Cycling

Canadian cyclist James Piccoli celebrates hard-fought silver at Tour of Rwanda

Canadian rider James Piccoli finished runner-up to race winner Cristian Martin Rodriguez of Spain in Sunday's Tour of Rwanda finale. Canadian cyclist James Piccoli celebrates hard fought final stage at Tour of Rwanda with silver

Montreal rider was 3rd heading into final stage of African cycling race

Canadian rider James Piccoli, front left, took silver after finishing behind race winner Cristian Martin Rodriguez of Spain at the Tour of Rwanda on Sunday. (Jean Chris Kirito/The Canadian Press )

Canadian rider James Piccoli finished runner-up Sunday in the Tour of Rwanda

The 29-year-old from Montreal was third in the general classification going into the eighth and final stage of the race. He moved into second place overall after finishing second to race winner Cristian Martin Rodriguez in Sunday's 75.3-kilometre finale — a demanding stage filled with ascents.

The Spaniard finished the race in 22 hours 49 minutes 51 seconds. Piccoli's time was 22:50:08 with American Alex Hoehn third at 22:50:41.

"What a week," Piccoli said. "The guys worked so hard this week, and we worked so well together. I once more gave it my all, but there was simply one guy stronger this week."

"I am happy with silver. We will now have some nice time off together and enjoy our performances."

The Tour of Rwanda, in its 13th year, is Africa's biggest UCI stage race. Originally scheduled for February, it was pushed back to May due to the pandemic.

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