Already at yesterday's prologue Suleiman Kangangi from Kenya was able to take a good 5th place and rank amongst the Top 10. Today's first stage led over 120 very tough kilometers with four categorized climbs from Kigali to Huye.
In the final climb, Kangangi took 6th place and Salim Kipkemboi finished in 9th place. Nikodemus Holler also reached the finish line in the same time.Only Josehph Areruya - one of the favorites for the overall victory - of team Dimension Data was able to break away and soloed to the finish with a gap of 1:36 ahead of the rest of the favorites.
"It was a tough stage and we rode well, I'm very happy with my sixth place, but we made the mistake of letting Areruya go and giving him a big gap," said Kangangi at the finish.Kangangi currently ranks fifth place in the overall classification of the tour.