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  1. The country’s premier road cycle race, presented by the City of Drakenstein, ended in windy conditions as the riders tackled the final stage of 66.7km, finishing with its traditional climb up to the Taal Monument, just outside Paarl. Marc Pritzen crosses the finish line at the Taal Monument near Paarl to win the 66.7km fifth and final stage of the Takealot Tour of Good Hope road cycle race in the Cape Winelands today. The result gave him the overall title as well. Photo: Full Stop Communications In a tense struggle to the finish, Pritzen, who won the race for the first time, used his climbing power to finally shake off Jason Oosthuizen (TEG Procycling) and grab the yellow jersey. The OfficeGuru Racing rider completed the stage in 1:43:08 for an overall time of 9:57:15, 21 seconds ahead of the second-placed Oosthuizen. Frans Claes (Alfa Bodyworks/Giant), who was third on the stage, also finished third overall. Byron Munton, also Alfa Bodyworks/Giant, finished in second place in today’s stage. Overnight leader Dylan Girdlestone suffered a puncture on the final stage and finished in eighth place overall, about three minutes behind the winner. Nolan Hoffman (Team Enza) won the sprints category ahead of Yousif Mirza Alhammadi (Team Emirates UAE) and Gustav Basson (TEG Procycling). The King of the Mountain title went to HB Kruger (Alfa Bodyworks/Giant), with Pritzen second and Steven van Heerden (Team Enza) third. Pritzen said they had planned the day differently, with his initial role being to secure the stage win and allow Girdlestone to retain his overall top position. “The idea was to control the day because the finish suits me,” said Pritzen. “So we wanted to keep the race together until the final climb, setting me up for the stage win, and Dylan wouldn’t lose any time on [his closest challenger] Kent [Main]. “But we woke up this morning to find the wind was howling and we knew this day was not going to be easy.” When Munton sparked a breakaway about 15km into the stage, Pritzen was on his wheel and decided to go with him. “There was quite a big group that got away and the gap went to 45 seconds,” he said. “Then 10km later the gap went out to 2:45 and it was a bit risky so I decided I was done working and I sat on the back. “That caused a lot of problems in the break because everyone was shouting and Jason [Oosthuizen, his main overall rival] didn’t want to roll through and was sitting on my wheel.” He and Oosthuizen slowed down completely, but there were some attacks from the rest and eventually Pritzen said his team owner and manager Jamie Taylor advised him to work to close the gap. “Byron was only about a minute behind me on the GC so then I rode across with about 4km to go and rolled through to the bottom of the climb. “At that stage Byron made the pace nice and hard, but I accelerated and went through, with Jason on my wheel. “I went again and when I peeked under my arm, he was still there, so I went once more and that was enough to snap the elastic for the win.” Marc Pritzen (middle) won the 66.7km final stage and the yellow jersey when the five-stage Takealot Tour of Good Hope road cycle race ended at the Taal Monument near Paarl in the Cape Winelands today. Second overall was Jason Oosthuizen (left) and third was Frans Claes (right). Photo: Full Stop Communications Having set the Tour of Good Hope as one of his goals for the year – the first having been achieved at the national road champs – Pritzen was delighted with the outcome. “It is very satisfying to win this tour for the first time and all the credit must go to the team, both riders and management, for the roles they played in making it possible,” he said. “I cannot thank my teammates enough because we are a fairly young outfit and the way they controlled the stages, especially yesterday, was fantastic. “And to have team management members such as Jamie and Keith Cruickshank providing the motivation and helping in so many ways made a massive difference.” OfficeGuru will now turn their attention to the Cape Town Cycle Tour on Sunday, although Pritzen acknowledged they did not “have an out-and-out sprinter”. “Nonetheless, we will have our strategy planned for the race and will go out there and see what happens on the day.” In the women’s race, Catherine Colyn claimed the final stage honours in 2:20:42, but could not prevent first-time entrant Maja Wloszczowska of Poland from taking the overall honours. Polish rider Maja Wloszczowska (middle) won the women’s overall title in the five-stage Takealot Tour of Good Hope road cycle race which ended at the Taal Monument near Paarl in the Cape Winelands today. Second overall was Ariane Luthi (left) and third was Catherine Colyn (right). Photo: Full Stop Communications Wloszczowska, who will be riding the Cape Epic later this month with Kross Fit Racing teammate Ariane Luthi, finished three seconds behind Colyn for an overall time of 12:42:37. Luthi, third on the day, was second in the general classification in 12:47:08, followed by Colyn in 12:52:17 The Polish rider was delighted to win the title, describing the event as “five days of fantastic racing”. “There was good competition, some great climbs and a tough time-trial, so I am very happy with the win,” said Wloszczowska. “The best for me was winning the queen stage of 145km with some hard climbs and that shows my fitness is pretty good. “I love racing in South Africa, although I haven’t been here since winning the first round of the [mountain-bike] World Cup in 2012. It is my first road race in the country and to win three of the five stages is very satisfying. “I am sure the experience I have had here will pay off during the Cape Epic.” Catherine Colyn celebrates her win on the 66.7km fifth and final stage of the Takealot Tour of Good Hope road cycle race at the Taal Monument near Paarl in the Cape Winelands today. Behind her is Maja Wloszczowska, who won the women’s overall title. Photo: Full Stop Communications Provisional results: Stage five, 66.7km Elite men 1 Marc Pritzen (OfficeGuru Racing) 1:43:08 2 Byron Munton (Alfa Bodyworks/Giant) 1:43:24 3 Frans Claes (Alfa Bodyworks/Giant) 1:43:34 4 Jason Oosthuizen (TEG Procycling) 1:43:39 5 Clint Hendricks (ProTouch) 1:43:56 6 Steven van Heerden (Team Enza) 1:44:01 7 Dan Craven (NCCS Namibia) 1:44:21 8 Yousif Mirza Alhammadi (UAE) 1:45:23 9 Kent Main (TEG Procycling) 1:47:25 10 Dylan Girdlestone (OfficeGuru Racing) 1:47:49 Junior men 1 Christiaan Klopper 2:03:36 2 De Klerk Jacobs 2:06:51 3 Charl Swanepoel 2:08:52 U23 men 1 Damion Gomez 2:01:43 2 Andrew Elliott 2:06:24 3 Freddie Visser 2:07:00 Veteran men (30-39) 1 Christiaan Janse van Rensburg 2:02:39 2 Mynhardt van der Merwe 2:03:45 3 Neville Cragg 2:06:14 Veteran men (40-49) 1 Johan Naude 2:02:28 2 Julien van der Pluym 2:02:29 3 Thys Oosthuizen 2:02:30 Veteran men (50-59) 1 Jose Antunes 2:11:40 2 Marthinus Scheepers 2:11:53 3 Guy Le Ray Cook 2:12:03 Elite women 1 Catherine Colyn 2:20:42 2 Maja Wloszczowska 2:20:45 3 Ariane Luthi 2:21:05 General classification Elite men 1 Marc Pritzen (OfficeGuru) 9:57:15 2 Jason Oosthuizen (TEG Procycling) 9:57:36 3 Frans Claes (Alfa Bodyworks/Giant) 9:57:57 4 Byron Munton (Alfa Bodyworks/Giant) 9:58:29 5 Clint Hendricks (ProTouch) 9:58:44 6 Steven van Heerden (Team Enza) 9:59:56 7 Dan Craven (NCCS Namibia) 10:00:15 8 Dylan Girdlestone (OfficeGuru) 10:01:01 9 Kent Main (TEG Procycling) 10:01:16 10 Christoph Sauser (ProTouch Wanderers) 10:03:29 Junior men 1 Christiaan Klopper 11:25:02 2 De Klerk Jacobs 11:32:11 3 Charl Swanepoel 12:02:28 U23 men 1 Damion Gomez 11:25:14 2 Freddie Visser 11:44:36 3 Andrew Elliott 11:50:23 Veteran men (30-39) 1 Mynhardt van der Merwe 11:22:00 2 Christiaan Janse van Rensburg 11:23:52 3 Neville Cragg 11:29:02 Veteran men (40-49) 1 Thys Oosthuizen 11:22:00 2 Johann Naude 11:24:58 3 Julien van der Pluym 11:26:16 Veteran men (50-59) 1 Jose Antunes 12:09:14 2 Guy Le Ray Cook 12:10:04 3 Marthinus Scheepers 12:11:11 Elite women 1 Maja Wloszczowska 12:42:37 2 Ariane Luthi 12:47:08 3 Catherine Colyn 12:52:17
  2. Yellow jersey holder Dylan Girdlestone celebrates his win on the 145km fourth stage of the Takealot Tour of Good Hope road cycle race in the Cape Winelands today. The five-stage tour finishes at the Taal Monument near Paarl tomorrow. Photo: Henk Neuhoff Photography The penultimate day of South Africa’s premier road tour, presented by the City of Drakenstein, saw riders tackle the queen stage of 145km with climbs over Bainskloof Pass in both directions. With his OfficeGuru Racing team providing outstanding support, Girdlestone was finally able to attack Kent Main (TEG Procycling) with less than two kilometres to go to build a lead of seven seconds by the time he crossed the line. His stage time of 3:41:42 gives him a lead of 39 seconds over Main on the general classification, with the final stage over 66.7km finishing at the Taal Monument just outside Paarl tomorrow. Kent Main (front) and Dylan Girdlestone fight it out in the closing stretch of the 145km fourth stage in the Takealot Tour of Good Hope road cycle race in the Cape Winelands today. The five-stage tour finishes at the Taal Monument near Paarl tomorrow. Photo: Henk Neuhoff Photography In second place today was Main, with team-mate Jason Oosthuizen completing the podium. They also occupy second and third positions respectively on the overall standings. Describing the stage as the toughest challenge of the five-stage tour, Girdlestone said his team were able to control the race throughout as they withstood a number of attacks from the TEG riders. “We basically had a game plan to try to cover the first, second and third places on the GC which maybe was a bit ambitious because the stage was tough and a bit longer than originally planned,” he said. “But our guys really controlled the race