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  1. RoadCover professional Willie Smit broke away on the Hekpoort climb to solo to an impressive victory in the Bestmed Satellite Classic 106km road cycling race at Saloon Route 66 near Hartbeespoort Dam in North West today. Click here to view the article
  2. The 23-year-old Nelspruit rider has not competed in the event since 2013 and was delighted with his performance, which follows his triumph in the three-day Bestmed Jock Tour in July. RoadCover professional Willie Smit crosses the line to win the Bestmed Satellite Classic at Saloon Route 66 near Hartbeespoort Dam on Saturday. Photo: Jetline Action Photo. Smit crossed the finish line 2:25:19, nearly 40 seconds ahead of Telkom’s Nolan Hoffman, who edged out reigning Cape Town Cycle Tour champion and Smit’s team-mate Clint Hendricks in the bunch sprint.As Smit predicted ahead of the race, the climb up Hekpoort about 30km from the finish proved decisive. He paid tribute to his team for placing him in the right position to allow him to launch an attack at that stage. “The race was very fast until Hekpoort when my team set me up for the win, for which I’m so grateful,” said Smit. “I’m quite a big guy and so it takes me a while to get going, but I managed to get a gap halfway up Hekpoort and built up a lead of about 50 seconds. “From there, with about 25km to go, it was a matter of staying mentally strong and I managed to go solo to the finish.” Smit, who has set himself the target of winning the individual time-trial at next year’s national champs, said he was very happy with his form ahead of next month’s 947. He added that the Satellite Classic victory was an important scalp for any professional and something he wouldn’t have been able to achieve without his team’s support. “This is a well-established race so it’s great to get the win. You never really know in professional racing when these things are going to happen so you have to take every opportunity,” he said. “I have so much to thank my team for because these guys train just as hard as I do and make it possible for me to achieve what I have. So I never take anything for granted.” Lise Olivier, of Time Freight, took the honours in the women’s race when she outdragged Ethiopian Eden Hailemariam to the line in 3:02:55. Time Freight’s Lise Olivier sprints to victory in the Bestmed Satellite Classic at Saloon Route 66 near Hartbeespoort Dam on Saturday. Photo: Jetline Action Photo. Hailemariam was credited with a time of 3:02:56, with Bestmed-ASG’s Andrea Steyn completing the podium in the same time. The 33-year-old Olivier, who hails from Menlo Park in Pretoria, was delighted with the outcome. Like Smit, she also went clear over Hekpoort and built an advantage of 45 seconds before being reeled in with 15km to go. “I was really thrilled to get the win. There were several attacks before I was able to open a gap up Hekpoort,” she said. “But this eventually closed and in the end it came down to a sprint finish in a group of about seven.” Provisional results: Men106km 1. Willie Smit 2:25:19 2. Nolan Hoffman 2:25:58 3. Clint Hendricks 2:25:58 4. Brendon Davids 2:25:59 5. Eddie van Heerden 2:25:59 80km 1. Pieter du Toit 2:11:33 2. Michael Stevens 2:14:46 3. Lyborn Mashava 2:14:50 60km 1. Gerhardus Olivier 2:00:16 2. Ferdinand Hartzenburg 2:00:25 3. Gerald Cele 2:01:09 Women 106km 1. Lise Olivier 3:02:55 2. Eden Hailemarian 3:02:56 3. Andrea Steyn 3:02:56 4. Yzette Oelofse 3:02:56 5. Joanna van de Winkel 3:02:56 80km 1. Danielle Strydom 2:15:35 2. Magdalena van Niekerk 2:20:10 3. Cheri Oosthuizen 2:26:55 60km 1. Megan Schoeman 2:16:15 2. Franciska Jacobs 2:16:16 3. Bev Sinclair 2:18:09
  3. Bradley Potgieter added the aQuellé Tour Durban title to the impressive catalogue of victories by the on-form RoadCover team as he edged out Telkom Pro Cycling's Herman Maree on the line, while seasoned pro Lise Olivier added her name to the women's trophy for a second time after her Time Freight eTeam totally dominated the women's race. Click here to view the article
  4. Bradley Potgieter (left, RoadCover) wins the 2016 aQuellé Tour Durban on Sunday from David Maree (Telkom Pro Cycling) and Herman Fouché (Darkhorse AutoDen). Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media The core of the Europcar team that took Ryan Gibbons to victory last year, the RoadCover outfit sported Cape Town Cycle Tour winner Clint Hendricks, who proved to be something for a marked man. The team used this distraction well, and sent Potgieter away in a key breakaway on the closing leg back down the M4 coastal freeway to the finish at Moses Mabhida Stadium. In what proved to be an intriguing arm-wrestle between the strong Telkom Pro Cycling outfit and RoadCover in tough windy conditions, the Telkom strategy to contain the race at a steady rolling pace to prevent any breakaways seemed to be working in the first half of the race. "We let that happen over the climb (to Pinetown) and we made sure we had most of our guys there," said Potgieter. "When we linked onto the M4 highway to Ballito we made the call to make the racing harder because Telkom were happy to just ride consistently. Telkom Pro Cycling controlling the ascent into Pinetown in the early stages of the 2016 aQuellé Tour Durban on Sunday. Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media "That smooth easy riding doesn't suit our team," he added. "We like hard racing!" "We got a few of our guys to start attacking and counter attacking until the pressure got to them and the split happened in the bunch. I just slipped into the move," said Potgieter. He was taken to the line by team mate Gustav Basson who made sure he had space to attack. "I was quite confident in my legs. I took it early out wide on the right to avoid the mess and took it to the line," said a delighted Potgieter. "The communication in our team is key. We are all friends off the bike and friends on the bike, and that just sets the tone. "We are all there to dig a hole for ourselves if we need to, to bury ourselves for another rider. That self sacrifice is just awesome," he added. Telkom Pro sprinter David Maree finished second with Herman Fouché (Darkhorse AutoDen) third, just ahead of Under 23 speedster Rohan du Plooy. Mountain biker Brendon Davids excelled to finish right in the mix at the end sprint, crossing the line seventh. Ryan Harris (Genasys) took the junior laurels. In the women's race Olivier rounded off a thoroughly dominant showing by the Time Freight eTeam to win a three way sprint for the title. Their five strong outfit attacked from the get-go and used the push up to Pinetown to whittle the women's peleton down to six riders, with Olivier winning the Queen of the Mountain hot-spot. Eventual race winner Lise Olivier (right, Time Freight eTeam) settled into the front peleton in the women's race of the 2016 aQuellé Tour Durban on Sunday. Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media From the turn at top of the M4 at uMdloti the concerted attacks and counter-attacks started, which saw Olivier and Juanita Venter break away alone at the front. "Vera (Adrian) then miraculously managed to bridge the gap and so we were three working together. As it always does when it gets tactical at the end a few others managed to join the front group so there were five coming into the finish," said Olivier. "The finish was a proper team effort and we managed to get first and second," said a satisfied Olivier, who could reflect on a great outcome for a team, that is made up of riders of varying experience and strengths. "Everyone gets a job on the day and we have different objectives for each rider - to expect a new rider to attack in the first ten kays is unreasonable. We have a really good mix that is working well for us at the moment "In a women's team to get a mix that really works well together is quite special," said Olivier. "We are honestly a tight knit group and we are ready to sacrifice for each other and it doesn't matter who crosses the line first." She said the high standard of racing in the women's division was pleasing given the loss of some riders to other events on the same weekend, and professional commitments to European teams. "It is one of my favourite races," she added. "It is properly organised and the full road closure is something that we really enjoy, and we keep coming back to this race. KZN is one of our favorite places to come and race," she added. The second hotspot was won by Vera Adrian, who finished second overall to make it a Time Freight eTeam one-two, with Brittany Petersen clinching her first major road race podium scooping third ahead of Juanita Venter. The men's race leaders cross the uMdloti lagoon in the 2016 aQuellé Tour Durban on Sunday. Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media The 55km cyclocross race which included off road sectors was won by Marco Joubert (Kargo Pro) from Joshua Nelson and talented junior Cayde Muldoon, with Hayley Smith getting the better of Kargo Pro team mate Frankie du Toit in the women's race. The three races that make up the aQuellé Tour Durban were supported by huge fields, eager to enjoy the sunny Autumn weather. The 45km Fun Ride attracted a record field as enthusiastic social riders soaked up the out-and-back loop from the Moses Mabhida Stadium to the uMdloti and back. The Domino Foundation that is the ultimate beneficiary of the race fielded several teams of riders, joined by public supporters and cheered on by the team of volunteers manning their second station. SUMMARY OF RESULTS: 2016 Aquellé Tour Durban105km Men 1.Bradley Potgieter 2:20 2.David Maree 2:20 3.Herman Fouché 2:20 4.Rohan Du Plooy 2:20 5.Chris Jooste 2:20 6.Morne van Niekerk 2:20 7.Brendon Davids 2:20 8.Paul van Zweel 2:20 9.Gustav Basson 2:20 10.Dennis Van Niekerk 2:20 105km Women 1.Lise Olivier 2.54 2.Vera Adrian 2.55 3.Brittany Petersen 2.55 4.Juanita Venter 2:55 5.Michelle Benson 2.56 55km Cyclocross Men 1.Marco Joubert 1:47:09 2.Joshua Nelson 1:48:09 3.Cayde Muldoon1:51:41 55km Cyclocross Women 1.Hayley Smith 1:56:29 2.Frankie du Toit 2:06:48 3.Yolande Smith 2:22:09
  5. South Africa’s top road sprinter Nolan Hoffman emerged from the pack to win the first stage of the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope in sweltering conditions at La Paris Estate outside Paarl today. Click here to view the article
