Joseph Areruya became today the 3rd Rwandan rider to win the Tour of Rwanda after Valens Ndayisenga (in 2014 and 2016) and Jean-Bosco Nsengimana (in 2015).
At 21, he is also the second youngest rider to win the race. By also winning two stages during this week he showed all of his potential, like he won in the sprint in Musanze but also alone after escaping in Huye.
Joseph Areruya benefited from the work and the great strategy of the team Dimension Data for Qhubeka based in South Africa which is also the number 2 team of the World Tour with the great champion Mark Cavendish.
This victory rewards his investment in training, which has already allowed him to become the first Rwandan rider to win a UCI race away from himl homeland, at the U23 Tour of Italy last June. “I am proud to join Valens and Bosco on palmares of the Tour du Rwanda,” said the winner. Win in front of my public gives even more strength. Saturday the start was held near home, it also gives me motivation. “
The last stage was won by Valens Ndayisenga. He equaled the record of the greatest number of stage victories on the Tour of Rwanda (5) held since Saturday by Metkel Eyob. The Eritrean stay on the second step of the podium like in 2016, followed by Kenyan Suleiman Kangangi (Bike Aid).
1. Areruya Joseph (Dimension Data for Qubeka): 20:21’:29”
2. Eyob Metkel: (Dimension Data for Qubeka): 28″
3. Suleiman Kangagi: (Bike Aid)