Race: Tour du Rwanda, Stage 2
Start/Finish: Kigali /Huye, Rwanda
Distance: 120.3 kilometers
Musanze, Rwanda —Team Novo Nordisk’s David Lozano finished eighth on Stage 2 and remains in the top five overall at the Tour du Rwanda.
The 120.3-kilometer stage began in Kigali and featured four categorized climbs and two intermediate sprints before finishing in Huye. Monday’s stage was aggressive with attacks flying from the start. Three riders escaped, and without much cohesion from the peloton, they earned a gap of more than five minutes. They held off the peloton, and Samuel Mugisha (Rwanda National Team) took the win.
Lozano finished at the front of the first chase, 3’26” behind Mugisha.
The world’s first all-diabetes pro cycling team continues racing at the eight-day Tour du Rwanda on Tuesday. Stage 3 is a 195.3-km race that begins in Huye and finishes in Musanze. It features four categorized climbs and two intermediate sprints.
“Today was the first really hilly day. It wasn’t a very long stage but had a notable elevation gain at 2,000 meters. Most of the day’s climbs were compressed into the opening hour, and that split the peloton into pieces. The strong breakaway stayed away and David finished in good overall position, so we can’t complain.”
1st: Samuel Mugisha (Rwanda National Team): 3:08:56
2nd: Jean Claude Uwizeye (POC Cote de Lumière): 21” behind Mugisha
3rd: Mulu Hailemichael (Ethopian National Team): 21” behind Mugisha
8th: David Lozano: 3:26 behind Mugisha