A young Rwandan cyclist has died after colliding with a vehicle during a race on Saturday, national governing body Cycling Rwanda has confirmed.
Yves Kabera Iryamukuru, who rode for Fly Cycling Club, had dropped back behind the peloton when the incident occurred in Shyorongi in Rulindo District.
Team Rwanda cyclist Janvier Hadi was the first to come to Iryamukuru's aid during the event, the final race of the cup, and he was immediately rushed to hospital in Kigali for treatment.
Iryamukuru subsequently succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead a few hours later. He was 22-years-old.
“His death has saddened us so much. It is a total shock. He was a very promising young rider and a great person who was ambitious,” said Bosco Inatave, the president of Fly Cycling Club.
Iryamukuru had been riding for the team for the past year and was aiming to make his debut in the near future for the Rwandan national team.
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