The 22-year-old Brit strengthened his grip on the yellow jersey.

Soudal Quick-Step Devo Team continued its excellent start to the season, capturing another win at the Tour du Rwanda, where Ethan Vernon proved again to be the fastest man in the bunch at the end of Monday’s demanding second stage from Kigali to Gisagara, close to the border with Burundi.

Despite racing in four, the Soudal Quick-Step Devo Team boys did a flawless job, driving the peloton right from the start and keeping in check the six men that bolted away in the opening kilometers. Just like on Sunday, they made sure of reeling in the attackers long before the finish – a hard one, comprising many short and nasty climbs – and their efforts paid dividends.

William Junior Lecerf countered a dangerous move with six kilometers to go and kept things together, before Ethan made his way to the front in the final 150 meters and outsprinted all the other fast men, winning by a clear margin and extending his lead atop the general classification.

“It wasn’t easy today. We had to control the race in order to keep the yellow jersey, and at the same time, to aim for a second stage victory. But we did it thanks to a great team effort, and I am very satisfied with the way things panned out. The next opportunity for the sprinters will most likely come in the weekend, so it’s good that we took advantage of the chances we had so far”, said Ethan after his sixth pro win.


Photo credit: ©Tour du Rwanda

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