  6. Nolan Hoffman of Team Telkom won the first stage of the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope at La Paris Estate outside Paarl today. Photo: Capcha After 98km of racing, the Team Telkom rider crossed the line in 2:17:55 to grab the first yellow jersey ahead of RoadCover’s Clint Hendricks and Dimension Data’s Jayde Julius. In the women’s race, Time Freight’s Lise Olivier also won in a sprint, crossing the line in 2:44:26 to beat former British road champion Sharon Laws and Ariane Kleinhans of Team Spur-Specialized. “My lead-out was quite solid today,” said Hoffman. “I had HB (Kruger) pulling for me and Reynard (Butler) delivering me with about 300m to go. “We misjudged where the line was and I had to sprint about 100m further, but Reynard did such a great job. “When I came off his wheel I was already about five metres ahead. I just had to put my head down and keep powering. “I think today is confirmation that the legs are good. I hope we can keep building this week.” Dimension Data’s Jayde Julius (left), Team Telkom’s Nolan Hoffman (centre) and RoadCover’s Clint Hendricks were the top three finishers in the first stage of the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope today. Photo: Capcha The 30-year-old from the West Rand, who will be gunning for a hat-trick in the Cape Town Cycle Tour on Sunday, said they immediately identified it as a stage to go for when the route was changed a few days prior to the event. “We have two really fast guys in Reynard and myself and we knew the more rolling profile would suit us.” Hoffman said it was a nervous start and they had to make sure that no big splits went up the road. After several failed attempts, a group of four – consisting of Konny Looser and Sam Gaze of Songo.info and Chris Jooste and Kevin Patten of ProTouch – got away before the second sprint prime. “I think we lost a bit of concentration halfway through the stage and let the break slip to about two minutes,” said Hoffman. “I panicked a bit.” He said they were only able to reel in the last escapee – New Zealand’s Gaze –two kilometres from the end. “We definitely had our work cut out for us, but my guys delivered me perfectly. So I’m happy with how things panned out.” Ariane Kleinhans (left) of Team Spur-Specialized and Lise Olivier of Time Freight in action during the first stage of the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope today. Photo: Capcha Olivier, who represented the national team at last week’s African Continental Championships, said it wasn’t a stage that they thought they could win. “It was quite flat and I figured it would be a bit of a bunch kick.” But, after winning both sprint primes en route, the 32-year-old, who is hoping for Olympic selection, said she had confidence going into the finish in the nine-man breakaway group. “I figured there was a slight chance, yes.” Apart from the professionals and elites, the Tour of Good Hope also caters for the country’s best category racing and open seeded riders. Full results were not available at the time of going to press. Sharon Laws (second from left) in the points jersey and Lise Olivier (second from right) in yellow after the first stage of the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope. Photo: Capcha Stage 1 Results Elite men – Stage 1 results1. Nolan Hoffman 2:17:55 2. Clint Hendricks 2:17:55 3. Jayde Julius 2:17:55 Men elite – Overall after stage 1 1. Nolan Hoffman 2:17:45 2. Clint Hendricks 2:17:49 3. Jayde Julius 2:17:51 4. Rohan du Plooy 2:17:55 Elite woman – Stage 1 results 1. Lise Olivier 2:44:26 2. Sharon Laws 2:44:26 3. Ariane Kleinhans 2:44:26 Elite woman – Overall after stage 1 1. Lise Olivier 2:44:13 2. Sharon Laws 2:44:18 3. Ariane Kleinhans 2:44:22
  7. Cycling SA is sending a women’s team only as the Continental Championships is extremely important for them to bolster valuable UCI points in the lead up to Olympic qualification. The South African women’s team is in a favourable position due to Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio’s excellent performances during the 2015 season, which saw her ranked sixth in the Elite Women UCI Individual World Rankings at the end of 2015. This placed South Africa in ninth place in the UCI Nation’s Rankings, which (as it currently stands) qualifies South Africa to take three Elite Women to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. The National Team aims to qualify an extra spot on the women’s team for Rio at the 2016 CAC (African Cycling Confederation) Road Cycling Championships in Morocco. Due to her team commitments and preparations for the forthcoming season with the Cervelo-Bigla Pro Cycling Team, Moolman-Pasio will not be able to participate in Morocco next week. The proficient team of newly crowned National Champion, An-Li Kachelhoffer will be joined by road racing stalwarts Lise Olivier and Anriette Schoeman, who finished second and third respectively at the SA National Road Cycling Championships at the weekend. The final team member is Samantha Sanders, who put on a brilliant performance at the SA Road Champs at the weekend. She has recently crossed over from mountain biking to road racing and has shown immense power and talent on the tarmac. Sanders will work closely with her experienced teammates to deliver on the team’s goals. The full team will be competing in the Team Time Trial on Sunday 21 February and the Road Race on Thursday 25 February, while Sanders and Olivier will compete in the Individual Time Trial on Tuesday 23 February. According to the UCI Olympiad Qualification System Timeline (QUALIFICATION SYSTEM – GAMES OF THE XXXI OLYMPIAD – RIO 2016), the Elite Men’s results were taken from the 2015 African Continental Championships, and their qualifying events for the Rio Olympic Games ended on 31 December 2015. As part of an ongoing initiative to offer international exposure and improve our depth and experience, Cycling SA anticipates sending U23 Men, Junior Men and Junior Women National Teams to Europe in the coming months for valuable racing experience in the challenging European conditions. More details about this initiative will be disclosed shortly. National Team African Continental Road Championships: Elite Women An-Li Kachelhoffer Lise Olivier Anriette Schoeman Samantha SandersManagement Steven Sergeant Jill Bezuidenhout Congratulations on your selection and good luck.
