This picture was taken by an Italian photographer, Mjrka Boensch Bees, who has followed the Tour of Rwanda the past two years. I love Mjrka's photos, he has such an amazing eye to capture "the moment".
This moment was when it was announced that Adrien had kept the yellow jersey for another day in the Tour of Rwanda. I am being hugged by the Vice President of the Rwandan Cycling Federation and the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Sport. When Adrien's name was announced everyone involved with cycling in Rwanda erupted in cheers and tears. That I got to share in that moment of national pride with these Rwandans who took a chance on supporting this Team I consider a privilege and honor. Every moment of difficulty slipped away and the atmosphere of pure joy was simply intoxicating. This photo, this moment...a perfect day.