Henok Mulubrhan wins Tour du Rwanda 2023 as President Kagame attends final stage

On 27 February 2023 at 07:04

Eritrean Henok Mulubrhan riding for Green Project-Bardiani CSF-Faizanè from Italy has won the eighth stage of Tour du Rwanda 2023 attended by President Paul Kagame at Rebero and claimed victory of the week-long race.

The last stage held on Sunday 26th February 2023 saw riders making laps in Kigali before crossing the finishing line at Rebero covering 75.3 kilometers.

Kagame joined cycling fans who attended the final stage of Tour du Rwanda 2023 at Canal Olympia- Rebero.

As the race was concluded, Kagame awarded Eritrean cyclist, Henok Mulubrhan with the Yellow Jersey as Tour du Rwanda 2023 Champion.

Before the start of the race, Henok Mulubrhan of Green Project-Bardiani registered the same time clocked by Walter Calzoni of Q36.5 Pro Cycling Teamand other cyclists including Eric Muhoza riding for Bike Aid, who also stood chance to win the tournament.

Henok Mulubrhan, 23, who continued to ride in the peloton that followed Yemane Dawit after making a break away in the last four kilometers, was the first to cross the finishing line at Canal Olympia clocking 2 hours 4 minutes and 52 seconds.

The Eritrean clocked the same time along with other riders including Joseph Peter Backmore riding for British team, Victor de la Parte from TotalEnergies, Lecerf Junior William from Soudal Quick-Step and Walter Calzoni from Q36.5.

Yemane Dawit from Bike Aid finished the race in the sixth place and was behind six seconds while Kent from South Africa was eight seconds behind.

On the general classification, Henok Mulubrhan wonn Tour du Rwanda 2023 after clocking 28 hours, 58 minutes and 1 second.

Walter Calzoni of Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team also clocked the same time.

Nelgian Lecerf William Junior riding for Soudal Quick-Step finished the race in the third place and was one second behind while Spanish Victor de la Parte of TotalEnergies was four seconds behind.

Henok Mulubrhan had last taken the yellow jersey after winning the third stage from Huye to Musanze.

He becomes the third Eritrean to win Tour du Rwanda since it was upgraded to 2.1 UCI category in 2019.

Others include Merhawi Kudus who won the race in 2019 and Natnael Tesfazion in 2020 and 2022.

Spanish Cristián Rodríguez Martin riding for TotalEnergies also won the tournament in 2021.

The top performing Rwandan during the final stage was Jean Bosco Nsengimana who took the 21st place. He was 8 minutes 18 seconds behind followed by Vhris Froome of Israel-Premier Tech who was 3 seconds behind him.

Eric Muhoza (Bike Aid) emerged 26th, Samuel Niyonkuru emerged 28th while Félicien Hakizimana (May Stars) took the 29th place followed by Masengesho.

Only 55 out of 95 riders from 19 teams were able to finish the tournament.

Muhoza was the top performing Rwandan on the general classification with 8 minutes 30 seconds behind the winner while Niyonkuru finished the tournament in the 21st place with 26 minutes and 29 seconds behind.