Biziyaremye scores important first for Rwanda

Reijnen secures overall victory

For the first time in the three years since the Tour of Rwanda has been registered in the UCI calender, a rider from the national team has captured a stage victory. The man who delighted the local tifosi was Joseph Biziyaremye, 23 years old, who attacked on the final day of the race, just 12 kilometres from the finish in Kigali.

“It's a great victory which is a good example to all the young riders in the team,” Rwanda’s national coach Jock Boyer told Cyclingnews.

Biziyaremye joined the Rwandan team in the summer after he won a domestic race, and spent one month in the UCI Continental Center in South Africa. His victory thrilled the crowds gathered at the uphill-finish in Kigali, near the regional football stadium.

Kiel Reijnen, from Team Type 1-Sanofi, finished second, nine seconds later, securing his overall victory, while his teammate Joey Rosskopf was third on the stage.

“It's a very important victory for my morale,” Reijnen said, as he spent seven months off the bike because of a virus. “The team was amazing. This victory is definitely a team effort. I also have to congratulate the Rwandan team which put so many riders into the leading group and MTN for having controlled the race today.”

Indeed, MTN-Qhubeka's Rwandan rider Adrien Nyunshuti, who won the polka-dot jersey, made a strong tempo on the climb for his teammate Dylan Girdlestone. Third overall at 40 seconds, the latter has been sick for the past two days. “I struggled since kilometre zero,” he admitted. “If my chest had been better, I think I could have won the race.”


