Cape Town - Reynard Butler’s purple patch continued when he sprinted to his third
victory in a month in a major one-day classic at the Bestmed Emperors Classic
road race in Kempton Park, Johannesburg.
The 29-year-old ProTouch rider
from Roodepoort, who took his maiden title in the 98km race after previously
finishing second, praised his team for delivering him to victory.
Butler, who won the Ride for
Sight and Berge en Dale races in similar fashion, crossed the line in 2:07:54
to get the better of Office Guru’s Ryan Harris and
BCX’s former Cape Town Cycle Tour champion Clint
Following a short
break after this year’s Cycle
Tour, Butler said he went into the race with some concerns about his
“However, when it comes down to a sprint
finish, as it did today, your brain switches off and you go into tunnel vision
as you focus only on the finishing line,” said the East London-born pro.
“The team was really good and kept me out
of trouble throughout the race.
“We were a bunch of about 10 guys in the
final sprint and I had a perfect lead-out through Ricardo Broxham, Jayde Julius
and Gustav Basson.
the end, my legs were strong enough and going into the final stretch it boils
down to a case of positioning and then executing your sprint to the best of
He explained there were a few
attacks in the run-in to the finish, but that they were able to react quickly
enough to shut down any danger.
Earlier, after the team had
controlled the early part of the race, Butler said three riders broke away with
about 20km to go.
were a few nervous moments as that trio tried to build up a solid lead, so we
put a few guys on the front to try to bring them back.
also took up the initiative and the peloton were all back together with about
5km to go. It was pretty tight throughout, with nobody wanting anyone else to
get a significant lead.”
He said it was a special
victory, especially after the Cape Town Cycle Tour where he felt they had a bit
of bad luck.
as they say, you are only as good as your last race and getting this win and
giving something back to the team for all the hard work is very satisfying.”
Cape Town Cycle Tour champion
Kim le Court, who was nominated as the protected rider on the Demacon team,
maintained her form to land her second successive title in the feature race.
The Mauritian crossed the line
in 2:36:46 to hold off team-mate Lynette Burger and
Sanet Coetzee (Clover).
In the final
sprint, Tiffany Keep actually crossed the line in second place but as she was
competing in the junior women’s category,
she did not qualify for the Elite division.
Le Court said the race was “a bit nerve-racking”,
but her confidence in the team helped settle any nerves.
tried a few times during the race to put in some attacks, but nobody was able
to get away so it came down to the sprint.
strategy was to attack from about one and a half kilometres out, but at that
stage a group of men had caught up with us so it really put paid to that plan.
few of the girls tried to follow the guys, but I just kept on Carla’s [Oberholzer] wheel and was able to come through for
the win in the sprint, albeit among some of the men.”
Le Court, who leaves for the
Commonwealth Games in Australia on Friday, said her confidence had been boosted
by her Cycle Tour victory.
She added that their
commitment as a team to produce the best results had induced a sense of calm in
win is very special for the team because we have the goal of winning all the
races we enter and so far it is six out of six in one-day events this year.”
Team captain Burger won the
Fast One in January while Oberholzer took the Ride for Sight, Berge en Dale and
national road champs titles.
Hennie van Wyk won
the 44km Bestmed Emperors Palace MTB Classic men’s
race ahead of Alex Pavlov and Bradley
Potgieter with Chloe Gardner taking the women’s event ahead of Michaele Cooper and Faye Darby.
Heyneke and Amy Green took the respective honours in the 24km race.
98km road race
1. Reynard Butler (ProTouch)
2. Ryan Harris (Office Guru)
3. Clint Hencricks (BCX)
4. Calvin Beneke (Luso AC/DC)
5. Brandon Christians (Alfa
1. Kyle Germs 2:14:08
2. Jaco Cronje 2:14:09
3. Lean Janse van Rensburg
1. Jacques Fullard 2:15:57
2. Moses Venceslau 2:15:57
3. Hansie Joubert 2:15:57
1. Graeme Cronje 2:21:30
2. Gary Benson Armer 2:21:30
3. Anton Duvenage 2:21:30
1. Ryan Terry 2:07:56
2. Ruben Helberg 2:07:57
3. Jean-Pierre Lloyd 2:07:59
1. Kim le Court (Demacon Women’s Team) 2:36:46
2. Lynette Burger (Demacon
Women’s Team) 2:36:47
3. Sanet Coetzee (Clover)
4. Elne Owen 2:36:49
5. Kirsten Louw (Bestmed)
1 Tiffany Keep 2:36:46
2 Azulde Britz 2:36:48
3 Nicola van der Walt 2:41:52
1. Daniel Coetzee 1:11:41
2. Christiaan Klopper 1:11:43
3. Thomas Schlebusch 1:11:44
4. Keagan van Wyk 1:12:48
5. Eric Kros 1:12:53
1. Marilize Roller 1:24:24
2. Antonique Grotsius 1:26:23
3. Britney Strumpher 1:26:54
4. Tasneem Sallie 1:27:11
5. Kita Uys 1:27:39
44km mountain bike race
1. Hennie van Wyk 1:33:51
2. Alex Pavlov 1:34:29
3. Bradley Potgieter 1:34:49
1. Chloe Gardner 1:52:09
2. Michaele Cooper: 1:55:27
3. Faye Derby 1:57:50
24km mountain bike race
1. Aaron Heyneke 53:13
2. Frederick Smit 54:32
3. Anton Roelofse 55:07
1. Amy Green 1:04:31
2. Bianca Keyser 1:09:44
3. Marlene van Heerden 1:11:14