  8. Cycling South Africa is proud to announce the Elite Women’s National Road Cycling Team that will participate in the 2016 CAC (African Cycling Confederation) Road Cycling Championships, taking place in Morocco, from 22 to 26 February. Click here to view the article
  9. The 31 year old Olivier capped off a striking aQuellé Tour Durban debut by the Pietermaritzburg based team last year where the big team that included a number of mountain biking stars worked together to totally dominate the race and send Olivier to the line ahead of BestMed's Monique Gerber. Lise Olivier (Time Freight eTeam) claims the women's title in the aQuellé Tour Durban presented by Sunday Tribune. // Photo credit: Darren Goddard/ Gameplan Media. Olivier, who was recently co-opted onto the Cycling South Africa structures as the director of the Women's Commission says she is sure that the new Freedom Day Challenge on the day after the Tour Durban will ensure a big field of elite racers will be present at both the Tour Durban as well as the Freedom Challenge. "I am sure the standard of racing in the women's race will be much higher than it has been in recent years," said Olivier, who said that a number of new invitation teams had been created to take part in the week of major road races in KwaZulu-Natal. "I love the way that the province of KwaZulu-Natal has committed to cycling," she said. "I always enjoying riding in KZN and the weather at this time of year makes it special as well." Olivier was quick to shrug off suggestions that she will be under undue pressure starting as the defending champion. "I don't really do that to myself!" she laughed. "I am really out there to enjoy myself. I will race hard and aggressively and let's see what happens." Her emphasis on pleasure underscores the distinctive ethos of her team since its inception, where they have sought to bring together experienced professionals with emerging talent and top riders produced by development programmes, aimed at transferring skills and experience while at the same time ensuring that they are always enjoying their riding and the team environment. Lise Olivier breaks away at the front of the women's race during the early stages of the aQuellé Tour Durban presented by Sunday Tribune. // Photo credit: Darren Goddard/ Gameplan Media. "I hope we can set an example," she added. "Hopefully some of what we do can overflow to the other teams She added that while she will have a strong team committed to the race, they have lost their MTB stalwarts to the national XCO event in Mankele on the same weekend as the aQuellé Tour Durban. Olivier also added that she was enjoying riding with the team, saying that she felt that her training was better this year, and the good mix of riders ensured that the tough lessons they learnt were taken on board in a good spirit. "It has been a tough few years for women's cycling," said Olivier. "Many teams can't afford to travel to all the events so they have to prioritise. With small budgets some of the teams are now operating as two riders or even one individual, which is very tough. "We have to try and get these teams functioning in a manner that is sustainable in the long run. "Being a Pietermaritzburg based team the aQuellé Tour Durban is one of the Team's priorities, and we are really looking forward to the race on Sunday 26th," she added. Olivier and her Time Freight eTeam team mates can expect little charity from the expanded women field, with pressure sure to come from the class field that will include former winner Lynette Burger Pieterse, fresh from her win at the Cape Town Cycle Tour. More information can be found at www.tourdurban.co.za.
  10. After grabbing her maiden win in the aQuellé Tour Durban presented by Sunday Tribune last year, Pretoria based racer Lise Olivier has committed to lining up with her Time Freight eTeam teammates in what she expects to be the biggest and most competitive women's field in many years on Sunday, 26 April. Click here to view the article
  11. Dutch sprinter Peter Koning held on in a three-man breakaway to wrest the crown from overnight leader JC Nel on the 138km queen stage of the Bestmed Tour de Boland, presented by Pinarello, on Thursday. Click here to view the article
  12. Koning, who was third in the standings after Wednesday’s time-trial, finished third on a searingly hot stage from Tulbagh to Riebeek-Kasteel to don the yellow jersey for Australian outfit Drapac in 10:04:48. Bonitas all-rounder Nel (10:05:43) slipped to second in the general classification, with Koning’s teammate Girdlestone (10:05:48) stepping down onto the bottom step of the podium. Although the team from Down Under has already collected the wins on stage two and three, Koning said they had gone into the tour with the overall victory in mind. “If we can win the stage in Paarl that will be great but the GC is now the main thing and we’ll see what happens next. “I hope we can hold it together tomorrow and then see how things unfold on the last climb up to the Taal Monument.” Compendium Insurance points leader Nolan Hoffman of Abantu sprints to victory on stage four of the Bestmed Tour de Boland in Riebeek-Kasteel on Thursday. // Photo: Capcha Photography. Abantu fastman and reigning Cape Town Cycle Tour champion Nolan Hoffman took line honours on day four in 3:16:43, with Europcar SA’s Bradley Potgieter following a split-second later and Koning a further three seconds back. Hoffman, who also leads the Compendium Insurance points classification, said his team had targeted the win on the undulating stage. “There was actually a race within a race today. Peter was riding for the GC, while Brad and myself were racing for the stage win,” said Hoffman. “We had reason to ride and worked well together. I had the stronger legs on the day and I’m happy to have pulled off the win.” Heading out of Tulbagh, the bunch nullified a number of early attacks and the riders rolled together for the first 40km. The first sprint prime at Porterville was won by Westvaal’s Tyler Day, who remains second overall in the points competition ahead of Potgieter. In what looked to be the definitive move of the day, a five-man selection – comprising Konny Looser (Aramex), James Fourie (Europcar SA), Malcolm Rudolph (Drapac), Meron Teshome (MTN-Qhubeka) and Thulasizwe Mxenge (Rand Water Velokhaya) – broke away soon after the hotspot. They put 45 seconds into the peloton and had extended their lead to over a minute as they turned towards Piketberg. Ariane Kleinhans of RECM retained the overall lead of the Bestmed Tour de Boland in Riebeek-Kasteel on Thursday. // Photo: Capcha Photography. Looser grabbed the second sprint prime just outside the town and by the halfway mark the leaders were more than two minutes clear of the bunch. The chasing peloton went on the hunt and brought them back some 20 kilometres later. At the 95km mark, Potgieter, Koning and Hoffman exploded off the front and managed