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Re: Tour du Rwanda
« on: February 26, 2019, 19:03 »
213 km, 4306 altitude metres - today's was the longest-ever and arguably the hardest-ever stage of the Tour du Rwanda. And Merhawi Kudus was let loose like the cat among the pigeons.

#delko Kasperkiewicz and #interpro Guillonet went away early, #protouch du Plooy and #teamrw Moise Mugisha joined them to form the break of the day. They enjoyed a lead of up to three minutes, but were caught on the lower slopes of the long ascent to Kabaya.
In the peloton, #academy Ávila made a move that forced a selection of ~20 riders, and from this a sextet of elite climbers went: #yellow Kudus, #astana Contreras, #ddc Hailemichael, #academy Badilatti, #teamer Mulubrhan, and #interpro Aguirre.
Contreras and Kudus went over the top of the Kabaya climb alone, but were joined by Aguirre, Badilatti, and #direct Taaramäe (who must have descended like the devil to catch up) eventually. Kudus and Badilatti crested the final climb, Bigogwe, with a 20-second advantage on Taaramäe and Aguirre.

Taaramäe and Aguirre closed the gap again on the descent, but Kudus put in a final attack on the final 10 km to shake off his companions and race to a solo win in Rubavu, 15" ahead of Taaramäe, 43" ahead of Badilatti, and 58" ahead of Aguirre.
Fifth-placed Contreras had given his everything in support of Kudus earlier and finished over eight minutes down, with riders finishing in ones, twos, or small groups after that. The last to make the time cut, #teamcm Tientcheu and #teamcm Tella, were more than an hour behind.

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