Delko Marseille Provence's Joseph Areruya is becoming the first rider from Rwanda to compete in Paris-Roubaix.




The rider will ride his first Monument in the French race. The 23-year-old joined the French ProContinental team in March of 2018 and he has a palmares that includes wins at La Tropicale Amissa Bongo in 2018, the Tour of Rwanda and at the Individual Time Trial of Rwanda in 2018. Now the rider has the chance to start in his first ever Paris-Roubaix.

"It is a great honour for me to be part of such a cycling monument, a dream come true," Areruya commented. "I was already thinking about the cobbles of Roubaix during the paved stage of the Tour of Rwanda in Kigali!

"My goal this year will be to get to the finish on time and then do better. I know that my experience will be shared with the African continent and I hope that young Rwandans will dream of imitating me."

The rider also dreams with starting in the Tour de France, but that won't be possible in 2019 because Delko Marseille Provence didn't get a wildcard for the competition.

Paris-Roubaix will be held on the 14th of April between Compiegne, on the outskirts of Paris, and Roubaix, over a 257-kilometre route that features 29 cobbled sections.