Rwandan cycling star Joseph Areruya has been ranked Africa’s best cyclist by International Cycling Union (UCI)
Areruya becomes the first Rwandan cyclist ever to lead the continent while it was also the first time for Rwanda to come in the top three cycling countries on the continent.
Latest crown of Areruya include; Tour du Rwanda 2017, La Tropicale Amissa Bongo and Tour de l’Espoir in January and February respectively.
According to the International Cycling Union Rankings on the individual category, Abraham Meron of Eretrea comes the 2nd and South Africas Smit Willem Jakobus 3rd while Meron Teshome of Eritrea and Ahmed Amine Galdoune of Morocco are in 4th and fifth position.
Areruya who is currently competing in African cycling championship vowed to take good use of the home advantage to be crowned for the 3rd Tittle since January this year.
“We are going in the race to compete and not to participate with the focus of winning titles in the competition as we have been doing it in several other competitions,”Areruya told KT Press just a day before the race.
Meanwhile the other Rwandan cyclists ranked by International Cycling Union (UCI) is Valens Ndayisenga on the 10th position, making two Rwandan riders among the top ten African bets cyclists.
However Rwanda still register 6 riders among the 40 Africa’s best riders on the continent and they include Jean Bosco Nsengimana (19), Bonaventure Uwizeyimana (28), Gasore Hategeka (29) and Jean Claude Uwizeye, who ranked 33rd position.
In the nations’ rankings, Sterling Magnell’s Team Rwanda swapped positions with Morocco who now are in fourth position.
The National rankings left Eritrea topping the continent, South Africa coming 2nd spot and Algeria sits on the 5th position.