Areruya repeats Tour of Rwanda victory in Huye

Dimension Data for Qhubeka rides into yellow jersey

The winner in Huye last year at the Tour of Rwanda, Joseph Areruya (Dimension Data for Qhubeka) repeated the victory Monday afternoon in dominant fashion, ridding to a solo victory. Areruya's win last year came in a bunch sprint while his 2017 victory was the result of a long-range attack and came with the bonus of the yellow jersey.

It was a day to celebrate for Dimension Data for Qhubeka with Kent Main leading home the bunch at 1:34 minutes to Areruya. Fourth in the prologue, Areruya now leads the general classification by 1:28 minutes over Jean Bosco Nsengimana (Rwanda National Team) with Valens Ndayisenga (Tirol) two seconds in arrears.

"I was thinking of winning this stage and now I tried and I win and I am very happy," Areruya said, explaining with five kilometers to race he knew he had the win in the pocket.

A Baby Giro stage winner in the spring, Areruya has carried his form into the late season and having finished second overall in 2015 and fourth last year, the 21-year-old is eyeing the win in 2017.

"It was the plan to try and get the yellow jersey but I hope tomorrow my team and I can keep the yellow jersey," said Areruya who led the race for one day last year.

Although holding a commanding lead in the GC, Areruya was quick to point to his compatriots as genuine rivals and the six road stages that await.

"We have Bosco, Valens … not me. I have to fight because we have six days and it is not easy," he said of the GC battle.

At 180.6 kilometers, stage 2 of the Tour of Rwanda from Nyanza to Rubavu is the longest of the race and features six categorised climbs.

How it happened

Following the prologue in Kigali, the crowds from the capital were again out in force for stage one to Huye. The thunderstorms of Sunday afternoon had cleared and given way to blue skies for the stage start.

Once the riders were through the départ réel, a four-man breakaway of Redwan Ebrahim (Ethiopia National Team), Alex Nizeyimana (Club Benediction), and Les Amis Sportifs duo Janvier Rugamba and Samuel Hakiruwizeye quickly established a 30-second lead on approach to the first climb of the day.

On the climb, Hakiruwizeye made his move to claim the KOM points and also move into the virtual maillot jaune. The 20-year-old pushed on and by the second KOM 13 kilometres later, his lead had blown out to 1:30 minutes. Behind Hakiruwizeye, the three breakaway riders were swallowed up by the peloton.

With the lead out to 2:14 minutes following the climb, Samuel was given a long leash by the bunch and again took maximum points on the third KOM and with it, the classification lead. With the categorised climbs done and dusted, it was a rolling finale into Huye for Hakiruwizeye and provided an opportunity for the bunch to pull back him back. With the peloton sensitive to the fatigue levels if the leader on the road, a brief attack came from Cameron McPhadden and Edward Greene ( before Areruya made his race-winning move.

Areruya wasted no time in building his advantage as his 30-second lead quickly ballooned to one minute. With his lead only increasing on the technical finale and uphill run in, a win for Areruya became fait accompli with just the winning margin to be decided.

Soaking in the occasion as he entered the final 500 metres, Areruya celebrated his win in style. 1:34 minutes later, Main completed the double for Dimension Data for Qhubeka with Natnael Mebrahtom spoiling the party for the South African team as he beat home Metkel Eyob for third two seconds later.



Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Joseph Areruya (Rwa) Dimension Data For Qhubeka3:12:12 
2Kent Main (RSA) Dimension Data For Qhubeka0:01:34 
3Natnael Mebrahtom (Eri) Eritrea National Team0:01:36 
4Metkel Eyob (Eri) Dimension Data For Qhubeka  
5Aron Debretsion (Eri) Eritrea National Team  
6Suleiman Kangangi (Ken) Bike Aid  
7Tesfom Okubamariam (Eri) Eritrea National Team  
8Simon Pellaud (Sui) Team Illuminate  
9Salim Kipkemboi (Ken) Bike Aid  
10Jean Bosco Nsengimana (Rwa) Rwanda National Team  
11Didier Munyameza (Rwa) Rwanda National Team  
12Fiseha Gebremariam (Eth) Ethiopia National Team  
13Valens Ndayisenga (Rwa) Tirol Cycling Team  
14Samuel Mugisha (Rwa) Dimension Data For Qhubeka  
15Saymon Musie Mehari (Eri) Eritrea National Team  
16Jean Claude Uwizeye (Rwa) Rwanda National Team  
17Griffin Easter (USA) Team Illuminate  
18Brett Wachtendorf (USA)  
19Matthieu Jeannes (Fra) Haute Savoie Auvergne Rhone Alpes  
20Azzedine Lagab (Alg) Algeria National Team  
21Patrick Byukusenge (Rwa) Rwanda National Team  
22Christopher Rougier-Lagane (Mri) Mauritius National Team  
23Olivier Le Court De Billot (Mri) Mauritius National Team  
24Gasore Hategeka (Rwa) Club Benediction  
25Nikodemus Holler (Ger) Bike Aid  
26Tamrat Meresa Gebrewahd (Eth) Ethiopia National Team  
27Ephrem Tuyishimire (Rwa) Les Amis Sportifs  
28Stefan De Bod (RSA) Dimension Data For Qhubeka  
29Amanueal Tsegay (Eri) Eritrea National Team  
30Redwan Ebrahim (Eth) Ethiopia National Team  
31Tedros Redae (Eth) Ethiopia National Team  
32Bonaventure Uwizeyimana (Rwa) Club Benediction0:01:49 
33Eric Nduwayo (Rwa) Club Benediction0:01:50 
34Joshphat Gathiambo (Ken) Kenyan Riders Safaricom  
35Adne Van Engelen (Ned) Bike Aid  
36Cornelius Kipkemboi Kiplagat (Ken) Kenyan Riders Safaricom  
37Islam Mansouri (Alg) Algeria National Team  
38Sébastien Fournet Fayard (Fra) Haute Savoie Auvergne Rhone Alpes  
39Cameron McPhaden (Can) Lowestrates.ca0:01:54 
40Kibrom Giday (Eth) Ethiopia National Team  
41Jimmy Uwingeneye (Rwa) Les Amis Sportifs0:01:57 
42Geoffrey Langat (Ken) Bike Aid0:01:59 
43Edward Greene (RSA) Lowestrates.ca0:02:08 
44Jean Claude Mfitumukiza (Rwa) Les Amis Sportifs0:02:11 
45Jean Paul René Ukiniwabo (Rwa) Rwanda National Team  
46Jean Damascene Ruberwa (Rwa) Club Benediction  
47Andrew Kimutai (Ken) Kenyan Riders Safaricom  
48Valentin Goudin (Fra) Haute Savoie Auvergne Rhone Alpes  
49Sylvain Clavel (Fra) Haute Savoie Auvergne Rhone Alpes  
50Samuel Hakiruwizeye (Rwa) Les Amis Sportifs  
51John Kariuki (Ken) Kenyan Riders Safaricom  
52Yannick Lincoln (Mri) Mauritius National Team  
53Abderrahmane Mansouri (Alg) Algeria National Team0:02:22 
54Alexandre Mayer (Mri) Mauritius National Team0:02:27 
55Janvier Rugamba (Rwa) Les Amis Sportifs0:03:01 
56Yacine Hamza (Alg) Algeria National Team0:03:24 
57Daniel Knapp (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team0:04:05 
58Moran Vermeulen (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team  
59Alex Nizeyimana (Rwa) Club Benediction0:06:49 
60Kelvin Kipng'etich Kiplagat (Ken) Kenyan Riders Safaricom0:07:14 
61Mehdi Lounis (Alg) Algeria National Team0:07:33 
62Martin Vlcák (Svk) Dukla Banska Bystrica0:08:04 
63Jules Cusson Fradet (Can)  
