The Tour du Rwanda 2017 will start in just 48 hours, Sunday, November 12 with a prologue in the streets of the capital Kigali. Here is all you need to know about this ninth edition which will cross the Land of a Thousand Hills all the next week.
- 45 new riders (never to have participated in the Tour du Rwanda), a renewal rate of 59.2% against 54% in 2016.
- 407 different runners took the start of the Tour du Rwanda for a total of 627 participations since 2009.
- 4 new nationalities: Austria (3 riders), Mauritius (5), Slovakia (5), Colombia (1). 17 different nationalities. The 9th edition of the Tour du Rwanda is one of the most cosmopolitan in the history of the test.
- The best average time (all stages confused): 54.31km / h during the prologue of the edition 2015.
- 9: the record number of participations in the Tour of Rwanda of Gasore Hategeka, the only one to have participated in all trials.
- 17: the record of stage wins by nations, held by Eritrea, followed by Rwanda (13) and Morocco (8).
- 4: the record of stage victories held by Mr. Debesay, V.Ndayisenga and Reijnen.
20 years and 11 months, the younger Valens Ndayisenga’s age final winner in 2014, ahead of Daniel Teklehaimanot (22 years in 2010), Jean-Bosco Nsengimana (22 years old in 2015). 18 years and 10 months, the youngest Merhawi Kudus stage winner in 2012, ahead of Natnael Berhane (20 years and 11 months in 2010) and Valens Ndayisenga (20 years and 11 months in 2013).
- 17: the number of riders to have participated in the Tour du Rwanda before joining a team from the World Tour as Aït El Abdia, Berhane, R.Janse Van Rensburg,
Grmay, Kudus, Meintjes, Nyionshuti, Teklehaimanot.