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Tour du Rwanda 2023 Stage 5 results

Posted by: Semere Asmelash

Date: Thursday, 23 February 2023

Results stage 5 Tour of Rwanda 2023

  • Date:
    23 February 2023

2023 Tour of Rwanda

 Rwanda |  5e etappe

Etappe GC Jongeren

1Callum Ormiston South Africa04:59:51
2Walter Calzoni Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team+ 06
3Metkel Eyob Terengganu Polygon CT+ 06
4William Junior Lecerf Soudal Quick-Step Devo Team+ 06
5Mark Stewart Bolton Equities Black Spoke+ 06
6Mikel Iturria Euskaltel-Euskadi+ 06
7Joseph Blackmore Great Britain+ 06
8Victor De La Parte TotalEnergies+ 06
9Anatolii Budiak Terengganu Polygon CT+ 06
10Mikel Bizkarra Euskaltel-Euskadi+ 06
result ...



The fifth stage of the Tour du Rwanda was won by Callum Ormiston. The 22-year-old South African soloed to victory in a clever way. The ride was incidentally colored by Chris Froome . The four-time Tour winner rode in the attack for a long time, but had a lot of bad luck in the final.

The Tour du Rwanda rode from Rusizi to Rubavu on the fifth day, over a distance of 195.5 kilometers. Again this stage could be labeled as hilly, with a 21 kilometer climb at 2.8% in the final and a 1.7 km hill at 6.6% just before the line. Was it enough to throw the sprinters overboard? And heavy enough for the puncheurs to make a difference?

Froome on the attack
There was no question of a traditional early breakaway with several riders in it today. One rider did attack and that was not just anyone. None other than Chris Froome decided to jump away from the peloton on his own and embark on a very ambitious solo. Was it an act of desperation by the Brit of Israel-Premier Tech ? Or the impetus for a memorable one-man show?

The lead of the brave Froome rose to four minutes at one point, but holding on to the line proved to be an almost impossible task. As the kilometers went by, the gap got smaller and smaller, and with just over fifty kilometers to go Froome's lead had already dropped to one and a half minutes. The pace in the peloton was now good, so Thomas Bonnett had to release. Yesterday's stage winner would lose his leader's jersey.

Bad luck for Froome, Ormiston solos to victory
In the meantime, Froome's calvary started. The 37-year-old driver was still alone in front, but due to two mechanical breakdowns, a flat tire and a crash, he completely disappeared from view. Bad luck for Froome, but in the meantime the battle for the stage victory had started. Attacks from Alex Tolio and Mikel Iturria came to nothing, but Callum Ormiston's attempt had much more to offer. The 22-year-old South African managed to build up a nice lead and solo to victory.

William Junior Lecerf is now in the lead in the general classification. However , the 20-year-old Belgian from the Soudal-Quick-Step training team does feel the hot breath of the Ukrainian Anatoliy Budyak (+2 seconds) on his neck. Mattéo Vercher is the provisional number three, three seconds behind Lecerf. The Tour du Rwanda has three more stages.

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