64Juraj Bellan (Svk) Dukla Banska Bystrica  
65Jan Andrej Cully (Svk) Dukla Banska Bystrica  
66Stephen Keeping (Can)  
67Edwin Alcibiades Avila Vanegas (Col) Team Illuminate0:09:09 
68Matthew How Saw Keng (Mri) Mauritius National Team0:29:36 
69Samuel Oros (Svk) Dukla Banska Bystrica  
70Nicolas Roux (Fra) Haute Savoie Auvergne Rhone Alpes0:37:46 
Mountain 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Redwan Ebrahim (Eth) Ethiopia National Team3 pts
2Janvier Rugamba (Rwa) Les Amis Sportifs1 
Mountain 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Samuel Hakiruwizeye (Rwa) Les Amis Sportifs5 pts
2Redwan Ebrahim (Eth) Ethiopia National Team3 
3Jean Paul René Ukiniwabo (Rwa) Rwanda National Team1 
Mountain 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Samuel Hakiruwizeye (Rwa) Les Amis Sportifs5 pts
2Ephrem Tuyishimire (Rwa) Les Amis Sportifs3 
3Sébastien Fournet Fayard (Fra) Haute Savoie Auvergne Rhone Alpes1 
Mountain 4
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Joseph Areruya (Rwa) Dimension Data For Qhubeka3 pts
2Kent Main (RSA) Dimension Data For Qhubeka1 
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Dimension Data For Qhubeka9:39:46 
2Eritrea National Team0:01:38 
3Rwanda Equipe Nationale  
4Bike Aid  
5Ethiopia National Team  
6Club Benediction0:02:05 
7Maurice Equipe Nationale0:02:13 
8Haute Savoie Auvergne Rhone Alpes0:02:27 
10Les Amis Sportifs0:02:34 
11Algerie Equipe Nationale0:02:38 
12Kenyan Riders Safaricom0:02:41 
13Tirol Cycling Team0:06:36 
14Team Illuminate0:09:11 
15Dukla Banska Bystrica0:21:02 
General classification after stage 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Joseph Areruya (Rwa) Dimension Data For Qhubeka3:16:06 
2Jean Bosco Nsengimana (Rwa) Rwanda National Team0:01:28 
3Valens Ndayisenga (Rwa) Tirol Cycling Team0:01:30 
4Stefan De Bod (RSA) Dimension Data For Qhubeka0:01:34 
5Suleiman Kangangi (Ken) Bike Aid0:01:37 
6Griffin Easter (USA) Team Illuminate0:01:38 
7Patrick Byukusenge (Rwa) Rwanda National Team  
8Samuel Mugisha (Rwa) Dimension Data For Qhubeka0:01:39 
9Jean Claude Uwizeye (Rwa) Rwanda National Team  
10Olivier Le Court De Billot (Mri) Mauritius National Team0:01:40 
11Kent Main (RSA) Dimension Data For Qhubeka0:01:41 
12Tesfom Okubamariam (Eri) Eritrea National Team0:01:42 
13Christopher Rougier-Lagane (Mri) Mauritius National Team0:01:43 
14Nikodemus Holler (Ger) Bike Aid0:01:45 
15Didier Munyameza (Rwa) Rwanda National Team  
16Matthieu Jeannes (Fra) Haute Savoie Auvergne Rhone Alpes0:01:46 
17Simon Pellaud (Sui) Team Illuminate  
18Brett Wachtendorf (USA) Lowestrates.ca0:01:47 
19Fiseha Gebremariam (Eth) Ethiopia National Team  
20Salim Kipkemboi (Ken) Bike Aid0:01:48 
21Redwan Ebrahim (Eth) Ethiopia National Team  
22Azzedine Lagab (Alg) Algeria National Team0:01:49 
23Aron Debretsion (Eri) Eritrea National Team0:01:51 
24Gasore Hategeka (Rwa) Club Benediction  
25Metkel Eyob (Eri) Dimension Data For Qhubeka0:01:54 
26Natnael Mebrahtom (Eri) Eritrea National Team0:01:55 
27Saymon Musie Mehari (Eri) Eritrea National Team  
28Cameron McPhaden (Can) Lowestrates.ca0:01:57 
29Amanueal Tsegay (Eri) Eritrea National Team0:02:01 
30Ephrem Tuyishimire (Rwa) Les Amis Sportifs  
