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  1. The two Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka riders, riding in their national colours of South Africa, took to the 50km individual time trial in Sebat Emit, Ethiopia. Gibbons was the first of our two riders off and he came home with the provisional 2nd best time at the line, with Tesfom from Eritrea leading. Starting a few mins later, de Bod then crossed the line with a new best time of 1'00'47". The top 3 placings would remain unchanged as the final few riders completed their time trial effort, meaning our Team Dimension Data duo secured the Gold and Bronze medals for South Africa. "It is great to take the African Time Trial title. For the growth of the sport on our continent, these events are really important for us. Each year the level of African racing increases, so I am happy to have come out on top today." -Stefan de Bod The 160km road race takes place on Tuesday and our African World Tour Team will have 5 riders competing in the race; Gibbons, de Bod, Nicholas Dlamini and Jacques Janse van Rensburg representing South Africa as well as defending African Champion, Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier representing Eritrea.
  2. After 3 seasons with our Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka Continental squad, Stefan de Bod will step up into the World Tour team from January 1st, 2019. The multiple u23 South African time trial and road race champion becomes the 5th rider to graduate to the World Tour after developing his talent with our African feeder team. Originally from Stellenbosch, South Africa, de Bod has been part of our development program since 2015, when it was still based out of Potchefstroom, South Africa. After relocating to Lucca, Italy in 2016 with the Dimension Data Continental team, de Bod was exposed to the rigors of European racing where he was gradually able to develop his climbing and time trialling abilities in 2016 & 2017, before a breakthrough season this year. Starting with his 3rd successive u23 national time trial title in February, de Bod went from strength to strength and racked up some impressive results this year, including victories at the u23 Strade Bianche and G.P. Palio del Recioto. Podium placing's at Trofeo Alcide Degasperi and Valle d'Aosta was only further confirmation of the talent we had already seen in de Bod as an 18-year-old. In what has already been an incredible journey with de Bod, after the hard work and dedication he has shown, our African Team is delighted to welcome him to Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka from 2019. I'm really excited to join Africa's World Tour Team for 2019 and 2020. I've been part of the development team since 2015 and I am very grateful for all the opportunities Team Dimension Data has given me over the last four years. The team has changed many lives all over Africa through Qhubeka, and they have also changed mine. Joining the World Tour team is an absolute dream come true for me. I'm looking forward to learning even more from the experienced guys in the team and I will make the most of every opportunity I get. Stefan de Bod - Rider Stefan has progressed so well in the Team Dimension Data Continental Team and we look forward to him stepping up into the World Tour team. It is so great to see the riders in our feeder team stepping up and taking every opportunity presented to them. It takes years to make the next step in cycling and we look forward to seeing Stefan progress on his journey with Team Dimension Data. Douglas Ryder - Team Principal
  3. The GP Palio del Recioto took place in Negrar, Italy and was raced over a distance of 151km. It was the 3rd time our continental team took part in this prestigious UCI u23 race, with Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier (who now rides for our World Tour outfit) finishing in 3rd place back in 2016. Today saw a huge field of starters, with all the top u23 development teams from around world represented on the startline. Our African Team was looking to Stefan de Bod, who recently won the u23 Strade Bianche, and Matteo Sobrero, who finished 3rd at yesterday's UCI u23 Giro del Belvedere, to lead our charge. Our team of Kent Main, Hafetab Weldu and El Mehdi Chokri worked well together to look after our two leaders, before reaching the big final climb, that began with 25km to go. It was here where de Bod took the race into his own hands with a strong attack. The rest as they say, was history. The u23 South African time trial champion crested the climb with a 15 second lead over his nearest chasers, and then held his gap on the tricky 10km descent all the way to the line. Sobrero sweetened the deal for our Continental team by finishing in 5th place, a fine ride after his podium result yesterday. It was a really tough race with more than 3000m ascent over 151km. I sat in the bunch and waited for the last climb of the day. My teammates looked after me the whole race and I attacked with 25km to go, on the climb, and went solo all the way to the finish. I am happy to do my part in the team as we ride for Qhubeka, a bigger purpose to put more people on bikes in Africa. I am happy to take my second win of the European season. Stefan de Bod - Rider
  4. African continental U23 time-trial champion Stefan de Bod capitalised on his skills against the clock to seize the yellow jersey on the second stage of the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope road cycle race at Boland Agricultural High School just outside Paarl today. Click here to view the article
  5. Dimension Data rider Stefan de Bod surged to victory in the Buffet Olives individual time-trial at the Boland Agricultural High School just outside Paarl today to claim the yellow jersey on the second stage of the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope. Photo: Robert Ward The 20-year-old Dimension Data rider, who grew up in nearby Worcester, showed his superior speedwork to win the Buffet Olives individual time-trial in 33:15 to erase an overnight deficit of 54 seconds. Slotting into second and third respectively were RoadCover’s Willie Smit (33:59) and Dimension Data’s Nicholas Dlamini (34:43). De Bod, who provisionally heads the general classification on 2:55:08, will take a narrow overall lead into the third stage of the five-day, 490km race, which is presented by the City of Drakenstein and Scicon. Smit sits in second on 2:55:52 and Pro Touch’s Myles van Musschenbroek in third on 2:56:06 with tomorrow’s queen stage, which finishes on top of Du Toitskloof Pass, looming. Before the race, De Bod had identified the time-trial as a key part of his strategy and he was satisfied with the outcome. “I felt comfortable during the ride, but I would have liked to have gone a little bit faster,” said the defending champion. “But that is part of the game and I’m still happy with my result.” With the course reduced from 37km to 26km this year, De Bod said he knew he could go “full