The team comprising Hunter, James Fourie, Gabriel Combrinck, Kevin Patten, Reynard Butler and Kyle Donachie took Hunter to his first stage victory on the second stage of the 5-stage tour from Lydenburg to Middelburg. It was 25km from the finish that Hunter caught the leading group, and he launched his attack in the final ten kilometres in the 189km stage.

Hunter managed to retain his fairly solid overall lead right until today’s final fifth stage, where the race moved through the Cradle of Humankind before crossing the finish line at the Montecasino entertainment centre in the northern suburbs of Johannesburg, 123km later.

South African Robert Hunter claimed the Cathsseta General Classification Yellow Jersey, Cathsseta African Rider Jersey and the Echelon Events Points Classification Green Jersey when the inaugural Mzansi Tour came to a close in Gauteng today.

Image by Zoon Cronje shooting for the Mzansi Tour powered by Cathsseta

Hunter steered clear of incident and injury to finish safely with the lead bunch, crossing the line in fifth place, 20 seconds behind the stage winner and compatriot Dylan Girdlestone. In doing so, Hunter won the overall Mzansi Tour by 5 minutes and 56 seconds.

Over and above winning the overall Mzansi Tour title (Cathsseta General Classification Yellow Jersey), Hunter also claimed the Cathsseta African Rider Jersey and the Echelon Events Points Classification Green Jersey.

Cycling South Africa Road cycling director Hendrik Wagener was full of praise for the ASG National Invitational road cycling team and Hunter’s performance throughout the tour.

“We are especially thankful to ASG Sport for their sponsorship of the national invitational team, and for all they did for us over the past few days,” said Wagener. “We could not have done this without them. Also to Robbie’s personal sponsors that offered tremendous support throughout the tour, USN, Subaru South Africa, Garmin SA and Mark2 sports range. Thank you for your support.”

Summary of Results – Mzansi Tour powered by Cathsseta

Stage 5 Results

  1. Dylan Girdlestone Westvaal BMC (RSA) 02:53'38''
     
  2. Hichen Chaabane Velo Club Sovac (ALG) 02:53'42''
     
  3. Waylon Woolcock Team Bonitas (RSA) 02:53'51''
     
  4. Estifanos Kebede MTN Qhubeka Feeder (RSA) 02:53'56''
     
  5. Robert Hunter, SA National Team (RSA) 02:53'58''
     
  6. Mauro Abel Rocheze Team Nippo - De Rosa (ALG) 02:53'58''
     
  7. Herman Fouche Team Bonitas (RSA) ST
     
  8. David Maree, Tasol - GT ST
     
  9. Theo Reinhardt Rad-Net Rose Team (GER) ST

General Classification after Stage 5

  1. Robert Hunter, SA National Team (RSA) 19:42'31"
     
  2. Julien Antomarchi, La Pomme Marseille (FRA) +5'56"
     
  3. Fortunato Baliani, Team Nippo - De Rosa (ITA) +6'02"
     
  4. Ian McLeod, FedGroup Itec (RSA) +6'05"
     
  5. Paul Van Zweel, EuropcarSA (RSA) +6'11"
     
  6. David Maree, Tasol - GT (RSA) +8'00"
     
  7. Neil MacDonald, FedGroup Itec (RSA) +8'49"
     
  8. Dylan Girdlestone, Westvaal BMC (RSA) +13'07"
     
  9. Antoine Lavieu, La Pomme Marseille (FRA) +13'55"

Jersey Winners

 

Cathsseta General Classification Yellow Jersey: Robert Hunter, South African National Team (RSA)

Hollard King of The Mountain Jersey: David Maree, Tasol GT (RSA)

Europcar Young Rider Jersey: JC Nel Team MTN Qhubeka Feeder (RSA)

Cathsseta African Rider Jersey: Robert Hunter, South African National Team (RSA)

Echelon Events Points Classification Green Jersey: Robert Hunter, South African National Team (RSA)