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Tour du Rwanda 2023 Stage 7 : Eritrea's Henok Mulubrhan is the new leader of the general classification.

Posted by: Semere Asmelash

Date: Saturday, 25 February 2023

Henok Mulubrhan, new leader of the Tour de Rwanda 2023. (Photo © Tour Du Rwanda)

General ranking

1 Henok MulubrhanGreen Project-Bardiani CSF-Faizane26:53:09
2 Walter CalzoniQ36.5 Pro Cycling Team,,
3 William Junior LecerfSoudal – Quick-Step Devo Team0:01
4 Anatoly BudyakTerengganu Polygon Cycling Team0:03
5 Victor of the PartyTotalEnergies0:04
6 eric muhozaBike Aid0:08
7 Metkel EyobTerengganu Polygon Cycling Team0:12
8 Kent MainSouth Africa0:25
9 Joseph BlackmoreGreat Britain0:39
10 Alex TolioGreen Project-Bardiani CSF-Faizane0:40


Manuele Tarozzi has won the seventh stage of the Tour du Rwanda. The Italian, who quickly went on the attack, was the best on the tough finish on Mont Kigali. Henok Mulubrhan is the new leader of the general classification.

The penultimate stage in Rwanda started in Nyamata. From that place, south of the capital of Rwanda, the riders went to the now well-known finish in Kigali. There was the Mont Kigali, which must be climbed after a ride of 115.8 kilometers.

On the way, seven riders broke away. They were Aklilu Arefayne, Daniel Teklehaimanot (both selection Eritrea), Jean Bosco Nsengimana (selection Rwanda), Marc Oliver Pritzen (EF Education-Nippo Development), Asier Etxeberria (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Filippo Fiorelli (Green Project- Bardiani CSF - Faizanè ) and James Oram ( Bolton Equities Black Spoke ). For a moment, the seven-member breakaway was ahead of the peloton for a minute, but not much later they were caught again.

Tarozzi survives Mont Kigali the best for the first time
Then a large group of about twenty riders rode away. At one point they cycled a few minutes ahead of the peloton. At the foot of the first climb of Mont Kigali (5.3 km at 6.5%), the leading group still had a nice lead, but the peloton had opened the hunt.

The first ascent ensured that the large leading group completely exploded. The peloton, on the other hand, led by the Soudal Quick-Step training team , rode together towards the absolute final. It was Manuele Tarozzi of Green Project-Bardiani CSF-Faizanè who started the final kilometers with a lead. The Italian did that with a lead of 35 seconds.

Mulubrhan new leader
Tarozzi had to survive on the second and final ascent of Mont Kigali. The last two kilometers in particular were very tough with an average percentage of nine percent. However, 24-year-old Tarozzi managed his effort well and survived. Tarozzi thus won his second professional race on Mont Kigali.

The good news didn't stop for Green Project-Bardiani CSF-Faizanè as Henok Mulubrhan is the new overall leader. The rider from Eritrea was thirteen seconds behind leader William Junior Lecerf and has now overtaken him. The last stage is on the menu in Rwanda on Sunday. It promises to be exciting, because the first five riders are in the standings within five seconds.

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