Embrace the World makes it three straight stage wins in Rwanda
Rwandan national rider Samuel Mugisha maintains control of yellow jersey as German Julian Hellmann continues ETW's hot hand with Tour de Rwanda hat-trick …
Embrace the World hit a trifecta on Thursday in Rubavu, as the German club team claimed it’s third consecutive stage win at the 10th Tour du Rwanda (UCI 2.2) — rider Julian Hellmann’s second in three days.
“Yesterday I couldn’t hold on to the first group,” the 27-year-old German told Eurosport. “Today I even missed the first group on the first long climb and it took us a long time to come back to the first group, but my teammates helped me so much, thank you so much Sebastian and Lars — incredible.”
Embrace the World originated three years ago by a group of friends who were working, studying and cycling just for fun. The team raises funds for a social project with every kilometre the team rides, with each mile documented on Strava.
“I don’t know how it’s possible,” continued Hellmann, who is currently studying to become a doctor. “We are just working for each other, [doing] everything we can do, Nobody is riding for themselves.”
Two-time stage runner-up David Lozano remains fourth (+1:50) after taking third behind Jade Julius (South Africa) and gaining another second on the overall leader on Stage 5.
“The stage was short, but very, very fast,” said 20-year-old Mugisha, who was a participant in a nine-rider break containing all the race contenders. “Everyone wanted to attack the yellow jersey and take time on myself. My teammates did a very good job to protect GC.”
Photo: Nils Laengner