from the beginning, despite the early breakaway [at the 30km mark] by HB Kruger and Steven van Heerden. Riders tackled the queen stage of the Takealot Tour of Good Hope road cycle race in the Cape Winelands today. The 145km route included climbs of Bainskloof Pass in both directions. The five-stage tour finishes at the Taal Monument near Paarl tomorrow. Photo: Henk Neuhoff Photography “We let them go up the road and although they were GC threats we thought that might eliminate them because it was a long hard day.” After his teammates Andrew Edwards and Josh van Wyk paced the stage for the first 100km, Girdlestone said he, Travis Barrett, Alex Worsdale and Marc Pritzen worked to close the gap as they tackled Bainskloof for a second time. “The breakaway had a three-minute gap at the bottom of Bainskloof and we had to increase the pace,” he added. “Near the top of the climb TEG started to attack and we had to close a couple of moves, which brought the time down [on the breakaway] quite a lot. “Following the descent, TEG continued to attack after Alex had closed down the breakaway for good, which put us on the back foot for a bit because Travis, Marc and I had to follow these attacks.” When Main broke away from the group, Girdlestone stayed on his wheel before making his move with 1.5km to go. “I was able to put in an attack and managed to get away, soloing to the finish,” he said. Having done the race in 2015, Girdlestone said he knew all about the final stage and the last climb to the Taal Monument. “I actually finished second on the final stage then so I am not too stressed about that,” he added. “We’ve got a strong team to cover all the moves up to the climb and then it will be up to the other GC contenders to try to make a move.” In the sprints classification, Nolan Hoffman (Team Enza) leads with the way from Gustav Basson (TEG Procycling) and Girdlestone, while HB Kruger (Alfa Bodyworks/Giant) tops the King of the Mountains category. Polish rider Maja Wloszczowska continued to build on her lead in the women’s race, winning her third stage in a row and setting herself up for the top overall spot in her debut Tour of Good Hope appearance. Women’s yellow jersey holder Maja Wloszczowska crosses the line to win her third stage in a row on the 145km leg of the Takealot Tour of Good Hope road cycle race in the Cape Winelands today. The five-stage tour finishes at the Taal Monument near Paarl tomorrow. Photo: Henk Neuhoff Photography She came home in 4:30:55, followed by Kross Fit Racing teammate Ariane Luthi and Catherine Colyn. Wloszczowska leads the general classification in 10:21:52, with Luthi (10:26:02) second and Colyn (10:31:34) third. With climbing her strength, Wloszczowska said she had enjoyed the rides over Bainskloof Pass, even though it was hard work in the end. Women’s yellow jersey holder Maja Wloszczowska sets the pace during the 145km fourth stage of the Takealot Tour of Good Hope road cycle race in the Cape Winelands today. The five-stage tour finishes at the Taal Monument near Paarl tomorrow. Photo: Henk Neuhoff Photography “From the beginning, Catherine [Colyn] set the pace and I, Lucy [James] and Ariane [Luthi] went with her,” she said. “We all worked together and set a good pace on the flat parts. “When it came to the final descent, Catherine and Ariane went so fast that we dropped Lucy and I just managed to hang on. “With about 15km to go I attacked and managed to get away, but it was tough because it was further than I expected to the finish. “It started to rain and there was a headwind, but happily I was able to hold onto my lead.” Catherine Colyn (front) and defending champion Ariane Luthi battle it out during the 145km fourth stage of the Takealot Tour of Good Hope road cycle race in the Cape Winelands today. The five-stage tour finishes at the Taal Monument near Paarl tomorrow. Photo: Henk Neuhoff Photography Provisional results: Stage four, 145km Elite men 1 Dylan Girdlestone (OfficeGuru Racing) 3:41:42 2 Kent Main (TEG Procycling) 3:41:49 3 Jason Oosthuizen (TEG Procycling) 3:41:55 4 Devon Shortt (Team Enza) 3:41:55 5 Frans Claes (Alfa Bodyworks/Giant) 3:41:55 6 Dirk Coetzee (NCCS Namibia) 3:41:55 7 Clint Hendricks (ProTouch) 3:42:30 8 Dan Craven (NCCS Namibia) 3:42:31 9 Christopher Lagane (Mauritius) 3:42:33 10 Travis Barrett (OfficeGuru) 3:42:37 Junior men 1 Christiaan Klopper 4:15:02 2 De Klerk Jacobs 4:16:38 3 Charl Swanepoel 4:34:05 U23 men 1 Damion Gomez 4:15:02 2 Freddie Visser 4:23:22 3 Andrew Elliott 4:30:34 Veteran men (30-39) 1 Mynhardt van der Merwe 4:16:19 2 Christiaan Janse van Rensburg 4:16:20 3 Warick Minkley 4:16:24 Veteran men (40-49) 1 Thys Oosthuizen 4:16:15 2 Andy Davies 4:16:18 3 Alexander Donaldson 4:16:18 Veteran men (50-59) 1 Anton Duvenage 4:31:35 2 Jose Antunes 4:31:36 3 Christiaan Engelbrecht 4:31:36 Elite women 1 Maja Wloszczowska 4:30:55 2 Ariane Luthi 4:34:32 3 Catherine Colyn 4:34:34 General classification Elite men 1 Dylan Girdlestone (OfficeGuru) 8:13:12 2 Kent Main (TEG Procycling) 8:13:51 3 Jason Oosthuizen (TEG Procycling) 8:13:57 4 Marc Pritzen (OfficeGuru) 8:14:07 5 Travis Barrett (OfficeGuru) 8:14:07 6 Frans Claes (Alfa Bodyworks/Giant) 8:14:23 7 Clint Hendricks (ProTouch) 8:14:48 8 Steven van Heerden (Team Enza) 8:14:54 9 Christopher Lagane (Mauritius) 8:15:04 10 Byron Munton (Alfa Bodyworks/Giant) 8:15:05 Junior men 1 Christiaan Klopper 9:21:26 2 De Klerk Jacobs 9:25:20 3 Charl Swanepoel 9:53:36 U23 men 1 Damion Gomez 9:23:31 2 Freddie Visser 9:37:36 3 Andrew Elliott 9:43:59 Veteran men (30-39) 1 Mynhardt van der Merwe 9:18:47 2 Christiaan Janse van Rensburg 9:21:12 3 Neville Cragg 9:22:48 Veteran men (40-49) 1 Thys Oosthuizen 9:19:30 2 Johann Naude 9:22:29 3 Julien van der Pluym 9:23:46 Veteran men (50-59) 1 Jose Antunes 9:57:33 2 Guy Le Ray Cook 9:58:00 3 Christiaan Engelbrecht 9:59:16 Elite women 1 Maja Wloszczowska 10:21:52 2 Ariane Luthi 10:26:02 3 Catherine Colyn 10:31:34 4 Lucy James 10:36:44 5 Julie Borgers 11:06:26
  3. The OfficeGuru Racing outfit took the honours in the 26.5km team time-trial on the third day of the Takealot Tour of Good Hope in the Cape Winelands today. The five-stage road cycle race finishes at the Taal Monument near Paarl on Friday. Photo: Henk Neuhoff Photography With two stages left in South Africa’s premier road cycle race, the outfit delivered national U23 road champion Marc Pritzen to the yellow jersey in the 26.5km leg which finished at Boland Landbouskool just outside Paarl. After two bunch finishes left the leading riders deadlocked on the same time, OfficeGuru completed the time-trial in 34:09. They were followed by TEG Procycling (34:41) and Team Enza (34:56). Pritzen heads the overall standings on 4:31:30, the same time as team-mates Dylan Girdlestone, Travis Barrett and Alex Worsdale. Senior team rider Girdlestone said they overcame an early hiccup to produce a smooth ride on a tough course, where windy conditions made sure they had to get their tactics right. The OfficeGuru Racing outfit which took the honours in the 26.5km team time-trial on the third day of the Takealot Tour of Good Hope in the Cape Winelands today is (from left) Dylan Girdlestone, Josh van Wyk, Marc Pritzen, Alex Worsdale, Travis Barrett, Andrew Edwards and Keith Cruickshank. Race leader Pritzen will take a 32-second advantage into the penultimate stage tomorrow. Photo: Henk Neuhoff Photography “It was a bit of a rush to get to the start and we arrived with only about 10 seconds to go,” he said. “In fact, one of our guys didn’t make it, so we had to start with five riders. “And then we lost Andrew Edwards at the 7km mark after he went a bit hard at the front and wasn’t able to recover.” From there, he added, they had a smooth ride, making sure they focused on the best strategy given the windy conditions. “Communication between us was the key and we were able to negotiate the route fairly smoothly and took all four of our GC contenders across the line, so we are very happy with that. “We did a recon of the route last week so we knew where to push hard and we also kept in mind the possibility of facing windy conditions.” Riders tackled the 26.5km time-trial on the third day of the Takealot Tour of Good Hope in the Cape Winelands today. The five-stage road cycle race finishes at the Taal Monument near Paarl on Friday. Photo: Henk Neuhoff Photography Girdlestone said the outfit was in a good space with two stages to go, but realised there were some challenges ahead. “We know the queen stage tomorrow [over 127km] includes two climbs over Bainskloof Pass and that it provides an opportunity to open the GC gaps even more. “I have ridden the pass before but some of our guys haven’t, so we will sit down for a route recon this afternoon to plan our strategy.” In the women’s race, Poland’s Maja Wloszczowska won her second stage in a row, finishing the route in 40:44, half a minute ahead of Kross Fit Racing colleague Ariane Luthi. It meant Wloszczowska, competing in the Tour of Good Hope for the first time, will take a lead of 26 seconds into tomorrow’s queen stage, one which should suit her strong climbing ability. Polish rider Maja Wloszczowska won the women’s 26.5km individual time-trial on the third day of the Takealot Tour of Good Hope in the Cape Winelands today. Wloszczowska heads the overall standings in the five-stage road cycle race, which finishes at the Taal Monument near Paarl on Friday. Photo: Henk Neuhoff Photography Defending champion Luthi was second on the time-trial podium in 41:16, followed by Liezel Jordaan. The same three riders head the general classification, with Jordaan five seconds behind Luthi. Wloszczowska was delighted to take another stage win, even if she said a time-trial for her was just “pain, pain and more pain”. “I felt good in the warm-up, but then I think I started a bit fast and suffered a bit during the ride,” she