Rwanda: Mugisha tops breakaway to take Stage 2 victory, yellow jersey

Rwanda: Mugisha tops breakaway to take Stage 2 victory, yellow jersey

06/08/2018 at 18:16Updated 08/08/2018 at 19:17

Rwandan Samuel Mugisha took a major step toward winning the 10th Tour du Rwanda with what could be an unassailable lead with six stages remaining …

A three-man break rode all the way to the end of the 120.5-kilometre second stage of the 2018 Tour du Rwanda (UCI 2.1) on Monday, with pre-race favourite Samuel Mugisha (Rwanda) riding off the front on the final climb (Cat. 3) inside the last two kilometres to take the solo win and the overall race lead.

“It’s a great pleasure for me to finally win at home,” said the Dimension Data for Qhubeka rider, who is racing for the Rwanda National Team this week. “It was not easy because with Jean-Claude Uwizeye next door and the Ethiopian that I didn’t know, there was danger to the end.”

Mugisha took the win over break-mates Jean-Claude Uwizeye (POC Cote de Lumière) and Mulu Hailemichael (Ethiopia) by a margin of 21 seconds.

Prior to the finish, the trio looked relaxed and essentially unchallenged over the four categorised climbs at altitudes hovering around the 2,000-metre mark and opened up a gap of nearly four minutes mid-way through the stage.

“I am pretty disappointed in today’s result,” American Timothy Rugg (Embrace the World) told Eurosport after the stage. “I had an opportunity to bridge to the breakaway on the climb and the Kenyan rider I was with refused to work. I should have just taken my chances and tried to ride across on my own.

“Yeah, a bit disappointed for sure,” the two-time Rwanda stage winner continued. “The way those three are climbing, it will be hard for anyone to beat them.”

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