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  1. Cycling South Africa’s Road Commission has selected a Junior squad that will tour Europe and participate in selected Junior European road races in preparation for the 2016 UCI Road World Championships in Doha, Qatar, from 9-16 October. Click here to view the article
  2. European Tour Squad plus Reserves: Junior MenDevin Shortt Enno Albertus Swanepoel Jason Oosthuizen Gregory de Vink Demarco Pillay Daniyal Matthews Louis Visser (Non-Traveling Reserve) Junior Women Danielle Strydom Jessica Brown (Going to UCI WCC (SUI) for Track Camp) Nicolene Marais Lynette Benson Anja Gerber (Because Jessica Brown will already be in Europe at the UCI WCC Track Camp, the opportunity presents itself to send an additional woman – Anja Gerber) The riders were selected based on their local performances so far this year, particularly taking into account their results from the 2016 South African National Road Championships, as well as their performances at the recently hosted Junior Selection Races that were held in Pietermaritzburg from 6-8 May. The National Selectors were present and selections were made based on race performances and race results, with every aspect of the racing being monitored by the Selectors. Dependent on the standard of the racing of the South African squad riders in the European races, a final team will be selected to compete in the 2016 UCI Road World Championships in Doha, Qatar, from 9-16 October. The number of team riders will be dependent on our Nation’s ranking prior to the World Championships. Details of travel dates will be announced in due course. Congratulations on your selection and we wish you every success!
  3. Daryl Impey will represent South Africa at the 2014 UCI Road World Championships taking place in Ponferrada, Spain, from 21-28 September. // Photo credit: Graham Watson. Impey’s inclusion has not been at the expense of any rider on the national team. However, Jay Thomson, who was scheduled to race in the Time Trial, will no longer be competing. Both Thomson and Impey opted not to race the Time Trial as they felt they had not spent enough time on the time trial specific bike in the lead up to Worlds. Impey will focus on the road race. Ex professional cyclist and South African Champion, Robert Hunter, will also be in attendance and will assist with the team manager duties. Hunter’s expertise in the professional cycling environment will be of a great advantage to the South African team. Cycling South Africa extends a huge thank you to Team MTN-Qhubeka team principal, Douglas Ryder, and his team for the services of their bus driver and their mechanic for the World Championships. Team MTN-Qhubeka is based in Italy and the use of their infrastructure is a valuable resource for the national team in Spain. The bulk of the national team will depart from South Africa on Friday morning, 19 September. They will join the rest of their national teammates in Spain. The full team that will represent South Africa at the 2014 UCI Road World Championships is as follows: Elite Men Daryl Impey Reinhardt Janse van Rensburg Jacques Janse van Rensburg Under 23 Louis Meintjes Jayde Julius Kevin Patten Willie Smit Elite Women Ashleigh Moolman Pasio An-Li Kachelhoffer Heidi Dalton Junior Men Gustav Basson Ivan Venter Graeme Ockhuis Stefan de Bod (Non Traveling Reserve) Junior Women Monique Gerber Michelle Benson Catherine Colyn Management Bosseau Boshoff Robert Hunter Megan Earl We wish the national team all the best in their efforts and achievements.
  4. Daryl Impey will represent South Africa at the 2014 UCI Road World Championships taking place in Ponferrada, Spain, from 21-28 September. Click here to view the article
  5. Bestmed-ASG junior cyclists (from left) Michelle Benson, Catherine Colyn and Monique Gerber will represent the future of South African women’s cycling at the UCI Road World Championships in Ponferrada, Spain, from September 21 to 28. // Photo: Gerda Benson. Gerber and fellow Bestmed-ASG teammates Catherine Colyn and Michelle Benson will make up the junior female component of the national team, which was announced by Cycling South Africa on Friday. Team manager Owen Botha was pleased by the inclusion of his charges and he was hopeful that they would become the core of the senior women’s team in years to come. “Our aim is to develop internationally competitive female riders, and specifically for the Commonwealth (2018) and Olympic Games (2020).” Gerber, from Port Elizabeth, has just returned from the UCI Junior Track World Championships in Korea where she focused on the individual pursuit and scratch races. Botha said only Gerber and Benson would participate in the 14km individual time-trial in Spain, which would be the latter’s main goal. According to him, all three riders were entered for the 72.8km road race, which featured two telling ascents on each lap for a total of 1 224 metres of climbing. “Catherine can climb very well, so the course should suit her,” said Botha. The fast and technical nature of the closing kilometres could however favour a rider like Gerber if the racing stayed close, said Botha. “If she hangs on she has a very good chance of victory.” African junior road champion Monique Gerber (Bestmed-ASG) will spearhead the South African junior women’s attack at the UCI Road World Championships in Ponferrada, Spain, from September 21 to 28. // Photo: Gerda Benson. He said all three had been performing at a consistently high level since the start of the season. In February, Benson and Gerber grabbed gold and silver respectively in the individual time-trial at the national champs. Gerber also claimed the runner-up spot in the road race to add to second place finishes in The Herald VW Cycle Tour and Tour Durban national classics. Benson, who hails from Pretoria, won gold in the time-trial at the African Youth Games in Botswana in May. Capetonian Colyn showed her liking for tours by notching up junior victories at the Trac N4 Tour (March), Bestmed Jock Cycle Classique (July) and Lowveld Tour (August).
