Nsengimana out of Colorado Classic cycling race after stage 1

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Jean Bosco Nsengimana, seen here racing on Thursday, is out of the competition after finishing out of the time bound. / Courtesy

Friday - Stage 2, Breckenridge - 103km

Thursday - Stage 1 top five
John Murphy (HCR) – 3:33:20
Travis McCabe (UHC) – 3:33:24
Logan Owen (AHB) – 3:33:26
Antonio Canet Molina (CJR) – 3:33:28 
Marco Canola (NIP) – 3:33:30

Team Rwanda
34. Jean Paul Rene Ukiniwabo – 3:33:30
41. Jean Claude Uwizeye – 3:33:30
45. Gasore Hategeka – 3:33:30
61. Didier Munyaneza – 3:34:07
93. Bonaventure Uwizeyimana – 3:51:49

The 2015 Tour do Rwanda champion Jean Bosco Nsengimana’s journey at the ongoing Colorado Classic race in the United States ended in disappointing fashion in stage 1 on Thursday evening.

Nsengimana’s early exit leaves Team Rwanda with five riders in the 4-day 2.HC UCI category race that will climax on Sunday.

Stage one was won by John Murphy of Holowesko/Citadel Racing P/B Hincapie Sportswear (HCR) after using 3 hours, 33 minutes and 20 seconds.

United Healthcare Professional Cycling Team’s Travis McCabe finished second, four seconds behind the stage winner, while Logan Own riding for Axeon Hagens Berman, came in the third place, 6 seconds behind.

Team Rwanda riders, all making their debut at the prestigious race, did fairly well with Jean Paul Rene Ukiniwabo (34), Jean Claude Uwizeye (41) and Gasore Hategeka (45) finishing in the main pack.

The pack included this year’s Tour de France first runner-up Uran Rigoberto (21), who also used 3 hours, 33 minutes and 30 seconds as the Rwandan riders.

According to the competition organizers, Colorado Classic’s vision is to highlight the power of the bike to bring people together, improve health and build stronger communities.

Stage two on Friday evening; riders will race on a total 103km (64 miles) in the scenic mining town of Breckenridge.

The stage will test endurance and willpower of riders during the 10 laps of a 10.3km circuit where racers will face more than 7000 feet of climbing, including multi leg-crushing runs up the moonstone climb and subsequent descents down Illinois Gulch.

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