Cape Town - Defending
champions Johann Rabie and Gawie Combrinck delivered another workmanlike
performance to all but seal their victory on Day 6 of the Old Mutual joBerg2c
near Underberg in KwaZulu-Natal on Wednesday.
Cycling pair took their fourth consecutive stage win on the 97km route from
Nottingham Road to Glencairn Farm in the shadow of Sani Pass to extend their
overall lead to more than 18 minutes.
Combrinck cruised into the finish in a time of 4:17:47, just 38 seconds clear
of The Gear Change’s David George and Justin Tuck, with Hanco Kachelhoffer and
Pieter Seyffert of Altech Autopage Karan Beef third in 4:20:57.
mountainous stage, which saw riders ascend Snow Top Mountain – the highest
point on the nine-day route – the leaders retained their similarly lofty spot in
the standings with an aggregate time of 24:47:34.
crashing heavily, Avis Van Rental’s Tyronne White and partner Andrew Hill still
managed to place fourth on the stage in 4:22:37 to remain second in the general
classification in 25:05:47.
and Seyffert round out the overall podium in 25:06:53.
dampened the start of the day’s racing from Clifton Preparatory School but
after an enforced 10km neutral zone the four teams quickly broke away.
together as they headed for the foothills of the southern Drakensberg until
White crashed with 20km to go on the aptly named Face Plantation stretch.
coming down off the top of Winterhoek after the second waterpoint and as we reached
the tribal land area Tyronne got on the wrong side of David when he swerved to
avoid a rutted section and landed rather heavily,” said Hill.
Their three rival
teams initially sat up but then decided to make the most of White and Hill’s
misfortunes as they headed up the last technical climb on the Red Bull Run.
the pace on the ascent to shake Kachelhoffer and Seyffert before the final two-team
chase towards the finish.
In the mixed
category, overnight leaders Samantha Sanders and Justin Victor rode hard all
day to catch yesterday’s stage winners Billy Stelling and Carmen Buchacher of
Seattle Coffee with two kilometres to go.
them in this last section but we worked pretty hard for it,” said Sanders.
way ahead of us but we closed the gap, rode their wheel, recovered, and then
just put the hammer down.”
Cycling duo took the stage win in 5:01:06 for an overall time of 28:06:40,
which translates into a lead of more than five minutes.
leaders Catherine Williamson and Yolande de Villiers of SasolRacing lost
valuable time after the first waterpoint when Williamson suffered a sidewall
recovered well to claim the stage win in 5:04:24 to remain safely ahead on 27:39:02.
category leader Timothy Hammond also asserted his authority with another stage
win in 4:25:32 (25:31:05).
finished second on the day in 5:51:13 to remain at the front of the women’s
solo race (30:34:51).
In the City
Lodge masters and vets categories, the leading teams also remain unchanged
after stage six.
Lab’s Chris Brand and Paul Furbank (4:46:25; 26:54:07) and HiddenHunger’s David
de Lima and Sean Henderson (5:03:59; 27:55:01) were the respective winners on
seventh stage takes riders to Mackenzie Club near Ixopo.
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