonathan Boyer.
Two days after his first stage success in Huye, the Rwandan showed that he is in a very great physical condition and that he is still hooping to win this 2017 edition of the Tour of Rwanda.
He has not managed today to regain time against the yellow jersey Simon Pellaud who has responded to the strategy of the South African Team Dimension Data which had placed three riders in the escape including its leader Joseph Areruya.
When the peloton joined the breakaway in the last ten kilometers, the Swiss found again his place in front of the race and ensure for one more day his jersey of leader.
“I’m surprised I still have him on the back after this stage,” he admitted. I had not imagined that my team reduced to three riders could help me at this point. I have no illusions, I know that the next stages are very difficult for me with a lot of climbs and the Rwandans will want to shine. “
With an advantage of 1 minute in the general classification ahead Josef Areruya, the Swiss leader knows that his situation remained fragile.
Stage 3 classement:
- Areruya Joseph Dimension Data For Qhubeka 2:23:25
- Avilae Dwin Team Illuminate
- Ukiniwabo Jean Paul Rene Rwanda
- Pellaud Simon Team Illuminate
- Eyob Metkel Dimension Data For Qhubeka
- Goudinvalentin Team Haute Savoie – Auvergne Rhône Alpes
- Mebrahtom Natnael Eritrea
- Holler Nikodemus Bike Aid
- Tuyishimire Ephrem Club Les Amis Sportifs De Rwamagana
- Debretsion Aron Eritrea
- Pellaud Simon Team Illuminate 10:13:47
- Areruya Joseph Dimension Data For Qhubeka +1:00
- Ndayisenga Valens Tirol Cycling Team +1:17
- Kangangi Suleiman Bike Aid +1:21
- Byukusenge Patrick Rwanda +1:25
- Okubamariam Tesfom Eritrea +1:29
- Munyaneza Didier Rwanda +1’ :29’’
- Jeannes Matthieu Team Haute Savoie – Auvergne Rhône Alpes +1:30
- Eyob Metkel Dimension Data For Qhubeka +1:38
- Nsengimana Jean Bosco Rwanda +2:15