said. “I was trying to keep a steady pace and had the advantage of starting last so I could see the girls in front of me and it was motivation to try to close the gap a bit. “I’m looking forward to the stage tomorrow with its two climbs.” Provisional results: Stage three, 26.5km time-trialElite men 1 OfficeGuru Racing (Marc Pritzen, Alex Worsdale, Dylan Girdlestone, Travis Barrett 34:09 2 TEG Procycling (Jason Oosthuizen, Brandon Downes, Kent Main, Ryan Harris) 34:41 3 Team Enza (Nolan Hoffman, Steven van Heerden, Casper Kruger, David Maree) 34:56 4 ProTouch (Reynard Butler, Myles van Musschenbroek, Pieter Seyffert, Clint Hendricks) 34:57 5 Alfa Bodyworks/Giant (Byron Munton, Brandon Christians, Frans Klaes, Hendrik Kruger) 35:07 Junior men 1 Christiaan Klopper 39:35 2 De Klerk Jacobs 41:51 3 Charl Swanepoel 42:36 U23 men 1 Damion Gomez 41:38 2 Robert Jankielsohn 41:45 3 Andrew Elliott 43:02 Veteran men (30-39) 1 Mynhardt van der Merwe 37:14 2 Christiaan Janse van Rensburg 39:29 3 Neville Cragg 40:29 Veteran men (40-49) 1 Thys Oosthuizen 36:12 2 Johann Naude 38:43 3 Julien van der Pluym 38:44 Veteran men (50-59) 1 Jose Antunes 39:51 2 Guy Le Ray Cook 40:16 3 Marthinus Scheepers 41:28 Elite women 1 Maja Wloszczowska 40:44 2 Ariane Luthi 41:16 3 Liezel Jordaan 41:19 General classification Elite men 1 Marc Pritzen (OfficeGuru) 4:31:30 2 Alex Worsdale (OfficeGuru) 4:31:30 3 Dylan Girdlestone (OfficeGuru) 4:31:30 4 Travis Barrett (OfficeGuru) 4:31:30 5 Louis Visser (TEG Procycling) 4:32:02 6 Ryan Harris (TEG Procycling) 4:32:02 7 Kent Main (TEG Procycling) 4:32:02 8 Jason Oosthuizen (TEG Procycling) 4:32:02 9 Nolan Hoffman (Team Enza) 4:32:17 10 David Maree (Team Enza) 4:32:17 Junior men 1 Christiaan Klopper 5:06:24 2 De Klerk Jacobs 5:08:41 3 Charl Swanepoel 5:19:30 U23 men 1 Damion Gomez 5:08:29 2 Andrew Elliott 5:13:25 3 Freddie Visser 5:14:14 Veteran men (30-39) 1 Mynhardt van der Merwe 5:02:49 2 Christiaan Janse van Rensburg 5:04:51 3 Neville Cragg 5:06:07 Veteran men (40-49) 1 Thys Oosthuizen 5:03:13 2 Johann Naude 5:05:45 3 Julien van der Pluym 5:07:26 Veteran men (50-59) 1 Jose Antunes 5:25:56 2 Guy Le Ray Cook 5:26:33 3 Marthinus Scheepers 5:27:39 Elite women 1 Maja Wloszczowska 5:50:56 2 Ariane Luthi 5:51:30 3 Liezel Jordaan 5:51:35 4 Lucy James 5:54:03 5 Catherine Colyn 5:56:50
  4. Mrs Olivier, a member of the BestMed Road Rangers safety initiative, was performing her role as a safety marshal to keep the participating cyclists of the 2019 Takealot Tour of Good Hope in good hands when an oncoming vehicle lost control and crossed over the road, causing an accident with the experienced marshal. Mrs Olivier was admitted to the hospital and passed away last evening. As per all sanctioned race incidents, Cycling South Africa will collate the information regarding the accident. Mrs Olivier’s family, her Road Rangers family, and all the organisers and participants of the Tour of Good Hope are in our thoughts during this difficult time.
  5. After a gloomy Monday when rain made conditions tricky, the peloton experienced much better weather on the 114km stage, which included rolling hills but no major climbs. Gustav Basson (left) leads the bunch in a sprint finish on the second stage of 114km in the Takealot Tour of Good Hope road cycle race near Paarl in the Cape Winelands today. Photo: Henk Neuhoff Photography. With TEG Procycling teammate Jason Oosthuizen playing an important part, Basson was set up perfectly for the final sprint and crossed the line in 2:39:03. He was followed home by UAE Team Emirates’ Yousif Mirza Alhammadi and Team Enza’s Nolan Hoffman, who took the yellow jersey after winning the opening stage yesterday. Although Hoffman heads the general classification in the UCI 2.2. race ahead of Alhammadi and Meyer after two bunch finishes, the leading riders are all on the same time and they will be looking at tomorrow’s team time-trial to break the deadlock. The early part of the second stage was marked by a three-man breakaway consisting of Cycle Power’s Bradley Potgieter and the OfficeGuru pair of Travis Barrett and Alex Worsdale. After rain on the opening day, sunny weather greeted the cyclists for the 114km second stage of the Takealot Tour of Good Hope road cycle race in the Cape Winelands today. South Africa’s premier road tour, which carries UCI 2.2 status, finishes at the Taal Monument just outside Paarl on Friday. Photo: Henk Neuhoff Photography They went clear just after the 20km mark, but, according to Basson, all the teams contributed to the chase in an effort to control the race. “All the teams who didn’t have anyone in the breakaway put someone in the front and it was just a matter of controlling it for most of the day,” he explained. “When the gap grew to three minutes with about 30km to go we decided to ride to close it because we knew it would come down to another sprint finish.” The peloton reeled in the breakaway with 5km to go after which Oosthuizen delivered Basson perfectly for the final sprint. “Dan Craven (NCCS Namibia) tried to ride away as we turned left into the last stretch, but Jason kept me in touch and when I opened up I was able to get a gap and keep that to the finish,” said Basson, who is hoping for a winning ride in the 26.5km team time-trial. “On paper we have some of the strongest riders with several time-trial specialists. But anything can happen and it will be a matter of keeping our focus because, obviously, the main aim is to land the overall lead. “We believe it will have a telling effect on the overall situation.” In another dash for the line, Poland’s Maja Wloszczowska beat stage-one winner Ariane Luthi and Catherine Colyn in the women’s race with all three clocking a time of 3:30:04. Polish rider Maja Wloszczowska celebrates her win on the second stage of 114km in the women’s category of the Takealot Tour of Good Hope road cycle race near Paarl in the Cape Winelands today. Photo: Henk Neuhoff Photography Wloszczowska, who is making her debut in the five-day Takealot Tour of Good Hope, was thrilled with her victory. “It is really nice to come from a cold and snowy Poland to ride in the Cape Winelands and it was great to take the stage,” she said. “It was fairly flat with a few attacks and a breakaway, but in the end it all came together again. “I attacked on a little uphill with about 800m to go and then around the corner there was another little uphill, so I managed to get away and to hold that in the sprint,” said the Pole, who will ride alongside Luthi in the Cape Epic later this month. The time-trial will be followed by the 127km queen stage, which includes two ascents of Bainskloof Pass. On the final day, a ride of only 66.7km, the peloton will face the sharp but telling climb to the Taal Monument. Provisional results: Stage two, 114km Elite men 1 Gustav Basson (TEG Procycling) 2:39:03 2 Yousif Mirza Alhammadi (UAE Team Emirates) 2:39:03 3 Nolan Hoffman (Team Enza) 2:39:03 4 Marc Pritzen (OfficeGuru) 2:39:03 5 Clint Hendricks (ProTouch) 2:39:03 5 Louis Visser (TEG Procycling) 2:39:03 6 Alexandre Meyer (Mauritius) 2:39:03 7 Dan Craven (NCCS) 2:39:03 8 Ryan Terry (ProTouch Wanderers) 2:39:03 9 Brandon Christians (Alfa Bodyworks/Giant) 2:39:03 10 Matthew How Saw King (Mauritius) 2:39:03 Junior men 1 Christiaan Klopper 2:58:31 2 De Klerk Jacobs 2:58:31 3 Mirsab Jordan 3:01:59 U23 men 1 Damion Gomez 2:58:33 2 Andrew Elliott 3:01:59 3 Freddie Visser 3:02:03 Veteran men (30-39) 1 Mynhardt van der Merwe 2:57:01 2 Christiaan Janse van Rensburg 2:57:02 3 Neville Cragg 2:57:03 Veteran men (40-49) 1 Alexander Donaldson 2:58:31 2 Andy Davies 2:58:34 3 Johann Naude 2:58:43 Veteran men (50-59) 1 Christiaan Engelbrecht 3:13:38 2 Anton Duvenage 3:13:38 3 Guy Le Ray Cook 3:13:38 Elite women 1 Maja Wloszczowska 3:30:04 2 Ariane Luthi 3:30:04 3 Catherine Colyn 3:30:04 General classification Elite men 1 Nolan Hoffman (Team Enza) 3:57:21 2 Yousif Mirza Alhammadi (UAE Team Emirates) 3:57:21 3 Alexandre Meyer (Mauritius) 3:57:21 4 Dan Craven (NCCS) 3:57:21 5 Gustav Basson (TEG Procycling) 3:57:21 6 Ryan Terry (ProTouch Wanderers) 3:57:21 7 Alexander Parsons (Brunei) 3:57:21 8 Graeme Ockhuis (All4Security) 3:57:21 9 Louis Visser (TEG Procycling) 3:57:21 10 Clint Hendricks (ProTouch) 3:57:21 Junior men 1 Christiaan Klopper 4:26:49 2 De Klerk Jacobs 4:26:50 3 Charl Swanepoel 4:36:55 U23 men 1 Damion Gomez 4:26:51 2 Andrew Elliott 4:30:24 3 Freddie Visser 4:30:27 Veteran men (30-39) 1 Mynhardt van der Merwe 4:25:16 2 Christiaan Janse van Rensburg 4:25:23 3 Neville Cragg 4:25:39 Veteran men (40-49) 1 Alexander Donaldson 4:26:53 2 Andy Davies 4:26:58 3 Thys Oosthuizen 4:27:02 Veteran men (50-59) 1 Anton Duvenage 4:46:02 2 Christiaan Engelbrecht 4:46:04 3 Jose Antunes 4:46:05 Elite women 1 Maja Wloszczowska 5:10:13 2 Ariane Luthi 5:10:14 3 Catherine Colyn 5:10:16 4 Liezel Jordaan 5:10:17 5 Lucy James 5:10:17