gas” from the start. “The route is a bit hilly but it’s fast, with long descents and nice rollers. “Being a bit shorter does make a difference because I normally start my first 10 minutes quite controlled before increasing to maximum effort. But the distance allowed me to go from the start.” Being a specialist in the discipline, De Bod said the time-trial played an important role in his tour strategy. “You always want to try to make as much time as possible on the GC contenders,” he said. “There was a bit of a wind on the road towards Paarl and then coming back there was a crosswind, which was a bit tricky with a disc wheel. “However, coming to the finish the wind helped me and I was happy with my power.” Despite her relative inexperience as a time-triallist, Dormakaba’s Candice Lill took the honours in the women’s race in 39:50 to move into the overall lead. Candice Lill, of Dormakaba, overcame a lack of experience to take the honours in the Buffet Olives individual time-trial at the Boland Agricultural High School just outside Paarl today, claiming the yellow jersey on the second stage of the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope. Photo: Robert Ward She was followed by Namibian team-mate Vera Adrian, who clocked 41:45, with Chanel Mason of Café Riders third in 42:07. After two stages, Lill sits on an overall time of 3:40:59, followed by Adrian (3:42:54) and Mason (3:43:16). Having not done many time-trials, Lill said she had been guided through the process by her coach and husband, Darren. “He basically taught me the details of how to pace yourself and the position on the bike, so I listened to that as much as I could. “Also, I have done a lot of mountain biking where the kind of effort needed is very similar to that of a time-trial. So I knew I could do well if everything went according to plan.” The 25-year-old from Sun Valley in Cape Town said she had found the stage a bit harder than expected. “But that is what a time-trial is all about and I’m happy with my effort. “I had no real expectations going into the stage and not much idea of the other girls’ ability. All I could aim for was to put in my best effort and I managed to achieve that.” The Bestmed Tour of Good Hope finishes in Paarl on Friday. Results and general classification: Stage 226.3km individual time-trial Boland Agricultural High School, Paarl Elite men results 1 Stefan de Bod 33:15 2 Willie Smit 33:59 3 Nicholas Dlamini 34:43 Elite men GC 1 Stefan de Bod 2:55:08 2 Willie Smit 2:55:52 3 Myles van Musschenbroek 2:56:06 Elite women results 1 Candice Lill 39:50 2 Vera Adrian 41.45 3 Chanel Mason 42.07 Elite women GC 1 Candice Lill 3:40:59 2 Vera Adrian 3:42:54 3 Chanel Mason 3:43:16
  6. Returning to a region he knows intimately, champion Stefan de Bod is fired up to defend his title when the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope takes place in the Cape Winelands next week. Click here to view the article
  7. Dimension Data rider Stefan de Bod is motivated to retain the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope title when the five-day road race takes place in the Cape Winelands from March 6 to 10. Photo: Warren Elsom Starting on Monday, South Africa’s premier road stage race, spread over five days and 490km, will see the country’s leading road cyclists, as well as some high quality international contenders, vie for the title. The 20-year Dimension Data rider, who grew up in Worcester in the Western Cape, described the Cycling SA-sanctioned event, presented by Scicon and the City of Drakenstein, as “a very special race”. “It is in the heartland of where I grew up and trained daily, as well as now when I’m in South Africa, so this will always be special to me,” he said. De Bod has already laid down a marker for his opponents, winning the national U23 road and time-trial titles in Wellington last month, followed by the African U23 time-trial title a week later. Having won the Buffet Olives time-trial in last year’s Bestmed Tour of Good Hope, De Bod said it could again play a critical role in the final outcome. “I had a good time-trial last year and made enough time on the other riders to defend the yellow jersey comfortably with a great team behind me,” he said. “The time-trial will definitely be an important stage in this year’s tour and I would like to win it again. “After the time-trial (on day two), we’ll have to see who are contenders for the general classification and plan the strategy for the rest of the tour.” Warren Elsom This year’s time-trial route, which boasts a total ascent of 283 metres and has been shortened from 37km to 25km, will take place on the quieter roads in northern Paarl. Reflecting on last year’s overall victory, De Bod said it was one of the biggest victories of his career at that stage. “I had great support last year and the team really enjoyed the tour. I’m looking forward to defending the title this year. “Winning the Tour of Good Hope was a good start to the season on my home ground after three months of base training. It was definitely a boost for my confidence.” Following his Good Hope victory, De Bod spent time racing in Europe and said it had been an eye-opening experience. “Racing in Europe was completely different for me,” he said. “I struggled at the beginning to find my feet in the big European pelotons but got used to it after a while. “I’ve learnt that you need to fight a lot more for a position in Europe and not to be intimidated or scared of the well-known professionals. “The year was just an unbelievable racing experience and I learnt a lot about myself and cycling.” He added, however, that the year was marred by an accident in Italy when team-mate Keagan Girdlestone, who helped De Bod to last year’s Tour of Good Hope victory, suffered serious injuries. “That was a very difficult incident to deal with on a personal and team level. He played a big part in my victory last year and I will miss him.” However, De Bod is confident they will be able to compete next week even though they have a new-look outfit. “It will be the first race we do together, but I believe we have a strong team.” He acknowledged there would be plenty of competition, identifying RoadCover rider Willie Smit as one to watch. The Nelspruit ace showed his form recently by winning the road race title at the Continental Championships in Egypt. “My teammate Nicholas Dlamini will also be in the mix and there are always a few strong international riders to watch,” said De Bod. Among them are European mountain bike stars Karl Platt and Christoph Sauser, who will be going head to head the week after the tour in their respective bids to become the first six-time winner of the Cape Epic. Former champion Ariane Luthi, who finished third last year behind Annika Langvad and Sharon Laws, heads the list of title contenders. The Spur rider should be tested by Lise Olivier, who was runner-up to Luthi two years ago, and Bestmed-ASG’s An-Li Kachelhoffer, who took silver in the national road race championships.
