Adrien Niyonshuti

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Adrien Niyonshuti
Dunkerque - Quatre jours de Dunkerque, étape 1, 7 mai 2014, départ (A133).JPG
Niyonshuti at the 2014 Four Days of Dunkirk
Personal information
Full name Adrien Niyonshuti
Nickname Manconsho[1]
Born (1987-01-02) 2 January 1987 (age 30)[2]
Eastern Province, Rwanda
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)[1]
Weight 68 kg (150 lb; 10.7 st)[1]
Team information
Current team Team Dimension Data
Discipline Road, Mountain
Role Rider
Professional team(s)
2007–2008 Team Rwanda[2]
2009– MTN Cycling[2]
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

Adrien Niyonshuti (born 2 January 1987) is a professional bicycle racer for South African UCI WorldTeam Team Dimension Data.[3] 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 Jonathan Boyer in 2006 during the first Wooden Bike Classic. After riding for the Rwanda national cycling team, Niyonshuti secured a professional contract with Team MTN Cycling, beginning in the 2009 professional season.


Born in Eastern Province, Rwanda, Niyonshuti began amateur cycling at the age of 16 in his native Rwanda. In 2006, he came to the attention of a former professional cyclist, Jonathan 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.[4] 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.[5]

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 Energade.[1][4] He started his first UCI European road race in August 2009 with his participation in the 2009 Tour of Ireland, becoming the first Rwandan cyclist to ride in the European professional peloton.[4] Niyonshuti qualified to represent Rwanda in the cross-country mountain bike race during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.[6] He was also Rwanda's flagbearer at the opening ceremony.[7]

Niyonshuti competed for Rwanda again at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. He did not finish the men's road race.[8] He was the flagbearer for Rwanda again during the opening ceremony.[9]

The Adrien Niyonshuti Cycling Academy[edit]

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[10] 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 results[edit]

6th Overall Tour of Rwanda
7th Overall Tour of Rwanda
4th Overall Tour of Rwanda
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour of Rwanda
3rd Overall Tour of Rwanda
10th Road race, African Road Championships
1st Rwandan natinal champions jersey.jpg Road Race, National Road Championships
African Road Championships
4th Time trial
8th Road race
8th Overall Tour of Rwanda
1st Rwandan natinal champions jersey.jpg Road Race, National Road Championships
1st Overall Tour de Kigali
6th Overall Tour of Rwanda
9th Time trial, African Road Championships
1st Rwandan natinal champions jersey.jpg Road Race, National Road Championships
African Road Championships
7th Team time trial
9th Time trial
10th Road race
9th Overall Tour of Rwanda
9th Overall Tour of Rwanda
3rd Time trial, National Road Championships
10th Time trial, African Road Championships
National Road Championships
1st Rwandan natinal champions jersey.jpg Time trial
2nd Road race
1st Rwandan natinal champions jersey.jpg Time trial, National Road Championships


  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. Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ The New Times (2008). "Niyonshuti bags Frw 0.7m". Retrieved 22 August 2009.
  6. ^ "Genocide survivor Niyonshuti to make Olympic debut". The Times Of India. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  7. ^ "Glasgow 2014 - Adrien Niyonshuti Profile". Retrieved 2016-06-30. 
  8. ^ "Rio 2016". Rio 2016. Archived from the original on 26 August 2016. Retrieved 27 August 2016. 
  9. ^ "The Flagbearers for the Rio 2016 Opening Ceremony". 2016-08-16. Retrieved 2016-08-27. 
  10. ^ "The Adrien Niyonshuti Cycling Academy". Retrieved 7 January 2014. 

External links[edit]

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