  6. Renowned sprinter Nolan Hoffman celebrates his win on the opening stage of 58.5km in the Takealot Tour of Good Hope road cycle race near Paarl in the Cape Winelands today. Photo: Henk Neuhoff Photography South Africa’s premier road tour got underway in inclement weather near Paarl in the Cape Winelands, but it did not stop the elite category going out with guns blazing on the short 58.5km first stage. The event has UCI 2.2 status for the first time this year, allowing riders to earn international ranking points. It has resulted in teams from France, the United Arab Emirates and Brunei contesting the race. Riding for Team Enza after securing a sponsorship with Enza Construction, Hoffman edged his rivals in the final dash for the line, finishing in 1:18:18. He was followed by Ryan Harris (TEG Procycling) and Graeme Ockhuis (All4Security). All three podium finishers were credited with the same time. Hoffman, who grew up in the region but now lives on the West Rand in Gauteng, said they knew the pace “would be hot from the start”. He praised his team for their work in closing the gap on Cycle Power’s Orion Craig, who broke away about halfway through the stage, and said they could not have asked for a better result for their new sponsor. “With about 3km to go, Gustav Basson from TEG Procycling attacked and my teammate Steven van Heerden had to chase really hard to bring him back,” said Hoffman, who will defend his Cape Town Cycle Tour title on Sunday. “We caught him just before the last kilometre and it was a bit of a mess as all the teams were trying to bring their sprinters through to the front. “I then got on the wheel of a TEG rider and was able to time it perfectly in the end. “It was not easy because it drags up a bit in the last kilometre and then there is a slight downhill in the 200m towards the finish. “I knew I had to get the sprint going just before the crest and I managed to get the perfect jump on Ryan. From there I knew I could do enough to take it.” Riders battled wet weather on the opening stage of 58.5km in the Takealot Tour of Good Hope road cycle race near Paarl in the Cape Winelands today. Photo: Henk Neuhoff Photography Earlier, Hoffman said they had taken the breakaway by Craig seriously, describing him as a dangerous competitor. “We know that he is a strong guy and we couldn’t let him get too far up the road. “Our boys took the responsibility of closing the gap, but it was not easy because the rain spiced things up a bit and the wind was swirling a lot and changing direction. “It was well within the last 10km that we managed to close him down and ultimately I must pay tribute to my teammates for the stage win.” He added that securing a sponsor had motivated the team to produce something special. “It’s incredible to start like this and shows that we have done the hard work. To deliver [a stage win] for the boys when they take the responsibility is an awesome feeling. “And it could not have been better payback for Enza Construction and the faith they have shown in us.” In the women’s race, defending champion Ariane Luthi sent out a signal to her rivals by winning the opening stage in 1:40:06, ahead of Liezel Jordaan and Catherine Colyn. The Swiss pro, a former Cape Epic champion, won four out of the five stages on the way to her overall victory a year ago and will be looking to consolidate her yellow jersey position in tomorrow’s second stage of 114km. Defending champion Ariane Luthi crosses the line to win the opening stage of 58.5km in the women’s category of the Takealot Tour of Good Hope road cycle race near Paarl in the Cape Winelands today. Photo: Full Stop Communications Results: Stage one, 58.5km UCI elite men 1 Nolan Hoffman (Team Enza) 1:18:18 2 Ryan Harris (TEG Procycling) 1:18:18 3 Graeme Ockhuis (All4Security) 1:18:18 4 Yousif Mirza Alhammadi (UAE Team Emirates) 1:18:18 5 Louis Visser (TEG Procycling) 1:18:19 6 Reynard Butler (ProTouch) 1:18:19 7 Alexandre Meyer (Mauritius) 1:18:19 8 Dan Craven (Israel Cycling Academy) 1:18:19 9 Wynand Hofmeyr (Kinetic Pro Cycling) 1:18:19 10 Joshua van Wyk (OfficeGuru) 1:18:20 Elite women 1 Ariane Luthi 1:40:06 2 Liezel Jordaan 1:40:07 3 Catherine Colyn 1:40:08 4 Lucy James 1:40:08 5 Maja Wloszczowska 1:40:08 Junior men 1 Christiaan Klopper 1:28:18 2 De Klerk Jacobs 1:28:19 3 Charl Swanepoel 1:28:25 U23 men 1 Damion Gomez 1:28:18 2 Freddie Visser 1:28:24 3 Andrew Elliott 1:28:24 Veteran men (30-39) 1 Mynhardt van der Merwe 1:28:14 2 Peet Schutte 1:28:19 3 Christiaan Janse van Rensburg 1:28:20 Veteran men (40-49) 1 Robin Harris 1:28:18 2 Thys Oosthuizen 1:28:18 3 Achmad Solomon 1:28:19 Veteran men (50-59) 1 Anton Duvenage 1:32:23 2 Dirk Nel 1:32:34 3 Joe Antunes 1:32:35
  7. The 20-year-old collected the third stage win in a row for the DiData outfit after Stefan de Bod’s time-trial victory on Tuesday and defending champion Kent Main’s effort on Du Toitskloof Pass yesterday. DiData Continental team riders Kent Main and Stefan de Bod (yellow jersey) lead a bunch on the 134km fourth stage of the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope, presented by Scicon and the City of Drakenstein, which ended near Paarl in the Cape Winelands today. Photo: Robert Ward After 134km of racing, Sobrero dashed home in 3:38:42 to beat Berge en Dale and Ride for Sight champion Reynard Butler (ProTouch) and Clint Hendricks (BCX) to the line. De Bod retains his tight grip on the yellow jersey as the tour, which boasts an international field, heads into its final day tomorrow. The 491km race, presented by Scicon and the City of Drakenstein, will culminate with the tough climb to the Taal Monument above Paarl following a relatively flat start to the fifth stage. The penultimate stage saw several attacks and a few breakaways before inevitably coming down to a sprint, with De Bod playing his part in the final outcome. The former U23 national road champion explained that a group of three riders got away after the ascent of Bain’s Kloof Pass, about 30km from the finish. “Kent, Matteo and I then closed the gap but I think Kent spent a few pennies in that period to protect the GC and he dropped off a bit. “Gustav Basson [of ProTouch] then went full gas because they were trying to get second place in the general classification, but we stayed with them. “Within the last kilometre, with about 500m to go, I was able to lead out Matteo, taking him into the final corner. From there he was on his own and able to keep the gap until the line.” Italian Matteo Sobrero of the DiData Continental team celebrates his victory on the 134km fourth stage of the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope, presented by Scicon and the City of Drakenstein, which ended near Paarl in the Cape Winelands today. Photo: Robert Ward The Italian, who will complete his stint of racing in South Africa at the Cape Town Cycle Tour on Sunday, was delighted with the victory. “This really means a lot to me. It is the first time I have raced here and I have really enjoyed the experience.” De Bod, the champion in 2016, said their priority in tomorrow’s 82km stage would be to protect the yellow jersey. “Because we have won the last three stages, there are going to be a lot of teams wanting to take something from the race. So I expect there will be plenty of attacks. “We will definitely look for another stage win, but mostly it will be important for me not to lose any significant time in the GC.” Ariane Luthi (Spur) shrugged off an early mechanical to sprint to her third stage win in a row in the women’s race. Her efforts over the last three days have placed her in prime position to take the title for the second time tomorrow. She provisionally leads Lucy James by about three minutes in the overall standings. Spur’s Ariane Luthi took the top podium spot for the third day in a row on the 134km fourth stage of the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope, presented by Scicon and the City of Drakenstein, which ended near Paarl in the Cape Winelands today. Photo: Robert Ward Luthi’s lead was in the balance for a while when she suffered a mechanical – a snapped cable severely limiting her gearing – following the descent of Du Toitskloof Pass early in the stage. “After I realised what the problem was and worked out what I had to do, I had to chase back to the pack. But they were very fair and did not attack me at that stage.” She said the breakaway eventually formed on Bain’s Kloof. “Just over the top Catherine Colyn went to the front and I managed to take her wheel as we went hard downhill. That caused quite a bit of damage. “Carmen and Lucy [James] were able to stay with us and from there we were all committed and put in a lot of effort to create a gap of just over three minutes.” Luthi said she used her cornering technique from mountain biking to surge to the front around the final bend and was able to hang on for a fine victory. The podium spots on the 134km fourth stage of the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope, presented by Scicon and the City of Drakenstein, which ended near Paarl in the Cape Winelands today went to Matteo Sobrero (middle, first), Reynard Butler (left, second) and Clint Hendricks (BCX). Photo: Full Stop Communications The podium spots in the women’s race on the 134km fourth stage of the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope, presented by Scicon and the City of Drakenstein, which ended near Paarl in the Cape Winelands today went to Ariane Luthi (middle, first), Carmen Buchacher (left, second) and Catherine Colyn. Photo: Full Stop Communications Provisional resultsStage 4, 134km Men Elite 1 Matteo Sobrero (DiData) 3:38:42 2 Reynard Butler (ProTouch) 3:38:43 3 Clint Hendricks (BCX) 3:38:43 4 Stefan de Bod (DiData) 3:38:44 5 Franz Claes (Alfa Bodyworks-Giant) 3:38:45 Vets 30-39 1 Neil Timm 4:02:06 2 Jaco Cronje 4:02:29 3 Alex Pavlov 4:02:29 Vets 40-49 1 Thys Oosthuizen 4:12:35 2 Jamie Anderson 4:12:35 3 Bryan Cusack 4:12:36 Vets 50-59 1 Shane Daniel 4:32:28 2 Jose Antunes 4:32:28 3 Christiaan Engelbrecht 4:32:28 Junior 1 Ricardo Broxham 3:39:33 2 Tiano da Silva 4:04:27 3 Tyrone Filander 4:15:12 Women Elite 1 Ariane Luthi (Spur) 4:40:57 2 Carmen Buchacher (dormakaba) 4:40:58 3 Catherine Colyn 4:40:48 4 Lucy James 4:41:00 5 Anneleen Bosma 4:48:01 Provisional general classification Elite Men 1 Stefan de Bod (Dimension Data) 11:08:47 2 Kent Main (Dimension Data) 11:10:07 3 Matteo Sobrero (Dimension Data) 11:10:42 Women 1 Ariane Luthi (Spur) 13:43:57 2 Lucy James 13:47:17 3 Carmen Buchacher 13:47:20
