Alan Boileau, 21, from B&B HOTEL p/b KTM staged a spirited sprint within 200 meters from the finish line to snatch a stage victory from Terengganu Cycling Team’s Carlos Quintero.

This was Boileau’s second professional stage win in 2 consecutive days. This after he won Stage Two (120.5 KM) from Kigali to Huye in the South.

The 3rd stage of this year’s Tour of Rwanda was the toughest and also the longest of the tour at 171.6 KM. The race stretched from Nyanza town in Southern Province through the peripherals of Kigali City to Gicumbi Town in the Northern province.

The stage was largely about elevation, with 5 climber classifications in total. Almost 4,000 meters of climbing elevation had to be covered over 171.6 kilometres.

As if that wasn’t tough enough, the heavens opened, and it rained right from
The first 5KM until the finish line. One would say it played out well for the riders as they would have faced it rougher if the queen’s race had been coupled with different weather, say a scorching sun.

To put it into perspective, four riders in total abandoned the race on the same day. They include 2 from Team Algeria, one from Team Eritrea and one from Team Rwanda, Munyaneza Didier.

The stage winner, Boileau was largely quiet through the race only and Quintero was destined to win the stage going into the final 500 meters, only for the young Frenchman to pull out a sensational victory by sprinting to the finish line like a rocket.

Coveted Yellow Jersey has so far had two different holders and it remains to be seen if we are going to have the third holder after Stage 4.

Uhiriwe Byiza Renus, the only Rwandan in the top 10 of the General classification after stage two, did not have the best day on day 3 of the tour as he came last.



Stage 4 will start from Kigali, in Rwanda’s capital through the freezing hills of Gakenke district and finish in Musanze, tourism hub. The stage will cover over 120Km.