Cyclist Areruya in first race with Delko Marseille Provence KTM

Areruya is part of a six-man contingent representing the UCI Professional Continental team. (Courtesy)

Barely four days after joining the team’s training camp, star cyclist Joseph Areruya has officially started racing for his new French side – Delko Marseille Provence KTM.

The 22-year old Rwanda international is part of a six-man contingent representing the UCI Professional Continental team at the ongoing 28th Rhône-Alpes Isère Tour in France. The 4-day race started on Thursday afternoon and will run through May 6.

This year’s edition of the annual Rhône-Alpes Isère Tour has attracted a total 128 cyclists representing 22 different cycling teams.

In Stage 1, Areruya finished in the 105th out of 125 riders who managed to cross the finish-line. Danish cyclist Niklas Larsen claimed the stage to take the yellow jersey after clocking 3 hours, 30 minutes and 3 seconds to cover the 143.3-kilometre distance. Belgian Jerome Baugnies (3:30:05) and Austrian Markus Eibegger (3:30:07) finished second and third respectively.

Only two African riders, Areruya and South Africa’s Brendon Davids are taking part in the 2.2 UCI category race.

Rhône-Alpes Isère Tour (formerly Tour Nord-Isère) is a road bicycle race held annually in the French Department of Rhône-Alpes. The editions 1991–2004 were reserved to amateurs; and since 2005, it has been organized as a 2.2 UCI event on the UCI Europe Tour.

 

 

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