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Gallery: Darren Lill captures Tour of Rwanda title

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Stage winner Darren Lill (South Africa National Team) at the end of stage 7

Stage winner Darren Lill (South Africa National Team) at the end of stage 7
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Darren Lill (South Africa National Team) kept his yellow jersey

Darren Lill (South Africa National Team) kept his yellow jersey
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The winner of Tour of Rwanda, Darren Lill (National Team South Africa)

The winner of Tour of Rwanda, Darren Lill (National Team South Africa)
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Jock Boyer (Team Rwanda) takes a picture of Adrien's Niyonshuti podium

Jock Boyer (Team Rwanda) takes a picture of Adrien's Niyonshuti podium
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After the award ceremony, riders and podium girls themselves

After the award ceremony, riders and podium girls themselves
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The South African National Team controlled the main group

The South African National Team controlled the main group
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Four riders in the front group

Four riders in the front group
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The landscape from stage 8 at Tour of Rwanda

The landscape from stage 8 at Tour of Rwanda
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The landscape from stage 8 at Tour of Rwanda

The landscape from stage 8 at Tour of Rwanda
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Bruno Langlois (Team Quebecor-Garneau) passes a paved section with 10km to go

Bruno Langlois (Team Quebecor-Garneau) passes a paved section with 10km to go
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Bruni Langlois (Team Quebecor-Garneau) is the stage winner

Bruni Langlois (Team Quebecor-Garneau) is the stage winner
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The podium of the general classification

The podium of the general classification
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Bruno Langlois (Team Quebecor-Garneau) celebrates his second stage win at Tour of Rwanda

Bruno Langlois (Team Quebecor-Garneau) celebrates his second stage win at Tour of Rwanda
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The main group at Tour of Rwanda stage 8

The main group at Tour of Rwanda stage 8
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Adrien Niyonshuti (Team Rwanda Karisimbi) at the start line

Adrien Niyonshuti (Team Rwanda Karisimbi) at the start line
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The landscape from Stage 7 at Tour of Rwanda

The landscape from Stage 7 at Tour of Rwanda
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The landscape from Stage 7 at Tour of Rwanda

The landscape from Stage 7 at Tour of Rwanda
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The landscape from Stage 7 at Tour of Rwanda

The landscape from Stage 7 at Tour of Rwanda
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Darren Lill (South Africa) leads the front group

Darren Lill (South Africa) leads the front group
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Darren Lill (South Africa) at the Tour of Rwanda

Darren Lill (South Africa) at the Tour of Rwanda
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The yellow jersey goes to Darren Lill (South Africa National Team)

The yellow jersey goes to Darren Lill (South Africa National Team)
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Atsbha Getachew (National Team Ethiopia) was the best young rider

Atsbha Getachew (National Team Ethiopia) was the best young rider
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The race leader, Marhawi Kudus (UCI Continental Center) at the start

The race leader, Marhawi Kudus (UCI Continental Center) at the start
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Young fans pose for the camera alongisde Team Type 1_Sanofi riders

Young fans pose for the camera alongisde Team Type 1_Sanofi riders
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The South Africa National Team won the team classification

The South Africa National Team won the team classification
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Adrien Niyonshuti (Team Rwanda Karisimbi) was the best Rwandian rider, standing with Jock Boyer

Adrien Niyonshuti (Team Rwanda Karisimbi) was the best Rwandian rider, standing with Jock Boyer
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Darren Lill took one of the biggest victories in his career when he won the overall title at this year's Tour of Rwanda. The 30-year-old who has spent the past two seasons riding for Team Bonitas took the week away from his trade team to ride for the South African national team. He used his two victories, on stages three and seven to help set-up the general classification win.

Lill finished 1:47 over countryman and teammate Dylan Girdlestone with third-place Kenyan John Daniel Njoroge at 1:59.

"This is a great victory for me because I had to fight to get the win. I keep a great souvenir," Lill said to Radio France Internationale.

Lill also praised the organisers of the Tour and voiced his thoughts via Twitter. "What a great @TourofRwanda! The best UCI race on the continent of Africa. Well done for the Super organization," he tweeted.

Bruno Langlois (Team Quebecor-Garneau) won the final stage in fine sole style however, it had no effect on the general classification. Lill came across the line in eighth place with Girdlestone and Njoroge just a few seconds ahead of the yellow jersey wearer.