As Eritreans dominate Stage 6
2010 Tour of Rwanda
Stage 6 results
1) N.Tewewldemedin (ERI) 4:16:06
2) D.Teklehaimanot (ERI) 4:16:06
3) J.Reindardt (S.A) 4:16:06
4) J.Adil (MOR) 4:16:06
17) A.Niyonshuti (RWA) 4:19:58
20) N.Byukusenge (RWA) 4:20:15
1) N.Tewewldemedin (ERI) 22:40:14
2) D.Teklehaimanot (ERI) 22:40:59
3) J.Reindardt (S.A) 22:41:12
4) J.Adil (MOR) 22:41:38
7) A.Niyonshuti (RWA) 22:43:46
13) N.Byukusenge (RWA) 22:53:12
22) G.Hategeka (RWA) 23:28:10
Huye - Kigali (129km)
ADRIEN Niyonshuti was left ruing a flat tyre for his miserable 17th spot finish in yesterday’s stage 6; 155km stage (Karongi –Huye).
The 23-year-old, who is yet to win the tour since its addition on the UCI calendar, was in conention until the final 10km when the front tyre of his bike got a flat tyre.
The MTN Energade rider is now 3 minutes and 32 seconds behind Eritrea’s Natnael Teweldemedhin, who will wear the yellow jersey in today’s penultimate stage.
African champions Eritrea continued their dominance in the race with a 1-2 finish for Teweldemedhin and Daniel Teklehaimanot.
South Africa’s Janse Reinardt, who won stage 1, came in third position, while last year’s winner Jelloul Adil of Morocco finished fourth.
It was yet another enthralling sprint at the end as all the top four riders clocked 4 hours, 16 minutes and six seconds. Like in the first and fifth stage, electronic footage was brought into play to determine the winner.
Adil won the white jersey (most popular rider in the stage) while Niyonshuti will don the blue jersey for the seventh consecutive time after emerging as the best Rwandan rider.
16 teams are in contention this year and they include Castelsarrasin from France, Belgium’s Flanders AVIA, Team Type 1 of USA, Seychelles, Kenya, Libya, Egypt, Morocco, Ivory Coast, South Africa, Cameroon, Great Lakes team, new African champions Eritrea, UCI Continental and two teams for Rwanda; Team Rwanda Akagera and Team Rwanda.
Tigo, Rwanda Development Board (RDB), Western Union, Ministry of Sports and Culture, Fina Bank and Reco-Rwasco have all thrown their weight behind the event.