Rosskopf takes over from teammate Reijnen

Neo-pro captures stage win, race lead

Team Type 1 extend its domination at the Tour of Rwanda by keeping the yellow jersey and winning its fourth victory in four stages. Joey Rosskopf succeeded his teammate Kiel Reijnen at the head of the general classification after taking the stage victory in the hilly route between Kigali and Gisenyi.

"I was dropped in the climbs but came back to the downhills," said Rosskopf, who is currently a stagiaire for the US team and a neo-professional in 2012.

At the top of the last ascent with 33km to go, the American came back to a six-rider group that included his leader Reijnen and Rwandan Adrian Niyonshuti (MTN Qhubeka). He then attacked on the descent and caught two riders of the Rwandan national team, Gasore Hategeka and Abraham Ruhumuriza, who had formed an early breakaway. Both riders finished 47".

African squads had a strong race on the mountainous course, first with the Ethiopians who led a small breakaway with all their six riders, then with the Rwandan attackers. Aged 21, rising talent Emmanuel Rudahunga raced 50km in front alone and had a gap of up to 3:29. His two teammates launched an attack afterward, reaching a three minute advantage before being caught by a surprising Rosskopf in the very last kilometers.

In the general classification, Rosskopf now leads Hategeka and Ruhumuriza while Reijnen has dropped to fourth at 3:04. On Wednesday's stage 4 to Gitarama riders face more climbing, with 2,658m of vertical ascent sure to shake up the GC.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Joseph Rosskopf (USA) Team Type 1 - Sanofi4:17:51 
2Gasore Hategeka (Rwa) Rwanda Karisimbi0:00:47 
3Abraham Ruhumuriza (Rwa) Rwanda Karisimbi0:01:00 
4Kiel Reijnen (USA) Team Type 1 - Sanofi0:03:04 
5Aléxis Chenevier (Fra) Rhone Alpes0:03:06 
6Adrien Niyonshuti (Rwa) Team MTN Qhubeka  
7Suleiman Kangangi (Ken) Kenya National Team  
8Dylan Girdlestone (RSA) Team MTN Qhubeka  
9Janvier Hadi (Rwa) Rwanda Karisimbi  
10William Dugan (USA) Team Type 1 - Sanofi  
11Nathan Byukusenge (Rwa) Rwanda Karisimbi  
12Tedros Redae (Eth) Ethiopia National Team  
13Kbrom Giday (Eth) Ethiopia National Team0:03:10 
14Benjamin Kogo (Ken) Kenya National Team  
15Emmanuel Rudahunga (Rwa) Rwanda Karisimbi0:03:12 
16Samwel Ekiru (Ken) Kenya National Team  
17Nicodem Habiyambere (Rwa) Rwanda Karisimbi0:03:16 
18Nderi Zakayo Mwai (Ken) Kenya National Team0:09:44 
19Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Team MTN Qhubeka0:10:16 
20Joseph Biziyaremye (Rwa) Rwanda Akagera0:13:07 
21Samwel Mwangi (Ken) Kenya National Team0:13:14 
22Alex Bowden (USA) Team Type 1 - Sanofi0:17:36 
23Bram Delie (Bel) Flanders Avia Cycling Team  
24Jérémy Burton (Bel) Flanders Avia Cycling Team  
25Innocent Uwamungu (Rwa) Rwanda Akagera  
26Emile Bintunimana (Rwa) Rwanda Akagera  
27Guy Smet (Bel) Flanders Avia Cycling Team  
28David Nkurunziza (Rwa) Rwanda Akagera0:17:39 
29Hamisi Mkoma (Tan) Tanzania National Team  
30Alexey Shmidt (Rus) Team Type 1 - Sanofi  
31Jean De Dieu Uwimana (Rwa) Rwanda Akagera  
32Adrien Muffat (Fra) Rhone Alpes  
33Obed Ruvogera (Rwa) Rwanda Akagera0:17:41 
34Getachew Atsbha (Eth) Ethiopia National Team  
35Antonin Azam (Fra) Rhone Alpes  
36Alem Abebe (Eth) Ethiopia National Team  
37Loto Petrus (Nam) Team MTN Qhubeka  
38Weldemikael Weyo (Eth) Ethiopia National Team0:17:49 
