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by Matt de Neef
March 20, 2017
In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Michal Kwiatkowski wins a thrilling Milan-San Remo; Coryn Rivera sprints to victory at Trofeo Alfredo Binda; Kristof Allegaert leads into day 3 of the Indian Pacific Wheel Race; Sagan – Kwiatkowski owes me a few beers; Former Tour de France champion Roger Pingeon dies at 76; Dame Sarah Storey launches elite women’s cycling team; Rwandan cyclist Adrien Niyonshuti’s Grand (Tour) plans; DreamRide II.
Dimension Data rider Adrien Niyonshuti is this year aiming to become the first Rwandan to start and finish a Grand Tour. Thirty-year-old Niyonshuti turned professional in 2009 with the MTN Continental team and has been with the squad — now WorldTour team Dimension Data — ever since. Niyonshuti had stomach surgery in the off-season but is confident of a big season in 2017.
Niyonshuti with MTN-Qhubeka teammates back in 2013.
“It is one of my dreams, to be honest,” Niyonshuti said of racing a Grand Tour. “I am not sure [which one] because the team is also trying to get points, so I am trying my best to be the first Rwandan to race in a Grand Tour. I hope I will achieve this goal.
While forging a path for himself in the sport, Niyonshuti also has the future of Rwandan cycling in mind.
“Racing in Rwanda and Africa is not easy to get the sponsorship or get teams interesting in stepping up. It’s step by step that they are coming,” he said of Rwanda cyclists. “In 2012, I opened my own academy, and it has been very good as every year there are like four or five guys selected for the national team to travel the world and do races in Africa and Europe.
“It has been amazing, but we also want more people to come down and help Africa show our champions like Mekseb [Debesay], like Merhawi Kudus, Daniel Teklehaimanot in the Tour de France and Natnael Berhane … In Africa, we have good cyclists, but we need more involvement and improvement.”
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