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Cycling Tour 2022: Rwanda’s Joseph Arroya (La Team Pédale Pilotine Blue Car) wins first stage at Marin

Seven riders moved this first stage of the 41st Cycling Tour in La Martinique.

Departing St. Luke at 10am, Kilian Alger (JC231), Gheret Kivstik (Credit Motel Garage Premier Team), Joseph Arroya (TPPBC) and Jean-Eric Hapimana (TPPBC), Johann Gubin (Energizer Team), Norman Latouche (Accord) CCV- UCS) and Edwin Nubul (VCF) completed a good part of the race in the lead ahead of a group of 13 riders and a peloton.

A few meters away from the finish Rwandan Joseph Arroya survived alone to claim the stage victory.

“I am very happy with my performance. I was able to rely on my team that allowed me to win this first stage,” he said into a microphone on a local television station.

“Very good race”

By finally winning at Le Marin, at the end of the second longest stage of this 2022 edition (135 km), Aréruya donned the leader’s yellow jersey, ahead of Gert Kivitski by 58 seconds. Edwin Noble closes out the top three.

“We’ve had a very good race,” says Gustave Joachim-Arnault, Team Pédale Pilotine Blue Car President. “The cyclists have been riding the bikes at a very good rate. Now we’re only on day one, there’s still plenty of kilometers to go.”

Tomorrow, Joseph Arroya will have to defend his yellow jersey. The next stage will consist of two parts. First Rally Le Marine to Fort-de-France (97 km). The second, an individual trial, on the streets of the capital. The start will be given in front of the Cacem headquarters. In the meantime, it will face the arrival of the sea direction headquarters (8.3 km).

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