  8. The Dimension Data Continental rider, who won the overall title in 2016, improved on his time of last year to nail the stage win in 32:30, provisionally moving into the top spot in the general classification. Dimension Data’s Stefan de Bod made it a hat-trick of individual time-trial titles in the second stage of the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope, presented by Scicon and the City of Drakenstein, when he completed the 26.5km course in 32:30 at the Boland Agricultural School just outside Paarl in the Cape Winelands today. Photo: Robert Ward Taking second place on the day was his teammate and 2017 champion Kent Main, who completed the stage in 33:20, followed by ProTouch’s HB Kruger a further 15 seconds adrift. The 21-year-old De Bod, who had set himself the target of beating last year’s winning time on the 26.5km course, said he was happy with his hat-trick in South Africa’s premier road stage race. “The finish line today was slightly different to last year, making it a bit shorter, but I still managed to beat my time by 50 seconds,” he said. “With the slight change, that probably meant I was about 40 seconds quicker than in 2017 and in a short time-trial such as this it’s quite a lot. I definitely showed some improvement.” De Bod, who lives in nearby Stellenbosch, said at the halfway stage he thought he may have started a bit too fast. “But, in fact, I was able to keep up my power until the end, so my pacing turned out to be perfect. “That made it a really good time-trial for me. I pushed a bit harder because it was a relatively short distance and it all worked out well.” He added that the team’s focus now would be to work hard to protect the yellow jersey. De Bod said it would be a matter of good teamwork and smart tactics as they went about maintaining their grip on the race. “The team is working well together and each year things are becoming a bit more professional and the riders are getting more mature,” he said. “We are a happy outfit and will definitely be aiming for a few more stage victories.” Spur’s former champion Ariane Luthi finally cracked her first time-trial victory in a race she has been doing for more than five years when she sped over the line in 40:25. Spur’s Ariane Luthi won her first individual time-trial in the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope, presented by Scicon and the City of Drakenstein, when she completed the 26.5km course in 40:25 at the Boland Agricultural School just outside Paarl in the Cape Winelands today. Photo: Robert Ward Mauritian Aurelie Halbwachs was second, six seconds slower, followed by Demacon’s national road champion Carla Oberholzer in 41:18. “As a mountain biker where you need a threshold effort for a long period I felt I was suited to the time-trial and I’m very pleased to take the win,” said Luthi, who leads overall after being second in the bunch finish yesterday. “There were quite a few rollers on the route, but I have learnt some time-trial tactics over the years and although I’m not a specialist, that experience helped me today.” She said she “left it all out there” and just had to manage the pain as she pushed hard all the way to the finish. “The overall title is my focus so today was very important for that,” added Luthi. “Tomorrow is a mountain-top finish and you have to be very attentive to any breakaways during the stage.” The riders will face a 137km test with 2 687m of vertical ascent, ending on top of Du Toitskloof Pass. Presented by Scicon and the City of Drakenstein, the 491km race ends at the Taal Monument just outside Paarl on Friday. The top three in the 26.5km individual time-trial in the second stage of the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope, presented by Scicon and the City of Drakenstein, today were, from left, HB Kruger (third), Stefan de Bod (first) and Kent Main (second). With them are Miss Bestmed and Wicus Kotze, of the sponsors. Photo: Robert Ward Ariane Luthi (second from right) won the 26.5km individual time-trial in the second stage of the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope, presented by Scicon and the City of Drakenstein, today, with Carla Oberholzer in third place. With them are Wicus Kotze, of the sponsors, and Miss Bestmed. Photo: Robert Ward Provisional results Stage two, 26.5km individual time-trialMen Elite 1 Stefan de Bod (DiData) 32:30 2 Kent Main (DiData) 33:20 3 HB Kruger (ProTouch) 33:35 4 Gustav Basson (ProTouch) 33:50 5 Gregory de Vink (Mad Mac) 34:06 6 Matteo Sobrero 34:25 7 Redwan Ebrahim 34:30 8 Steven van Heerden (BCX) 34:44 9 Brandon Downes (BCX) 34:51 10 Louis Visser (DiData) 34:55 Vets 30-39 1 Alex Pavlov 37:27 2 Bennie Viljoen 37:38 3 Jaco Cronje 37:48 Vets 40-49 1 Thys Oosthuizen 35:34 2 Graham Coker 38:03 3 David Labuschagne 38:20 Junior 1 Ricardo Broxham 37:00 2 Tiano da Silva 39:26 3 Callum Ormiston 39:55 4 Ethan Warrin 40:23 5 Tyrone Filander 40:25 Women Elite 1 Ariane Lüthi (Spur) 40:25 2 Aurelie Halbwachs 40:31 3 Carla Oberholzer (Demacon) 41:18 4 Dalene van der Leek 41:23 5 Liezel Jordaan 41:33 6 Anneleen Bosma 42:42 7 Yzette Oelofse (Bestmed) 42:57 8 Michelle Doman 43:02 9 Vera Adrian (dormakaba) 43:13 10 Lucy James 43:32 Provisional general classification Elite Men 1 Stefan de Bod (DiData) 3:49:45 2 Kent Main (DiData) 3:50:35 3 HB Kruger (ProTouch) 3:50:50 Women 1 Ariane Luthi (Spur) 4:42:20 2 Aurelie Halbwachs 4:42:29 3 Carla Oberholzer (Demacon) 4:43:15
  9. BCX’s Nolan Hoffman crosses the line to win the first stage of the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope, which finished at the Drakenstein Correctional Centre near Paarl in the Western Cape today. Photo: Robert Ward The 33-year-old BCX pro outdragged Rohan du Plooy (Alfa Bodyworks-Giant) and Italy’s Luca Mozzato (Dimension Data Continental) over the final 200m to take the 132km stage in 3:17:15. The top 10 were all credited with the same time. Hoffman, who won the Fast One in January before going on to podium at the SA National Road Championships last month, was delighted with the victory which, he said, eased some of the pressure on the team. “This stage was tailormade for me and we were sure it would come down to a sprint finish,” he said. “I am really happy to take this win because it’s great to start a stage race on the front foot.” He said the final outcome was entirely due to the work his BCX teammates had put in throughout the day. “There was quite a crosswind during the stage and my teammates did a fantastic job of protecting me from that. “The plan was to deliver me for the final sprint and they did that to perfection.” Hoffman said Clint Hendricks, who joined the team in January, led him into the last corner. “The timing was incredible because at the last turn Reynard Butler had already started the sprint. “I got onto his wheel and I could see that he was fading so I just waited and then, with about 150m to go, I put my head down and did not look up until I crossed the line.” Hoffman added that the first 30km had been “fairly nervous with everybody trying to ride at the front”. Nolan Hoffman (middle) took the honours in the first stage of the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope, which finished at the Drakenstein Correctional Centre near Paarl in the Western Cape today. With him are (from left) Drakenstein Correctional Centre official Jeremy Matheyse, Rohan du Plooy (second), Luca Mozzata (third) and Bestmed’s Wicus Kotze. Photo: Full Stop Communications A group of three – Brendon Downes (BCX), Luthanda Kaka (Velokhaya) and Ricardo Broxham (ProTouch) – got away after about 35km. “With Brendon up front, we decided to take a back seat and watch how the stage unfold.” The leaders were eventually hauled back after 102km and, from there, Hoffman said they knew it would come down to a sprint. Namibia’s Vera Adrian, who races for dormakaba, also showed her sprinting prowess by edging former champion Ariane Luthi (Team Spur) in the women’s race. Namibia’s Vera Adrian of dormakaba wins the first stage of the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope, which finished at the Drakenstein Correctional Centre near Paarl in the Western Cape today. Photo: Robert Ward She crossed the line in 4:01:53 with Luthi two seconds behind. London-based Anneleen Bosma was third in the same time. Former national rider Zanele Tshoko broke away early and rode solo for about 30km before the peloton gobbled her up. After that, Adrian said, there were a few attacks, but nobody managed to break free. “In the last 10km it was really slow and, against a headwind with a lot of solo riders, nobody was prepared to go out and set the pace,” said the 24-year-old. “It picked up in the last kilometre when Catherine Colyn and Liezel Jordaan set a faster pace. “Just before the last corner, with about 250 metres to go, Yzette Oelofse went to the front and I was lying second. “I hoped it would come down to a sprint and with about 200m to go I just put my head down and went for it.” In a major incentive for the women’s champion, Cape Town jewellery retailer Different by Design have donated a neckpiece with an ornamental bicycle attached valued at R25 000. The men’s winner will receive a pair of sterling silver bicycle-shaped cufflinks. Vera Adrian (middle) won the first stage of the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope, which finished at the Drakenstein Correctional Centre near Paarl in the Western Cape today. Ariane Luthi (right) was second and Anneleen Bosma third. Photo: Full Stop Communications Presented by Scicon and the City of Drakenstein, the race’s focus will now switch to tomorrow’s 26.5km time-trial, which will finish at Boland Agricultural School just outside Paarl. Covering a total of 491km in and around Paarl, the event will finish at the Taal Monument just outside the town on Friday. Provisional resultsStage 1 (132km) Elite 1 Nolan Hoffman (BCX) 3:17:15 2 Rohan du Plooy (Alfa Bodyworks-Giant) 3:17:15 3 Luca Mozzato (DiData) 3:17:15 4 Reynard Butler (ProTouch) 3:17:15 5 Matteo Sobrero (DiData) 3:17:15 6 Shameeg Salie (Randwater-Transnet) 3:17:15 7 Louis Visser (DiData) 3:17:15 8 Alexendre Mayer (Mauritius) 3:17:15 9 Marc Pritzen (BCX) 3:17:15 10 Brad Gouveris (Alfa Bodyworks-Giant) 3:17:15 Junior 1 Callum Ormiston 3:17:21 2 Ricardo Broxham 3:17:22 3 Charl Swanepoel 3:17:34 4 Ethan Warrin 3:17:46 5 Tiano da Silva 3:17:54 Vets 30-39 1 Jaco Cronje 3:26:00 2 Jack van Wyk 3:26:04 3 Bennie Viljoen 3:29:35 4 Neil Timm 3:29:37 5 MC Dreyer 3:29:54 Vets 40-49 1 Julien van der Pluym 3:27:34 2 Thys Oosthuizen 3:29:53 3 Moolman Welgemoed 3:29:53 4 Johann Naude 3:29:54 5 Bryan Cusack 3:32:22 Vets 50-plus 1 Dirkie Nel 3:45:29 2 Shane Daniel 3:45:29 3 Jose Antunes 3:45:29 4 Christiaan Engelbrecht 3:45:30 5 Irwin Zimmerman 3:45:30 Open 1 Gavin Ryan 3:26:41 2 Mynhardt van der Merwe 3:26:41 3 Alexander Donaldson 3:26:42 Women Elite 1 Vera Adrian (dormakaba) 4:01:53 2 Ariane Lüthi (Spur) 4:01:55 3 Anneleen Bosma 4:01:55 4 Carla Oberholzer (Demacon) 4:01:55 5 Liezel Jordaan 4:01:55
