The route for Tirreno-Adriatico was revealed on Monday. Having already secured a place on the start line, Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung is currently undergoing a training camp in Italy in preparation for the race.
Adrien Niyonshuti is one of the riders on the long list set to start the race for the team. The Rwandan is the first person from the African country to turn professional in cycling and set to make his debut in a WorldTour event.
“It’s not easy for someone from Rwanda to join a professional team and become a professional cyclist and ride in Europe and the WorldTour,” Niyonshuti told www.TeamMTNQhubeka.com.
“One thing I can say is everything is possible if you have someone to help you and build on your talent and if that is someone who enjoys his job. I’d like to say thanks to everyone who helped me to get to this amazing point in my cycling career.”
Niyonshuti was a member of Team Rwanda run by Jock Boyer, the first American to complete the Tour de France. He joined Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung in 2009 and focused on MTB ultra marathons under the coaching and supervision of team coach, Dr Carol Austin. 2013 sees him making the switch to the road permanently.
“If I start, I hope to get good results in this race and good experience from racing with WorldTour guys on the road bike. My training isgoing well here in South Africa and I am leaving for Lucca soon. I am just waiting to get my visa to join the training camp. I am feeling good on the bike even if I haven’t been doing big races on the road bike like WorldTour races but I believe in myself.”
Niyonshuti entered the history books last year when he became the first black rider to complete the XC race in the Olympic Games last year.
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