Canadian rider James Piccoli finished third on Tuesday in the third leg of Rwanda’s third leg.
A member of the B & B Hotels p / b KTM team, France’s Alain Boileau scored a win in four hours 23 minutes 57 seconds from Nanza to Gichumbi in the 171.6-kilometer stage.
Next to Piccoli, a 29-year-old man from Montreal, was Colombian Julian Quento of the Terengganu Cycling Team, who rides for the Israel start-up Nation. They both had the same time as the leader.
Colombian Brian Sanchez, from Team Medellin, leads the general classification after three stages. Piccoli is in fifth place.
The grueling third phase involves climbing to an altitude of 4,000 meters, often in wet conditions.
“The confidence of the team has increased since today,” said Piccoli, who is one of the featured riders of his team. “We are looking forward to the next steps.”
The eight-stage race, which runs from Sunday, was originally scheduled for February, but went back until May due to an epidemic.
The Tour of Rwanda, in its 13th year, is Africa’s largest UCI stage race.