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A Rwandan wins the sixth Tour of Rwanda
Kigali, 24 November 2014
Rwanda’s most famous race, the Tour of Rwanda, has concluded with a win by 20 year old Valens Ndayisenga. This is the first time a Rwandan has won the race since it was inducted into the International Cycling Union (UCI) calendar in 2009. This year’s race included seven stages and one prologue, and covered a total distance of 911.6 kilometres.
Speaking to Rwandan riders and cycling federation staff, Minister of Sports and Culture, Joseph Habineza, congratulated them for being an example to other federations and pledged more support from government.
“Other sports associations should learn from the Cycling Federation because Rwandan cyclists have been improving year by year. We are grateful to the cyclists and the winner for their remarkable teamwork,” Minister Habineza said.
Valens Ndayisenga, winner of this year’s race, credited his win to the training and experience he has gained in Rwanda and abroad.
“I have gained lots of experience from training alongside good riders in Switzerland and France. Our coaches also gave us useful tips on how to work as a team in such elite races and we applied that resulting in our triumph,” a beaming Ndayisenga said.
Rwandan riders were grouped into three teams: Akagera, Karisimbi and Muhabura. They covered 911.6 km in seven stages. Other countries represented were Morocco, France, South Africa, Burundi, Eritrea , Ethiopia, Cameroon, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland and Mali.
Aimable Bayingana, President of Rwandan Federation of Cycling, said that the Tour of Rwanda gives the country the chance to shine on the international stage.
“The Tour of Rwanda has made, and it is still making important progress. We are doing our best to entertain people living in different parts of Rwanda by bringing the race to them. We are also sharing the beauty of Rwanda through cycling,” he said.
Visit www.tourofrwanda.com for more information and photos from the race.
Below are the Tour of Rwanda stages:
Prologue – 16 November 2014: Kigali-Kigali (3,5 km)
Stage 1 – 17 November 2014: Kigali-Ngoma (96,4 km)
Stage 2 – 18 November 2014: Rwamagana-Musanze (151,5 km)
Stage 3 – 19 November 2014: Musanze-Muhanga (127,5 km)
Stage 4 – 20 November 2014: Muhanga-Rubavu (138,8 km)
Stage 5 – 21 November 2014: Rubavu-Nyansa (182,5 km)
Stage 6 – 22 November 2014: Huye-Kigali (125,7 km)
Stage 7 – 23 November 2014: Kigali-Kigali (108 km)