Ethiopia national cycling team has withdrawn from the 2019 inaugural edition of the Tour du Rwanda as a 2.1 UCI category race with just a few hours to its start.
The 11th edition overall Tour du Rwanda which is arguably the biggest on the continent, gets underway on Sunday and will run through March 3 across the country.
The withdrawal of Ethiopia which was announced on Saturday by the organizers of Tour du Rwanda means that this year’s edition is left with a strong field of 16 teams fighting for the yellow jersey.
Besides Ethiopia, the remaining foreign teams have already arrived in Kigali with the UCI World Tour team – Astana Pro Team – set to undertake their debut in the eight-stage race.
The UCI continental professional teams ready to battle for the yellow jersey include French side Delko Marseille which is led by Rwanda’s Joseph Areruya, Team Novo Nordisk (United States), Israel Cycling Academy and Direct Energie – another French side.
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