The New Times (Kigali)

Rwanda: Niyonshuti Shines On Day 1

Rwanda's top rider, Adrien Niyonshuti impressed on the first day of 2012 Tour du Rwanda after finishing third in the 3.5km Prologue on a rainy Saturday morning at Amahoro stadium.

The Team Rwanda Kalisimbi rider, used 04'09"26"'06 to be the top African in a race that was won by Canadian Pelletier Roy Remi (04'03"25"') of Team Qoubecor Garneau followed by team mate Langrois Bruno (04'08"82"'05).

Pelletier Roy Remi goes into today's first stage, Kigali-Nyagatare-Kigali, wearing the Yellow Jersey.

Ward Shaun of National Team of South Africa came in at number four with a time of 04'12"81",09, while American Shmidt Alexey of Team Type 1-Sanofi (USA), secured number five after clocking 04'13"69, 10".

Team Rwanda Kalisimbi's Janvier Hadi and Emmanuel Rudahunga came in 21st and 30th after clocking 04'27"82 and 4'33"09'30" respectively. Team Rwanda Akagera's Nicodem Habiyambere finished 39th after using 04'37"25 34".

"This is a good start for us. I got the number three position but tomorrow (today) will fight for the Yellow Jersey, but in all I started well," South Africa-based Niyonshuti told Times Sport.

On Tuesday, stage 2, Kigali- Muhanga.

Today

Stage 1

Kigali-Nyagatare-Kigali: 149.7 km

Yesterday

1. Pelletier Roy Remi 04'03"25"' Team Qoubecor Garneau (Can)

2. Langrois Bruno 04'08"82"'05 Team Qoubecor Garneau (Can)

3. Adrien Niyonshuti 04'09"26"'06 Team Kalisimbi (Rwa)

4. Ward Shaun 04'12"81"'09 Team S.Africa (S.A)

5. Shmidt Alexey 04'13"69"'10 Team Type 1-Sanofi (USA)

Other Rwandans

46 Gasore Hategeka Team Rwandaakagera 04'41"93 38"

48 Jean-Bosco Nsengiyumva Team Rwandaakagera 04'43"77 "

51 Bonaventure Uwizeyimana Team Rwandaakagera 04'45"71 42"

52 Joseph Biziyaremye Team Rwanda Karisimbi A 04'46"08 43"

53 Hassan Rukundo Team Rwandaakagera 04'46"50 "

56 Nathan Byukusenge Team Rwanda Karisimbi 04'47"93 "

57 Abraham Ruhumuriza Team Rwanda Karisimbi 04'48"77 45"

62 Jacques Mbarushimana Team Rwandaakagera 04'54"28 51"

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