The Tour of Rwanda will celebrate its tenth edition exceptionally on August 4th, just one week after the arrival of the Tour of France.
Africa and more particularly the country of Thousand Hill will immediately follow the biggest world cycling event, from August 5th to 12th.
This is highly symbolic! It will also be the last time that the event will be classified in the UCI category 2.2 before climbing an additional level in the hierarchy of the Union Cycliste Internationale by passing in category 2.1.
Thus becoming in February 2019 the biggest race on the continent as well as the Tropicale Amissa Bongo in Gabon.
And until then, the tenth edition promises to be exceptional on an original route where riders will discover new habits, starting with the beginning which will not start from the capital Kigali but Rwamagana, for the first time since its creation in 2009.
There will also be no prologue individual time trial, as has been the case since 2012. The first yellow jersey of the leader will be awarded after a 104 km long road race stage.
The difficulties will be the same as in the last editions but shaped differently.
There will be two departures from Musanze to honor the training cycling center of the ARCC that led to the successful development of cycling in the country of the Thousand Hills but also an arrival at altitude never reached, to 2,293 meters at the entrance of the Volcanoes Park in Kinigi, at the starting point of the excursions to meet the mountain gorillas.
The concentration of the difficulties on the last weekend in Kigali will be certainly very spectacular at first on the Saturday before the arrival with the last twenty worst kilometers in the capital and especially on Sunday for the final stage with two climbs of the Kigali Wall.
This tenth edition will also have the longest stage in the history of the race on the third day between Huye and Musanze with a record distance of 195.3 kilometers.
Among the 16 teams selected, six will discover the roads of Rwanda with the Algerians of the UCI Continental Team, the Groupement Sportif Petrolier led by a regular of the place Azzedine Lagab.
The Angolans of Bai Sicasal who have just participated in the Tour of Morocco, the Americans of Marc Pro Gym One, the Germans of Team Embrace the World with the Namibian Dan Craven winner of a stage in 2010.
Two teams where run bu Rwandan riders like the South African Team Sampada of Adrien Nyionshuti and the French Pays des Olonnes Cycliste Côte de Lumière with Jean-Claude Uwizeye and Valens Ndayisenga double winner of the Tour du Rwanda in 2014 and 2016.
2018 Tour of Rwanda Stages
Stage 1 – Sunday, August 5th: Rwamagana-Rwamagana (104 km)
Stage 2 – Monday, August 6th: Kigali-Huye (120,3 km)
Stage 3 – Tuesday, August 7th: Huye – Musanze (195,3 km)
Stage 4 – Wednesday, August 8th: Musanze – Karongi (135,8 km)
Stage 5 – Thursday, August 9th: Karongi – Rubavu (95,1 km)
Stage 6 – Friday, August 10th: Rubavu – Kinigi (108,5 km)
Stage 7 – Saturday, August 11th: Musanze – Kigali (107,4 km)
Stage 8 – Sunday, August 12th: Kigali – Kigali (82,2 km)