Cape Town - Herman
Fouche won a tight sprint finish to secure his maiden victory in the
men's race and Anriette Schoeman clinched a record seventh women's title
at the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour on Sunday.
Herman Fouche: Prepping to win
Fouche, who was third in 2011 and second in last year's event, was delighted to win the popular road race.
"It was so close and I really wanted to win this race," Fouche said.
"Last year I came second and it means everything to me."
Kristof Vandewalle led a small breakaway in the dying stages, and
Fouche tucked in behind 2011 Argus champion Tyler Day as the peloton
chased down the leader shortly before the line.
Fouche won in two hours, 39 minutes, 55 seconds (2:39:55), with Day taking second place.
Christoff van Heerden finished third to round out a South African clean sweep on the men's podium.
"Tyler Day has been in really good form and he was a big threat," Fouche said.
"He went out a bit early and I managed to get into his slip. It took me a while to come around."
35, also won a sprint finish, edging ahead on the line in 2:55:53 to
become the first person to win seven titles in the annual race.
experienced rider held off a charge from fellow South African Cherise
Stander, who took second place, and Sweden's Jennie Stenerhag, who
finished third. Defending champion Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio was fifth.
2012 women's race was marred by a crash near the finish, which brought
Schoeman's ambitions to a halt. She was pleased to avoid another tumble
just before the line on Sunday, which involved British rider Sharon Laws
who was expected to compete in the Cape Epic mountainbike stage race
starting on March 17.
"It was a really fast race. I struggled and I suffered really badly on the climbs, and I had to dig deep," Schoeman said.
year I came down hard and this time round I'm really grateful I stayed
upright. There was a big crash at the finish and I was just very lucky
In the wake of the death of her husband, Olympic
mountainbike rider Burry Stander who was knocked down and killed by a
minibus taxi while training in January, Cherise Stander produced a brave
fight to finish second.
"I know Cherise also really needed this
victory, and this one's for Burry," Schoeman said, dedicating her
victory to the late Olympian.
Stenerhag decided to compete only a few days before the race, ahead of the Cape Epic, and she was relieved to avoid the tumble.
"It's terrible to see a crash again," Stenerhag said.
"We all know how to ride a bike so there shouldn't really be crashes like that."
Results of the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour in Cape Town on Sunday (RSA unless specified):
Men: 1 Herman Fouche 2:39:55, 2 Tyler Day st (same time), 3 Christoff van Heerden st, 4 Iljo Keisse (BEL) st, 5 Johann Rabie st, 6 Till Drobisch (NAM) st, 7 Kristof Vandewalle (BEL) st, 8 Karl Platt (GER) st, 9 Darren Lill st, 10 Shaun-Nick Bester st
Women: 1 Anriette Schoeman 2:52:53, 2 Cherise Stander st, 3 Jennie Stenerhag (SWE) st, 4 Catherine Williamson (GBR), 5 Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio st, 6 An-Li Kachelhoffer 2:54:45, 7 Marissa Stander st, 8 Lynette Burger st, 9 Kendall Ryan (USA) st, 10 Ashleigh Blackwell st