Italian TAROZZI wins stage 7, Teammate Mulueberhane tops GC

25 February 2023 at 17:38  

The second shortest stage in the ongoing Tour du Rwanda 2023, but with multiple steep climbs including a steep ascent of 4.3Km Mont Kigali. This was one for the pro climbers with the strongest of legs. But somehow, the Italian TAROZZI Manuele from team Green Project Bardiani-CSF Faizanè still managed to make it look all easy as he pulled off a solo finish. Powerhouse!

It was indeed a masterful race of the Green team. Tarozzi embraced the challenge, and attacked 20km from the finish maintaining an advantage of about thirty seconds by the time he got to the foot of Mont Kigali, leaving the cycling fans in awe as he emerged at the summit of the arduous climb all but alone to claim the victory.

"I attacked downhill on the last lap, spurred on by my teammate Davide Gabburo, I arrived at the foot of Mont Kigali with a thirty-second lead, behind my teammates they helped me close the gap, this victory is also thanks to them, the advantage was enough to reach the finish line alone,” Manuele Tarozzi said after the race, and also thanked the fans for pushing him to his first victory at the Tour du Rwanda.

Joint GC Leaders

For the time in the history of Tour du Rwanda, we have joint GC leaders going into the final 8th stage of the race. The first two in the General Classification, Henok Mulueberhane from Green Project-Bardiani CSF-Faizanè team and Calzoni Walter from Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team are at the same time. As stated in the UCI regulations, they are separated by adding up the places on each stage since the start of this tour.

But for now, Henok Mulueberhane is the new overall leader of the ongoing Tour du Rwanda 2023. The Eritrean, also from Green Project-Bardiani CSF-Faizanè team regains the Visit Rwanda Yellow Jersey after losing it on day 4 in Karongi.

With some steep climbs still on the menu including the famous cobblestone Kigali Wall again, anything is possible for anyone among the top 10.

Sunday’s 75-kilometre Kigali-Kigali decisive stage promises to produce yet again an exciting decider.

The riders will climb the famous cobbled Wall of Kigali and go further up towards Mont Kigali before heading to the finish line at Canal Olympia Rebero. The ultimate prize is still up for grabs.

STAGE 7 Winners (Nyamata -Mont Kigali: 115.8 Km).

1. Yellow Jersey holder: Henok Mulueberhan (Green Project)

2. Best Climber: Marc Oliver Pritzen (EF Education-Nippo)

3. Best Young Rider: Calzon Walter (Q.36.5 Pro Cycling Team)

4. Best Sprinter: James Fouche (Bolton Equities Black Spoke)

5. Stage winner: Manuele Tarozzi (Green Project)

6. Best Rwandan Rider: Eric Muhoza (Bike Aid)

7. Best African Rider: Henok Mulueberhan (Green Project)

8. Best Combative Rider: Arefayne Akilu (Team Erythrea)

9. Best In Breakaway: Manuele Tarozzi (Green Project)

10. Team of the Stage: Euskaltel-Euskadi (Spain)

Tour du Rwanda 2023, stage 7 in photos

Tour du Rwanda 2023, Stage 7, Caravane Publicitaire