Cape Town - Capitalising on his sprinting
power, Nolan Hoffman took charge in the dash for the line to win the opening
stage of the Tour of Good Hope near Paarl in the Western Cape on Monday.
The 33-year-old BCX pro
outdragged Rohan du Plooy (Alfa Bodyworks-Giant) and Italy's Luca Mozzato (Dimension Data Continental) over the
final 200m to take the 132km stage in 3:17:15.
The top 10 were all credited
with the same time.
Hoffman, who won the Fast One
in January before going on to podium at the SA National Road Championships last
month, was delighted with the victory which, he said, eased some of the
pressure on the team.
stage was tailormade for me and we were sure it would come down to a sprint
finish," he said.
am really happy to take this win because it's
great to start a stage race on the front foot."
Hoffman said the final outcome was
entirely due to the work his BCX team-mates had put in throughout the day.
was quite a crosswind during the stage and my teammates did a fantastic job of
protecting me from that," he said.
plan was to deliver me for the final sprint and they did that to perfection."
According to Hoffman, Clint Hendricks,
who joined the team in January, led him into the last corner.
timing was incredible because at the last turn Reynard Butler had already
started the sprint," he said.
got onto his wheel and I could see that he was fading so I just waited and
then, with about 150m to go, I put my head down and did not look up until I
crossed the line."
Hoffman added that the first
30km had been "fairly nervous with everybody trying to ride at the
A group of three - Brendon Downes (BCX), Luthanda Kaka (Velokhaya) and
Ricardo Broxham (ProTouch) - got away after
Brendon up front, we decided to take a back seat and watch how the stage
The leaders were eventually
hauled back after 102km and, from there, Hoffman said they knew it would come
down to a sprint.
Namibia's Vera Adrian, who races for dormakaba, also showed
her sprinting prowess by edging former champion Ariane Luthi (Team Spur) in the
She crossed the line in
4:01:53 with Luthi two seconds behind. London-based Anneleen Bosma was third in
the same time.
Former national rider Zanele
Tshoko broke away early and rode solo for about 30km before the peloton gobbled
her up. After that, Adrian said, there were a few attacks, but nobody managed
to break free.
the last 10km it was really slow and, against a headwind with a lot of solo
riders, nobody was prepared to go out and set the pace,"
said the 24-year-old.
picked up in the last kilometre when Catherine Colyn and Liezel Jordaan set a
before the last corner, with about 250 metres to go, Yzette Oelofse went to the
front and I was lying second," said Tshoko.
hoped it would come down to a sprint and with about 200m to go I just put my
head down and went for it."
In a major incentive for the
women's champion, Cape Town jewellery retailer Different by
Design have donated a neckpiece with an ornamental bicycle attached valued at
R25 000. The men's winner will
receive a pair of sterling silver bicycle-shaped cufflinks.
The race's focus will now
switch to Tuesday's 26.5km time-trial, which
will finish at Boland Agricultural School just outside Paarl.
Covering a total of 491km in
and around Paarl, the event will finish at the Taal Monument just outside the
town on Friday.
Stage 1 (132km)
1 Nolan Hoffman (BCX) 3:17:15
2 Rohan du Plooy (Alfa
3 Luca Mozzato (DiData)
4 Reynard Butler (ProTouch) 3:17:15
5 Matteo Sobrero (DiData)
6 Shameeg Salie
7 Louis Visser (DiData)
8 Alexendre Mayer (Mauritius)
9 Marc Pritzen (BCX) 3:17:15
10 Brad Gouveris (Alfa
1 Callum Ormiston 3:17:21
2 Ricardo Broxham 3:17:22
3 Charl Swanepoel 3:17:34
4 Ethan Warrin 3:17:46
5 Tiano da Silva 3:17:54
1 Jaco Cronje 3:26:00
2 Jack van Wyk 3:26:04
3 Bennie Viljoen 3:29:35
4 Neil Timm 3:29:37
5 MC Dreyer 3:29:54
1 Julien van der Pluym 3:27:34
2 Thys Oosthuizen 3:29:53
3 Moolman Welgemoed 3:29:53
4 Johann Naude 3:29:54
5 Bryan Cusack 3:32:22
1 Dirkie Nel 3:45:29
2 Shane Daniel 3:45:29
3 Jose Antunes 3:45:29
4 Christiaan Engelbrecht
5 Irwin Zimmerman 3:45:30
1 Gavin Ryan 3:26:41
2 Mynhardt van der Merwe
3 Alexander Donaldson 3:26:42
1 Vera Adrian (dormakaba)
2 Ariane Lüthi (Spur) 4:01:55
3 Anneleen Bosma 4:01:55
4 Carla Oberholzer (Demacon)
4:01:555 Liezel Jordaan 4:01:55