Embrace the World makes it three straight stage wins in Rwanda

Embrace the World makes it three straight stage wins in Rwanda

09/08/2018 at 17:13Updated 09/08/2018 at 17:20

Rwandan national rider Samuel Mugisha maintains control of yellow jersey as German Julian Hellmann continues ETW's hot hand with Tour de Rwanda hat-trick …

Embrace the World hit a trifecta on Thursday in Rubavu, as the German club team claimed it’s third consecutive stage win at the 10th Tour du Rwanda (UCI 2.2) — rider Julian Hellmann’s second in three days.

“Yesterday I couldn’t hold on to the first group,” the 27-year-old German told Eurosport. “Today I even missed the first group on the first long climb and it took us a long time to come back to the first group, but my teammates helped me so much, thank you so much Sebastian and Lars — incredible.”

Embrace the World originated three years ago by a group of friends who were working, studying and cycling just for fun. The team raises funds for a social project with every kilometre the team rides, with each mile documented on Strava.

“I don’t know how it’s possible,” continued Hellmann, who is currently studying to become a doctor. “We are just working for each other, [doing] everything we can do, Nobody is riding for themselves.”

Two-time stage runner-up David Lozano remains fourth (+1:50) after taking third behind Jade Julius (South Africa) and gaining another second on the overall leader on Stage 5.

“The stage was short, but very, very fast,” said 20-year-old Mugisha, who was a participant in a nine-rider break containing all the race contenders. “Everyone wanted to attack the yellow jersey and take time on myself. My teammates did a very good job to protect GC.”

Photo: Nils Laengner