  6. African champion Monique Gerber will spearhead the South African junior women’s attack at the UCI Road World Championships in Ponferrada, Spain, from September 21 to 28. Click here to view the article
  7. Portugal’s Rui Costa claimed a stunning victory in the 2013 UCI Road World Championships Elite Mens Road Race - his country’s first ever in that category - outpowering Joaquim Rodriguez of Spain in a two rider duel. Alejandro Valverde, also of Spain, then beat Italian Vincenzo Nibali for bronze. Click here to view the article
  8. Image credit: Tim De Waele Rui Costa played a crafty strategic game in the final lap of the 272 kilometre race, after five riders - Nibali, Valverde, Rodriguez, Colombian Rigoberto Urán and Costa himself - broke away from the front group of around 40 on the final ascent of the Fiesole climb. The quintet, after a constant war of attrition in the previous nine laps of the tough Fireneze circuit which had seen rider after rider abandon, was looking like the race winning move, but it was far from clear which of the five ahead would take top honours. Whilst Urán was unlucky enough to crash on the fast drop back down into Firenze and lose all chance of disputing the win, bringing the front group down to four, Rodriguez almost simultaneously broke away with a speeding downhill attack to make a lone bid for gold. The solo move could have worked out, with Valverde strongly defending his Spanish team-mate as he sat on Nibali’s wheel and forced the Italian to work, but Rui Costa, shadowing Valverde and Nibali and saving every ounce of energy possible, was looking better and better positioned. After he was brought back by Nibali’s efforts to the group of three chasers - the Italian, Valverde and Rui Costa - shortly after the summit of the Via Salviati climb, the last on the circuit, Rodriguez broke away one more time with two kilometres to go. For a moment, briefly, it looked as if the veteran Spaniard could have his country’s first elite men’s gold medal since Oscar Freire in 2004 in the bag, but when Rui Costa made his one attack really count and the Portuguese managed to break away from Nibali and Valverde and get across to Rodriguez, the race for gold was once again up in the air. Rodriguez and Rui Costa fought a prolonged duel in the last 200 metres for the top place on the final podium of the 2013 Toscana Road World Championships, but in the end Rui Costa - with a lot more energy left in his legs - managed to out-power his rival. Valverde then easily outgunned an exhausted Nibali for bronze. "Dream come true" for Rui Costa "This is a dream come true. It's been a dream since I was a boy. It's like winning the lottery,” said Rui Costa, his country’s first ever gold medallist at Elite Men’s Road Race level and the winner of two Tour de France stages this summer as well as the Tour de Suisse in 2013 and 2012. “I wanted this jersey more than anything. I'll do everything I can to honour it." In the last two kilometres, he said “all I was thinking was to close the gap as efficiently as possible. I was trying to save energy for the sprint. We had a good gap so I could focus on that. It was a very hard World Championships, the rain this morning made it very tough. I had some bad moments but going into the final laps I started to believe I could do this.” Image credit: Tim De Waele “The Spanish did a very good race, but the rider who did the race of his life was Rui Costa, because he won,” added Rodriguez, already a bronze medallist on a similarly tough course in 2009. “We want to win, and to be so close, and not win, well, that’s not something to celebrate.” “The corner where Rui attacked [with two kilometres to go] was complicated, and when he did get away, he quickly opened up a gap and after 270 kilometres, I simply couldn’t follow,” added Valverde, who now has five World Championships medals to his name, the most of any Spaniard in history - three silvers and two bronzes, one of which he took last year in Valkenberg. “I'd like to get the gold, but if I didn't win, it's because I couldn't. When Costa attacked, I couldn't follow. I would have like to have won, but we have to be content to win silver and bronze.” The Elite Men’s Road Race concludes the 2013 UCI Road World Championships with Holland at the top of the medals table with three golds. But the road-racing season has yet to be completed. UCI WorldTour racing now continues in Italy with Il Lombardia, the final Monument one-day Classic of 2013, next Sunday October 6th. If you missed out on the action, there are highlights below and you can also find the full coverage of it . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_agNlehZaA&feature=c4-overview-vl&list=PL7NFlV830crO9OaGud9PyuiRhWekB8d98
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