Adventure Sport

Stewart, Rossouw upset odds

2012-04-30 18:30
Jacques Rossouw (Photo: Full Stop Communications)
Cape Town - Brandon Stewart and Jacques Rossouw came good on the first of the climbing stages when they snatched the win from overall leaders Kevin Evans and David George on day four of the nine-day Old Mutual joBerg2c on Monday.

The 122km stage from Sterkfontein Dam to Winterton in KwaZulu-Natal came down to a nail-biting sprint finish, with the FedGroup-Itec Connect team crossing the line a mere second ahead of Nedbank 360Life in 4:41:42.

RE:CM’s defending champions Waylon Woolcock and Neil MacDonald struggled on the technical sections and dropped off the pace in the closing stages to take third in 4:43:58.

Stewart and Rossouw’s result puts them less than a minute and a half behind Evans and George in the general classification. The latter had won the first two racing stages after the neutral first day.

According to Stewart, the technical nature of the course, which included 2 200m of climbing, had suited them perfectly after the relatively flat terrain through the Free State.

“It was so good to be in the trails. Today we pushed hard and took risks, so to get a stage win was just fantastic.”

The attacks started on the first major climb up Retief Klip where the top four teams, including Transact’s Gawie Combrinck and Nico Bell, got away.

The quartet was bunched closely together until after the second waterpoint at around 80km. Transact gambled with an attack leading up to Spioenkop, but were hauled in and left behind on the climb’s steep slopes.

Although Combrinck and Bell made up half a minute by the third waterpoint at the Tugela River crossing after a fast descent, they paid for their earlier efforts and were unable to reintegrate the leading group.

Woolcock and MacDonald also started to show signs of faltering and, with the two lead teams attacking the single track, they were left behind. By the start of the day’s final ascent, up Puff Adder Pass, they were about 30 seconds adrift and that was effectively game over for them.

Stewart said the race was still anyone’s game and that, with the terrain finally to their liking, they would continue to work at closing the gap over the next five days.

“Anything can happen; even to us. Last year we were leading until the second last stage and then lost 27 minutes with a cut sidewall.”

The international combinations once again dominated the women’s and mixed categories to cement their respective leads in the overall standings.

Ischen Stopforth and her British partner Catherine Williamson, riding in bizhub-FCF colours, were the first women across the line in 5:52:55.

Erik Kleinhans and his Swiss wife Ariane, riding for Contego 28E, romped home in 5:43:50.

The fifth stage covers 102km between Winterton and Kamberg in the Central Drakensberg.

Stage four:

Men

1. Brandon Stewart & Jacques Rossouw (FedGroup-Itec Connect): 4:41:42
2. Kevin Evans & David George (Nedbank 360Life): 4:41:43
3. Neil MacDonald & Waylon Woolcock (RE:CM): 4:43:58

Women

1. Ischen Stopforth & Catherine Williamson (bizhub-FCF): 5:52:55
2. Sarah van Heerden & Jackie Church (Itec Connect-Vodacom): 6:12:27
3. Michelle van der Westhuizen & Jo Mackenzie (Cycling for Mobility): 8:35:32

Mixed

1. Erik Kleinhans & Ariane Kleinhans (Contego 28E): 5:28:41
2. Johan Labuschagne & Yolande de Villiers (Cycle Lab KTM): 5:43:50
3. Delarey Brugman & Jennie Stenerhag (Alluvia/Give me a chance): 6:03:02

Overall:

Men

1. Kevin Evans & David George (Nedbank 360Life): 16:26:31
2. Brandon Stewart & Jacques Rossouw (FedGroup-Itec Connect): 16:27:51
3. Neil MacDonald & Waylon Woolcock (RE:CM): 16:31:21

Women

1. Ischen Stopforth & Catherine Williamson (bizhub-FCF): 18:58:49
2. Sarah van Heerden & Jackie Church (Itec Connect-Vodacom): 19:49:35
3. Michelle van der Westhuizen & Jo Mackenzie (Cycling for Mobility): 25:48:45

Mixed


1. Erik Kleinhans & Ariane Kleinhans (Contego 28E): 17:53:00
2. Johan Labuschagne & Yolande de Villiers (Cycle Lab KTM): 18:33:25
3. Carel Bosman & Leana de Jager (PeptoPro-bizhub): 19:11:30
 

Read more on:    joberg2c  |  mountain biking
NEXT ON SPORT24X

SA men go down to India

21 minutes ago

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
  • SS3
    Thu, 31 Jul 2014 @
    04:00
  • SS4
    Thu, 31 Jul 2014 @
    05:00
  • SS5
    Thu, 31 Jul 2014 @
    05:59
  • SS7
    Thu, 31 Jul 2014 @
    06:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Vote

Which of the following floats your Extreme Sports boat?

 
 
Featured Blog

Dave ask if you would like to meet your local sports heroes and stand the chance to win prizes to the value of over R40 000.

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

TV schedule Plan your couch time with our searchable sport TV guide

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.