French cyclist Alan Boileau, 22, who rides for B&B HOTELS claimed the seventh stage at the ongoing Tour du Rwanda.
Boileau has mastered the art of outclassing rivals in the last 100 meters of the race to win it all. Just like he did 2021 in Gicumbi, he again showcase his sprint prowess at Mont Kigali on Saturday to beat Omer Goldstein from Israel Premier-Tech, who was in the lead going into the final 80 meters to finish line.
He used 3 hours, 41 minutes and 20 seconds, three seconds ahead of second-placed Goldstein and eleven seconds ahead of Marchand Fianni from Belgian club Tarteletto-Isorex.
Boileau’s victory at Mont Kigali become the second successive stage victory at the same finish line for B&B HOTELS after teammate Pierre Roland did the same in 2021.
Boileau attributed Mont Kigali’s victory to Team Captain Roland who spend all day in the breakaway and controlled the race for his teammates.
“Pierre has done a monster job for 70 km. He plugged the holes on the last descent and set a very high pace on the first ramp of the last climb. Then he pulled away and kept cheering me on in the headset. I broke down a bit in the 500 meters when there were two runners in front of me, then I thought about all the work done by Pierre. I unplugged the brain to ignore the pain and managed to land on my head 200 meters from the line to accelerate up the hill,” Boileau told the press after the race.
Saturday’s victory brings the total stage wins for Boileau in Tour du Rwanda to four. But, Boileau said Saturday’s stage victory came after overcoming several challenges in the past year including the COVID-19 pandemic and a nasty fall in on the Tour de Valence
“I had arrived on this Tour of Rwanda far from my physical condition of last year,” Boileau said, “After the Covid in January, I suffered a fall on the Tour de Valence and my preparation suffered. Within the club, everyone told me that it wouldn’t be the same Tour of Rwanda as last season that I had to be patient before, perhaps, thinking about winning a stage.”
Rwanda riders Eric Manizabayo, Moise Mugisha, and Eric Muhoza came in 8th, 11th, and 13th places respectively.
Androni Gio rider Natneal Tesfazion continues to lead the overall general classification of the 14th edition of Tour du Rwanda which concludes this Sunday. Tesfazion is 26 seconds ahead of second-placed Ukrainian Budiak Anatoli who rides for Terengganu Cycling Team going into the final stage.
1. TESFAZION NATNAEL - (DRONE HOPPER - ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI) 21H15’25"
2. BUDIAK ANATOLII-(TERENGGANU POLYGON) 21H15’51"
3. EWART JESSE (BIKE AID) 21H16’14"
4. MADRAZO RUIZ ANGEL- (BURGOS-BH) 21H16’23"
5. MULUEBERHAN HENOK (BIKE AID) 21H16’46"
1. Alan Boileau - Stage Winner by Amstel Malt
2. Natnael Tesfazion - Yellow jersey by visit Rwanda
3.Jean Bosco Nsengimana 61 points - King of the Mountain by Cogebanque
4. Rolland Pierre (16 pts) - Dark Blue jersey (Intermediate Sprints) by SP Rwanda
5. Natnael Tesfazion 21h15’25" -Blue sky and yellow jersey (Best young rider) by Prime Insurance.
6. Manizabayo Eric (Benediction Ignite) 21h18’00”- White Jersey (Best Rwandan Rider) by Forzza Gaming
7. Natnael Tesfazion 21h15’25" - Green and white jersey (Best African rider) by RwandAir
8. Omer Goldstein ( Israel Premier Tech) - Orange, Green and White jersey (Combative Rider) by Horizon Express
9. Bike Aid 63h56’02" - White and Blue sky jersey (Team Classification) by Inyange Industries