39Diego Van Looy (Bel) Flanders Avia Cycling Team0:19:21 
40Richard Laizer (Tan) Tanzania National Team0:20:25 
41Damien Fol (Fra) Rhone Alpes  
42Paul Agorir (Ken) Kenya National Team0:21:07 
43James Tennent (RSA) Team MTN Qhubeka0:33:30 
44Msgena Kindeya (Eth) Ethiopia National Team0:33:31 
45Maua Kiondo (Tan) Tanzania National Team0:45:13 
46John Kitivei (Tan) Tanzania National Team0:45:15 
47Silver Dima (Gab) Gabon National Team0:45:17 
48Ephrem Ekobena (Gab) Gabon National Team0:48:04 
49Stanley Namanyana (RSA) Team MTN Qhubeka0:50:55 
DNFTyler Magner (USA) Team Type 1 - Sanofi  
DNFKarel Pattyn (Bel) Flanders Avia Cycling Team  
HDCharles Anguilet (Gab) Gabon National Team  
HDArnaud Ontsatsi (Gab) Gabon National Team  
HDLerys Moukagni (Gab) Gabon National Team  
HDJuma Lukondya (Tan) Tanzania National Team  
HDKakaa Likimboivoy (Tan) Tanzania National Team  
Mountain 1 - Sommet MG1, km 5.9
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Adrien Niyonshuti (Rwa) Team MTN Qhubeka15 pts
2Kbrom Giday (Eth) Ethiopia National Team10 
3Weldemikael Weyo (Eth) Ethiopia National Team7 
4Msgena Kindeya (Eth) Ethiopia National Team5 
5Alem Abebe (Eth) Ethiopia National Team3 
6Getachew Atsbha (Eth) Ethiopia National Team1 
Mountain 2 - Sommet MG3, km 22.6
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Richard Laizer (Tan) Tanzania National Team7 pts
2Dylan Girdlestone (RSA) Team MTN Qhubeka5 
3Getachew Atsbha (Eth) Ethiopia National Team3 
4Kbrom Giday (Eth) Ethiopia National Team1 
Mountain 3 - Akarere, km 64.1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Emmanuel Rudahunga (Rwa) Rwanda Karisimbi15 pts
2Adrien Niyonshuti (Rwa) Team MTN Qhubeka10 
3Gasore Hategeka (Rwa) Rwanda Karisimbi7 
4Kbrom Giday (Eth) Ethiopia National Team5 
5Getachew Atsbha (Eth) Ethiopia National Team3 
6Kiel Reijnen (USA) Team Type 1 - Sanofi1 
Mountain 4 - Ruhengeri entrée, km 86.6
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Emmanuel Rudahunga (Rwa) Rwanda Karisimbi10 pts
2Dylan Girdlestone (RSA) Team MTN Qhubeka7 
3Gasore Hategeka (Rwa) Rwanda Karisimbi5 
4Adrien Niyonshuti (Rwa) Team MTN Qhubeka3 
5Kbrom Giday (Eth) Ethiopia National Team1 
Mountain 5 - Busogo, km 99.8
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Adrien Niyonshuti (Rwa) Team MTN Qhubeka15 pts
2Gasore Hategeka (Rwa) Rwanda Karisimbi10 
3Kbrom Giday (Eth) Ethiopia National Team7 
4Nicodem Habiyambere (Rwa) Rwanda Karisimbi5 
5Abraham Ruhumuriza (Rwa) Rwanda Karisimbi3 
6Emmanuel Rudahunga (Rwa) Rwanda Karisimbi1 
Mountain 6- Sashwara, km 118.3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Gasore Hategeka (Rwa) Rwanda Karisimbi15 pts
2Abraham Ruhumuriza (Rwa) Rwanda Karisimbi10 
3Nicodem Habiyambere (Rwa) Rwanda Karisimbi7 
4Dylan Girdlestone (RSA) Team MTN Qhubeka5 
5Aléxis Chenevier (Fra) Rhone Alpes3 
6Janvier Hadi (Rwa) Rwanda Karisimbi1 
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
2Team Type 1 - SANOFI0:01:17 
3KENYA National Team0:04:35 
4Team MTN QHUBEKA0:11:35 
5ETHIOPIE National Team0:19:04 
6RHONE ALPES0:33:33 
8FLANDERS AVIA Cycling Team0:47:55 
9TANZANIE National Team1:18:24 
General classification after stage 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Joseph Rosskopf (USA) Team Type 1 - Sanofi7:39:33 
2Gasore Hategeka (Rwa) Rwanda Karisimbi0:01:05 
3Abraham Ruhumuriza (Rwa) Rwanda Karisimbi0:01:38 
4Kiel Reijnen (USA) Team Type 1 - Sanofi0:02:35 
