National Cycling Team back home after winning Grand Prix Chantal Biya

On 24 November 2020 at 10:27

Rwanda National Cycling Team has returned home from Cameroun where it had flown to participate in Grand Prix Chantal Biya International Cycling Tour won by Rwandan Moïse Mugisha.

Team Rwanda delegation arrived at Kigali International Airport on Monday around 9pm with their coach Félix Sempoma and Alphonse Nkuranga, the second vice-president of Rwanda Cycling Federation (FERWACY) who had accompanied them.

Speaking to the media, Moïse Mugisha attributed his victory to teamwork though it was a challenging competition.

“As we raced for the first stage, I interacted with Samuel Mugisha discussing how to develop team work spirit and luckily won the first stage. I was confident because Samuel Mugisha stood by my side and especially attribute the victory of the fourth stage to his support,” he said.

Samuel Mugisha who led his colleagues in Cameroun revealed that the tournament ended on high note as they reached goals.

“The tournament was successful because we had a purpose of winning before taking off from Kigali. It is something of great significance to be proud of and celebrated when you successfully reach the goal,” he said.

Upon, Team Rwanda has been quarantined at Sainte Famille Hotel where it is expected to spend one day awaiting for COVID-19 test results.

Apart from the grand prize, Team Rwanda also received several awards in different categories. The champion Moïse Mugisha also emerged the best young rider, Samuel Mugisha emerged the best climber while team Rwanda was awarded the best during the tournament that lasted five days from Tuesday until Sunday.

During the race, Mugisha took the Yellow Jersey which he defended until the final stage. Among others, six racers that represented Rwanda during the tournament walked away with four prizes.

These include Moïse Mugisha, Rnus Byiza Uhiriwe, Patrick Byukusenge, Didier Munyaneza, Joseph Areruya and Samuel Mugisha.

Rwanda was competing with different teams from Africa and Europe namely; Dukla Banska Bystrica, Ivory Coast,Burkina Faso, Senegal,Democratic Republic of the Congo, Benin, Mali, Cameroon, and SNH Vélo Club.

Following Grand Prix Chantal Biya, Team Rwanda will be busy preparing for Tour du Rwanda 2021 scheduled in February.

Team Rwanda delegation arrived at Kigali International Airport on Monday around 9pm.