Tour du Rwanda: Merhawi Kudus Wins Stage 3

Astana Pro’s Merhawi Kudus (Eritrea) won his second consecutive race when he came up trumps in the 213.1km third stage of the Tour du Rwanda in Rubavu today.

The Eritrean soloed to victory in 5:21:15, beating Direct Energie’s Rein Taaramae by 15 seconds. Israel Cycling Academy’s Matteo Badilatti completed the podium another 28 seconds back.

Kudus extended his overall lead with a time of 11:05:04, 17 seconds clear of Taaramae, who jumped 18 places up to second.

View more results below.

Stage three

1. Merhawi Kudus (Astana Pro) 5:21:15
2. Rein Taaramae (Direct Energie) 0:00:15
3. Matteo Badilatti (Israel Cycling Academy) 0:00:43
4. Hernán Aguirre (Interpro Cycling Academy) 0:00:58
5. Rodrigo Contreras (Astana Pro) 0:08:02
6. Henok Mulubrhan (Eritrea) 0:09:27
7. Nikita Stalnov (Astana Pro)
8. Jeremy Bellicaud (France U23) 0:09:34
9. David Lozano (Team Novo Nordisk) 0:09:52
10. Joseph Areruya (Delko Marseille Provence)

General classification (4 Eritrean Cyclists in Top-10)

1. Merhawi Kudus (Astana Pro) 11:05:04
2. Rein Taaramae (Direct Energie) 0:00:17
3. Matteo Badilatti (Israel Cycling Academy) 0:00:45
4. Hernán Aguirre (Interpro Cycling Academy) 0:01:00
5. Rodrigo Contreras (Astana Pro) 0:08:04
6. Henok Mulubrhan (Eritrea) 0:09:29
7. Jeremy Bellicaud (France U23) 0:09:36
8. Henok Mulubrhan (Eritrea) 0:09:41
9. Joseph Areruya (Delko Marseille Provence) 0:09:54
10. Sirak Tesfom (Eritrea)

Source: InTheBunch

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