James Piccoli wins silver at 2021 Tour Du Rwanda

James Piccoli (Wikimedia Commons)

James Piccoli of Montreal, Quebec placed second at the 2021 Tour Du Rwanda on Sunday. Piccoli, who was representing Israel Start-Up Nation, posted a second-place time of two hours, five minutes, and 18 seconds.

Piccoli reached the podium by two seconds over fourth-place finisher Alex Hoehn of the United States who had a time of two hours, five minutes, and 20 seconds. Martin Cristian Rodriguez of Spain had the winning time of two hours, five minutes, and six seconds. Nahom Zerai of Eritrea won the bronze medal with a time of two hours, five minutes, and 20 seconds.

Considered the most prominent International Cycling Union (UCI) event in the continent of Africa, the Tour Du Rwanda has now been around for 23 years. It usually takes place in February, but was moved to May this year because of reasons related to coronavirus.

Rodriguez became the first European cyclist to win the Tour Du Rwanda. He currently rides for Total Direct Energie.

After seven stages, Piccoli was third behind Rodriguez, and Jhonatan Restrepo of Colombia. In the final stage, Restrepo dropped down to fifth spot, which allowed Piccoli to move up one spot. Among the races Piccoli has won in the past include the 2016 Tobago Cycling Classic, the 2017 Tour of Southland in New Zealand, and the 2018 Tour de Beauce in Quebec.


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