  8. Team South Africa kicked off the 2017 African Continental Road Championships with three medals in the bag after the Individual Time Trials were held in Luxor, Egypt, on Thursday 16 February. Stefan de Bod and Juanita Venter were recipients of the three medals – De Bod’s second overall in the Elite category as an under-23 rider meant that he was awarded the gold medal for the U23 category and the silver medal in the Elite Men’s category, while Venter earned a bronze medal in the Elite Women’s race. Click here to view the article
  9. Willem Smit was the fourth rider home in the Elite Men’s race while Carla Oberholzer finished sixth in the Elite Women’s contest. Newly crowned U23 Time Trial National Champion Stefan de Bod finished second overall in the Elite category as an under-23 rider, which resulted in a gold medal for the U23 category and the silver medal in the Elite Men’s category in the Time Trial at the 2017 African Continental Road Championships held in Luxor, Egypt, on Thursday 16 February. Photo credit: CyclingSA/DoubleST Newly crowned U23 Time Trial National Champion, Stefan de Bod, clocked the second fastest time overall along the 43-kilometre course, 26 seconds behind Elite winner Teshome Meron (Eritrea) who claimed the gold medal in a time of 53 minutes 16 seconds. Eritrean Habtom Awet, another U23 rider, finished third overall.De Bod said: “Dit was ‘n baie plat roete, baie winderig maar ek het dit my beste gegee en toe kry ek die result wat ek gekry het. Ek was happy met my performance by SA’s en happy hierso. Hierdie roete was nog minder my tiepe roete maar ek dink as jy op vorm is kan jy maar enige roete ry en kan ‘n goeie result kry.” Looking ahead to the Road Race, De Bod said, “Ek hoop die wind waai dieselfde as vandag en dan is ek seker ons sal 'n goeie result op die pad race ook kry.” Starting her race at 09:05 and fifth out of the start blocks, Venter tackled the dead flat 29-kilometre course in her stride, replacing the injured Samantha Sanders. Mauritian Aurelie Halbwachs-Lincoln claimed the gold medal in a time of 42:40. Venter, who prefers a power climb along her route, covered the race distance in 43:07, which was seven seconds behind silver medallist Debesay Mosana from Eritrea. “The wind was strong and it picked up during my race,” said the Time Trial National Championship silver medalist. “All in all I think I went well. I could’ve been better over some of the grit sections and around some of the corners. I’m happy to get a medal but I feel that the traveling did play a role. I only arrived yesterday and feel that I might’ve been a bit better if I had arrived here earlier to settle in a bit more.” Summary of Results – African Continental Road Championship – Individual Time Trial Elite Men (43km) 1.Teshome Meron (ERI) 00:53:16 2.Stefan De Bod* (RSA) 00:53:42 3.Habtom Awet* (ERI) 00:54:05 4.Willem Smit (RSA) 00:54:24 5.Valens Ndayisenga (RWA) 00:56:08 (* denotes U23) Elite Women (29km) 1.Aurelie Halbwachs-Lincoln (MRI) 00:42:40 2.Debesay Mosana (ERI) 00:43:00 3.Juanita Venter (RSA) 00:43:07 4.Zayed Ahmed Ebtissam (EGY) 00:43:14 5.Kidane Wahazit (ERI) 00:43:41
  10. Renhardt Janse van Rensburg (left) and Stefan de Bod demonstrated excellent team work at the 2017 SA Road Championships in Wellington on Sunday 12 February. Photo: Stuart Pickering/Cycling Direct. The 14-lap, 179.5-kilometre race began with the usual early tactics and attempts at breaks from the bunch, but the first real move of the day was that of Jacques Janse van Rensburg, Willie Smit, Carl Pasio, Ed Greene, Calvin Beneke and David Maree who formed the "leading six" just 20km in. Missing in action today was Daryl Impey, who was attending his brother’s wedding, as well as Louis Meintjes and 2016 Road Race Champion Jaco Venter, who withdrew due to illness. Long into the race was when de Bod took off and was soon joined by Janse van Rensburg. Another hot topic on the day was Willie Smit, who not only was part of the initial breakaway group of six riders, but also came across the line in third place to claim the bronze medal and his second podium at the championship. "The team was phenomenal today. We had a plan in the morning and I think the race pretty much went to plan," said Janse van Rensburg The Elite Men's podium (from left to right) Willie Smit, Reinhardt Janse van Rensburg and Stefan de Bod at the 2017 SA Road Championships in Wellington on Sunday 12 February. Photo: Stuart Pickering/Cycling Direct "Everything worked out really well. Guys like Willie Smit were very impressive today, it's good to see the local guys coming through. But I'm very very happy to take this jersey to Europe," he concluded. The u23 title was claimed by De Bod, with Nicholas Dlamini grabbing the silver medal and Morne van Niekerk coming over the line in third. "It was amazing team work out there today,” said De Bod. "It was windy and it's not exactly a route that suits me, so I'm pretty happy to have pulled it off. I knew I just had to go full gas and see who follows me. In the end it worked out very well." In the 128.7km U19 Men's race, Jason Oosthuizen finished in first place ahead of Devin