Adrien Niyonshuti

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Adrien discovered his love for cycling after taking part in the Tour of Rwanda as an amateur. He was 16 years old and borrowed an old bicycle from a relative and finished the race in third place with minimal training which led to him falling in love with the sport.

In 2012, Adrien realised his dream of racing in the Olympic Games. He was the flag bearer for Rwanda at the opening ceremony and finished the Mountain Bike cross country race, becoming the first black athlete to do so. 2013 proved more frustrating for the Rwandan when he was diagnosed with DVT in the beginning of the year which forced him out of competition for the majority of the season. 2015 was shaping up to be a good season for Adrien as he rode well at races like the Coppa Bartali, Tour of Turkey and Tour of Utah. A late season crash saw Adrien requiring surgery but the Rwandan recovered well from it and rode a solid 2016 season that saw him representing his country at the Rio Olympics. This time around he took to the road and became only one of a few athletes in the history of Olympic cycling that have competed in both road and MTB races.

Born: 02-01-1987
Birth Place: Rwamagana, Rwanda
Height: 175cm
Weight: 63kg
Turned Professional: 2013
Rider Type: Climber
Twitter: AD_Niyonshuti

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Career Highlights

2016
Rio Olympian
Rwanda National Time Trial Championships

2012
Rwanda National Road Championships
London Olympian

2011
Rwanda National Road Championships

2009
3rd GC Tour of Rwanda