#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Joseph Biziyaremye (Rwa) Rwanda Akagera3:33:53 
2Kiel Reijnen (USA) Team Type 1 - Sanofi0:00:09 
3Joseph Rosskopf (USA) Team Type 1 - Sanofi  
4Tedros Redae (Eth) Ethiopia National Team0:00:13 
5Alem Abebe (Eth) Ethiopia National Team0:00:14 
6Abraham Ruhumuriza (Rwa) Rwanda Karisimbi  
7Nathan Byukusenge (Rwa) Rwanda Karisimbi0:00:16 
8Emmanuel Rudahunga (Rwa) Rwanda Karisimbi0:00:18 
9Dylan Girdlestone (RSA) Team MTN Qhubeka0:00:19 
10Richard Laizer (Tan) Tanzania National Team  
11Adrien Muffat (Fra) Rhone Alpes  
12Nicodem Habiyambere (Rwa) Rwanda Karisimbi  
13Aléxis Chenevier (Fra) Rhone Alpes  
14Gasore Hategeka (Rwa) Rwanda Karisimbi  
15Adrien Niyonshuti (Rwa) Team MTN Qhubeka0:00:26 
16Weldemikael Weyo (Eth) Ethiopia National Team0:00:37 
17Obed Ruvogera (Rwa) Rwanda Akagera0:00:43 
18Kbrom Giday (Eth) Ethiopia National Team0:00:46 
19Paul Agorir (Ken) Kenya National Team0:01:50 
20Suleiman Kangangi (Ken) Kenya National Team0:03:03 
21Samwel Mwangi (Ken) Kenya National Team0:03:10 
22Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Team MTN Qhubeka0:07:56 
23Emile Bintunimana (Rwa) Rwanda Akagera0:17:22 
24Guy Smet (Bel) Flanders Avia Cycling Team  
25Hamisi Mkoma (Tan) Tanzania National Team  
26Jean De Dieu Uwimana (Rwa) Rwanda Akagera  
27Janvier Hadi (Rwa) Rwanda Karisimbi0:17:25 
28Benjamin Kogo (Ken) Kenya National Team  
29Stanley Namanyana (RSA) Team MTN Qhubeka0:17:29 
30Samwel Ekiru (Ken) Kenya National Team0:17:39 
31Nderi Zakayo Mwai (Ken) Kenya National Team0:17:41 
32Damien Fol (Fra) Rhone Alpes0:17:50 
33Diego Van Looy (Bel) Flanders Avia Cycling Team0:18:14 
34James Tennent (RSA) Team MTN Qhubeka0:18:16 
35David Nkurunziza (Rwa) Rwanda Akagera0:30:01 
36Innocent Uwamungu (Rwa) Rwanda Akagera0:30:05 
37Bram Delie (Bel) Flanders Avia Cycling Team  
38Alex Bowden (USA) Team Type 1 - Sanofi  
39Jérémy Burton (Bel) Flanders Avia Cycling Team  
40Alexey Shmidt (Rus) Team Type 1 - Sanofi  
41John Kitivei (Tan) Tanzania National Team0:35:15 
DNFMsgena Kindeya (Eth) Ethiopia National Team  
Mountain 1 - Sommet MG3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Richard Laizer (Tan) Tanzania National Team7 pts
2Weldemikael Weyo (Eth) Ethiopia National Team5 
3Nicodem Habiyambere (Rwa) Rwanda Karisimbi3 
4Dylan Girdlestone (RSA) Team MTN Qhubeka1 
Mountain 2 - Mwendo
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kbrom Giday (Eth) Ethiopia National Team15 pts
2Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Team MTN Qhubeka10 
3Richard Laizer (Tan) Tanzania National Team7 
4Alem Abebe (Eth) Ethiopia National Team5 
5Emmanuel Rudahunga (Rwa) Rwanda Karisimbi3 
6Weldemikael Weyo (Eth) Ethiopia National Team1 
Mountain 3 - Nyarusange
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Team MTN Qhubeka10 pts
2Richard Laizer (Tan) Tanzania National Team7 
3Alem Abebe (Eth) Ethiopia National Team5 
4Adrien Niyonshuti (Rwa) Team MTN Qhubeka3 
5Nathan Byukusenge (Rwa) Rwanda Karisimbi1 
Mountain 4 - Musambira
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Richard Laizer (Tan) Tanzania National Team10 pts
2Adrien Niyonshuti (Rwa) Team MTN Qhubeka7 
3Kbrom Giday (Eth) Ethiopia National Team5 
4Alem Abebe (Eth) Ethiopia National Team3 
5Abraham Ruhumuriza (Rwa) Rwanda Karisimbi1 
Mountain 5 - Kamoniy
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Adrien Niyonshuti (Rwa) Team MTN Qhubeka10 pts
2Kbrom Giday (Eth) Ethiopia National Team7 
3Kiel Reijnen (USA) Team Type 1 - Sanofi5 
4Alem Abebe (Eth) Ethiopia National Team3 
5Nathan Byukusenge (Rwa) Rwanda Karisimbi1 
Mountain 6 - Ruyenzi
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Joseph Biziyaremye (Rwa) Rwanda Akagera7 pts
2Nicodem Habiyambere (Rwa) Rwanda Karisimbi5 
3Kbrom Giday (Eth) Ethiopia National Team3 
4Adrien Niyonshuti (Rwa) Team MTN Qhubeka1 
Mountain 7 - Finish
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Joseph Biziyaremye (Rwa) Rwanda Akagera15 pts
