Areruya, Ndayisenga to guide Team Rwanda at La Tropicale Amissa Bongo
January 15: Kango – Lambaréné, Km 146 (stage 1)
January 16: Ndendé – Fougamou, Km 173 (stage 2)
January 17: Fougamou – Lambaréné, Km 114 (stage 3)
January 18: Ndjolé – Mitzic, Km 182 (Stage 4)
January 19: Oyem – Ambam (Cameroon), Km 141 (Stage 5)
January 20: Bitam – Oyem, Km 115 (Stage 6)
January 21: Bikélé – Libreville, Km 140 (Stage 7)
Tour du Rwanda reigning champion Joseph Areruya and two-time winner Valens Ndayisenga will lead Team Rwanda at the 2018 La Tropicale Amissa Bongo.
The 13th edition of the annual Africa’s biggest cycling event is scheduled for January 15-21 across Gabon and some parts of Cameroon. Rwanda has been part of the competition since making her debut in 2009.
Also part of the 6-man team to represent the country at the 2.1 UCI category race is Bonaventure Uwizeyimana, the only Rwandan cyclist in history to ever win a stage in La Tropicale Amissa Bongo Tour. Other riders who will be part of the race are Jean Ruberwa, Rene Ukiniwabo and Didier Munyaneza.
The 22-year old Areruya was voted Africa’s second best cyclist of the year, is among much awaited riders to challenge for the top honors in Gabon but will have to challenge the big names like Adrien Petit (2016 winner) and defending champion Yohan Gene, two decorated riders of Direct Energy, a UCI World Tour side that competes in Tour de France.
Former Team Dimension Data’s Ndayisenga who missed the last two editions, will be in Gabon to improve on his 2015 performance where he finished 23rd in general classification and 6th in Individual Time Trial (ITT). He finished 62nd in 2014, after failure to finish the race a year earlier.
After the forthcoming la Tropicale Amissa Bongo, Africa’s season opener, the continent will shift focus on the UCI African Continental Road Championship slated for February 13-18 in Rwanda. It will be the second time for Rw