  10. RoadCover’s Kent Main ticked a significant item off his bucket list when he was crowned Bestmed Tour of Good Hope champion in a sensational finale at the Taal Monument near Paarl today. Click here to view the article
  11. In one of the tightest finishes to any road tour in South Africa, Main powered his way up the steep climb to make up a 51-second deficit on Pro Touch’s overnight leader Myles van Musschenbroek to snatch the title by a single second. RoadCover’s Kent Main claimed the biggest win of his career when he was crowned champion on the final day of the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope that finished at the Taal Monument near Paarl today. Photo: Robert Ward It was an agonising outcome for the 24-year-old Van Musschenbroek, made more excruciating by a wait of about 15 minutes before the timekeepers were able to confirm the final standings. Main ultimately clocked an overall time of 8:31:22 over four stages after the penultimate stage was cancelled due to extreme winds yesterday. His teammate Eddie van Heerden completed the podium in 8:32:22. After forcing his way into overall contention with a fourth-place finish in Tuesday’s individual time-trial, Van Musschenbroek put in a desperate effort to protect his lead up the final climb, but Main’s power on the hills ultimately made the difference. Kent Main of RoadCover stops the clock after his surge up the climb to the Taal Monument near Paarl earned him victory by one second on the final day of the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope near Paarl today. Photo: Robert Ward Stage honours went to Dimension Data’s defending champion Stefan de Bod after he also won Tuesday’s Buffet Olives time-trial, followed by teammate Joseph Areruya. Main took third place on the day. Afterwards, the 21-year-old Main, from Linden in Johannesburg, said he felt the first major victory of his career was a result of a more structured programme he implemented last year. “With the help of my brother I set up a plan halfway through last year aimed at training for this tour, but I always knew it would be hard to win. “I have often said to my mates this is one of my favourite races and one I always wanted to win. Now that it’s happened, I’m really happy and it will boost my career going forward.” He paid tribute to his Johannesburg rival, who fought all the way to protect his overnight lead. “Myles was able to manage everything that came his way today and his team looked after him really well. “We could not have done more to attack him and to eventually win it by one second is more than I could have hoped for.” Pro Touch’s Myles van Musschenbroek recovers after a desperate, but ultimately unsuccessful bid, to retain the yellow jersey on the final day of the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope at the Taal Monument near Paarl today. Photo: Robert Ward Van Musschenbroek, who lives in Rosebank in Johannesburg and works full time, was exhausted by his final effort and said he “was seeing stars and felt dizzy” at the end. “Our team has never been in this situation so from the start it was a learning experience. But my teammates rode perfectly to control the race. “I was a bit stressed out during the stage, probably from putting pressure on myself, and I gave it absolutely everything I could on the last climb. “But Kent put up a great fight. It was fantastic for the race and he deserves the win.” Pro Touch’s Myles van Musschenbroek (back to camera) congratulates Kent Main of RoadCover after he was officially confirmed as the winner by one second on the final day of the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope at the Taal Monument near Paarl today. Photo: Full Stop Communications Main also won the King of the Mountain competition, with Alfa Bodyworks’ Irish import Philip Lavery taking the points competition. Candace Lill of dormakaba claimed the women’s title by finishing fourth on the stage to comfortably protect the two-minute lead she had going into the final day. Ariane Luthi of Team Spur leads the bunch ahead of dormakaba’s Candice Lill on the final stage of the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope from La Paris Estate to the Taal Monument near Paarl today. Photo: Robert Ward British rider Chanel Mason and Bestmed-ASG’s An-Li Kachelhoffer had an intense duel for the stage honours on the climb up to the Taal Monument, with Mason just outlasting her rival. Team Spur’s Ariane Luthi finished third. Lill took the title in 10:46:48, followed by Mason in 10:48:41 and Kachelhoffer in 10:49:50. The overnight leader, from Sun Valley in Cape Town, said she went into the stage with her priority being to defend the yellow jersey and that she had to contend with some attacking racing throughout the stage. “The women really gave it their all today – I know there were five seconds between third and fourth so people were fighting for the podium,” said the 25-year-old. “I think that’s great. That’s the sort of aggressive racing we want to see in women’s cycling.” Lill said the final climb had been a real test for the riders. Candice Lill of dormakaba (centre) was crowned Bestmed Tour of Good Hope women’s champion after the final stage at the Taal Monument near Paarl today. British rider Chanel Mason (right) came second and An-Li Kachelhoffer of Bestmed-ASG (left) third. Photo: Robert Ward “This climb has everyone on their limits and it’s just a matter of hanging in there until the end.” With a strong background in mountain biking, she was delighted to secure her first win in a road racing event. “I’m so happy I came out on top, but I think in a way I was quite surprised. “Obviously I’m training for the Cape Epic so I’m fit. To win a road race was a big accomplishment for me and this was a good test.” Results and general classification:Stage 5 86.7km La Paris Estate to Taal Monument, Paarl Elite men results 1 Stefan de Bod 2:03:13 2 Joseph Areruya 2:03:28 3 Kent Main 2:03:30 Elite men GC 1 Kent Main 8:31:22 2 Myles van Musschenbroek 8:31:23 3 Eddie van Heerden 8:32:22 King of the Mountains: Kent Main Elite women results 1 Chanel Mason 2:46:22 2 An-Li Kachelhoffer 2:46:23 3 Ariane Luthi 2:46:38 Elite women GC 1 Candice Lill 10:46:48 2 Chanel Mason 10:48:41 3 An-Li Kachelhoffer 10:49:50 Men 30+ GC 1 Jaco Cronje 2 Neil Timm 3 Franco Ferreira King of the Mountains: Jaco Cronje Men 40+ GC 1 Thys Oosthuizen 2 Johan Naude 3 Jamie Anderson King of the Mountains: Jamie Anderson Men 50+ GC 1 Paul Kraus 2 Douglas Burger 3 Shane Daniel King of the Mountains: Douglas Burger
  12. Excessive winds in the Boland region caused stage four of the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope to be cancelled shortly after the start from La Paris Estate near Paarl today. Click here to view the article
  13. A marshal on the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope informs the riders that the fourth stage has been cancelled due to heavy winds shortly after the start from La Paris Estate near Paarl today. Photo: Robert Ward The decision was made by president commissaire Sammy Hardine, on behalf of Cycling South Africa, after consulting his team and the organisers following reports of dangerous riding conditions, particularly on the Du Toitskloof and Bain’s passes. Following a managers’ meeting to explain their decision, Hardine said their primary concern in calling off the stage had been the riders’ safety. “This morning was very windy and lots of questions were asked, but after speaking to my panel and the organisers it was decided the stage would go ahead,” he said. “We had hoped that if we could get to the other side of the mountain there would be fair conditions for racing. “But soon after the 10km neutral zone I was advised by race director Darren Herbst, who was on top of the mountain, that the conditions were extreme.” Hardine said they would monitor the situation before making a call on tomorrow’s final stage. Speaking on behalf of ASG Events, Herbst said it had been a difficult decision to cancel the stage. He emphasised the point that the riders’ safety had been their chief concern. “It’s really windy down here at the start but times that by 10 and that’s what you are getting on the passes.” Bestmed sales and marketing chief Chris Luyt, who is riding in the race, said he felt the right decision had been made. “It is disappointing, but you can’t control nature and I support the commissaires’ call,” he said. “We also want to use the opportunity to ask the motorists to have patience with the riders during the race, which is bringing in between R20m and R30m of revenue to the region.” The cancellation of the stage means South Africa’s premier road classic, presented by the City of Drakenstein and Scicon, will be decided over four stages. Luyt wished everyone luck for tomorrow’s final day, which will see the riders finish at the Taal Monument above Paarl after a relatively short 86.7km stage. Pro Touch’s Myles van Musschenbroek and dormakaba’s Candice Lill will begin the final day in yellow.
