During the fourth stage, a short stage from Nyamata to Rwamagana, A Rwandan Bonaventure Uwizeyimana (Benediction club), was able to double the leading peloton of Azzedine Lagab and the two Bike Aid riders, Van Engelen and Nikodemus.

Bonaventure Uwizeyimana won the stage, and he was the 1st Rwandan to win the stage in eastern province since 2009

He won the stage with 2h16’26” while Hamza Yacine (Algeria), with 2h16’30” came to the second place, and the third was Avila Edwin (Team Illimunate) with 2h16’30”.

Since 2009 it’s the first time that Rwandans have won a single stage in the Eastern Province.

German Holler Nikodemus was the first to launch hostilities. He escaped alone at 4 Km and was joined at 8 Km by 3 riders, Fournet-Fayard Sebastien (Haute Savoie), Ruberwa Emile (Benediction Club), Van Engelen (Bike Aid). Their lead was 30 seconds on the peloton at 10 Km.

The yellow jersey team Areruya Joseph leads the tempo at the head of the peloton to avoid that the escaped takes too much ahead.

After the Van Engelen’s climb, Holler and Lagab Azzedine got out. At the first crossing of the finish line, the 3 men are 26 seconds ahead of the peloton, which has taken over the other 4 riders who made up the escape. It was a 6.5 Km lap before the finish.

After the tie in the last lap, Bonaventure Uwizeyimana won a few meters ahead of the peloton and win the full stage.

Standings of the stage

1. Uwizeyimana Bonaventure (Benediction club): 2h16’26”
2. Hamza Yacine (Algeria): 2h16’30”
3. Avila Vanegas Edwin Alcibiades (Team Illuminate): 2h16’30”
4. Debretsion Aron (Eritrea): 2h16’30”
5. Rene Jean Paul Ukiniwabo (Team Rwanda): 2h16’30”

General classement after stage 5

1. Areruya Joseph (Dimension Data) 15h24’31”
2. Eyob Metkel (Dimension Data) + 38’’
3. Kangangi Suleiman (Bike Aid) +1’16’’
4. Pellaud Simon (Team Illuminate) + 1’33’’
5. Nsengimana Jean Bosco (Rwanda Equipe Nationale) + 2’00’’
6. Byukusenge Patrick (Rwanda Equipe Nationale) + 2’44’’
7. Ndayisenga Valens (Tirol Cycling Team) +2’54’’
8. Okbamariam Tesfom (National Team Eritrea) + 3’02’’
9. Munyaneza Didier (Benediction Club) + 3’03’’
10. Jeannes Mathieu (Haute Savoie) + 3’06’’

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