Israeli cycling team claims victory in second stage of Tour du Rwanda

February 21, 2024 by Pesach Benson
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Cyclist Itamar Einhorn and the Israel Premier – Tech Cycling Team notched a significant milestone by winning the second stage of the Tour du Rwanda on Monday, the first time Israeli cyclists took first place in any stage of the annual competition.

Chris Froome

“This is undoubtedly a great victory. I’m thrilled to have handled the climbs so well, a result of hard work in preparation for this season,” said Einhorn after completing the 130 km route.

“The breakaway initially worried us, but once we closed it and I tackled those climbs, all that was left was to gear up for the sprint. It was incredibly fast, but truthfully? I felt like I had no real challengers in this sprint. I’m glad I proved it. There’s no better way to start the season. I’m ecstatic!”

The 26-year-old Einhorn praised teammate Chris Froome for his crucial support in securing the win.

“Chris was wonderful. He closed down the breakaway in the last kilometre, giving me a chance to win,” Einhorn said.

The victory coincided with the first anniversary of the Field of Dreams Cycling Center, which was initiated by the team and its owner, Israeli-Canadian businessman Sylvan Adams.

“I am proud of the work that my Israel – Premier Tech bike team did in Rwanda, in building this Field of Dreams for aspiring cyclists of all ages. This project, realis

ed with the help of our many fans worldwide, reflects our Jewish values of improving our world and promoting peace and friendship globally,” Adams said.

“Despite the challenges, including the tragic events of 7 October, we are inspired by the resilience of both the Israeli and Rwandan peoples. We look forward to the possibility of the Field of Dreams being a key location in next year’s World Championship road race in Rwanda. Rest assured, we are not finished adding to our project,” Adams added.

Since its inauguration, the centre has hosted a record-breaking eight weekends of junior racing on its race track.

In addition to celebrating their victory and the anniversary of the centre’s inauguration, the cycling team paid tribute to the victims of the 1994 genocide at the nearby Ntarama Genocide Memorial Centre.

The Tour du Rwanda’s eighth and final stage ends on February 25.

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