31Tedros Redae (Eth) Ethiopia National Team0:02:03 
32Adne Van Engelen (Ned) Bike Aid0:02:04 
33Joshphat Gathiambo (Ken) Kenyan Riders Safaricom  
34Sébastien Fournet Fayard (Fra) Haute Savoie Auvergne Rhone Alpes  
35Tamrat Meresa Gebrewahd (Eth) Ethiopia National Team0:02:06 
36Bonaventure Uwizeyimana (Rwa) Club Benediction0:02:08 
37Islam Mansouri (Alg) Algeria National Team0:02:10 
38Kibrom Giday (Eth) Ethiopia National Team0:02:12 
39Cornelius Kipkemboi Kiplagat (Ken) Kenyan Riders Safaricom0:02:13 
40Eric Nduwayo (Rwa) Club Benediction0:02:14 
41Geoffrey Langat (Ken) Bike Aid  
42Jean Paul René Ukiniwabo (Rwa) Rwanda National Team0:02:21 
43Andrew Kimutai (Ken) Kenyan Riders Safaricom0:02:22 
44Jimmy Uwingeneye (Rwa) Les Amis Sportifs  
45Valentin Goudin (Fra) Haute Savoie Auvergne Rhone Alpes0:02:24 
46Edward Greene (RSA) Lowestrates.ca0:02:25 
47Samuel Hakiruwizeye (Rwa) Les Amis Sportifs0:02:29 
48Sylvain Clavel (Fra) Haute Savoie Auvergne Rhone Alpes0:02:30 
49Yannick Lincoln (Mri) Mauritius National Team0:02:32 
50Jean Damascene Ruberwa (Rwa) Club Benediction0:02:34 
51Abderrahmane Mansouri (Alg) Algeria National Team0:02:37 
52John Kariuki (Ken) Kenyan Riders Safaricom0:02:38 
53Alexandre Mayer (Mri) Mauritius National Team0:02:41 
54Jean Claude Mfitumukiza (Rwa) Les Amis Sportifs0:02:42 
55Yacine Hamza (Alg) Algeria National Team0:03:32 
56Janvier Rugamba (Rwa) Les Amis Sportifs0:03:35 
57Daniel Knapp (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team0:04:27 
58Moran Vermeulen (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team0:04:30 
59Alex Nizeyimana (Rwa) Club Benediction0:07:20 
60Kelvin Kipng'etich Kiplagat (Ken) Kenyan Riders Safaricom0:07:53 
61Mehdi Lounis (Alg) Algeria National Team0:08:04 
62Jan Andrej Cully (Svk) Dukla Banska Bystrica0:08:07 
63Juraj Bellan (Svk) Dukla Banska Bystrica0:08:19 
64Stephen Keeping (Can) Lowestrates.ca0:08:25 
65Jules Cusson Fradet (Can) Lowestrates.ca0:08:27 
66Martin Vlcák (Svk) Dukla Banska Bystrica0:08:29 
67Edwin Alcibiades Avila Vanegas (Col) Team Illuminate0:09:15 
68Matthew How Saw Keng (Mri) Mauritius National Team0:29:42 
69Samuel Oros (Svk) Dukla Banska Bystrica0:29:51 
70Nicolas Roux (Fra) Haute Savoie Auvergne Rhone Alpes0:38:14 
Mountain classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Samuel Hakiruwizeye (Rwa) Les Amis Sportifs10 pts
2Redwan Ebrahim (Eth) Ethiopia National Team6 
3Joseph Areruya (Rwa) Dimension Data For Qhubeka3 
4Ephrem Tuyishimire (Rwa) Les Amis Sportifs3 
5Kent Main (RSA) Dimension Data For Qhubeka1 
6Sébastien Fournet Fayard (Fra) Haute Savoie Auvergne Rhone Alpes1 
7Jean Paul René Ukiniwabo (Rwa) Rwanda National Team1 
8Janvier Rugamba (Rwa) Les Amis Sportifs1 
Team classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Dimension Data For Qhubeka9:51:29 
2Rwanda Equipe Nationale0:01:34 
3Bike Aid0:01:59 
4Eritrea National Team0:02:17 
5Ethiopia National Team0:02:18 
6Maurice Equipe Nationale0:02:29 
8Club Benediction0:03:01 
9Haute Savoie Auvergne Rhone Alpes0:03:03 
10Algerie Equipe Nationale0:03:13 
11Kenyan Riders Safaricom0:03:28 
12Les Amis Sportifs0:03:41 
13Tirol Cycling Team0:07:16 
14Team Illuminate0:09:28 
15Dukla Banska Bystrica0:21:34 

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