to open up a 30-second gap. After puncturing near Morreesburg, Potgieter was forced to chase hard to catch his breakaway companions. With the bunch chasing hard, the three then worked together over the remaining kilometres to hold their lead into the finish. The MTN-Qhubeka feeder outfit now leads the overall team classification, followed by Giant and Drapac respectively. With no real test for the climbers on the stage, MTN-Qhubeka’s Tesfom Okubamariam retains the Aramex king of the mountains jersey, with Westvaal’s Paul van Zweel second and Evan Carstens of Giant third. The women’s race came down to a four-rider sprint, with Lise Olivier of Time Freight E taking the stage in 4:10:04 ahead of RECM’s Ariane Kleinhans and Vera Adrian of Bestmed-ASG-Multihull. Lise Olivier of Time Freight E sprints to victory on stage four of the Bestmed Tour de Boland in Riebeek-Kasteel on Thursday. // Photo: Full Stop Communications. Defending champion Kleinhans retains the yellow jersey in 12:01:15, with Olivier (12:05:55) second and Adrian third (12:11:25). Friday’s decisive 86km fifth stage starts in Riebeek-Kasteel and culminates with a mountaintop finish at the Taal Monument high above Paarl. Visit www.tourdeboland.co.za, go to Facebook or follow @TourdeBoland. RESULTS: Elite men – Stage four 1. Nolan Hoffman (Abantu) 3:16:43 2. Bradley Potgieter (Europcar SA) 3:16:43 3. Peter Koning (Drapac) 3:16:46 4. Johann Rabie (Giant) 3:17:23 5. Stefan Ihlenfeldt (Lights by Linea) 3:17:23 6. Meron Teshome (MTN-Qhubeka) 3:17:23 7. Tesfom Okubamariam (MTN-Qhubeka) 3:17:23 8. Christoph Sauser (Aramex) 3:17:28 9. Darren Lill (MIB) 3:17:30 10. HB Kruger (Abantu) 3:17:44 Elite men – Overall 1. Peter Koning (Drapac) 10:04:48 2. JC Nel (Bonitas) 10:05:43 3. Dylan Girdlestone (Drapac) 10:05:48 4. Gustav Basson (MTN-Qhubeka) 10:05:57 5. Carl Pasio (Giant) 10:06:15 6. Darren Lill (MIB) 10:06:25 7. Stefan de Bod (MTN-Qhubeka) 10:06:49 8. HB Kruger (Abantu) 10:06:58 9. James Tennent (Lights by Linea) 10:07:16 10. Tesfom Okubamariam (MTN-Qhubeka) 10:07:39 Elite women – Stage four 1. Lise Olivier (Time Freight E) 4:10:04 2. Ariane Kleinhans (RECM) 4:10:04 3. Vera Adrian (Bestmed-ASG-Multihull) 4:10:04 4. Alexis Barnes (PMR@Toachim House) 4:10:04 5. Maroesjka Matthee (Bestmed-ASG-Multihull) 4:11:07 6. Zanele Tshoko (Rand Water Velokhaya) 4:11:07 7. Candice Neethling (Freewheel Cycology) 4:11:07 8. Lara Lyness 4:11:24 9. Desiree Strydom 4:11:24 10. Michelle Benson (Bestmed-ASG-Multihull) 4:11:33 Elite women – Overall 1. Ariane Kleinhans (RECM) 12:01:15 2. Lise Olivier (Time Freight E) 12:05:55 3. Vera Adrian (Bestmed-ASG-Multihull) 12:11:25 4. Candice Neethling (Freewheel Cycology) 12:13:25 5. Maroesjka Matthee (Bestmed-ASG-Multihull) 12:16:45 6. Lara Lyness 12:18:55 7. Desray Sebregts (Bestmed-ASG-Multihull) 12:26:59 8. Michelle Benson (Bestmed-ASG-Multihull) 12:28:42 9. Zanele Tshoko (Rand Water Velokhaya) 12:34:01 10. Desiree Strydom 12:42:24
  13. Herman Fouché held his line on a twisting and technical closing stretch through the streets of Worcester to claim the opening stage of the Bestmed Tour de Boland, presented by Pinarello, on Monday. Click here to view the article
  14. Fouché, riding in the colours of Bonitas, took advantage of a lead-out train driven by the Australian Drapac team to take the 114km stage from Paarl in a time of 3:10:30. Bonitas’s Herman Fouche (second from right) hits the finish line ahead of Drapac’s Brenton Jones (far left) and Abantu’s Nolan Hoffman (right) to claim the first stage of the 2015 Bestmed Tour de Boland in Worcester on Monday. // Photo: Capcha Photography. Drapac’s Brenton Jones grabbed the runner-up spot with Team Abantu’s Nolan Hoffman – who will aim to defend his Cape Town Cycle Tour title on Sunday – third. “As we came into the corners I started calling my teammates and they did exactly what I wanted them to do and we pulled off a fantastic win,” said Fouché, who also won the opening stage of the 2011 tour. “That was unbelievable, a great fight by the team.” The racing got off to a muted start as a strong headwind and searing heat dampened any early efforts by the bunch as they headed out of Paarl after the neutral zone through town. Europcar SA’s Bradley Potgieter made a daring solo escape within the first 10km and his efforts paid off as he held the bunch at bay to claim the first Compendium sprint prime outside Franschhoek. Just before the 30km mark, a four-rider breakaway caught Potgieter but they were reeled in as the peloton powered their way up Franschhoek Pass. Strong gutter winds helped splinter the bunch on the 7km climb, with former African road champion Tesfom Okubamariam coming to the fore to win the Aramex king of the mountains title for the MTN-Qhubeka feeder team. The bunch came back together after the pass, with Abantu’s Nolan Hoffman taking the second hotspot just outside Villiersdorp. A series of attacks followed over the final 25km but were quickly nullified as the riders headed towards the finish. “We couldn’t really go anywhere because of the wind but the guys kept trying,” said Fouché. As they turned into their destination, the fastman’s teammates sprang into action with team captain Luthando Kaka giving him and Shaun -Nick Bester the lead-out into the first corner. “Shaun -Nick went a bit too early but he went and caught the two guys in front. “I waited for Drapac to come past and jumped onto their train, while Shaun-Nick bumped into their train in front of me, setting me up perfectly.” The former Cape Town Cycle Tour champion demonstrated his well-known turn of speed to snatch the win from the visitors from Down Under. The West Rand-based sprinter said however that the overall outcome of the tour would be decided on the climbing and time-trial stages. “So don’t be surprised if you see the yellow jersey pacing for the climbers tomorrow.” In the women’s race, Lise Olivier of Time Freight E pipped RECM’s defending champion Ariane Kleinhans to the post, with Anriette Schoeman of Africa Silks-Bestmed rounding out the day’s podium. Lise Olivier being interviewed by Johnny Koen after winning the first stage of the 2015 Bestmed Tour de Boland in Worcester on Monday. // Photo: Full Stop Communications. Olivier, who missed the overall win by a matter of seconds last year, said the racing was always going to be tough because of the windy conditions and starting with the veteran men. “The racing really happened on the climb, with myself and Ariane making it hard. I went over the top first with Ariane a few metres back and then the men joined us on the downhill.” The two rode together until the finish with Olivier just managing to hold last year’s winner at bay. The second stage rolls out of Worcester on Tuesday and finishes 111km later in Op-die-Berg. It features two signature climbs – Mitchell’s Pass outside Ceres and Gydo Pass near Prince Alfred Hamlet. Visit www.tourdeboland.co.za, go to Facebook or follow @TourdeBoland.
