Adrien Niyonshuti

Adrien Niyonshuti (born 2 January 1987) is a Rwandan former professional bicycle racer, who rode professionally for Team Dimension Data from 2009 to 2017.[5] He now works as a directeur sportif for UCI Continental team Skol Adrien Cycling Academy.[6] Although he survived, six of Niyonshuti's brothers were killed in the Rwandan genocide of 1994.[1] Niyonshuti began riding a bicycle given to him by his uncle as a teenager, when he came to the attention of former professional cyclist Jacques Boyer in 2006 during the first Wooden Bike Classic.[7]

Adrien Niyonshuti
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Niyonshuti at the 2014 Four Days of Dunkirk
Personal information
Full nameAdrien Niyonshuti
NicknameManconsho[1]
Born (1987-01-02) 2 January 1987 (age 34)[2]
Eastern Province, Rwanda
Height1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)[1]
Weight68 kg (150 lb; 10.7 st)[1]
Team information
Current teamSkol Adrien Cycling Academy
Disciplines
  • Road
  • Mountain biking
Role
Amateur team
2018Sampada
Professional teams
2007–2008Team Rwanda[2]
2009–2017MTN Cycling[2][3]
Managerial team
2020–Skol Adrien Cycling Academy[4]
Major wins
One-day races and Classics
National Road Race Championships (2010, 2011, 2012)
National Time Trial Championships (2016, 2017)
Niyonshuti at the 2012 Summer Olympics

CareerEdit

Born in Eastern Province, Rwanda, Niyonshuti began amateur cycling at the age of sixteen. In 2006, he came to the attention of a former professional cyclist, Jacques Boyer. The first American cyclist to compete in the Tour de France, Boyer was working in Rwanda on a project to import cargo bicycles for coffee farmers. Boyer also assumed the role of coach for the Rwandan national cycling team, and recruited Niyonshuti to race.[8] Niyonshuti had good initial results in local races such as the Tour of Rwanda, in which he finished in the top ten five years in a row and won in 2006 and 2008.[9]

In 2008, Niyonshuti attended the Africa Continental Centre Training Camp in South Africa, where he was offered a contract by Douglas Ryder, the directeur sportif of UCI Continental Team MTN Cycling.[1][8] He started his first UCI European road race in August 2009 with his participation in the Tour of Ireland, becoming the first Rwandan cyclist to ride in the European professional peloton.[8] Niyonshuti qualified to represent Rwanda in the cross-country mountain bike race during the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London.[10] He was also Rwanda's flagbearer at the opening ceremony.[11]

Niyonshuti competed for Rwanda again at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. He did not finish the men's road race.[12] He was the flagbearer for Rwanda again during the opening ceremony.[13] In 2017, he was aiming to make his Grand Tour debut.[14]

The Adrien Niyonshuti Cycling AcademyEdit

After the 2012 London Olympic Games Niyonshuti immediately felt he wanted to offer the chance for young people in his country to experience the power of cycling, to instill hope and to pass on its positive values to future generations. The Adrien Niyonshuti Cycling Academy[15] idea was born and the first location chosen was his home town of Rwamagana. Along with support from the Rwandan Cycling Federation, Team Rwanda and the Rising from Ashes Foundation the academy was officially launched in the August 2013.

The initial 2014 program will focus on building the Academy in Rwamagana with a view to opening up two new Rwandan centres in 2015. The presence of a professional team documenting and continuously assessing performance via tangible results the Academy will have gained the tools and experience to expand outside the borders of Rwanda.

Major resultsEdit

2004
6th Overall Tour of Rwanda
2005
7th Overall Tour of Rwanda
2007
4th Overall Tour of Rwanda
2008
1st   Overall Tour of Rwanda
2009
3rd Overall Tour of Rwanda
10th Road race, African Road Championships
2010
1st   Road race, National Road Championships
African Road Championships
4th Time trial
8th Road race
8th Overall Tour of Rwanda
2011
1st   Road race, National Road Championships
1st Overall Tour de Kigali
5th Overall Kwita Izina Cycling Tour
6th Overall Tour of Rwanda
9th Road race, All-Africa Games
9th Time trial, African Road Championships
2012
1st   Road race, National Road Championships
African Road Championships
7th Team time trial
9th Time trial
10th Road race
9th Overall Tour of Rwanda
2013
9th Overall Tour of Rwanda
2014
3rd Time trial, National Road Championships
2015
10th Time trial, African Road Championships
2016
National Road Championships
1st   Time trial
2nd Road race
2017
1st   Time trial, National Road Championships
2018
2nd   Team time trial, African Road Championships

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e Team Rwanda (2009). "Adrien Niyonshuti" Archived 27 September 2009 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 22 August 2009.
  2. ^ a b c Ryder Cycling (2009). "Adrien Niyonshuti"[permanent dead link]. Retrieved 22 August 2009.
  3. ^ "MTN Qhubeka (MTN) – RSA". UCI Continental Circuits. Union Cycliste Internationale. Archived from the original on 6 January 2014. Retrieved 1 February 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Skol Adrien Cycling Academy". UCI.org. Union Cycliste Internationale. Archived from the original on 2 May 2020. Retrieved 3 May 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Adrien Niyonshuti". procyclingstats.com. Retrieved 18 January 2021.
  6. ^ "Skol Adrien Cycling Academy". UCI.org. Union Cycliste Internationale. Archived from the original on 26 February 2021. Retrieved 26 February 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "Lunchtime With Clive Owen and Adrien Niyonshuti". Best of Theatre. Retrieved 18 January 2021.
  8. ^ a b c Delany, Ben (2009). "Rwandan rider Niyonshuti faces a new future at the Tour of Ireland" Archived 28 August 2009 at the Wayback Machine. Velonews. 20 August 2009.
  9. ^ The New Times (2008). "Niyonshuti bags Frw 0.7m" Archived 27 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 22 August 2009.
  10. ^ "Genocide survivor Niyonshuti to make Olympic debut". The Times of India. Retrieved 10 August 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ "Glasgow 2014 - Adrien Niyonshuti Profile". g2014results.thecgf.com. Retrieved 30 June 2016.
  12. ^ "Rio 2016". Rio 2016. Archived from the original on 26 August 2016. Retrieved 27 August 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  13. ^ "The Flagbearers for the Rio 2016 Opening Ceremony". 16 August 2016. Retrieved 27 August 2016.
  14. ^ "Grand Tour ambitions for Adrien Niyonshuti in 2017".
  15. ^ "The Adrien Niyonshuti Cycling Academy". Archived from the original on 7 January 2014. Retrieved 7 January 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

External linksEdit

Olympic Games
Preceded by
Pamela Girimbabazi
Flagbearer for   Rwanda
London 2012
Rio de Janeiro 2016
Succeeded by
Incumbent