After the second victory of Tour du Rwanda by Jhonatan Restrepo on Thursday at Musanze, no one imagined that the Colombian of Androni-Giocattoli Team would renew his performance on Stage 6.
By attacking in the second part of the stage with two other riders, his compatriot Carlos Quintero of Terengganu team and the Swiss Patrick Schelling of Israel Start-Up Nation, he won in Muhanga in the rain.
But while yesterday there has been a new show of the yellow jersey Natnael Tesfazion, the scenario was different today for the young Eritrean. The 127-kilometer stage was not insignificant, no one wanted to live the dominating Eritreans in peace.
However, until mid-race, the yellow jersey was still in an ideal position in a breakaway where he was very attentive to responding too many attacks.
Four riders finally managed to escape, at first with Patrick Schelling, Carlos Quintero, and the Rwandan Samuel Mugisha, then joined by the Colombian Jhonatan Restrepo. Samuel Mugisha dropped a little further.
Behind, Natnael Tesfazion the yellow jersey was a little over-anxious. If his first place in the general classification remained comfortable, Natnael Tesfazion knew he couldn’t back off. At the front in this breakaway, two riders were classified in the top 10 of the general classification: Quintero (8th at 4’53”) and Schelling (9th at 4’56 ”) while Restrepo was 12th at 5’34’’.
The yellow jersey was not yet in danger, but he was in trouble, especially when the South African Kent Main of Pro Touch team 3rd in the general classification then Moise Mugisha of Skol Adrien Cycling Academy team second in the general classification attacked him in turn.
If Jhonatan Restrepo won easily his 3rd stage of the week, the top of the general classification has been upset today. While only one rider followed Natnael Tesfazion this morning within 3 minutes of the general classification, they are now six in ambush within 3 minutes.
Rwandan Moise Mugisha made especially an excellent operation by making up time in the yellow jersey (57 seconds), placed now at 1’08 ” behind him, just before the last weekend and the time trial tomorrow on the slopes of the famous Wall of Kigali.
Everything remains possible on this 2020 Tour of Rwanda!