Day clinches Durban criterium

2012-04-28 12:58
Dusty Day (Dave Macleod/Gameplan Media)
Durban - Team BMC sprinter Dusty Day snatched victory in an incident-laced criterium at the Gateway Theatre of Shopping with a crucial sprint win on the final lap to oust Tasol GT star David Maree.

Maree and Day traded points for the key sprint lap wins throughout the hour long race, held in tricky windy weather, with regular light drizzle making conditions on the cobblestone track tricky for the riders.

"It is a great victory for Team BMC," enthused Day afterwards. "Our year started badly so it is great to be able to win this one. We have had some great tussles with the Tasol GT team in recent weeks. We beat them two weeks ago in the 100 mile race, and it was important to be able to win again tonight."

"I started the race really not feeling very good, but as the race wore on I started feeling better," Day said. "Every time the Tasol GT guys attacked I screamed to my teammates to go harder and make it tough."

"I was struggling with the home straight as well - it felt really bumpy," Day explained. "Then I found that it was a lot smoother down the left and right sides, so that's where I raced, and it helped."

"It was tough out there," said Tasol GT rider Richard Baxter. "As a team we like to control the race, and make it a bit more stop-and-go. But the BMC guys just went flat out. They had numbers at the front and that meant that they could control things."

"The change to the top corner also made the course a lot more technical when they moved the corner closer," he added.

Early on in the race water from the shopping malls sprinkler system was blown onto the track by the strong southerly winds, causing a mass pile-up that took three of the six riders in the Tasol GT team out of the race.

The wind also blew down a section of perimeter fending above the finish but fortunately quick reactions from the event organisers ensured that this did not interfere with the race.

The race commissars kept the race in suspension until the course was changed to avoid the water on the road caused by the drifting sprinkler water, after which the racing returned to full throttle action.

The aQuellé Tour Durban presented by Spur road race takes place on Sunday 29 April 2012.  

Summary of results:


1.Dusty Day (Team BMC) 22
2.David Maree (Team Tasol GT) 18
3.Dino van Heerden 8

Read more on:    cycling

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy 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
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Sport Talk

Live scoring

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Besides the 'Big 3' of rugby, cricket and soccer, which of the 'smaller' sports in South Africa do you enjoy the most?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

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