Nsengimana wins stage three, increases overall lead

Jean Bosco Nsengimana led from the front to keep his grip on the yellow jersey after stage three of the tour of Rwanda with victory.

The team Karisimbi rider broke away from the peleton with teammate Patrick Byukusenge after 73 kilometres of the 102 kilometre leg.

Having seen his lead cut into after yesterday’s leg, Nsengimana was in attack mode from the horn as he needed to cement his place at the top.

Nsengimana wins stage three, increases overall lead

“I knew I had to be more aggressive in today’s stage as it favoured the climbers so I had to come out early,” Nsengimana said.

Nsengimana a runner up at last year’s tour now came home in a time of 2 hours and fifty five minutes, to increase his lead to fifteen seconds over defending champion Valens Ndayisenga who finished the day in third place.

The Kigali to Musanze route saw a quick break from the peloton as riders conveyed into smaller groups due to the steep climbs endured.

As seen in the past couple of days, Eritrean Amanuel Gebrezgabihier was the first at the initial highest climb to maintain his grip on the mountain classification jersey.

All Africa gold medalist Janvier Hadi and youngstar Joseph Areruya exchanged the lead with 60km of the race to go before being caught by a six man chase pack that had Nsengimana and Valens Ndayisenga.

” It’s not going to be easy for Valens to defend his title but there is still a lot to ride for, he is still in contention. ” pondered Team Rwanda cycling coach Emmanuel Sempoma.

Stage four will see the rider’s cycle from Musanze to Rubavu the second longest leg of the race, a distance of 160 km.

 

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