Rwandan cyclist, Joseph Areruya scooped the tittle for the 13th edition of La Tropicale Amissa Bongo, Africa’s highest cycling competition after clocking 23 hours, 52 minutes and 24 seconds.
Areruya won 18 seconds ahead of German Holler Nikodemus- who rides for German team Bike Aid- who followed him on the general classification and 50 seconds ahead of Damien Gaudin who is the third.
In the last stage (the seventh) Areruya was ranked the 24th but he had used the same period with Italian Pacioni Luca who was ranked the first as they arrived at the finish line in the same group.
Joseph Areruya, wore the yellow jersey after he won the fourth stage of the tour, on January 18, 2018, as he rode from Ndjolé to Mitzic, a distance of 182.5km, the longest stage of the tour, using 4 hours, 25 minutes and 10 seconds.
He arrived at the finish line seven minutes and 42 seconds ahead of Jones Brenton who won the yellow jersey before the fourth stage.
Using his intelligence and pace, Areruya kept the yellow jersey since that day until the last stage.
Joseph Areruya is the only Rwandan who made it in riders who came in the first 44 places, becoming the first Rwandan, and the third African cyclist to win La Tropicale Amissa Bongo, after Eritrean Nathaniel Berhane (2014) and Tunisian Rafaa Chtioui (2015) but he (Areruya) is the first to scoop the award under his national team jersey).
His two predecessors had won it with the support of their professional cycling clubs.
The 13th edition of Tour La Tropicale Amissa Bongo which brings together the international cyclists from different continents since 2016 considered as the highest ranked African cycling competition as it’s on the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) 2.1 level.
Born on October 23, 1996, Areruya who rode for Rwamagana based cycling club, Les Amis Sportifs, before he started competing for South Africa’s Team Dimension Data For Qhubeka in 2016, won Tour du Rwanda 2017 after winning the 5th stage of the in Tour Italy Under 23, in 2017.
Last year, he was voted Africa’s second best cyclist by the organizers of LA Tropicale Amissa Bongo cycling competition.
LA Tropicale Amissa Bongo Tour 2018 started on January 15, bringing together 89 cyclists from 15 teams who competed to ride a distance of 1000 kilometers.