Mathieu wins Central Challenge
On Saturday Mathieu Twizerane (Cycling Club For All) claimed his first Rwanda Cycling Cup victory with a late solo attack to distance his breakaway companions.Gasore Hategeka (Nyabihu Cycling Club) finished second while Rene Ukiniwabo (Les Amis Sportifs) rounded out the podium in third.
The 115km race started in Bugesera at the border between Rwanda Burundi and finished in Muhanga.
Mathieu was still in the bearkaway with Rene Ukiniwabo and Didier Munyaneza with just five kilometers to go but decided to attack and dropped the two riders before the flat three final kilometers.
“ I have been waiting for my first win at the Cycling Cup.I have finished in the top five on several occasions but today was my day.The plan was to try my best but I didn’t know I would win.With a few kilometers to go,I felt I still had my legs and decided to go for it.I am very happy this win and thank my teammates.Without them I couldn’t win today.” said Mathieu
Two-time Tour du Rwanda winner and Tirol Cycling Team rider Valens Ndayisenga who also won the Race for Culture last month, punctured halfway the race and chased hard and rejoined the peloton and finished in the bunch.
Eric Manirakiza was once again victorious in the junior 81km race while Ingabire Beatha won the women’s race.
The 2017 Rwanda Cycling Cup series will resume on September 23 with Muhazi Challenge from Kigali to Rwamagana.
The RCC is jointly sponsored by Skol Rwanda and who continue their commitment the development of Rwandan cycling by renewing for another year the sponsorship of the Rwanda Cycling Cup.