KIGALI – Uganda’s pro cyclist Charles Kagimu posted 3:53:14 to finish in the 33rd position as Stage Six of the Tour du Rwanda started and ended in Kigali, covering a total distance of 152.6km on Friday.
The highly competitive race, which started earlier on Sunday, saw 68 riders completing this particular stage, after one had failed the test.
French rider, Pierre Rolland won the Friday race after 3:46:03, seven minutes; eleven seconds superior than Kagimu, who was third overall for his Team Bike Aid of Germany.
In a brief chat with his Ugandan counterpart – Sam Mahaba Muwonge, the president Rwanda Cycling Federation – Abdallah Murenzi noted Kagimu had tremendously improved on his performance since the beginning of the beginning of this annual event on Sunday.
During the 149.3km Nyagatare-Kigali Stage Five on Thursday, Kagimu finished 33rd, again two places better than his previous stage. Frenchman Alan Boileau was in the lead on the standings after emerging victorious in three stages.
Earlier on Wednesday, Kagimu had finished the 123.9km – Kigali-Musaze distance in 10:31 minutes behind Colombian Brayan Sánchez, who posted 13:20:18 hours.
Uganda Cycling Association – UCA boss – Muwonge was delighted on hearing his counterpart’s remarks about Kagimu’s performance, vowing that body would do anything possible to send a team when the even returns to Kigali next year.
Kagimu’s performance per stage
1 Kigali-Rwamagana 115.6km 54th
2 Kigali-Huye 120.5km 33rd
3 Nyanza-Gicumbi 171.5km 37th
4 Kigali-Musanze 123.9km 35th
5 Nyagatare-Kigali 149.3km 33rd
6 Kigali – Kigali 152.6km 33rd