- Julian Hellmann wins stage five
Stage five: Karongi-Rubavu (95.1km)
1. Julian Hellmann (Team Embrace the World) 02h27’34”
2. ulius Jayde (South Africa) 02h27’34”
3. David Lozano (Team Novo Nordisk) 02h27’36”
4. Didier Munyaneza (Team Rwanda) 02h27’37”
5. Jean Claude Uwizeye (POC Cote Lumiere) 02h27’37”
General classification top five
1. Samuel Mugisha (Team Rwanda) 16h35’30”
2. Jean Claude Uwizeye (POC Cote Lumiere) 16h35’51”
3. Mulu Hailemicheal (Ethiopia) 16h35’54”
4. David Lozano (Team Novo Nordisk) 16h37’20”
5. Jonas Doring (Team Descartes Romandie) 16h37’43”
For the third consecutive day, Germany’s Team Embrace the World have made the Tour du Rwanda their own as Julian Hellmann claimed stage five; Karongi-Rubavu to take the team’s tally of stage wins to three so far.
In what was a day of less aggressive attacks, the peloton descended into the final 10 kilometers to Rubavu town intact after it caught a breakaway of almost 11 riders that had led the race for most of the time before the 27-year also sprinted to claim his second stage win in a sprint photo finish.
Hellmann covered the 95.1 kilometers in 2 hours, 27 minutes and 34 seconds same as time as Jadye Julius of Team South Africa that they crossed the finish line almost together.
David Lozano of USA’s Team Novo Nordisk claimed the third place, just two seconds adrift the two while team Rwanda’s Didier Munyaneza came fourth clocking 02h27’37” with Jean Claude Uwizeye of POC Cote Lumiere of France completing the top five also posting 02h27’37”.
Yellow Jersey holder Mugisha also finished in the bunch claiming a seventh place three seconds behind stage winner.
On Tuesday, Hellmann who just made his debut to the annual UCI Africa Tour claimed the 199.7-kilometer Stage Three from Huye to Musanze, the longest stage in this year’s edition and the longest in Tour du Rwanda history since the race got affiliated to UCI Africa Tour in 2009.
Hellmann used 5 hours, 11 minutes and 4 seconds to become the first German cyclist to win a stage in Tour du Rwanda.
On Wednesday, his teammate Timothy Rugg bossed the whole stage four (Musanze-Karongi) from the start and comfortably claimed the 135.8 kilometer distance in 3 hours, 31 minutes and 25 seconds.
This was the rider’s second stage win at Tour du Rwanda following his first stage victory in 2016, the same year that he scooped a prologue (Individual Time Trial) win of the race.
Meanwhile, Mugisha has retained the yellow jersey having now used 16h35’30” followed by Uwizeye who is 21 seconds adrift with 16h35’51” with Hailemicheal in the third place having used 16h35’54”.
On Friday, riders will tussle it out with 108.5km from Rubavu town to famous Volcanoes national park in Kinigi. Three climbs will be up for grabs with the riders set to meet the first one after 37.5 kilometers while the second one will after 65.6 kilometers with the last one exactly at the finish line (108.5 km).
Two intermediate sprints will be along this course with the first one coming after 72.7 kilometers while the second one will be after 95.2 kilometers.
- Julian Hellmann in the stage winner jersey sponsored by Skol Rwanda
- Mugisha Samuel in the yellow jersey sponsored by MINISPOC
- Mulu Hailemicheal in KOM jersey sponsored by Cogebanque
- ARAÚJO Bruno in most aggressive rider’s jersey sponsored by @RwandAgriExport
- HADI Janvier in the Best Sprinter jersey sponsored by SP
- Mugisha Samuel in #VisitRwanda jersey sponsored by RDB Rwanda
- Team Classification
Stage six: Rubavu-Kinigi (108.5km)