Tour de Rwanda 2016: How Valens Ndayisenga won yellow jersey

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Ndayisenga produced a sensational sprint to put himself in the yellow jersey- The team dimension data cyclist clocked three hours and 16 minutes to win the stage and the leader’s yellow jersey from country mate Joseph Areruya who finished the day in third position over a minute behind his former teammate.

“After yesterday’s stage, I knew I had to attack after the climb which required me to be patient but there is still a lot to be done,” said an excited Ndayisenga.

The 2014 champion now holds a sailable 1minute and 25 seconds lead over second placed Joseph Areruya (Les Amis Sportiff) while defending champion Jean Bosco Nsengimana (Straddeli Bike Aid) is further one second adrift off the leading pair in third.

“It is still a long way to go and I’m optimistic, I knew Valens would be aggressive today but we will see how tomorrow goes,” said Nsengimana who finished the day in fifth.

Tomorrow’s stage three will see the riders peddle from Karongi to Rusizi a distance of 115.9 kilometers with four climbs and the highest elevation coming at the 96.7 kilometers mark, “This tour has been full of surprises so far, every time you thought you had figured out who will dominate the next stage you are in for a shocker,” said cycling enthusiast Artur Sadzik.

Rwandan teenager Samuel Mugisha also put up impressive times in spite of finishing 28th with a time 10 minutes behind the leader despite leading the race for the largest chunks of the day.

 

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