The Tour du Rwanda is comprised of an opening prologue and seven stages, covering a large part of the small African nation. This year, the event takes place between November 13 and November 20. Known as the ‘Land of a Thousand Hills’, riders will face over 20,500m of climbing over the 820km race, with a large portion at altitude. The race is famed for its massive spectator attendance. The 2015 edition had over 3 million spectators along the route, making the race one of the most heavily viewed events outside of Europe.
“I’ve never seen a crowd like that at a race before. It is exciting to see all the excitement around cycling here in Rwanda. I would have never expected this,” commented Rugg.
Tomorrow’s Stage 1 will see riders facing one category 3 climb as they ride East from the capital of Kigali to the town of Ngoma. The 96.8km stage could offer an opportunity for sprinters, such as Boivin, to shine before the racing heads into the hilly and mountainous stages.
1. Timothy Rugg (USA) Team Lowestrates.ca 04:00
2. Amanuel Gebreigzabhier (Eri) Dimension Data for Qhubeka) 0:03
3. Joseph Areruya (Rwa) Club Les Amis Sportif de Rwanda
4. Guillaume Boivin (Can) Cycling Academy Team 0:04
32. Cameron McPhaden (Can) Team Lowestrates.ca 0:18
37. Stephen Keeping (Can) Team Lowestrates.ca 0:20