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Yakob Debesay Abraham (Eritrea) wins stage 7 of Tour du Rwanda

Posted by: Semere Asmelash

Date: Saturday, 02 March 2019


MeraKudus crashed a few metres before the finish but he was quickly up and managed to keep the yellow jersey!

He only lost 10” to Taaramae and will go into the tough final stage tomorrow with 7 “ on Taaramae, who is 2nd on GC!

SATURDAY, MARCH 2, 2019 AT 12:24

Yacob Debesay has won the penultimate stage of the Tour du Rwanda. In Kigali he came across the Eritrean solo. On 21 seconds, Alessandro Fedeli finished in second place, Adrien Guillonnet was third. Class leader Merhawi Kudus saw Rein Taaramäe approaching to seven seconds.

The seventh stage took the riders from Nyamata to Kigali over 84.1 kilometers, making it the second-to-last in the road book. It was not easy at all, because the course went up and down. Four cobbled strips were also drawn. Fifteen riders separated early in the race and together they started the first of no less than six climbs.

After some thirty kilometers the lead of the leading group had risen to one and a half minutes. The route was not easy today, but the weather gods were also targeting the riders. On several occasions they got the making with rain showers, which required the necessary caution. At 32 kilometers from the line, Yacob Debesay found it well and accelerated from the leading group.

The Eritrean expanded his lead steadily to almost a minute and that was enough to go solo to the Victory. Behind that, leader Merhawi Kudus tried to drive away several times at his main competitor Rein Taaramäe, but the Est did not crack. In fact, due to a fall from Kudus, he could walk for ten seconds on the Eritrean.

2019»11th Tour du Rwanda (2.1)

Stage 7  »  Nyamata  ›  Kigali   (84.1k)

Race information

Tour du Rwanda logoDate: 2nd March 2019
Avg. speed winner: 38.06 km/h
Race category: Men Elite
Start/finish: Nyamata › Kigali
PCS point scale: 2.1.Stage

Race profile

Classifications 2019 after the stage 7

Sa. 02/03 | Stage 7 | 84.1km | Nyamata > Kigali

Stage Winner

Stage classification

2 Alessandro FEDELI 52 Delko Marseille Provence 02H12'56"
3 Adrien GUILLONNET 112 Interpro Cycling Academy 02H12'56"
4 Sirak TESFOM 31 ERYTHREE 02H12'57"
5 Hernan Ricardo AGUIREE CAIPA 111 Interpro Cycling Academy 02H12'59"
6 Mulu HAILEMICHAEL 2 Dimension Data For Qhubeka 02H13'01"
7 Matteo BADILATTI 73 Israel Cycling Academy 02H13'01"
8 David LOZANO RIBA 81 Team Novo Nordisk 02H13'01"
9 Moise MUGISHA 13 Rwanda 02H13'13"
10 Aurélien DOLEATTO 91 Equipe De France Espoirs 02H13'18"

General classification

King of the Mountains

Best Sprinter

Best Young

Best African

Team classification

Race info

Stage 7: Nyamata - Kigali (84.1km)

Date: 2nd March 2019
Race category: Men Elite
Start/finish: Nyamata - Kigali

Race profile
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Tour du Rwanda 2019: Stage 7
Race route
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Tour du Rwanda 2019 / Stage 7: Nyamata - Kigali (84.2 km)

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