Team Novo Nordisk finally return to Rwanda
16 February 2022
After an enforced absence in 2020 due to Covid-19, the world’s first all diabetes professional cycling team are set to return to a race that forever will hold a special place in the heart of the team, the Tour of Rwanda.
Scene of a special stage victory for Spanish climber David Lozano back in 2018 and a top five overall, the 33-year-old will lead a reduced Team Novo Nordisk line up this time around with former Hungarian road champion Peter Kusztor in support alongside the young climbing legs of Frenchman Lucas Dauge.
“How special is it for us to be returning to the Tour of Rwanda?” began General Manager Vassili Davidenko. “Very! We were disappointed not be able to take part last year, so to have the chance to return this year after improvements around the world with travel restrictions and things opening up again is great.”
“Racing in Rwanda is a unique experience and the reception from the fans has always been spectacular for us, especially when David won in 2018. That moment created history for us, our sponsors and for all those whose lives are affected by diabetes. This year we are in a slightly different situation and have overcome some challenges to be able to take part. For David and Peter, it will be their first race of the season and we’ll be looking to improve as the race goes on.”
Italian rouleur Umberto Poli completes the team and arrives fresh from a day up the road in the breakaway at last week’s Tour of Oman and looking for more action in Rwanda
“Going back to race at the Tour of Rwanda is always an amazing experience,” said Lozano. “The race holds so many special memories for me and not only from my stage win in 2018, but every time we compete there, you’re struck by what a unique place it is and how wonderful the people and fans are. We’re certainly very lucky to be able to carry our message to Rwanda and help drive change in diabetes and healthy living.”
Despite an injury depleted squad, Team Novo Nordisk will do as they always do over the course of the eight-day event and race to inspire, educate and empower all those affected by diabetes.
2022 sees the race unfold mainly around the capital Kigali, begining with a short prologue at the Kigali Arena before seven days of seriously tough racing starts with climbs coming on every stage including the Wall of Kigali and Mount Kigali.
Team Novo Nordisk at Tour of Rwanda, 20th – 27th February:
Lucas Dauge (FR, 25)
Peter Kusztor (HU, 36)
David Lozano (ESP, 33)
Umberto Poli (IT, 25)
Saturday, 20th February: Prologue, Kilgali – Kilagali, 4km.
Sunday, 21st February: Stage 1, Kilgali – Rwamagena, 148.3km
Monday, 22nd February: Stage2, Kilgali – Rubavu, 152km
Tuesday, 23rd February: Stage 3, Kigali – Gicumbi, 124.3km
Wednesday, 24th February: Stage 4, Muhanga – Musanze, 124.7km
Thursday, 25th February: Stage 5, Musanze – Kigali, 152km
Friday, 26th February: Stage 6, Kigali – Mont Kigali, 152.6km
Saturday, 27th February: Stage 7, Kigali – Kigali, 75.3km