Team Rwanda rider Jean Bosco Nsengimana on Sunday won the prologue of this year’s Tour du Rwanda after using 3 minutes, 46 seconds, a new record in the 3.3km race.



Tour du Rwanda defending champion Valens Ndayisenga, also a Rwandan, finished in second place with 3 minutes and 48 seconds.
South African national, De Bod Stefan who is riding for Dimension Data of South Africa came in third place while Joseph Areruya, another Rwandan, finished fourth.
Nsengimana will have on the Yellow Jersey on Monday during the stage one that will start from Kacyiru to Huye District, a race that will 120.3km.
Nsengimama was the champion of the 7th edition of Tour du Rwanda in 2015 and Ndayisenga repeated the 2016 feat last year, making him the first rider ever to win the annual race more than once.
This year’s edition has drawn a total of 75 cyclists grouped in 15 teams from across the world.
Stefan de Bod waved South Africa’s flag to finish third at the Tour Du Rwanda prologue today. Photo: Warren Elsom
The short sprint, which took place at an average altitude of 1 525m, saw three DiData riders finish in the top 10, namely: De Bod, Joseph Areruya (Rwanda- 4th) and Samuel Mugisha (Rwanda- four-way tie at 6th).

Full top 10 results:

1. Jean Bosco Nsengimana (Rwanda) 3:45
2. Valens Ndayisenga (Rwanda) 3:48
3. Stefan de Bod (South Africa) 3:52
4. Joseph Areruya (Rwanda) 3:53
5. Suleiman Kangangi (Kenya) 3:55
6. Cameron Piper (USA) 3:56
6. Patrick Byukusenge (Rwanda) 3:56
6. Samuel Mugisha (Rwanda) 3:56
6. Cameron McPhaden (Canada) 3:56
10. Jean-Claude Uwizeye (Rwanda) 3:57