Rwanda’s Bonaventure Uwizeyimana has expressed his joy after claiming his first professional victory in a UCI sanctioned race, 15th Tour du Cameroon.
Uwizeyimana, 25, won the Tour du Cameroon on Sunday after finishing seventh in stage 8 of the last race of the Tour du Cameroon, coming 1 minute and 32 seconds behind the Cameroonian winner Sikandji Ghislain who clocked 3h10’47.
Cameroonian Tella Arthuce Jodele finished in second position after clocking 3:10:47 while Vanrhanovsky Jakub from Slovakia, coming 1 minute and 32 seconds.
The reigning Rwanda Cycling Cup champion Patrick Byukusenge was Team Rwanda’s second best rider, finishing in fourth spot after using 21 hours, 58 minutes and 45 seconds.
In the General Classification, Uwizeyimana finished atop of the rankings with a total time of 21:53:20. Uwizeyimana’s performances also saw him finish on top of points standings with 108 points, coming ahead of French born Richet Noel who amassed 96 points and Byukusenge Patrick who is ranked third with 91 points.
Uwizeyimana also finished third in the King of the Mountain (KOM) standings with 14 points, coming behind Ivorian winner Bamba Karamoko who amassed 34 points and second-placed Cameroonian Tientcheu Michel who managed 22 points respectively.
He said, “It’s a big milestone achieved and am so happy for this day. Winning Tour du Cameroon came is as a result of hard-working with the assistance of my fellow riders. The opportunity of winning Tour du Cameroon has inspired me and motivated more than ever before,”
In the Youth ranking, Ukiniwabo Jean Paul Rene clocked 21:59:04 to win the category while Munyaneza Didier is another Rwandan who came in the top five standings finishing fourth in 1 minute and 45 seconds respectively.
Team Rwanda scooped the overall team’s award as they clocked a total 65:49:01 to come ahead of Slovakia’s Dukla Banska Bystrica and third-placed Cameroon’s SNH Vélo Club.
The current Team Rwanda’s performances follows recent exploit implies that Team Rwanda have now scooped four of the five international races since last November including the 2017 Tour du Rwanda, the 2018 La Tropicale Amissa Bongo of Gabon and the inaugural Tour de l’Espoir in Cameroun – all won by Joseph Areruya who currently rides for French side Delko–Marseille Provence KTM.
Stage 8-Top 10
- Sikandji Ghislain (Cameroon) 3:10:47
- Tella Arthuce Jodele (Cameroon) 3:10:47
- Vanrhanovsky Jakub (Slovakia) 1:32
- Tourtelot Alexis (France) 1:32
- Pernot Nathan (France) 1:32
- Kuere Nounawe Rodrigue Eric (Cameroon) 1:32
- Uwizeyimana Bonaventure (Rwanda) 1:32
- Kamzong Clovis (Cameroon) 1:32
- Tientcheu Michel (Cameroon) 1:32
- Ricket Noel (France) 1:32
General Classification –Top 10
- Uwizeyimana Bonaventure (Rwanda) 21:53:20
- Haring Martin (Slovakia) 3:38
- Mahďar Martin (Slovakia) 4:01
- Byukusenge Patrick (Rwanda) 5:25
- Cisse Isiaka (Cote d’Ivoire) 5:37
- Ukiniwabo Jean Paul Rene (Rwanda) 5:44
- Cully Ján Andrej (Slovakia) 5:45
- Van Rutten Bryan (Netherlands) 5:57
- Konstantinov Radoslav Valentinov (Bulgaria) 6:17
- Quaedvlieg Lars (Netherlands) 6:26
- Uwizeyimana Bonaventure (Rwanda) 108
- Richet Noël (France) 96
- Byukusenge Patrick (Rwanda) 91
- Kamzong Clovis (Cameroon) 81
- Haring Martin (Slovakia) 78
Youth Ranking-Top 5
- Ukiniwabo Jean Paul Rene (Rwanda) 21:59:04
- Cully Ján Andrej (Slovakia) 0:01
- Quaedvlieg Lars (Netherlands) 0:42
- Munyaneza Didier (Rwanda) 1:45
- Varhaňovský Jakub (Slovakia) 5:01
King of the Mountain (KOM)-Top Three
- Bamba Karamoko (Cote d’Ivoire) 34
- Tientcheu Michel (Cameroon) 22
- Uwizeyimana Bonaventure (Rwanda) 14
Team Rankings-Top Three
- Rwanda 65:49:01
- Dukla Banska Bystrica1:17
- SNH Vélo Club 16:50