Shortt in second and third placed Ryan Terry. "It was tough at the beginning of the race, because having won the time trial, and having defending champion Devin Shortt there - the guys know that we were strong so they weren't letting us get away," said Oosthuizen. With three laps to go after catching the main break Oosthuizen said that it was just a defending game until the end. "With 150m to go I just put my head down and did what I needed to do," he said. The U23 Men's podium (from left to right) Morne van Niekerk, Stefan de Bod and Nicholas Dlamini at the 2017 SA Road Championships in Wellington on Sunday 12 February. Photo: Stuart Pickering/Cycling Direct Click here to view your finish line photo and results on Mobii: http://mobii.com/sarc2017/ For more information about the SA National Road Champs and full race results, click here: https://www.cyclingsa.com/2017-sa-road-champs/ SUMMARY OF RESULTS FROM SA NATIONAL ROAD CHAMPS - DAY 6 – 12 February 2017Road Race Elite Men 1. Reinhardt Janse van Rensburg 4:33:11:272 2. Stefan de Bod 4:33:11.668 3. Willie Smit 4:34:35.151 U23 Men 1. Stefan de Bod 4:33:11.668 2. Nicholas Dlamini 4:43:36.649 3. Morne van Niekerk 4:43:36.715 U19 Men 1. Jason Oosthuizen 3:56:05.301 2. Devin Shortt 3:56:05.466 3. Ryan Terry 3:56:05.697
  11. Stefan de Bod finished second on the final stage to win the overall title at the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope at the Taal Monument above Paarl today. Click here to view the article
  12. The overall podium in the men’s race at the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope were, from left, Keagan Girdlestone of Dimension Data, Stefan de Bod of Dimension Data and Darren Lill of USN-Purefit. Photo: Full Stop Communications The 19-year-old Dimension Data star took the yellow jersey after the individual time-trial on stage two and never looked in trouble as he went about his business of defending it over the final three days, which included two mountain top finishes. Stefan de Bod of Dimension Data won the overall title in the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope in Paarl today. Photo: Warren Elsom/Capcha His teammate Keagan Girdlestone won the final stage in scorching conditions to consolidate his second position overall with former national road champion Darren Lill completing the podium for USN-Purefit.“Going into this race we had a three-point plan,” said De Bod. “Our first objective was to win the general classification, the second to win two stages and lastly to take either the king of the mountains or points classifications as well.” He said the team was “amazing” in supporting him in his bid for the GC. “I couldn’t have done it without them.” De Bod said his personal objective was to win at least one stage, but especially the time-trial. “I tried to win another but got the GC and was happy to help set Keagan up for the win today.” He said the whole tour was tough, with the penultimate stage, which included the Du Toitskloof and Bain’s Kloof ascents, the most stressful. “There was a big break and I also didn’t feel so good yesterday, but it helps to have a team like this behind me.” Denmark’s Annika Langvad en route to victory in the final stage of the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope above Paarl today. Photo: Warren Elsom/Capcha Keagan Girdlestone of Dimension Data won the final stage of the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope at the Taal Monument above Paarl today. Photo: Warren Elsom/Capcha The U23 national time-trial champion said that although the last stage was relatively short and that his closest challenger was from within his own team, he was concerned that a small breakaway group, crashes or punctures could spoil his day.“I grew up in the Western Cape so I’m very happy to win this tour on my home ground. It is certainly one of the biggest wins of my career and a great start to the year.” Denmark’s Annika Langvad won four of the five stages, including the final one, to secure the yellow jersey in the women’s race. Former British road champion Sharon Laws, who rode aggressively in the mountains, and Switzerland’s Ariane Kleinhans completed the overall podium. “This race was a nice adventure,” said Langvad, who will be targeting another Cape Epic title later this month. “My objective was to use it as my final preparation for the Epic, but, of course, when you start doing well you get caught up in the racing.” Stage 5 results and GC: Elite menResults 1. Keagan Girdlestone 2. Stefan de Bod 3. Waylon Woolcock GC 1. Stefan de Bod 2. Keagan Girdlestone 3. Darren Lill Elite women Results 1. Annika Langvad 2. Sharon Laws 3. Ariane Kleinhans GC 1. Annika Langvad 2. Sharon Laws 3. Ariane Kleinhans
  13. Stefan de Bod put in a performance that belied his years on the 133km queen stage of the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope to retain the yellow jersey on top of Du Toitskloof Pass today. Click here to view the article