  15. African road championship silver medallist Lise Olivier will be looking for a second bite at the cherry in next week’s Bestmed Tour de Boland, after missing out on the overall title by a mere three seconds last year. Click here to view the article
  16. A strong women’s field is expected for this year’s Bestmed Tour de Boland, presented by Pinarello, from March 2 to 6. // Photo: Capcha. Olivier will be part of a strong women’s field for the five-day tour, presented by Pinarello, from March 2. Last year, the Time Freight E rider outpaced eventual champion Ariane Kleinhans of RECM in a dramatic finale on Franschhoek Pass but it was not enough to secure the yellow jersey. “I love that climb and knew that it would be a hard battle to the top,” said Olivier. “I never expected to drop Ariane on the lower slopes, so it was actually a bit of a surprise to take the stage win.” She said her team’s strategy was always to race positively and go for the stage wins, of which they claimed two last year. “We didn’t have time-trial equipment at the tour and that did set us back slightly. We knew this going in, which is why we targeted the stages instead of the overall title.” Olivier said the change of route, which now sees riders start and finish the tour in Paarl, would set up a more consistent daily battle over the five days. “I think it will be a very interesting tour this year. As we are racing with the men, a couple of stages will most likely finish with a bunch sprint.” She named Bestmed-ASG-Multihull’s continental track champion Maroesjka Matthee as the danger woman in these situations. “Her young teammate Kim le Court, who won the Carnival City road race this past weekend, is also one to watch on the flatter stages.” Should the men in the group decide to race hard and split the bunch, Olivier said stage-race specialist and Cape Epic champion Kleinhans would definitely be in the mix. Seasoned professional and multiple Cape Town Cycle Tour winner Anriette Schoeman, who rides in the colours of Africa Silks-Bestmed, could also bring her experience to bear in the bunch and shake up the larger teams’ tactics. “We are a small team this year, so we’ll probably be looking to the other teams to make the racing for the most part,” said Olivier, who will ride alongside national U23 cross-country champion Ashleigh Moffatt. Olivier looks to be in good form after winning the recent ASG Berge en Dale and helping her country to a gold medal in the team time-trial at the African champs. With licenced riders now green-lighted to participate in the Cape Town race, the Tour de Boland will be the final testing ground for SA’s top pro contenders. “There are not many road tours in South Africa so any multistage race is high on our priority list,” said Olivier, who also heads up Cycling SA’s women’s commission. “Tours are such an important part of the sport and we do our best to make it to the race as a team. It would be great if the women could have their own start in 2016, which would push this tour to the top of most riders’ priority lists.” She said the level of competition at the continental championships earlier this month had showed the progress women’s cycling had made in recent years. “It was an emotional experience seeing 30 women from 16 countries on the start line. The level of women’s cycling locally and in the rest of Africa has changed dramatically in the last year or two.” Another mountaintop finish awaits the elite field on the dirt road up to the Taal Monument in Paarl on March 6. Stage 1: Paarl to Worcester via Franschhoek (114km) Stage 2: Worcester to Op-die-Berg via Ceres (111km) Stage 3: Ceres to Tulbagh (30km individual time-trial) Stage 4: Tulbagh to Riebeek-Kasteel via Piketberg (138km) Stage 5: Riebeek-Kasteel to Paarl via Wellington (74km) Visit www.tourdeboland.co.za, go to Facebook or follow @TourdeBoland.
