Reigning Rwanda Cycling Cup champion Patrick Byukusenge put on a strong comeback as he finished in second position, on a 75.5km ride from Douala to Limbe on Tuesday at the on-going 15th Tour du Cameroon.
Haring Martin (Dukla Banska Bystrica, Slovakia) won the stage in a sprint photo finish which attracted 49 riders.
Team Rwanda Cycling got off to a fairly promising start at the ongoing 15th Tour du Cameroon that started on Saturday. The 2.2 UCI category race is scheduled to run through June 3.
Martin and Byukusenge finished in a joint 01h53’41 coming ahead of Martigues Sport Cyclisme’s rider Konstantinov Radoslva who finished third in 01h53’43.
It was another impressive show from Club Benediction’s Bonaventure Uwizeyimana as he moved into fourth position in 01h54’04. Uwizeyimana was Team Rwanda’s best performer in Sunday’s Stage Two of the ongoing 15th Tour du Cameroun, claiming a fifth place.
Munyaneza Didier and fast-rising 20-year old Jean Paul Rene Ukiniwabo came in 13th and 17th position registering the same time,01h54’04, Nsengimana retained the Polka Dot Jersey as the King of the Mountains as he finished 20th in 01h54’10 while Hadi Janvier clocked 01h59’47 to finish 23rd respectively.
Meanwhile, Monday’s Stage Three was cancelled due to heavy rains.
After Stage four, French cyclist Richet tops the general classification with a total time of10h27’47, coming ahead of Mahdar Martin (Dukla Banska, Slovakia) and Downes Brandon (Martigues Sport Cyclisme, Russia).
Rwandan Byukusenge is Rwanda’s best rider in fourth place coming 1 minute and three seconds adrift of the leader.
The former La Tropicale Amisa Bongo stage winner Uwizeyimana is also in the top ten as he is posited in seventh slot, coming 1 minute and 21 seconds behind the winner.
In Wednesday’s Stage 5, riders will compete in a 121.5k race from Mbanga › Bafang.