French rider Alexandre Geniez of Total Energies won stage five, a 129km run from Muhanga-Musanze, one of the toughest stages in the current Tour of Rwanda, on Thursday after using 3 hours, 12 minutes and 14 seconds.
Geniez sprinted fastest in the final 50 meters to beat B&B Hotel driver Pierre Rolland and Benediction Ignite driver Eric Manizabayo by 19 seconds.
“I’m really happy, it was my stage and I had to use the energy I had reserved during the course to sprint well to the finish line, it was my day and I’m very excited “said Geniez, who won the Prologue on the first day, said after the race.
The Rwandans who had not performed well in the previous stages improved this time with Eric Muhoza (Team Rwanda), Moise Mugisha (ProTouch) and Jean Bosco Nsengimana (Benediction Ignite) finishing in 14th, 15th and 19th place respectively.
Nsengimana was crowned best climber on hilly slopes while Eric Muhoza was recognized as the best Rwandan rider of the fifth stage.
In the general classification, the Spaniard Angel Ruiz Madrazo who rides for Burgos-BH now leads the rest of the field and is followed by Natnael Tesfazion who rides for Androni Gio while Eric Muhoza settles in 8th place.