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Rwanda’s Areruya Wins Tour du Rwanda 2017 As Global Cycling Body Upgrades The Tournament

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Rwandan rider Joseph Areruya is the winner of Tour du Rwanda 2017.

Areruya, 21, who rides for South African UCI continental team Dimension Data For Qhubeka has won the tour, 28 seconds clear of his team mate Eritrean Eyob Mektel who came second and Kenyan Suleiman Kangangi (Bike Aid) who came on the third place.

Born in Rwamagana in the East of Rwanda, Joseph Areruya rode for Rwamagana-based Les Amis Sportifs cycling club before he joined Dimension Data For Qhubeka last year.

He becomes the 8th winner of Tour du Rwanda since it was made international in 2009 and the third Rwandan after Valens NDAYISENGA- the only rider who won it for two times, in 2014 and 2016- and Jean Bosco NSENGIMANA who won it in 2015.

Other winners of Tour du Rwanda are GIRDLESTONE Dylan (South Africa), LILL Darren (South Africa). TEKLEHAIMANOT Daniel (Eritrea). REIJNEN Kiel (USA) and JELLOUL Adil (Morocco).

Speaking to the media after emerging as the winner of Tour du Rwanda 2017, Joseph Areruya, nicknamed Kimasa “The Bull”, said: “I am glad to win this tour. It is not an easy thing but, I was motivated to win because I did not wish this competition to be won by a foreigner, at home”.

Minister For Sports and Culture, Julienne Uwacu expressed her joy that the tour was won by a Rwandan-born rider and commended the competitiveness that was showcased by cyclists during the competition.

“ We also are very happy because this tour we organized, went allright. It attracted very many people. There is a way the competition is organized and how it ends. That the yellow jersey is won by a Rwandan brings a great joy for us”, she said.

The last stage of Tour du Rwanda 2017 on Sunday, November 19, 2017 was won by Valens Ndayisenga who won Tour du Rwanda 2014 and 2016 and he has now the same number of stages won in Tour du Rwanda with Eyob Mektel who had 5.

They are the two riders who won most stages in Tour du Rwanda since it was international in 2009.

In the last stage of Tour du Rwanda 2017, riders had to cross the route in the capital city of Rwanda, Kigali. They started at Amahoro National Stadium– Kimironko – Kibagabaga – Nyarutarama – Gishushu – Remera and they ended back at Amahoro National Stadium. They crossed the route for ten times which translated into a distance of 120Km.

Only 59 riders, among 73 who started the tour on the prologue stage day, made it to the final stage which completed 821Km that cyclists rode across Rwanda in a week.

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The overview of Tour du Rwanda 2017

Tour du Rwanda 2017 started on November 12th, 2017 with a budget of Rwf500 million.

The prologue was won by Rwandan Jean Bosco Nsengimana after riding a 3.3km stretch in 03′ 47″ 06″‘ setting a record of the shortest time of the prologue stage won in Tour du Rwanda since 2009.

Joseph Areruya won stage two from Kigali to Huye and wore the yellow jersey after clocking 3 hours, 12 minutes and 12 seconds in a 120,3 Km distance.

However, the yellow jersey was taken off Areruya on day two after Swiss rider Simon Pellaud won stage two from Nyanza to Rubavu having clocked 4:32:20’, on a distance of 180Km being the longest stage in the history of Tour du Rwanda.

Areruya won stage three (Rubavu-Musanze, 95Km) on Wednesday but Simon Pellaud kept the yellow jersey, that was taken off him, after stage four from Musanze to Nyamata (121Km) which was won by Eritrean Eyob Mektel who arrived at the finish line with his team mate Joseph Areruya to retain the yellow jersey that he kept on him until the last stage.

Stage five was won by Rwandan Bonaventure Uwizeyimana who rides for Club Benediction de Rubavu after he clocked 2:16:26 from Nyamata to Rwamagana on a distance of 93,2Km and Joseph Areruya still kept the yellow jersey with 38 seconds clear of Eyob Mektel who was second on the general classification.

Eyob Mektel won stage six from Kayonza to Kigali, Nyamirambo after clocking 1:58:55”’ on a distance of 80Km, three seconds before Joseph Areruya who continued to lead with 35 seconds clear of Mektel then.

Though Areruya did not make it in the top 10 in the last stage, He still led as Eyob Mektel ended the stage 10 seconds before Areruya but these were not enough for him to close the 35 seconds gap that was between him and Areruya.

The International Cycling Union (UCI), the world governing body for sports cycling, announced that it will up grade Tour du Rwanda from 2.2 level to 2.1 in 2019. The tour will be taking place in the months of August instead of November and it will bring in riders who ride for higher international cycling level.

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Shakur Stevenson Bangs Jamel Herring in World Super-Featherweight Title Fight

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Shakur Stevenson delivered a spiteful display to overwhelm and stop Jamel Herring in the 10th round of their WBO super-featherweight championship fight in Atlanta on Saturday.

Stevenson announced himself as a real star of American boxing with the best performance of his career so far to become an unbeaten two-weight world champion at the age of 24.