  17. It was a full house of gold medals for the impressive Moolman Pasio who heaped a lot of praise on the rest of the South African team after the race as well as to the organisers and the back room staff that helped in tough conditions. Friday saw Bigla Pro Cycling Team ace Ashleigh Moolman Pasio claim a clean sweep of gold medals as she added the Elite Women's Road Race title to her Time Trial win early when she won on day five of the 2015 Confederation of African Cycling African Road Championships on Friday. // Photo credit: craigdutton.com “The team work from the girls today was really great!” she said. “We had to work hard for a long time because we could not drop the Ethiopian rider (Kidane) which is a credit to her and how well she rode! “It got to about 39 degrees before we started this morning but we were never uncomfortable as we always had enough water and were well looked after throughout the race which we were grateful for,” the Bigla Pro Cycling Team rider added. The race went according to plan for the South African team which led to the one, two finish. Moolman Pasio still feels that representing South Africa is the ultimate honour and she needs no other motivation when she rides for her country. “Riding for South Africa is something that I will always cherish no matter what the competition or event and winning a race for my country is even greater and with such a great team it makes it more special. “It is great to see the other riders from Africa improving and getting smarter and stronger which means that the competition is getting harder for all of us which is great for women’s cycling in Africa,” Moolman Pasio explained. There was a group of three that broke away from the main peloton in the Elite Women's Road Race and that would be the podium with Hadnet Kidane of Ethiopia (front), Lise Olivier (left) and Ashleigh Moolman Pasio (back) powering away from the rest of the field on day five of the 2015 Confederation of African Cycling African Road Championships on Friday. // Photo credit: craigdutton.com It has been a memorable early season for Moolman Pasio who now adds the continental titles to the national titles that she won recently but she admits that the second part of the season is her main focus with some major events coming up. “If I am 100% honest I am not looking to peak early in the season with my main focus being the back end of the season in Europe as the main goal because our points start counting towards Olympic qualification. “I had a really good training block recently and coming home and defending my titles was the main aim and I am really happy with the way the past few months have gone,” a satisfied Moolman Pasio concluded. The silver medal went to fellow South African Lise Olivier who echoed Moolman Pasio when she spoke about the effort put in by the South African team. “It was a great effort from the girls today in some tough conditions out there! “I am really happy with the result especially considering we had to fight off the Ethiopian rider about four or five times which was tough,” she explained. An element of the race that touched Olivier’s heart was the increase in the numbers on the start line. The increase in numbers at the event is something that she is really encouraged by and hopes that cycling amongst African women can grow from strength to strength. “I was on the start line in Rwanda for the African Champs a few years ago and there were only seven women there so to see 30 women riding today was really special and it just shows the increased interest by women around Africa. It was Ashleigh Moolman Pasio (left) and Lise Olivier (right) who fought it out for the win in the Elite Women's Road Race with the former claiming the gold medal on day five of the 2015 Confederation of African Cycling African Road Championships on Friday. // Photo credit: craigdutton.com “I am hugely passionate about women’s cycling so we must give JP van Zyl of the UCI World Cycling Centre Africa a lot of credit for increasing the interest throughout Africa and let’s just hope that the interest keeps on growing!” an excited Olivier added. 

 The Saturday schedule at the African Continental Road Championships will commence with the Elite Men's Road Races starting at 08:30am. The African Continental Road Champs will be streamed live on Saturday 14 February from 08:30 to 14:30 on www.streamit360.tv. 

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 Road Race

 Elite Women
 Ashleigh Moolman Pasio (RSA) 3:06.57.095 Lise Olivier (RSA) 3:06.57.194
 Hadnet Kidane (ETH) 3:10.48.991
 An-Li Kachelhoffer (RSA) 3:11.35.112
 Jeanne D'Arc Girubuntu (RWA) 3:11.35.395
 Tsega Beyene (ETH) 3:11.35.428
 Yohana Dawit (ERI) 3:11.32.590
 Heidi Dalton (RSA) 3:11.36.096
 Vera Adrian (NAM) 3:15.06.795
 Mosana Debesay (ERI) 3:15.06.993 Elite Women Road Race Results click here.
  18. The Elite Women’s Road Race on Friday bought down the curtain on the female events at the 2015 Confederation of African Cycling Road Championships and it was Time Trial champion and South African cycling star Ashleigh Moolman Pasio who won the gold in a tightly contested Road Race with Lise Olivier and Hadnet Kidane claiming second and third respectively. Click here to view the article
  19. Metkel Eyob of the MTN-Qhubeka feeder team showed good early season form as he soloed to victory in the Action Ford Berge en Dale Classic, presented by Optimum Financial Services, near Krugersdorp on Saturday. // Photo: Supplied. The Eritrean climber made short work of the undulating 102km route to win the West Rand’s biggest cycle race in a time of 2:25:16. He was followed across the finish line at Cradlestone Mall by teammate Stefan de Bod in 2:25:22, with EuropcarSA’s Willie Smit just a second back. Eager to test their form ahead of the national and continental road championships in the next two weeks, MTN-Qhubeka took control of the racing early on. According to team manager JP van Zyl, the attacks started hard on the Hillsnacks climb, which loomed within the first 10km. “That made a selection of around 35 riders and then we just kept up the pace and controlled the front from then on.” With 40km to go, Van Zyl said his riders went on the attack again, playing out their tactics according to plan. “We waited for the last 20 kilometres to attempt our getaway. Two riders from our team and two from EuropcarSA went up the road.” On the final Valverde climb, Eyob and EuropcarSA’s Bradley Potgieter broke away, with Potgieter claiming the king of the mountains hotspot. Sensing his opportunity, Eyob attacked his nearest rival and successfully dropped him to ride alone into the finish. The 21-year-old, who is also the reigning Carnival City Classic winner, was happy to take his first Berge en Dale win. Time Freight’s Lise Olivier raced to an uncontested victory in in the women’s section at the Action Ford Berge en Dale Classic, presented by Optimum Financial