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  • Team Rwanda riding for yellow in home race

    A collective show of strength from the Rwandan teams at the Tour of Rwanda saw the race's battle for yellow ignite on stage 4. Taking control on the 120km stage from Musanze in the north to Nyamata in the south, the performance saw the first major reshuffle of the general classification.

    Stage 1 and 3 winner Joseph Areruya is back in yellow and there are five Rwandans in the top-10 overall. Although Areruya is racing with the Dimension Data for Qhubeka team in 2017, his stage victories and claim on the yellow jersey is a win for Rwanda.

    There are three Rwandan teams in the race with the club teams, Club Les Amis Sportifs De Rwamagana and Club Benediction de Rubavu, joining the national squad on the start line. All three teams have the single objective of winning the race with a Rwandan, as national team coach Sterling Magnell explained post-stage to Cyclingnews and RFI. Even if that benefits a rival squad like Dimension Data for Qhubeka or the Tirol team of defending champion Valens Ndayisenga.

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    "We had a few different objectives, the first was to isolate the yellow jersey and put him under pressure from the start and get the jersey off his back and onto the back of a Rwandan," he said. "Our boys were there and everybody was all in. The boys all collaborated and we have two for the national team near the front and still within striking distance."

    The star rider on the national team is 2015 champion and four times stage winner Nsengimana. Patrick Byukusenge, 26, has also been riding strongly for the team, as has Didier Munyaneza. Although Rwanda was celebrating the return of Areruya into the race lead, Magnell explained he is still focusing on the top step with one of his riders.

    “For Jean Bosco, for Patrick, I have to see the GC to decide the tactic, but for sure we are not going to allow it to stay like that,” he said of the duo who sit fifth at 1:44 minutes and sixth at 2:40 minutes respectively.

    You can read more at Cyclingnews.com

As you may know club member and all round great lad Gert Gammelin is moving to New Zealand in January. To Give him a send off from the Wheelers we're having a social ride on the 18th December. This date coincides with the annual Holly Run so we're combining the two.
If you would like something to eat at The Countryman Bolam please let Steve Davies know as he usually sorts out this side of things. 09:30 start at the Gretna getting to The Countryman for 12:30
Hopefully we will have a good turnout for a guy who has well supported and represented the club many times during its recent history.

 
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