Union Cycling Interntaional Pro-cyclingTeam Dimension Data has named a strong side to defend this year’s Tour of Rwanda Race whihc is slated to start on November 12-19, 2017.
Rwanda’s Joseph Areruya together with Stefan de Bod, Metkel Eyob, and Samuel Mugisha are part of the line-up. Damian Murphy the public relations and marketing of Team Dimension Data confirmed the news.
Kent Main; Tour of Good Hope winner from Johannesburg, South African completes Continental Team roster.
“Our team all arrive at different times as they all fly in from different parts of the world. It will probably be best to catch our DS before the stage 1 start.” He added
Rwandan rider Areruya will be coming back to race at home after a stunning stage win at the 2017 Giro d’Italia in June. The rider won Stage 5 as well as the King of the Mountain award during the opening stage this year.
Areruya has gained more experience besides enjoying a fine 2017 campaign to date, last year he won Stage 4 of Tour of Rwanda after finishing first in the 140.7km from Rusizi – Huye. He finished 4th while riding under club Les Amis Sportifs de Rwamagana last year.
After finishing behind former teammate Valens Ndayisenga, Eritrean Eyob Metkel will be back to try and finish off his unfinished business. Given his experience on the Rwandan hills, Eyob is another rider to be reckoned with in the team.
Eyob will be the other be name in the bid for the honor, last year he won Stage 5 using his powerful sprint to finish ahead of Patrick Byukusenge.
Samuel Mugisha is the other rider making the roster, he was snapped by Dimension Data early this year after showing promise as a stand out mountain climber when he debuted in the race last year to clinch the Nyanza district to Rubavu stage with a time of 4h 40′ 58″‘ in 180km.
South African rider, Stefan de Bod is the other name on the roster, he will be making his first debut in Rwanda; the African continental U23 time-trial champion won a yellow jersey during the second stage of the Tour of Good Hope road cycle race. The 20-year-old is the rider with Dimension Data time-trial strategy.
The 9th edition of the Tour of Rwanda 2017 is scheduled to start from November 12-19, with a total of 17 teams including six UCI Continental teams, five clubs, and six national teams. Over 85 riders are expected to grace a total of 819km.
Rwanda’s Valens Ndayisenga, currently with Austria’s Tirol Cycling Team, is the reigning champion.
The four-time record stage victor of Tour du Rwanda is the single rider to have won the annual event twice (2014 and 2016) since it became part of UCI Africa Tour in 2009.
2017 Tour du Rwanda stages
November 12: Prologue: 3.3km
November 13: Stage 1 Kigali-Huye 120.3km
November 14: Stage 2 Nyanza- Rubavu 180km
November 15: Stage 3 Rubavu-Musanze 95km
November 16: Stage 4 Musanze-Nyamata 121km
November 17: Stage 5 Nyamata-Rwamagana 93.1km
November 18: Stage 6 Kayonza-Kigali 86.3km
November 19: Stage 7 Kigali-Kigali 120km
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