  14. The 19-year-old Dimension Data rider, who won yesterday’s individual time-trial to surge into the overall lead, finished third on the crucial third stage that started at La Paris Estate between Paarl and Franschhoek. De Bod now leads the general classification by 1:47 over teammate Keagan Girdlestone and 3:01 over USN-Purefit’s Darren Lill. New Zealand’s Sam Gaze (Songo.info) won the queen stage of the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope on top of Du Toitskloof Pass outside Paarl today. Photo: Warren Elsom/Capcha New Zealand’s Sam Gaze, who narrowly failed to win the opening stage, took the victory ahead of Eritrea’s Metkel Eyob after a perfect counter punch over the final few hundred metres. “I wanted to do well, but didn’t expect to be in it for the win,” said the 20-year-old from Cambridge. “I gave it my best hand and it worked out.” Gaze, who has been training in South Africa under Christoph Sauser in his bid to gain selection for Rio,” said the peloton ascended Franschhoek Pass at a brisk pace and he made the front split before everything came back together again. “Ater that, there were countless attacks but nothing really stuck until about 10 or 15km from the finish. “A group of four got away on the early part of the climb, but they were roped in pretty quickly. From there it was survival of the fittest really.” Gaze, who rides for Songo.info, found himself in the final selection that included three Dimension Data riders. “I was just trying to conserve as much as possible as I wasn’t sure how it was going to play out. Luckily it came down to a sprint. “I was marking the yellow jersey but his teammate launched off with about 150 to 200m to go. From there I just went and was able to roll past him.” Denmark’s Annika Langvad (Spur-Specialized) won the queen stage of the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope on top of Du Toitskloof Pass outside Paarl today. Photo: Warren Elsom/Capcha Annika Langvad (Spur-Specialized) from Denmark consolidated her slender overall lead by taking stage honours ahead of Britain’s Sharon Laws and Switzerland’s Ariane Kleinhans. Laws now trails Langvad by 10 seconds in the general classification with Kleinhans 2:24 back. “My objective was of course to win but also to take the king of the mountains prime on Franschhoek Pass,” said Langvad. “I went really hard over the last kilometre and got it quite comfortably. “Then everything came together again and it was about saving energy for the finishing climb. “I thought we had three kilometres left but then saw the one-kilometre sign. I applied pressure and only Sharon followed me. “In the end it was a drag race and about who had the most left in the legs. I just closed my eyes and gave it all I had to gain as much advantage as possible.” Results and GC: Elite menStage 3 results 1. Sam Gaze 3:22:48 2. Metkel Ayob 3:22:48 2. Stefan de Bod 3:22:52 GC after stage 3 1. Stefan de Bod 6:27:59 2. Keagan Girdlestone 6:29:46 3. Darren Lill 6:31:00 4. Nico Bell 6:31:20 5. Metkel Eyob 6:31:37 6. Morne van Niekerk 6:31:59 7. HB Kruger 6:32:15 8. Gustav Basson 6:32:19 9. Jayde Julius 6:32:34 10. Ken Main 6:32:51 Elite women Stage 3 results 1. Annika Langvad 4:20:17 2. Sharon Laws 4:20:17 3. Ariane Kleinhans 4:21:01 GC after stage 3 1. Annika Langvad 8:01:54 2. Sharon Laws 8:02:04 3. Ariane Kleinhans 8:04:18 4. Carla Oberholzer 8:05:43 5. Alexis Barnes 8:06:49 6. Juanita Venter 8:07:36 7. Catherine Colyn 8:08:07 8. Chante van der Merwe 8:10:06 9. Kelly-Ann van der Toorn 8:24:13 10. Nina Sender 8:31:01
  15. Emerging time-trial specialist Stefan de Bod won the second stage of the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope to take the overall lead at La Paris Estate in Paarl today. Click here to view the article
  16. The Dimension Data rider blasted his way around a wind-swept 37km time-trial course to record a time of 47:16. His teammate Keagan Girdleston placed second in 48:48 with USN Purefit’s former national road champion Darren Lill third in 49:45. Dimension Data’s Stefan de Bod en route to victory in the Buffet Olives time-trial at the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope in Paarl today. Photo: Capcha De Bod, the silver medallist behind Darryl Impey in last month’s national elite time-trial championships, now leads the general classification with a combined time of 3:05:11. Girdlestone moved into second on 3:06:43 with Lill third in 3:07:40. In the women’s race, Danish superstar Annika Langvad (Spur-Specialized) rose to the occasion after a recent illness to win the stage in 57:21 ahead of former British road champion Sharon Laws in 57:41 and Lise Olivier (Time Freight) in 58:28. Langvad leads the overall standings with a total time of 3:41:47 ahead of Laws in 3:41:59 and Olivier, runner-up the last two years, in 3:42:41. “After SA’s where I came second behind Darryl and won the U23 title there was a lot of pressure,” said the 19-year-old De Bod, who grew up in Stellenbosch. “Last night I studied the route and it was definitely a goal of mine to win the time-trial. “This morning I saw it was going to be a headwind start and I knew it was important not to go out too fast, but I did. “The last stretch of about seven kilometres, where you turn left into the wind, I felt that I was a bit tired. But I was