Youngster Munyaneza leads Team Rwanda in Colorado Classic's stage 2
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Stage 3, Denver’s RiNo Art District - Peak to Peak - 130km
Stage 2, top three
1. Alex Howes (USA) Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling - 2:51:17
2. Taylor Eisenhart (USA) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear - 2:51:17
3. Peter Stetina (USA) Trek-Segafredo - 2:51:21
42. Didier Munyaneza - 3:00:29
54. Jean Paul René Ukiniwabo - 3:06:56
56. Jean Claude Uwizeye - 3:06:56
78. Gasore Hategeka - 3:11:51
90. Bonaventure Uwizeyimana - 3:16:15
General classification: Top three
1. Taylor Eisenhart - 6:24:36
2. Alex Howes - 6:24:37
3. Peter Stetina - 6:24:47
Youngster Didier Munyaneza was Team Rwanda's best performer in stage 2 of the ongoing Colorado Classic cycling race in the United States finishing in 42nd place after clocking 3 hours and 29 seconds on Friday evening.
The 18-year old crossed the finish-line 9 minutes and 13 seconds behind stage winner Alex Howes (2:51:17) and first runner-up Taylor Eisenhart, who also used the same time. Peter Stetina, riding for Trek-Segafredo, finish in the third place using 2 hours, 51 minutes and 21 seconds.
Friday was a battle for American giants. The best non-American cyclist was the Italian Manuel Senni (2:51:38), who finished in the 4th place, riding for BMC Racing Team, a UCI World Tour team.
Team Rwanda's Bonaventure Uwizeyimana finished in a disappointing 90th place out of 91 riders, who completed the stage. Jean Paul René Ukiniwabo (54th), Jean Claude Uwizeye (56th) while the reigning national champion Gasore Hategeka came on the 78th position.
Stage three, on Saturday, will be contested on a 130km (81 miles) out-and-back course that runs from the RiNo race hub to the mountains west of Denver on the Peak to Peak Highway and then back to the Mile High City through scenic Golden Gate Canyon State Park.
Today's stage is expected to produce a finishing sprint through the streets of Denver. Gap Road, where riders will face the toughest parthe course, or King of the Mountain (KOM) section, then dirt roads with steep, rolling hills is among the anticipated highlights of the day.
Going into the second-last of the 4-day 2.HC race, Team Rwanda, under Jonathan 'Jock' Boyer, ranks in the 13th place out of 16 teams taking part in the competition.