By Our sports reporter;
After his victory on Tuesday in Rusizi, Jhonatan Restrepo won again today-Thursday in Musanze in the heart of the Rwandan cycling center.
The Colombian beat the Frenchman Romain Cardis of Total-Direct Energie Team in the sprint and the yellow Eritrean jersey Natnael Tesfazion. After the long day of more than 200 kilometers yesterday, the riders had a shorter stage with 84 kilometers, more conducive to a massive sprint.
From the start, several attacks in front of the peloton were managed by the peloton, until Patrick Byukusenge of the UCI Continental division, Benediction Ignite attacked alone in the front.
He’s a key figure of the Rwandan peloton, one of the oldest and most experienced rider. His lead exceeded 2 minutes before the peloton began to re
The chase was launched at high speed behind Patrick Byukusenge, the gap continued to decrease and passed under the minute 15 kilometers before the finish.
The Rwandan was caught by the peloton 2.5 km from the finish, which prepared the sprint. Each taking enormous risks to place his sprinters including the Total-Direct Energie team for Romain Cardis and Androni-Giocattoli for Jhonatan Restrepo who did not miss the opportunity to raise his arms to the heavens on the finish line.
The yellow jersey Natnael Tesfazion managed the race very well with his team and to avoid the risk of falling in the final, he had taken part in the sprint. His confidence and motivation after his great performance yesterday at Gisenyi seems to make him irresistible.