According to a statement signed by the President of FERWACY; Abdallah Murenzi, the tournament has been postponed due to current global situation of COVID-19 pandemic and many uncertainties ‘that do not allow to envisage the organization of the tour of Rwanda in the best conditions’.
“After consultations with other government institutions, Rwanda Cycling Federation has decided to postpone the 2021 edition of the Tour du Rwanda initially scheduled on February 21st to 28th. The 2021 edition is rescheduled for the month of May (from 2nd to 9th), subject to the forthcoming validation of the dates, by the Union Cycliste Internationale-UCI,” reads FERWACY statement.
Despite the suspension, FERWACY revealed that preparations for Tour du Rwanda 2021 are actively continuing.
Organizers of the upcoming Tour du Rwanda recently announced that the postponed tournament would attract the participation of 15 teams.
Tour du Rwanda 2021 will be the third since it was upgraded to Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) 2.1 category.
Fifteen teams have been selected for the moment, from the major cycling nations of the African continent but also from worldwide experienced teams competing in major cycling events on the international calendar like the prestigious Tour de France: among them the UCI World Tour Israel Start-Up Nations the new team of Chris Froome, and the French Total-Direct Energie and B&B Hotels.
Rwanda will be represented by its National Team and with the two UCI Continental Teams Skol Adrien Cycling Academy and Benediction Cycling team.
Once again the route promises to be spectacular with long climbs on almost all stages for a total elevation of 16,347 meters. The famous Wall of Kigali and the Mount Kigali will be part of this exceptional program to make Tour du Rwanda, the most difficult race of the 2021 season.
15 selected Teams
World Tour: Israel Start-Up Nation (Israel)
Continental Pro UCI: Total-Direct Energie (France), B&B Hotels (France), Team Novo Nordisk (USA), Androni-Giocatolli (Italy)
Continental UCI: Benediction Cycling Team (Rwanda), Skol Adrien Cycling Academy (Rwanda), Pro Touch Team (South Africa), Bike Aid (Germany), Vino Astana Motors (Kazakhstan), Team Medellin (Colombia), TSG Terengganu (Malaysia)
National Teams: Rwanda, Algeria, Ethiopia