Today, Samuel Mugisha won his first stage at his third Tour du Rwanda. At only 20, this slender young athlete is no longer a stranger to the Rwandan public for having already raced this particular stage during his first appearance in 2016 arriving in Huye as today. On that day he had dropped his other companions in the last climb to go alone to Huye. But he was caught by the peloton just one kilometer before the finish line where Joseph Areruya went on to win the first international victory of his career.
Today Samuel Mugisha acted with more maturity and background in the South African professional Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka with whom he has just won the best climber jersey of the Tour du Val d'Aoste in Italy reserved for the best world U23 riders.
Today, he attacked before Huye, almost the same place as two years ago, but kept his lead of twenty seconds to the end.
"It's a great pleasure for me to win at home finally," he said. "It was not easy because, with Jean-Claude Uwizeye next door and the Ethiopian that I didn't know, there was a danger to the end."
The young Ethiopian Mulu Haylemichael, just 19 years old, is racing his first race outside his country and his audacity today when he followed the two Rwandans in the second climb of the day after only fifteen kilometers, suggested that it would run out quickly. He did not provide any help to the two Rwandans who worked very well together, and for that reason, he became a threat to the two compatriots. Samuel Mugisha did not want to take risks and attacked before the finish to avoid what happened in 2016.
Algerian Azzedine Lagab arrived 27th with the peloton at 3'26'', and could not defend his yellow jersey from Stage 1 as these roads proved too mountainous roads for him.