still going well enough and could keep the power up. De Bod said he would try and put up a good fight now. “I’m not going to make it easy for anyone to take yellow off my shoulders.” He said he had a good team behind him and although they had lost one rider and another was feeling unwell, he believed they could pull it off. “Tomorrow is going to be a hard stage to focus. My teammates will have to support me until the last climb and hopefully I can take it from there.” Danish time-trial specialist Annika Langvad en route to victory in the Buffet Olives time-trial at the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope in Paarl today. Photo: Capcha Langvad said she knew that she was going well because she wanted to be in good shape for the Cape Epic. “That being said, I had quite a rough time recently with my health. I’ve been on antibiotics until Sunday and luckily got the green light to race here. “I didn’t feel 100% yesterday but I hope that I will feel better each day. She said her strategy was to take the time-trial, presented by Buffet Olives, by feel. “Even though I had a power meter on my bike, I didn’t look at the numbers. I only went by feeling because I know that is how I work the best. “I think I got the best out of myself today. Of course I got very tired at the end, but I think that is exactly how it has to be.” Langvad said she felt she was in good enough shape to win the tour. “I feel the upcoming stages suit me. I’m actually very positive.” Results and GC:Elite men – stage 2 results 1. Stefan de Bod 47:16 2. Keagan Girdlestone 48:48 3. Darren Lill 49:45 Elite men – overall results after stage 2 1. Stefan de Bod 3:05:11 2. Keagan Girdlestone 3:06:43 3. Darren Lill 3:07:40 Elite woman – stage 2 results 1. Annika Langvad 57:21 2. Sharon Laws 57:41 3. Lise Olivier 58:28 Elite woman – overall after stage 2 1. Annika Langvad 3:41:47 2. Sharon Laws 3:41:59 3. Lise Olivier 3:42:41
  17. It was a hotly contested race in every sense with riders having to deal with temperatures of around 40 degrees centigrade in Westville, Durban. From the gun there were numerous attacks, most of them initiated by the Dimension Data for Qhubeka World Tour and Continental team riders. It was only after 50km of racing that the main break of the day was formed though. Our defending champion Jacques Janse van Rensburg was joined by teammate Songezo Jim, Calvin Beneke (Panda) and Kent Main (Road Cover). The quartet had built up a lead of 7 minutes with around 70km to go, before Daryl Impey (Orica-Greenedge) and Louis Meintjes (Lampre-Merida) began what was in essence, a 2-man time trial chase effort with the rest of the peloton sitting on. The peloton drastically thinned out under the pressure of Impey and Meintjes. The break felt the effects of the heat and the increased tempo behind too, as first Main dropped and then Jim also returned back to the peloton. Impey and Meintjes kept a consistently hard tempo going, reducing the advantage with each passing kilometer until the gap to Janse van Rensburg and Beneke was at 2'00" with 30km to go. At this point, the attacks from the Dimension Data for Qhubeka World Tour and Continental riders in the now 25 rider chase group began. Meintjes and Impey couldn't follow the violent surges in acceleration by our African Team riders but would just claw the attackers back on each occasion until even Janse van Rensburg and Beneke were caught with 14km to go. Dimension Data for Qhubeka would not stop attacking though and it was at 10km to go that Venter countered a move by our continental rider Jayde Julius, going solo in his bid for glory. Glory he would eventually have as Impey and Meintjes were all but spent. Our recently crowned u23 national time trial champion, Stefan de Bod put in attack with 4km to go, to cross the line alone in 2nd overall but as the new u23 National Champion of South Africa. The select group sprint for 3rd was won by Reinardt Janse van Rensburg, giving Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka the top 3 steps on the overall podium. Ryan Gibbons from our continental team also took 2nd place in the u23 race. Obviously it is an awesome feeling to be national champion. I have tried for a few years to win the championships so it is good to finally have done it. At the start of the race we all had a green card from the team to go for the win so the team was really motivated. In the beginning we worked really well, we were always on the front foot and in all the moves. Jacques and Songezo got into a good move that I thought was going to stay away but Daryl and Louis were just so strong. From there we just had to take control again with a few attacks, I went with about 10km to go, got a gap and just gave it my all. It worked and I am really happy to have taken the win. Jaco Venter - Rider That made me go slightly ride. Jaco was amazing. It is so nice that you got a guy who is always riding in support of someone else, who wins. Then to have Stefan jump away there at the end and Reinie take it from the bunch, it was a fantastic day for us. Daryl and Louis though, they were absolutely incredible though and made the racing really hard. Doug Ryder - Team Principle
