Cape Town - South Africa’s top road
sprinter Nolan Hoffman emerged from the pack to win the first stage of the
Bestmed Tour of Good Hope in sweltering conditions at La Paris Estate outside
Paarl on Monday.
After 98km of racing, the Team
Telkom rider crossed the line in 2:17:55 to grab the first yellow jersey ahead
of RoadCover’s Clint Hendricks and Dimension Data’s Jayde Julius.
In the women’s race, Time
Freight’s Lise Olivier also won in a sprint, crossing the line in 2:44:26 to
beat former British road champion Sharon Laws and Ariane Kleinhans of Team
“My lead-out was quite solid
today,” said Hoffman. “I had HB (Kruger) pulling for me and Reynard (Butler)
delivering me with about 300m to go.
“We misjudged where the line
was and I had to sprint about 100m further, but Reynard did such a great job.
“When I came off his wheel I
was already about five metres ahead. I just had to put my head down and keep
“I think today is confirmation
that the legs are good. I hope we can keep building this week.”
The 30-year-old from the West
Rand, who will be gunning for a hat-trick in the Cape Town Cycle Tour on
Sunday, said they immediately identified it as a stage to go for when the route
was changed a few days prior to the event.
“We have two really fast guys
in Reynard and myself and we knew the more rolling profile would suit us.”
Hoffman said it was a nervous
start and they had to make sure that no big splits went up the road.
After several failed attempts,
a group of four - consisting of Konny Looser and Sam Gaze of Songo.info and
Chris Jooste and Kevin Patten of ProTouch - got away before the second sprint
“I think we lost a bit of
concentration halfway through the stage and let the break slip to about two
minutes,” said Hoffman. “I panicked a bit.”
He said they were only able to
reel in the last escapee - New Zealand’s Gaze - two kilometres from the end.
“We definitely had our work cut
out for us, but my guys delivered me perfectly. So I’m happy with how things
Olivier, who represented the
national team at last week’s African Continental Championships, said it wasn’t
a stage that they thought they could win.
“It was quite flat and I figured
it would be a bit of a bunch kick.”
But, after winning both sprint
primes en route, the 32-year-old, who is hoping for Olympic selection, said she
had confidence going into the finish in the nine-man breakaway group.
“I figured there was a slight
Apart from the professionals
and elites, the Tour of Good Hope also caters for the country’s best category
racing and open seeded riders. Full results were not available at the time of
going to press.
Elite men –
Stage 1 results
1. Nolan Hoffman 2:17:55
2. Clint Hendricks 2:17:55
3. Jayde Julius 2:17:55
Men elite –
Overall after stage 1
1. Nolan Hoffman 2:17:45
2. Clint Hendricks 2:17:49
3. Jayde Julius 2:17:51
4. Rohan du Plooy 2:17:55
– Stage 1 results
1. Lise Olivier 2:44:26
2. Sharon Laws 2:44:26
3. Ariane Kleinhans 2:44:26
– Overall after stage 1
1. Lise Olivier 2:44:13
2. Sharon Laws 2:44:18
3. Ariane Kleinhans 2:44:22
Sharon Laws (second from left) in the points jersey
and Lise Olivier (second from right) in yellow after the first stage of the
Bestmed Tour of Good Hope (Capcha)