5Adrien Niyonshuti (Rwa) Team MTN Qhubeka0:02:53 
6Dylan Girdlestone (RSA) Team MTN Qhubeka0:02:59 
7Kbrom Giday (Eth) Ethiopia National Team0:03:17 
8Nicodem Habiyambere (Rwa) Rwanda Karisimbi0:03:26 
9Benjamin Kogo (Ken) Kenya National Team  
10Aléxis Chenevier (Fra) Rhone Alpes0:03:27 
11Nathan Byukusenge (Rwa) Rwanda Karisimbi0:03:33 
12Emmanuel Rudahunga (Rwa) Rwanda Karisimbi0:03:35 
13Janvier Hadi (Rwa) Rwanda Karisimbi0:03:59 
14William Dugan (USA) Team Type 1 - Sanofi0:04:07 
15Tedros Redae (Eth) Ethiopia National Team0:04:35 
16Suleiman Kangangi (Ken) Kenya National Team0:05:19 
17Samwel Ekiru (Ken) Kenya National Team0:05:30 
18Nderi Zakayo Mwai (Ken) Kenya National Team0:10:17 
19Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Team MTN Qhubeka0:10:45 
20Joseph Biziyaremye (Rwa) Rwanda Akagera0:13:45 
21Samwel Mwangi (Ken) Kenya National Team0:15:15 
22Alem Abebe (Eth) Ethiopia National Team0:17:36 
23Adrien Muffat (Fra) Rhone Alpes0:18:01 
24Obed Ruvogera (Rwa) Rwanda Akagera0:18:03 
25Weldemikael Weyo (Eth) Ethiopia National Team0:18:23 
26Jean De Dieu Uwimana (Rwa) Rwanda Akagera0:18:36 
27Getachew Atsbha (Eth) Ethiopia National Team0:18:39 
28Bram Delie (Bel) Flanders Avia Cycling Team0:18:47 
29Hamisi Mkoma (Tan) Tanzania National Team0:19:26 
30Antonin Azam (Fra) Rhone Alpes0:19:50 
31Loto Petrus (Nam) Team MTN Qhubeka0:20:13 
32Jérémy Burton (Bel) Flanders Avia Cycling Team0:20:27 
33Innocent Uwamungu (Rwa) Rwanda Akagera0:20:57 
34Diego Van Looy (Bel) Flanders Avia Cycling Team0:21:25 
35Richard Laizer (Tan) Tanzania National Team0:21:27 
36Paul Agorir (Ken) Kenya National Team0:21:48 
37Alexey Shmidt (Rus) Team Type 1 - Sanofi0:22:57 
38Guy Smet (Bel) Flanders Avia Cycling Team0:23:02 
39Alex Bowden (USA) Team Type 1 - Sanofi0:24:09 
40David Nkurunziza (Rwa) Rwanda Akagera0:24:51 
41Damien Fol (Fra) Rhone Alpes0:28:48 
42Emile Bintunimana (Rwa) Rwanda Akagera0:31:53 
43Msgena Kindeya (Eth) Ethiopia National Team0:33:44 
44James Tennent (RSA) Team MTN Qhubeka0:34:58 
45Stanley Namanyana (RSA) Team MTN Qhubeka0:55:18 
46Maua Kiondo (Tan) Tanzania National Team1:01:41 
47John Kitivei (Tan) Tanzania National Team1:02:23 
48Ephrem Ekobena (Gab) Gabon National Team1:04:14 
49Silver Dima (Gab) Gabon National Team1:21:12 
Mountains classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Adrien Niyonshuti (Rwa) Team MTN Qhubeka60 pts
2Gasore Hategeka (Rwa) Rwanda Karisimbi37 
3Kbrom Giday (Eth) Ethiopia National Team30 
4Dylan Girdlestone (RSA) Team MTN Qhubeka28 
5Emmanuel Rudahunga (Rwa) Rwanda Karisimbi26 
6Kiel Reijnen (USA) Team Type 1 - Sanofi14 
7Abraham Ruhumuriza (Rwa) Rwanda Karisimbi13 
8Nicodem Habiyambere (Rwa) Rwanda Karisimbi12 
9Nathan Byukusenge (Rwa) Rwanda Karisimbi7 
10Richard Laizer (Tan) Tanzania National Team7 
11Weldemikael Weyo (Eth) Ethiopia National Team7 
12Getachew Atsbha (Eth) Ethiopia National Team7 
13Alem Abebe (Eth) Ethiopia National Team6 
14Msgena Kindeya (Eth) Ethiopia National Team5 
15Aléxis Chenevier (Fra) Rhone Alpes3 
16Janvier Hadi (Rwa) Rwanda Karisimbi1 
17Paul Agorir (Ken) Kenya National Team1 
Teams classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
2Team Type 1 - SANOFI0:00:32 
3KENYA National Team0:05:17 
4Team MTN QHUBEKA0:10:52 
5ETHIOPIE National Team0:18:31 
6RHONE ALPES0:35:33 
8FLANDERS AVIA Cycling Team0:51:10 
9TANZANIE National Team1:36:49 
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