STAGE 8: Spaniard Rodriguez wins Tour du Rwanda 2021

Spanish cyclist, Rodríguez Martin Cristian of Team Total Direct Energie has become the first European rider to win 2.1 category Tour du Rwanda.

Rodríguez, 26, registered double blow by winning last stage-the Queen stage of this year edition-and topped the General classification to become the first Spaniard to win the Tour of Rwanda.

Being a Champion of the 13th edition of Tour du Rwanda was no mean feat. The edition had several teams with dozens of seasoned riders who have raced in World Tour races and that fact that Rodríguez went into the final stage with just a 5-seconds advantage ahead of second-placed Jhonathan Restrepo (Team Androni Giacattooli) in General Classification made the victory difficult to reach but even sweater at the end for the Spaniard.

Stage 8 was a difficult one by tall measures. The 75.3KM stage had 6x Cat 1 and the Hors catégorie (HC) at the finish line at Canal Olympia, located at the summit of Rebero hill, in Kigali.