  14. RoadCover’s Kent Main held his composure on the climb up Du Toitskloof Pass to take the stage three spoils in the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope road race just outside Paarl today. Click here to view the article
  15. RoadCover’s Kent Main wins the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope’s queen stage between La Paris Estate and Du Toitskloof Pass today. Photo: Robert Ward The 21-year-old from Linden in Johannesburg led the way to the finish line of the 133km queen stage of South Africa’s premier road race in 3:19:12. He was followed home three seconds later by teammate Eddie van Heerden, with Dimension Data’s Hafetad Weldu third in 3:19:18. Pro Touch’s Myles van Musschenbroek took over the yellow jersey from defending champion Stefan de Bod after ending fourth on the stage. After 6:15:47 of racing, he provisionally leads Main (6:16:38) and Van Heerden (6:17:00) in the overall standings. Main, who was part of a group of eight leaders that also included teammate Eddie van Heerden, said he knew they needed to make it hard at the start of the final climb. The queen stage of the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope took riders on a scenic route through the Cape Winelands between La Paris Estate and Du Toitskloof Pass today. Photo: Robert Ward “Eddie and I knew if it was too easy the guys would just follow. I don’t really have a big kick at the end so knew I had to go long,” said Main. “I went a few times and Eddie did as well, but we were closed down each time. “Luckily we caught them off guard with about two and half kilometres to go and managed to ride away. But it was a big effort and I’m a bit broken now.” Given his climbing ability, Main said this was a stage he had always dreamt of winning. “To be honest, this is a stage I targeted from last year and I was really happy to get the win.” With African continental champion Willie Smit their general classification pick, he said they would reassess the situation overnight. Photo: Robert Ward Main said there had been a number of attacks in the first half of the race with Franschhoek Pass “being quite hard”. “Dimension Data set the pace early on and there were a few attacks up the pass for the King of the Mountains points. “The descent was quite fast with guys trying to break clear but everyone came together at the bottom.” The RoadCover climber said he did not follow any of the early moves. “In the end, the one move I did follow was the one that got away, so I was possibly quite lucky in that respect.” He said at one stage their lead had shrunk to 45 seconds before another surge broke the elastic and their advantage shot up to around four minutes. “From that point we kind of knew we would stay away and as Eddie and I are both strong on the climbs we used that to our advantage. “I was a bit nervous about my legs after the lengthy effort building up to the pass, but I knew my form was good and that I would be able to stay clear if I committed myself to the attack.” In the women’s race, Bestmed-ASG’s An-Li Kachelhoffer won her second stage to claw a handful of seconds back in the overall standings. Bestmed-ASG’s An-Li Kachelhoffer wins the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope’s queen stage between La Paris Estate and Du Toitskloof Pass today. Photo: Robert Ward Her time of 4:07:40 was 12 seconds faster than that of second-placed Brit Chanel Mason. Third went to Dorma Karma’s Candice Lill (4:07:57), who took the lead in the general classification after yesterday’s Buffet Olives individual time-trial. Lill provisionally heads the standings on 7:48:56, followed by Mason (7:51:08) and Luthi (7:52:13), who finished fourth on the stage. After a tactical race for much of the day, Kachelhoffer said she had gone clear in a small group with about 10km to go. “There were four of us and I decided to take a bit of a flyer,” said the 29-year-old from Paarl. “I knew I had to put in some speed so they couldn’t just climb on my wheel and I kept on driving it for a solo win in the end. “I certainly felt the pain and will just spend most of the day sleeping and recovering for tomorrow’s stage.” Team Spur’s Ariane Luthi leads the chase on the final climb of the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope’s queen stage between La Paris Estate and Du Toitskloof Pass today. Photo: Robert Ward Kachelhoffer said as she usually became stronger during stage races, the team would keep pushing on the final two stages of the tour, which is presented by the City of Drakenstein and Scicon. “We had hoped to get more time on the yellow jersey, but this stage win is really good for me and I’m happy with the way we worked as a team. “It is quite a big gap but we will keep on pushing and if I can have two good days, you never know what will happen. Otherwise we will be aiming for stage wins.” Tomorrow’s stage will take riders on a circular route over 134km that includes ascents of Du Toitskloof Pass and Bain’s Kloof, before finishing at the Taal Monument above Paarl on Friday. Photo: Robert Ward Provisional results and general classification:Stage 3 133km La Paris Estate to Du Toitskloof Pass, Paarl Elite men results 1 Kent Main 3:19:12 2 Eddie van Heerden 3:19:15 3 Hafetad Weldu 3:19:18 Elite men GC 1 Myles van Musschenbroek 6:15:47 2 Kent Main 6:16:38 3 Eddie van Heerden 6:17:00 Elite women results 1 An-Li Kachelhoffer 4:07:40 2 Chanel Mason 4:07:52 3 Candice Lill 4:07:57 Elite women GC 1 Candice Lill 7:48:56 2 Chanel Mason 7:51:08 3 Ariane Luthi 7:52:13
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. Irishman Philip Lavery (Alfa Bodyworks) celebrates his win in the 102km opening stage of the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope road race, which started and finished at the La Paris Estate near Paarl today. Photo: Robert Ward The 26-year-old Alfa Bodyworks rider from Dublin, who only arrived in South Africa on Wednesday, clocked a time of 2:21:06 on the relatively flat 102km ride through the Cape Winelands to claim this year’s first yellow jersey. He was followed home by 94.7 Cycle Challenge champion Brendon Davids and BCX’s Calvin Beneke. The day’s outcome saw most of the general classification favourites finish behind in the main peloton, leaving them with some work to do when the tour resumes tomorrow with the 26km Buffet Olives individual time-trial. Lavery only returned to professional cycling last year after a two-year hiatus and was thrilled to get his adopted team a win in South Africa’s premier road stage race. “We got away early on and I didn’t do a lot of work as we have Jayde Julius for the GC,” a jubilant Lavery said afterwards. “It is just my second race of the year, but I think it is a good indication of my form.” Lavery said he knew the run-in to the finish after competing in last year’s tour and wanted to make sure he entered the chute first. “The attacks started relatively far out. I just waited and waited for the finish as I knew it was a little bit of a headwind. “When I went, I went hard and they weren’t able to come around me. I think I maybe won by about three bike lengths.” Lavery said the attacks started within the first 20 kilometres. “We were still on the main road when the breaks started going. Normally I don’t need to be in the breakaway, but I was at the front of the peloton when the final break formed. “It went away really easy because most of the top teams were represented. And it was up to them to ride hard. “There were four riders from Dimension Data and three from BCX riding for general classification and I was just able to stick with the attacks.” The former Cofidis and Synergy Baku rider said he was uncertain of how the time-trial would go and was happy, for now, to bask in the glory of today’s victory. “This is what Alfa Bodyworks got me here for and I’m happy to repay their faith in me.” Lavery, a former U23 national champion and bronze medallist in the team pursuit at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, said he had not been in top condition in last year’s Tour of Good Hope. “I have managed to pick up on my fitness this year and my power output is probably 80 watts better.” Bestmed-ASG’s An-Li Kachelhoffer won the women’s race in 3:01:09 by half a wheel after getting the better of Namibian Vera Adrian (Dorma Karma) in a lengthy sprint finish. Bestmed-ASG’s An-Li Kachelhoffer outsprints Vera Adrian (Dorma Karma) to take the yellow jersey on the opening stage of the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope road race, which started and finished at the La Paris Estate near Paarl today. Photo: Robert Ward Spur’s Ariane Luthi, who placed third overall last year after winning the title in 2015, was third on the day. The 29-year-old Kachelhoffer, from Paarl in the Western Cape, said she took something of a gamble when she started the sprint from a long way out. “It must have been about 300 to 350 metres out, but there was a bit of chaos ahead of us with a tumble on the line and I knew I had to get to the chute first. “It may have been a mistake and it was very close with Vera, but sometimes you have to take a gamble. A win is a win and it’s better being in the front than stuck in the bunch at the back.” She said she and teammate Chante van der Merwe were part of a group of eight that went clear at the 15km mark. “But the bunch caught up with us and I knew it was always going to be hectic going into the sprint, especially if you don’t know the riders all that well.” Kachelhoffer said she had no great expectations going into the time-trial. “I will just be aiming to limit the damage tomorrow and then we will review the situation going into the later stages.” She said they were firmly focused on the overall win. “With our sponsors linked to the event, we really want to do well to give something back.” The Bestmed Tour of Good Hope, which is presented by the City of Drakenstein and Scicon, finishes at the Taal Monument above Paarl on Friday. Myles van Musschenbroek, of Protouch, drives the early breakaway group in the 102km opening stage of the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope road race, which started and finished at the La Paris Estate near Paarl today. Photo Robert Ward Results and general classification: Stage 1 La Paris to La Paris, Paarl, 102kmElite men 1 Philip Lavery 2:21:06 2 Brendon Davids 2:21:06 3 Calvin Beneke 2:21:07 Elite women 1 An-Li Kachelhoffer 3:01:09 2 Vera Adrian 3:01:09 3 Ariane Luthi 3:01:10 Vets 30+ 1 Jacques van Staden 2:37:44 2 Jaco Cronje 2:37:44 3 Stefan Oberholzer 2:37:44 Vets 40+ 1 Jean-Pierre van Tonder 2:40:36 2 Erich Meintjies 2:40:36 3 Moolman Welgemoed 2:40:36 Vets 50+ 1 Paul Kraus 2:43:30 2 Thorsten Riedel 2:46:26 3 Andries Duminy 2:46:26 Open (solo) 1 Zaheer Rudman 2:36:43 2 Kelson da Cruz 2:36:43 3 Wayne Southgate 2:36:43
  19. Irishman Philip Lavery led a small group of escapees over the line to win the opening stage of the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope in warm conditions at La Paris Estate near Paarl today. Click here to view the article
  20. 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
  21. 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.
