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French Club POCCL Takes Rwanda’s Cycling Champion

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French Club POCCL Takes Rwanda’s Cycling Champion

Two Rwandan cyclists Valens Ndayisenga and Claude Uwizeye are destined to France to join a new professional cycling club Le Pays des Olonnes Cycliste Côte de Lumière (POCCL).

This club POCCL is organized around its first team composed of seniors with 1st and 2nd category athletes who are in DN2, with the objective of training at the High Level.

But it also has a junior team, cadets and a cycling school (more than 15 young people), with the aim of cycling training.

There are also senior riders, who are not in the DN3 team from the 2nd category level to Pass-Cycling making a total of 80 runners.

In 2014 when Ndayisenga was 20years, he made Rwanda proud after trouncing other international cyclists to win the Tour du Rwanda competition. This was the first time Rwanda had won in this international competition.

Ndayisenga again won the 2016 Tour du Rwanda cycling championship.

France hosts the prestigious cycling competition that attracts global cycling personalities. The two Rwandan cyclists are scheduled to benefit from advanced cycling training under the watchful eye of experienced trainers.

Valens Ndayisenga

Ten Years ago, Rwanda cycling turned professional after the country’s cycling competition got incorporated into The Union Cycliste Internationale.

UCI is a world governing body for sports cycling and oversees international competitive cycling events. The UCI is based in Aigle, Switzerland.

According to UCI rankings on the African Tour, Rwandan cyclists are listed in the order of points;

1. Joseph Areruya 437.75 points
7. Jean Bosco Nsengimana 161.75 points
16. Valens Ndayisenga 116.75 points
23. Jean Claude Uwizeye 93 points
30. Gasore Hategeka 71 points
35. Didier Munyaneza 69 points
42. Bonaventure Uwizeyimana 56 points
59. Adrien Niyonshuti 43.75 points
74. Jean Paul Rene Ukiniwabo 39 points
93. Jean Damascene Ruberwa

Jean Claude Uwizeye decorated last year after winning the Farmers’ Circuit

Tour de France 2018

The 2018 Tour de France breaks with the tradition of recent years, in that with the exception of a short non-stop excursion into Spain near the end of Stage 16, the whole race takes place in France.

The 2018 edition divides neatly into three distinct geographic sections. The first long week, from 7th to 15th July, all takes place in the northern half of France.

Starting on the island of Noirmoutier, south of the Loire estuary, the Tour begins with three days in the Pays de la Loire region, before moving north for three days in Brittany.

The next three days see riders moving northeast, via the great cathedral cities of Chartres and Amiens, followed by a day including sections on the notorious historic cobbled highways of French Flanders.

The cobbled highways were a feature of very early Tours de France, and a number of stretches of old cobbled road have been preserved for the benefit of cycle racing.

The second week of the Tour, from 17th to 22nd July, takes place in the Alps, the Cévennes, and the south of the Massif Central, taking riders from Annecy, via an impressive number of Alpine passes and then down to the Rhone valley.

From the small town of Saint Paul Trois Chateaux (which only has one castle) riders then cycle west across the Rhone and the Cévennes to Mende, then from Millau through the surprisingly isolated hill country of the southern Aveyron and Tarn departments, across the Montagne Noire to the historic walled city of Carcassonne, where they enjoy a second rest day.

The final week of the Tour is essentially a Pyrenean week. The peaks of the Pyrenees can be seen from Carcassonne on a clear day, and the 16th stage takes riders from Carcassonne, across the hills of the Aude and the Ariège, and up to the High Pyrenean resort of Bagnères de Luchon.

The next four days are spent in the Pyrenees, taking in a number of classic Pyrenean passes, including the Col de Portet and the Col du Tourmalet.

Then, after time trials in the Basque country on 28th July, riders fly up to Paris for the short final leg and the traditional sprint to the finish on the Champs Elysées.

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