  18. The 2016 South African National Road Championships saw Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka put in a clinical team performance with Jaco Venter being crowned the new National Champion of South Africa. Click here to view the article
  19. UCI WorldTour rider and defending South African Time Trial Champion, Daryl Impey (Orica-GreenEDGE) clocked the fastest time to claim his fifth National Title on day two of the 2016 SA National Road, Time Trial and Para-cycling Championships in Wartburg, KwaZulu-Natal today. Recording the second-fastest time of the day was U23 competitor Stefan de Bod (Dimension Data for Qhubeka Continental Team), who finished an incredible 12-seconds off Impey’s pace in the 48km race. Click here to view the article
  20. Daryl Impey (Orica-GreenEDGE) clocked the fastest time overall to claim his fifth National Title in 01:01:22,37 on Day 2 of the 2016 SA National Road, Time Trial and Para-cycling Championships in Wartburg, KwaZulu-Natal, on Thursday 11 February. Photo credit: Darren Goddard Impey came into the race with high expectations and was elated with his home-soil victory. He stopped the clock at 01:01:22,37. “It’s nice to be back here and there’s always pressure to come back and defend the TT, but it was a lot harder this year – the guys have improved quite a bit. I was pretty confident that I could come in and do a good ride and I’m happy to walk away with it.” Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka rounded out the Elite podium with Reinardt Janse van Rensburg in 2nd place (01:02:06,31) and Johann van Zyl (01:04:11,72) in 3rd. Reinardt Janse van Rensburg's (Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka) time of 01:02:06,31 earned him a 2nd place in the Elite Men's race on Day 2 of the 2016 SA National Road, Time Trial and Para-cycling Championships in Wartburg, KwaZulu-Natal, on Thursday 11 February. Photo credit: Darren Goddard De Bod was the second fastest rider overall clocking an impressive time of 01:01:35,08. His Dimension Data for Qhubeka Continental Team teammates Ryan Gibbons (01:02:35,32) and Keagan Girdlestone (01:03:36,54) rounded out the U23 podium making it a clean sweep for the team. “It’s been a good race, the route suited me perfectly. I won a Road Race title when I was a junior so it’s nice to finally win the Time Trial title as well. We had a look at the route a few days ago and I planned where I wanted to go harder and how I was going to pace myself and everything went well. I had a good team behind me with great support.” Speaking about the upcoming Road Race, De Bod feels confident. “Obviously there’s a few different tactics that play out in the road race and hopefully one of our team will walk away with the title. I’m looking forward to that as well.” Recording the second-fastest overall time of the day and winning the U23 category was Stefan de Bod (Dimension Data for Qhubeka Continental Team) during Day 2 of the 2016 SA National Road, Time Trial and Para-cycling Championships in Wartburg, KwaZulu-Natal, on Thursday 11 February. Photo credit: Darren Goddard Junior rider Gregory de Vink of the LEADout SA team nailed the 24km route to secure his National Time Trial Title in 00:34:27,65. “Everything went according to plan. I came into the event quite well prepared and I had ridden on the course last year so I might have had a bit of an upper hand there. I didn’t start too hard, and everything ran smoothly so I’m just super happy to come out best.” De Vink was not so optimistic about the upcoming Road Race: “That will be a different story - I’ll have to see what’s going on and make the best of the situation. I’ll be well marked and they’re not going to let me go easy, so we’ll see.” Jason Oosthuizen was the second Junior home in 00:35:13,99 with Enno Swanepoel rounding out the podium in 00:35:30,91. The Masters’ Men categories also competed today and Luke Pheiffer, who has placed his full focus full focus on racing against the clock, claimed his seventh Time Trial National Title when he won the 24km 40-44 race today. “I won my first TT in 2007 and just kept coming back. In 2008 I thought I was smart and didn't train that hard and finished third and thought, never again. Then from 2009, I won five titles in a row. And today’s victory is my seventh.” Dimension Data for Qhubeka Continental Team's Ryan Gibbons (01:02:35,32) was the second placed U23 rider during Day 2 of the 2016 SA National Road, Time Trial and Para-cycling Championships in Wartburg, KwaZulu-Natal, on Thursday 11 February. Photo credit: Darren Goddard Cycling South Africa’s General Manager, Mike Bradley, said: “The level of racing has shown a very high standard. It is really interesting to see the U23’s finish in the top five today and yesterday’s women were also strong. It’s also good to see some triathletes coming to participate in the Time Trial. It’s been a great event that has been well supported. The organisation has been very good and the residents and farmers of the Wartburg area have been very accommodating and supportive. It has been a trouble free race.” The Road