  22. Swiss star Christoph Sauser will be among a strong international field in the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope that takes place in the Cape Winelands from March 6 to 10. Photo: Warren Elsom The triple world marathon and five-time Cape Epic champion will compete in the country’s premier road tour for Investec-Songo-Specialized and is eager to reap the benefits of the 490km journey through the Cape Winelands. There is, he said, much to appreciate about the Tour of Good Hope, which is presented by Scicon and the City of Drakenstein and sanctioned by Cycling South Africa. “I love to race in the beautiful Western Cape and there is the speed effect when you ride with a bunch on fast wheels,” he said. “Also, it is so well organised and I’m already looking forward to it.” Sauser said the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope played an essential part in his preparations as it helped him to work on his speed. “Nothing beats riding in a bunch at 40km/h at a high cadence. It is very good to have this stimulation which you would never get in training.” The 40-year-old said that although they essentially a team of mountain bikers, they had riders who could climb and sprint as well. “I’m not quite sure about the tactics, but we will have a lot of fire power. “We will play it day by day, but it would be nice to win a stage or two again as we did last year with Sam Gaze.” The latter won last year’s queen stage – mountain-top finish on Du Toitskloof Pass – before going on to win the U23 world cross country title in the Czech Republic. Sauser said his personal goal was to do well on the same stage this year. He will be supported by Gaze, Simon Andreassen, Konny Looser, Matt Beers, Craig Boyes and Paolo Montoya. The 2000 Olympic cross-country bronze medallist, who is based in the small mountain town of Yvorne in Switzerland, announced his retirement from the sport last year. However, he could not resist making a comeback when a request came from 2012 Olympic cross country champion Jaroslav Kulhavy to join him for this year’s Cape Epic. “I needed some time to think, but the fire for the Cape Epic started to burn again,” he said. “The challenge, the goal to win a sixth title and also the chance to raise awareness and inspire the kids of my charity – songo.info – brought me back again.” His charity strive to improve the lives of children living in South African townships by providing them with a safe place to play, grow and develop. Having won the Epic alongside Kulhavy in 2013 and 2015, Sauser said they would love to make it a third title. He however warned that many teams would be in contention, including that of his German rival Karl Platt, who is also gunning for a record sixth win. Sauser, who has been training in South Africa for the past few weeks, showed his power by winning the Attakwas Extreme MTB Challenge and National MTB Series opener in successive weeks. “After the Tankwa Trek in February I’m going back to Switzerland for two weeks and will return in March for the Tour of Good Hope and a number of other races.” More information at www.tourofgoodhope.co.za.
  23. Primarily a mountain biker, Swiss ace Christoph Sauser is ready to make an impact when he competes in the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope cycling race from March 6 to 10. Click here to view the article
  24. Entries for the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope, which takes place in the Western Cape from 6-10 March 2017, will close on Friday 3 February 2017. The five-day tour, which is South Africa’s premier road stage race, takes the rider contingent on an unforgettable 5-stage journey through the Cape Winelands and boasts riding categories for both professionals and amateurs. Riders who would still like to enter can go to www.tourofgoodhope.co.za to secure their entry. “It genuinely feels like we’re building something really special. Now only in its second year of presentation, the tour already constitutes South Africa’s premier stage race,” said event convenor, Wynand de Villiers of ASG Events. “The success of the Tour is underpinned by the formula which sees amateurs being afforded the opportunity to ride in a tour alongside the pros and experience everything the pros do – a leader’s jersey, KOM competition, team competition and daily lunches and spoils at the race village.” “It’s also excellent preparation for the Cape Town Cycle Tour, which happens two days after the Tour. Without exception, every open/seeded rider who has taken part in the Tour rides their best Argus ever. “This year we have seen many mountain-bikers enter. The Absa Cape Epic starts two weeks after the tour and they see it as the perfect opportunity to sharpen up. “We’ve already confirmed the participation of Karl Platt, Christoph Sauser and Sam Gaze. Even veteran mountain-biker Mannie Heymans is getting in on the act – he’s bringing a Namibian team to ride in the Tour.” According to De Villiers, because the event takes place at a time when temperatures in Europe haven’t quite warmed up yet, the Tour of Good Hope has become an attractive proposition for European based pros and amateurs. “We have more than 100 amateur riders from Europe who have entered in the individual open/seeded category.” Paarl is a half hour drive from Cape Town on the N1, which has seen many Cape Town Cycle Tour riders elect to extend their stay in the Western Cape by a week to take part in the event. The race format comprises a central race village hub at the beautiful La Paris Estate just outside Paarl and five stages covering a total of 490km and 5218m of vertical ascent. The first stage is largely flat and fast and a nice leg loosener while stage 2 presents a 25km time trial. Riders entered in the Amateur Teams competition complete a Team Time Trial while solo riders do an individual race against the clock. Stages 3 and 4 are the Tour’s queen stages which traverse Franschhoek Pass, Du Toits Kloof Pass and Bains Kloof Pass. Both stages are presented over 140km respectively and are the major challenges of the 5-day Tour. The 5th stage is flat and fast, apart from the final ascent up to the Iconic Taal Monument finish on the Paarl Mountain. FOR ALL THE ROUTE INFORMATION, CLICK HERE Through basing itself in the Paarl/Franschhoek valley, costs and logistical hassles are kept to a minimum. Travelling and accommodation have been simplified while the incorporation of some of the best and most famous cycling routes and mountain passes in the Western Cape has really distinguishes the event. Further event info at www.tourofgoodhope.co.za. Get live updates on Facebook and Twitter.
  25. The German will lead a strong team in South Africa’s premier road stage race that stretches over five days and 490km in the Cape Winelands. Karl Platt is in South Africa to prepare for the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope and the Cape Epic in March. Photo: Supplied. The 38-year-old from Osthofen will be supported by Swiss marathon mountain bike champion Urs Huber and fellow Germans Tim Böhme and Simon Stiebjahn. Platt, who is already in the country to prepare for a series of events, intimated that they were ready to shake things up in the Cycling SA-sanctioned race, which is presented by the City of Drakenstein and Scicon. Although he was cagey about his objectives, simply saying it was “strictly confidential”, he said the tour would play an important part in fine-tuning his form ahead of the Epic. “It is a great event with great racing and we want to race cleverly to make the most of it. We will use the strength of the team to our advantage and, for sure, we want to start some fireworks.” Platt will team up with Huber at the Epic just over a week afterwards in a bid to defend their Cape Epic title and with the aim of becoming the first six-time winner. He currently shares five overall triumphs with Switzerland’s Christoph Sauser, a multiple former world marathon mountain bike champion who is a regular face at the Tour of Good Hope. “There will be some other strong rivals at the Epic this year, so the duel between Christoph and me is just one of many rivalries,” said Platt. “But there will be a special feeling racing against him as we are both gunning for our sixth title.” Platt said Böhme and Stiebjahn, who will team up for the Epic, were the best support team one could imagine. His objective, he said, would be to “deliver a top performance and to be competitive for the win”. “Needless to say, after last year’s overall victory, this can be the only goal.” After spending time in South Africa in November, Platt, who ended third in Attkwas at the weekend, has been back for a block of training leading up to the racing season. He said there were many benefits to training in the country at this time of the year. “We will be able to get used to the heat and the special weather conditions. Also, we will be riding awesome trails and last, but not least, enjoy the beauty of South Africa and the great hospitality.” The Bestmed Tour of Good Hope takes place from March 6 to 10. Visit www.tourofgoodhope.co.za for more information.
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