After Tuesday’s stage three masterclass sprint win, Colombian rider Jhonatan Valencia Restrepo from Team Androni Giocattoli yet gain hit with an astonishing stage five (Rubavu-Musanze) sprint victory.
Despite a dominant breakaway lead by Patrick Byukusenge from Benediction Ignite since early in the stage, he couldn’t beat the pressure of the peloton in the last 3km when he was caught by the bunch.
Restrepo beat a bunch of 14 riders in a sprint photo finish to claim the 84.7km, his second stage win after stage three triumph.
He clocked 2 hours, 18 minutes and 19 seconds, the same time posted by the other 13 riders.
Yellow jersey holder Natnael Tesfazion finished third and well retained his overall lead.
A total of 71 riders started stage five doing three laps around Rubavu at the shores of L. Kivu before heading to Musanze.
After 11km, Stage 1 winner Fedorov (Vino-Astana motors) attacked from the peloton and four riders follow him with 19″ on the peloton.
After 23km, the breakaway was caught with Eritrean Mulueberhan taking the first KOM points (cat 2) beating Andemeskel (Israel Start-Up nation).
After 31km, the riders were up for the first intermediate sprint points and Eritrean Yemane Dawit beating compatriot Kinfe Hailemicheal from Nippo-Delko.
After 34km, Patrick Byukusenge from Benediction Ignite launched an attack from peloton opening a 20” lead and after 36km, his lead was up to 55”.
After 40km, Joseph Areruya of Team Rwanda made a counter attack but he was quickly brought back by the peloton however after 44km, Byukusenge’s lead was up to 1’05”.
Byukusenge seemed up for something today continued to attack and after 51km, he was leading the peloton with a 2’12” advantage however at this point he was being followed up by Buru Temesgen of Eritrea who was 1’30” behind him.
His breakaway saw him scoop the second KOM points (category 1) of the day as well as the second intermediate sprint after 59.2km.
With the race heading into the final 10km, Byukusenge’s lead was falling quickly and was standing at just 30” and in the last 5km it was further down to just 16” and in the last 3km he was caught by the bunch.
In a spectacular sprint, Restrepo yet again rose to the occasion and beat the bunch to claim stage five, his second stage win at this year’s edition.
Stage 5: (Rubavu-Musanze 84,7 km) awards’ list
1. Stage Winner: Valencia Restrepo Jhonatan (Colombia, Androni-Italy)
2. Yellow Jersey: Nathaniel Tesfazion (Eritrea National Team)
3. Best Climber of the day: Oyarzun Carlos (Chile, Bai Sicasal-Angola)
4. Best Sprinter: Yemane Dawit (Eritrea National Team)
5. Best Young Rider: Tesfazion Nathaniel (Eritrea National Team)
6. Best Combative Rider: Patrick Byukusenge (Rwanda, Benediction Ignite-Rwanda)
7. Best African: Tesfazion Nathaniel (Eritrea National Team)
8. Best Rwandan Rider: Mugisha Moise (Rwanda, SACA Team)
9. Team of the day: Eritrea National Team.