Services, near Krugersdorp on Saturday. // Photo: Supplied. In the women’s race, Time Freight’s Lise Olivier also took her chance in the closing kilometres to claim an uncontested victory in 2:46:27. “A group of about five girls just stayed with the bunch we were riding in and went with all the moves,” said Olivier. “I got away with about two kilometres to go – just turning onto the highway, there’s a little kick and I got lucky I guess.” The 31-year-old Pretoria resident said she was looking forward to next week’s SA champs. “I’ve got some decent form, so we’re in for some good racing.” Men 1. Metkel Eyob 2:25:16 2. Stefan de Bod 2:25:22 3. Willie Smit 2:25:23 4. Kevin Patten 2:25:25 5. Jayde Julius 2:25:27 6. Ryan Gibbons 2:25:28 7. HB Kruger 2:25:32 8. Gustav Basson 2:25:32 9. Neil Robinson 2:25:36 10. Richard Laizer 2:25:40 Women 1. Lise Olivier 2:46:27 2. Carla Oberholzer 2:46:47 3. Kim le Court de Billot 2:50:00 4. Desray Sebregts 2:52:22 5. Charlene du Preez 2:52:28 6. Anli Smith 2:54:00 7. Samantha Kristiansen 2:54:02 8. Suzan Bowman 2:54:05 9. Natasha Botha 2:57:13 10. Ronel van Straaten 3:13:49
  20. The MTN-Qhubeka feeder team’s Metkel Eyob showed good early season form as he soloed to victory in the Action Ford Berge en Dale Classic, presented by Optimum Financial Services, near Krugersdorp on Saturday. Click here to view the article
  21. On Saturday some of the biggest names in international and local cycling will take to the streets of Pretoria to show unity for Mandela. None other than South African president Jacob Zuma will be firing the start gun to signal the start of what is to be an iconic example of what can be achieved through unity in memory of Nelson Mandela. Click here to view the article
  22. In addition to passing by nearly all the landmarks in Pretoria the event can boast that it is by far the richest race on the African continent. It is no wonder that the Tour de France winner Chris Froome (Team Sky), originally from Kenya and with his cycling roots in SA, will be in the mix together with first ever South African Tour de France yellow jersey wearer Daryl Impey (Orica GreenEdge). On the women’s cycling front multiple world champion Marianne Vos (Rabobank) and top SA export Ashleigh Moolman (Momentum) make for an equally impressive line-up. The international cycling stars will be joined by a plethora of top local talent including the likes of Louis Meintjes (MTN Qhubeka) and Reinhardt Janse van Rensburg (Giant Shimano) who have burst onto the international road cycling scene with their recent performances. Local professional outfits like Team Bonitas, Team Abantu, Europcar SA and Lights by Linea will be looking to make their presence felt in the classy field. Widely hailed because of the equal prize money for both men and women the event also attracted an exceptionally strong contingent of female cyclist. The likes of Cherise Stander (RECM), Heidi Dalton (Lotto) and Lise Olivier (TimeFreight VeloLife) will be pitting themselves against some of the best in the world in a desperate dash for cash. The relatively hilly short course is bound to produce some fireworks in both races where riders will put everything on the line for the substantial prize purse at the finish. The 2014 Unite 2.0 campaign, an initiative of the Department of Sport & Recreation South Africa and the Department of Arts and Culture, will this year include Athletics (road running and walking) in addition to the cycling. On the day over R2m in prizes will be handed out. As if that’s not enough, the public will be treated to a free mega feast when a cultural program full of 67 artists ranging from craftsmen/women, artisans to musicians and comedians unites the nation in remembrance of Madiba at the foot of the iconic Union Buildings. Prizes And if competing for this wonderful cause wasn’t enough, there are some unbelievable cash prizes for competitors on the day, with more R2 million on offer. The 67km cycling race winners, in both male and female categories, will receive an unprecedented R250 000; second-placed riders will receive R150 000, while third-place riders will pocket R100 000. The main running event is the 27km road race, and the winners of the race will pocket R150 000, with second getting R100 000 and third R50 000. The winner of the 9.4km run will receive R40 000, while the 9.4km walk winner will get R20 000.
  23. Photo credit: www.zooncronje.com It was the howling North Easter that wreaked havoc on the elite men’s and women's races blowing both apart soon after the start. In the men's race the main protagonists were team Abantu and team Bonitas who sent riders off the front leaving it to the other teams to do the chase. The tactical move by Bonitas paid off when the chasing peloton ran out of steam and Girdlestone managed to shake his fellow escapee to take his second consecutive Street King crown. Defending champ, Maroeshka Matthee, put in a sterling performance but the teamwork by the Time Freight VeloLife ladies eventually snapped the elastic and saw the winner of the Pretoria leg, Lise Olivier, escape off the front. Olivier showed her class and successfully soloed into the headwind to claim yet another Street Queen crown. Photo credit: www.zooncronje.com Despite the dismal weather the event still drew over 500 entries with its various categories. Crowd favourite, the Fixie Flatbox category, saw riders take the course with single geared bikes and no brakes at breakneck speeds. The ever popular and colourful Crazy Cranks category did not disappoint with the fun costumes and coinciding smiles from both the crowd and participants. Photo credit: www.zooncronje.com Spectators were not left out as the event boasted a craft beer garden, I Heart Market food stalls, kiddie’s entertainment and more. Chart topping local band, Monark, closed proceedings bringing the perfect blend of entertainment to the action that is the Engen Cycle in the City. Because children matter, Engen will be donating 100% of all entry fees across all three regions to selected children’s charities in the respective regions.
  24. Durban’s striking promenade set the stage for the third and final round of the Engen Cycle in the City criterium festival. It was a repeat victory for both Dylan Girdlestone (Bonitas) and Lise Olivier (Time Freight VeloLife) who claimed the Street King and Queen titles in style. Click here to view the article
  25. Mountain biking olympian Philip Buys (Scott) nearly caused a major upset when he took part in his first ever multi sport event at the Momentum Health OatWell DualX Powered by PeptoPro. The second event in the new offroad duathlon series took place at Hakahana Trails near Hartebeespoort dam. It was pre race favourite Brand du Plessis who took the overall win and Velo Life Time Freight's Lise Olivier who won the overall women's event. Click here to view the article
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