2Kiel Reijnen (USA) Team Type 1 - Sanofi10 
3Joseph Rosskopf (USA) Team Type 1 - Sanofi7 
4Tedros Redae (Eth) Ethiopia National Team5 
5Alem Abebe (Eth) Ethiopia National Team3 
6Abraham Ruhumuriza (Rwa) Rwanda Karisimbi1 
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Rwanda Karisimbi10:42:27 
3Kenya National Team0:07:15 
4Team MTN Qhubeka0:07:53 
5Rwanda Akagera0:17:17 
6Rhone Alpes0:17:40 
7Team Type 1 - Sanofi0:29:35 
9Flanders Avia Cycling Team1:04:53 
Final general classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kiel Reijnen (USA) Team Type 1 - Sanofi21:21:44 
2Joseph Rosskopf (USA) Team Type 1 - Sanofi0:00:02 
3Dylan Girdlestone (RSA) Team MTN Qhubeka0:00:40 
4Nathan Byukusenge (Rwa) Rwanda Karisimbi0:01:28 
5Abraham Ruhumuriza (Rwa) Rwanda Karisimbi0:02:20 
6Adrien Niyonshuti (Rwa) Team MTN Qhubeka0:03:33 
7Aléxis Chenevier (Fra) Rhone Alpes0:04:09 
8Tedros Redae (Eth) Ethiopia National Team0:04:23 
9Emmanuel Rudahunga (Rwa) Rwanda Karisimbi0:04:28 
10Gasore Hategeka (Rwa) Rwanda Karisimbi0:05:15 
11Nicodem Habiyambere (Rwa) Rwanda Karisimbi0:07:36 
12Suleiman Kangangi (Ken) Kenya National Team0:13:10 
13Kbrom Giday (Eth) Ethiopia National Team0:14:05 
14Alem Abebe (Eth) Ethiopia National Team0:18:05 
15Weldemikael Weyo (Eth) Ethiopia National Team0:19:57 
16Samwel Mwangi (Ken) Kenya National Team0:23:37 
17Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Team MTN Qhubeka0:24:43 
18Joseph Biziyaremye (Rwa) Rwanda Akagera0:25:00 
19Benjamin Kogo (Ken) Kenya National Team0:25:39 
20Obed Ruvogera (Rwa) Rwanda Akagera0:26:33 
21Samwel Ekiru (Ken) Kenya National Team0:28:15 
22Paul Agorir (Ken) Kenya National Team0:28:20 
23Richard Laizer (Tan) Tanzania National Team0:31:55 
24Janvier Hadi (Rwa) Rwanda Karisimbi0:35:28 
25Adrien Muffat (Fra) Rhone Alpes0:39:02 
26Nderi Zakayo Mwai (Ken) Kenya National Team0:45:17 
27Jean De Dieu Uwimana (Rwa) Rwanda Akagera0:53:08 
28James Tennent (RSA) Team MTN Qhubeka0:53:38 
29Guy Smet (Bel) Flanders Avia Cycling Team1:00:34 
30Bram Delie (Bel) Flanders Avia Cycling Team1:07:56 
31Emile Bintunimana (Rwa) Rwanda Akagera1:18:03 
32Hamisi Mkoma (Tan) Tanzania National Team1:23:25 
33Stanley Namanyana (RSA) Team MTN Qhubeka1:24:00 
34Alexey Shmidt (Rus) Team Type 1 - Sanofi1:25:35 
35Innocent Uwamungu (Rwa) Rwanda Akagera1:31:20 
36Diego Van Looy (Bel) Flanders Avia Cycling Team1:40:34 
37David Nkurunziza (Rwa) Rwanda Akagera1:43:21 
38Damien Fol (Fra) Rhone Alpes1:46:23 
39Jérémy Burton (Bel) Flanders Avia Cycling Team1:51:00 
40Alex Bowden (USA) Team Type 1 - Sanofi1:54:42 
41John Kitivei (Tan) Tanzania National Team2:43:23 
Mountains classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Adrien Niyonshuti (Rwa) Team MTN Qhubeka127 pts
2Kbrom Giday (Eth) Ethiopia National Team74 
3Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Team MTN Qhubeka63 
4Gasore Hategeka (Rwa) Rwanda Karisimbi62 
5Kiel Reijnen (USA) Team Type 1 - Sanofi60 
6Dylan Girdlestone (RSA) Team MTN Qhubeka53 
7Alem Abebe (Eth) Ethiopia National Team50 
8Emmanuel Rudahunga (Rwa) Rwanda Karisimbi49 
9Richard Laizer (Tan) Tanzania National Team48 
10Weldemikael Weyo (Eth) Ethiopia National Team32 
11Nicodem Habiyambere (Rwa) Rwanda Karisimbi23 
12Joseph Biziyaremye (Rwa) Rwanda Akagera22 
13Nathan Byukusenge (Rwa) Rwanda Karisimbi22 
14Abraham Ruhumuriza (Rwa) Rwanda Karisimbi17 
15James Tennent (RSA) Team MTN Qhubeka12 
16Joseph Rosskopf (USA) Team Type 1 - Sanofi10 
17Guy Smet (Bel) Flanders Avia Cycling Team7 
18Tedros Redae (Eth) Ethiopia National Team6 
19Obed Ruvogera (Rwa) Rwanda Akagera5 
20Aléxis Chenevier (Fra) Rhone Alpes4 
21Paul Agorir (Ken) Kenya National Team1 
22Janvier Hadi (Rwa) Rwanda Karisimbi1 
23Adrien Muffat (Fra) Rhone Alpes1 
Teams classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Rwanda Karisimbi64:09:57 
3Team MTN Qhubeka0:16:57 
5Team Type 1 - Sanofi0:54:07 
6Rwanda Akagera1:31:39 
7Rhone Alpes1:38:49 
8Flanders Avia Cycling Team3:36:42 


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