Date: Saturday, 25 February 2023
|1||Henok Mulubrhan||Green Project-Bardiani CSF-Faizane||26:53:09|
|2||Walter Calzoni||Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team||,,|
|3||William Junior Lecerf||Soudal – Quick-Step Devo Team||0:01|
|4||Anatoly Budyak||Terengganu Polygon Cycling Team||0:03|
|5||Victor of the Party||TotalEnergies||0:04|
|6||eric muhoza||Bike Aid||0:08|
|7||Metkel Eyob||Terengganu Polygon Cycling Team||0:12|
|8||Kent Main||South Africa||0:25|
|9||Joseph Blackmore||Great Britain||0:39|
|10||Alex Tolio||Green Project-Bardiani CSF-Faizane||0:40|
The penultimate stage in Rwanda started in Nyamata. From that place, south of the capital of Rwanda, the riders went to the now well-known finish in Kigali. There was the Mont Kigali, which must be climbed after a ride of 115.8 kilometers.
On the way, seven riders broke away. They were Aklilu Arefayne, Daniel Teklehaimanot (both selection Eritrea), Jean Bosco Nsengimana (selection Rwanda), Marc Oliver Pritzen (EF Education-Nippo Development), Asier Etxeberria (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Filippo Fiorelli (Green Project- Bardiani CSF - Faizanè ) and James Oram ( Bolton Equities Black Spoke ). For a moment, the seven-member breakaway was ahead of the peloton for a minute, but not much later they were caught again.
Tarozzi survives Mont Kigali the best for the first time
Then a large group of about twenty riders rode away. At one point they cycled a few minutes ahead of the peloton. At the foot of the first climb of Mont Kigali (5.3 km at 6.5%), the leading group still had a nice lead, but the peloton had opened the hunt.
The first ascent ensured that the large leading group completely exploded. The peloton, on the other hand, led by the Soudal Quick-Step training team , rode together towards the absolute final. It was Manuele Tarozzi of Green Project-Bardiani CSF-Faizanè who started the final kilometers with a lead. The Italian did that with a lead of 35 seconds.
Mulubrhan new leader
Tarozzi had to survive on the second and final ascent of Mont Kigali. The last two kilometers in particular were very tough with an average percentage of nine percent. However, 24-year-old Tarozzi managed his effort well and survived. Tarozzi thus won his second professional race on Mont Kigali.