Race continues in Westville on Saturday and Sunday, starting at 07:00. There is no entry fee to watch this fantastic display of road cycling, but please take note of the road closures and alternative routes in order to get to the race venue timeously. For further event information and race start times, please visit http://www.cyclingsa.com/2016-sa-road-champs/ Click here to download the full results PDF http://www.cyclingsa.com/s/20160211_02-2016-SA-National-Time-Trial-Championships-results-day-2-11-February-2016.pdf Summary of Results - SA National Road, Time Trial and Para-cycling Championships – Thursday 11 February 2016 TIME TRIAL Junior rider Gregory de Vink of the LEADout SA team nailed the 24km route to secure his National Time Trial Title in 00:34:27,65 during Day 2 of the 2016 SA National Road, Time Trial and Para-cycling Championships in Wartburg, KwaZulu-Natal, on Thursday 11 February. Photo credit: Darren Goddard Elite Men (48km) 1.Daryl Impey 01:01:22,37 2.Reinardt Janse van Rensburg 01:02:06,31 3.Johann van Zyl 01:04:11,72U23 Men (48km) 1.Stefan de Bod 01:01:35,08 2.Ryan Gibbons 01:02:35,32 3.Keagan Girdlestone 01:03:36,54 Junior Men (24km) 1.Gregory de Vink 00:34:27,65 2.Jason Oosthuizen 00:35:13,99 3.Enno Albertus Swanepoel 00:35:30,91 Men 35-39 (24km) 1.Deno van Heerden 00:36:02,83 2.Kris van Straaten 00:36:28,49 3.Miguel Dos Santos 00:37:50,58 Men 30-34 (24km) 1.Alex Pavlov 00:35:17,62 2.Neil Timm 00:35:31,19 3.Andrew Stockwell 00:35:54,53 Men 40-44 (24km) 1.Luke Pheiffer 00:35:49,31 2.Thys Oosthuizen 00:36:11,40 3.Kent Kirkwood 00:36:51,39 Men 45-49 (24km) 1.Martin van Wyk 00:36:12,36 2.Samuel de Swardt 00:36:34,68 3.Steven Shirley 00:36:58,08
  21. Eighteen-year-old Stefan de Bod (MTN-Qhubeka Feeder Team) was the youngest rider to claim victory at the 2015 Momentum 947 Cycle Challenge in a well-executed race with his team in Gauteng on Sunday 15 November. Click here to view the article
  22. Racing in his first year as an Elite rider, the Stellenbosch local – who turns 19 today – won the 94.7km race ahead of teammate Clint Hendricks with Daryl Impey (ORICA-GreenEDGE) in third place. (From left) Orica-GreenEDGE's Daryl Impey, who came in at a well-fought third place, chats with MTN-Qhubeka Feeder Team's Stefan de Bod (first) and Clint Hendriks (second) to MC Paul Valstar after the 2015 Momentum 947 Cycle Challenge Elite Men's race in Gauteng on Sunday 15 November. Photo: Supplied Listed as the biggest moment of his cycling career, De Bod said that it was a good race and the first race that he has been in that was planned from the beginning to the very end. “We had a clear strategy. The plan was for me to go with 3km to go, which worked perfectly.” Speaking about his uncertainty for the 2016 season since the Feeder Team will be without a sponsor, De Bod said: “This is the last race in the Feeder Team for now – no one has contracts for a bigger team next year. It was a bit emotional to leave the team house in Potchefstroom because we all grew close as a family there. Last year I was still a junior and I’ve learned a lot this year and can only say thank you to JP van Zyl, because he taught me so much. If it wasn't for him, I probably wouldn't have won today because he told me exactly where to go.” Second placed Hendricks was pleased with how the race unfolded according to plan. “The bunch stayed together until Steyn City and then our team turned up the heat. In the last 6km, Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (Team MTN-Qhubeka) put the pressure on. We prepared well for this race in the last month or so - this race was a big goal for the team. We looked at the course and the last 6km, in every single bit of detail, and decided on where we were going to attack and Stefan planned it to perfection. For me it was to follow the counter. Luckily I had the legs to do that and it was fantastic that we took the victory!” Impey, who is back on home soil, has recently started his training programme and was happy with his third place. “I’ve only started training now and surprised that I was okay in the end. These two guys and their team did a good ride. “The local standard of racing is improving; especially when the young guys get more opportunities, that’s going to raise the level and the standards of racing. Next year, I hope that the sponsors do come to the party because it would be a shame if the younger guys don’t get the opportunity to have that bridge to Europe.” For more information on the Momentum 947 Cycle Challenge, visit: www.cyclechallenge.co.za Summary of Results – Momentum 947 Cycle Challenge Elite Men’s Race 1. Stefan de Bod (MTN-Qhubeka Feeder Team) 2:15:23 2. Clint Hendricks (MTN-Qhubeka Feeder Team) 2:15:28 3. Daryl Impey (ORICA-GreenEDGE) 2:15:32 4. Shaun-Nick Bester (Bonitas Pro Cycling) 2:15:36 5. Jayde Julius (MTN-Qhubeka Feeder Team) 2:15:38 6. Ryan Gibbons (Team Europcar SA) 2:15:41 7. Gustav Basson (MTN-Qhubeka Feeder Team) 2:15:44 8. Dirkie Nel (Lights by Linea) 2:15:45 9. Steven van Heerden (VWE/Europcar Track Academy) 2:15:50 10. Herman Fouche (Bonitas Pro Cycling) 2:15:51
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