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Rwanda's Valens Ndayisenga wins 2016 Tour du Rwanda


Rwanda’s Valens Ndayisenga won the 2016 Tour du Rwanda on Sunday.

Its the second time Ndayisenga has won the race making him the first double winner.

He rode as part of South Africa’s “Dimension Data Qhubeka” team. He topped the eight-day seven-stage race traveling the 805.7 kilometers of the tour in 21hours 15 minutes and 21 seconds.

“I’m really happy to have won the Tour of Rwanda. This is the second time for me, that’s why I’m really happy”, said Ndayisenga

The Eritreans Eyob Mektel and Tesfom Okubamariam won second and third places.

Aside winning the race, Ndayisenga also clinched the best young rider award, best African rider award and best Rwandan rider award.

Following the win Ndayisenga bagged a total of US$4,455.

Olivier Grandjean, Organizer of the Tour du Rwanda said,
“The evolution is seen by the level sport, already runners Rwandans and then African runners in general who progress from year to year since there are more and more who are on the roads of the Tour de France now”

Debutant Samuel Mugisha, took the best climber award while Dimension Data Qhubeka won the best team award.

Nearly 3 million Rwandans watched the 8th edition of the tour.

This year’s Tour du Rwanda had 74 riders in 15 teams.

The event which was created in 1988 has been part of the UCI Africa Tour since 2009.


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