Areruya Joseph wins longest stage of La Tropicale and grabs yellow jersey
Tour du Rwanda reigning champion Areruya Joseph showcased his talent again today as he won the fourth stage and cruised to overall victory in La Tropicale Amissa Bongo.
The 21- year old outpowered three breakaway companions with a cunningly calculated charge for the line in Mitzic.He crossed the line in 4hrs 25mins 10secs, ahead of the Belarusian Ilia Koshevoy of the Italian-based Wilier Triestina - Selle Italia. HOLLER Nikodemus (BikeAid),completed the podium.
"This is the longest stage I have raced since my debut. It was very difficult but I managed my efforts well. I did not know the other three riders of the breakaway, so I only focused on my ride. I felt strong today. "said Areruya
Areruya Joseph who impressed last year with two major victories including a stage win at Giro d’Italia U 23 and overall victory at Tour du Rwanda, kicks off the year in style as he becomes the only second Rwanda rider and the tenth African to win a stage at La Tropicale and the first ever Rwandan to wear a yellow jersey in Gabon.
Tomorrow’s 5th stage is a 114 -km course from Fougamou to Lambarene.