The rider Jean Eric Habimana is part of the roster of the World Cycling Center based in Switzerland which will participate in the 47th edition of the Tour de l’Espoir scheduled for August 13 to 22 in France.
The bronze medalist of the 2021 African Continental Road Championships becomes the seventh Rwandan rider to participate in the best rated U23s in the world, after Samuel Mugisha, Joseph Areruya Didier Munyaneza, Samuel Hakim Uwizeye, Eric Manizabayo and Jean Paul Rene Ukiniwabo who have competed in 2018 playing for the Rwanda U-23 team.
He now looks forward to making his mark at the tournament in a different jersey as he prepares for the race at an invitation from the Swiss team.
The nine-stage tournament, which had to be canceled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, will take place on a course that resumes the outline of that planned last year.
Considered a benchmark event and a revelation of new talent, the return of the event is essential for the age group of international hopefuls wishing to prove themselves in order to reach the ranks of the competitions on the biggest international stages in the world. ‘to come up.
In total, 174 riders from 29 teams will make up the peloton, starting from Charleville-Mézières on August 13.
Habimana, who failed to impress at the 2021 Tour of Rwanda with the Skol Adrien Cycling Academy (SACA), is expected to improve his performance and increase his chances of catching the attention of international teams as he seeks to build himself a professional career.
The 20-year-old rider rose to fame in 2017 when he won six medals at the 2017 African Continental Track Championships in Durban, South Africa, while racing for the Fly Cycling Club, sponsored by Skol Brewery, now renamed SACA.
Two years later, he won bronze medals with the Rwanda junior team – in the team time trial – at the 2019 African Continental Road Championships in Ethiopia.