He was vicious with his combination punching to force the stoppage having dominated from the opening bell against Herring, in what had become a fight with personal ramifications.

Stevenson had recently been a part of Herring’s gym with trainer Brian McIntyre – but they had no answer to the young challenger’s fast hands.

As early as the second round, Stevenson was hurting Herring and forcing him backwards predominantly with a jab.

In the third, he mixed in clubbing hooks which battered Herring from side to side.

Herring, the former US Marine who sent Carl Frampton into retirement earlier this year, was having next to no success at all against his quicker, more powerful rival.

Stevenson stung him with a succession of left hooks in the fifth, then buckled his legs with a right hook in the sixth.

By the ninth, Stevenson was teeing off at will with four and five punches at a time, and Herring had visible damage above his eyes.

The ringside doctor checked a cut on Herring’s face at the start of the 10th round but let him continue.

Stevenson began stalking him and a succession of pinpoint left hands forced the referee to step in to end the fight.

The Olympic silver medallist has now won his biggest pro fight against his most difficult opponent, and has extended his unbeaten record to 17-0 after adding the WBO super-featherweight belt to his résumé.

Boxing schedule

October 31 – Top Rank in New York
Jose Zepeda vs Josue Vargas

November 6 – Top Rank in Las Vegas
Mikaela Mayer vs Maiva Hamadouche – IBF and WBO super-featherweight titles

November 6 – BOXXER in Liverpool
Super-lightweight tournament

November 20 – BOXXER in London
Richard Riakporhe vs Olanrewaju Durodola
Caroline Dubois professional debut

November 20 – Top Rank in Las Vegas
Terence Crawford vs Shawn Porter – WBO welterweight title

December 11 – BOXXER in Birmingham
Savannah Marshall
Claressa Shields

December 11 – Top Rank in Las Vegas
Vasiliy Lomachenko vs Richard Commey

December 17 – Top Rank in Montreal
Artur Beterbiev vs Marcus Browne – IBF and WBC light-heavyweight titles

February 26 – Top Rank in Glasgow
Josh Taylor vs Jack Catterall – undisputed super-lightweight title

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Rayon Sports FC Signs Brazilian Forward 𝐂𝐡𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐦𝐚𝐫 𝐌𝐚𝐥𝐭𝐚 𝐒𝐨𝐚𝐫𝐞𝐬

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News reaching Taarifa Sports Desk indicates that Brazilian forward 𝐂𝐡𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐦𝐚𝐫 𝐌𝐚𝐥𝐭𝐚 𝐒𝐨𝐚𝐫𝐞𝐬 has signed a 2-year deal with Rwanda’s Rayon Sports FC.

“𝐇𝐞’𝐬 𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐬𝐜𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐠𝐨𝐚𝐥𝐬! We’re delighted to announce the signing of Brazilian forward 𝐂𝐡𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐦𝐚𝐫 𝐌𝐚𝐥𝐭𝐚 𝐒𝐨𝐚𝐫𝐞𝐬 on a two-year deal. Let’s welcome him!!!,” the club said via its official twitter handle late on Saturday.

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Tennis: British Cameron Beats American Tommy At Indian Wells Masters

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British number two Cameron Norrie beat American Tommy Paul in three sets to reach the quarter-finals of the Indian Wells Masters.

World number 26 Norrie won 6-4 4-6 6-2 to claim his 44th win on the ATP Tour this year.

The 26-year-old left-hander has never previously reached this stage of a Masters 1000 tournament.

Norrie will face Diego Schwartzman in the last eight after the Argentine beat Norway’s Casper Rudd in straight sets.

If Norrie were to advance past Schwartzman – who he beat in the first round of the 2020 US Open – it will see him replace Dan Evans as the British number one and may also provide enough ranking points to break into the world’s top 20 for the first time in his career.

It would also take him closer to the coveted half-century mark of wins on the ATP Tour in a single season. Andy Murray and Tim Henman are the only Britons to have achieved that feat on the elite men’s circuit this millennium.

Also on Wednesday, US Open champion Daniil Medvedev was knocked out by Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov, losing 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.

Russian Medvedev was the top seed at Indian Wells after winning his first Grand Slam title last month. He won the first set and was up 4-1 in the second when he collapsed, dropping eight straight games.

Dimitrov will play Polish Wimbledon semi-finalist Hubert Hurkacz in the last eight.

The rest of the men’s quarter-finals line up sees Alexander Zverev take on American Taylor Fritz after the German beat Gael Monfils 6-1 6-3, while second seed Stefanos Tsitsipas will face unseeded Nikoloz Basilashvili.

Tsitsipas, who made the final of the French Open in June, recovered from a set down to beat Australian Alex de Minaur 6-7 (3-7) 7-6 (7-3) 6-2.

In the women’s tournament, Jelena Ostapenko reached her first WTA 1000 semi-final in three years with a 6-4 4-6 6-3 victory over Shelby Rogers.

The Latvian will take on fellow Grand Slam winner Victoria Azarenka in the last four after the Belarusian overcame Jessica Pegula 6-4 6-2.

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