Ethiopian Temalew takes Stage 6, Mugisha still in yellow jersey

Ethiopian Desalegn Temalew celebrates after edging Rwanda’s Moise Mugisha to the finish line to register his first stage victory in this year’s Tour du Rwanda in Kinigi, Musanze District yesterday. Sam Ngendahimana.


Stage Seven: Musanze - Kigali (107.4 km)


Stage Six: Rubavu-Kinigi (108.5km)
1. Desalegn Temalew (Ethiopia) 02h53’38”
2. Moise Mugisha (Les Amis Sportifs) 02h53’39”
3. Julius Jayde (South Africa) 02h54’01”
4. Azzedine Lagab (GSP Algerie) 02h54’01”
5. Eric Manizabayo (Club Benediction) 02h54’05”

General Classification top five
1. Samuel Mugisha (Team Rwanda) 19h31’52”
2. Jean Claude Uwizeye (POC Cote Lumiere) 19h32’13”
3. Mulu Hailemicheal (Ethiopia) 19h32’16”
4. Azzedine Lagab (GSP Algerie) 19h32’35”
5. David Lozano (Team Novo Nordisk) 19h33’42”

Ethiopian young rider Bereket Desalegn Temalew has won the sixth stage from Rubavu to Kinigi in Musanze District, making him the fifth different stage winner at this year’s Tour du Rwanda that concludes Sunday in Rwandan capital Kigali.


Rwanda international Samuel Mugisha retained the yellow jersey for a fifth consecutive day.


Temalew, 20, who is racing his maiden Tour du Rwanda, claimed the 108.5-kilometre gruesome stage in 2 hours, 53 minutes and 38 seconds, slightly beating Moise Mugisha – of Rwandan side Les Amis Sportif de Rwamagana by just one second.

Team South Africa’s Julius Jayde clocked 02h54’01” to finish third while Stage One winner Azzedine Lagab also posted the same time to take the fourth position.

Eric Manizabayo, who rides for Rwanda’s Club Benediction, used 02h54’05” to complete top five.

Yellow Jersey Mugisha, who is closing in on his maiden Tour du Rwanda title, finished in the 20th position after using 2 hours, 56 minutes and 22 seconds – 2 minutes and 44 seconds behind the stage winner.

The stage got underway with a 4-lap 7.7km circuit in Rubavu town before rolling out to Kinigi near the Volcanoes National Park, bypassing Musanze-based Africa Rising Cycling Center (ARCC) – the famed home of Team Rwanda Cycling.

At an average speed of 39km/h, Ndayisenga took the first King of the Mountains points after 37.5 kilometers ahead of Team Rwanda’s duo Mugisha and Didier Munyaneza.

With 50.5 kilometres into the race, 24-year old Ndayisenga, along with Munyaneza, made another attack that lasted only 10 kilometres before they were brought back by the chasing group to form a seven-rider breakaway.

With 60km into the race, seven riders, led by Jean Bosco Nsengimana, Julius Jayde, James Faurie, Buru Temesgen, Azzedine Lagab, Eric Manizabayo and Desalegn Temalew made another breakaway to open up a gap of 56 seconds before Temalew took the second points of the King of the Mountains after 65.6 kilometres, followed by Manizabayo.

With 25 kilometers to the finish line, the breakaway group had stretched their lead to 3 minutes and 30 seconds to the peloton.

Within five kilometres to the finish, the peloton had narrowed the gap to 3 minutes and 9 seconds before Temelew and Les Amis Sportifs’ Moise Mugisha launched the final attack, with the former beating the Rwandan youngster in the final 50 meters as he held his hand up in triumph.

Riders at the starting line in Huye before the race

For the fifth consecutive day, Mugisha leads the general classification having so far used 19h31’52” – followed by compatriot Jean Claude Uwizeye with 21 seconds adrift.

Team Ethiopia’s Mulu Hailemicheal remains third with 24 seconds off the leader.

The race heads into the penultimate stage (Stage 7) today as riders make way back to Kigali from Musanze, a 107.4-kilometer ride.

The stage will have a total of six climbs and the first King of Mountains points will be after 19.2 kilometres, the second after 60.4 kilometres, the third at 88.6 kilometres and the fourth after 94.2 kilometres.

The last two climbs will come after 102.4km and 107.4 kilometers, respectively.

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