Stellenbosch - Nolan Hoffman from Team Alfa Body Works clinched the ninth Stellenbosch
Cycle Tour title in idyllic cycling racing conditions for the
front runners, finishing the slightly longer 101km route in 02:20:10 and edging
out second place Evan Carstens (Team Giant Durbanville) by half a tyre width.
In a sprint finish, Carstens held off stiff competition from Shameeg
Sale (Team Cape Town Giants) who secured third place to complete the men’s
elite podium at the 2015 race.
Team Africa Silks Bestmed’s Anriëtte Schoeman won her second
Stellenbosch Cycle Tour title after pipping 2013 winner Jennie Stenerhag (Team
Ascendis Health) at the post to finish in a time of 02:33:54. Team
Seattle Coffee’s Carmen Buchacher finished third to take bronze.
Hoffman was delighted to secure the top spot.
“I had a good day on
the bike - when you're winning it's always a good day! The weather played
it's part and wasn't too hot - perfect for riding. Traffic services and
organisation at this event is always incredible. For us, the detour didn’t have
a big impact - I'm a local boy and I know the roads, so I'm familiar with the
route. I'm also used to longer distances so that played in my favour.”
Thousands of cyclists lined up to participate in the last seeding event
of the year in windless conditions that resulted in extremely hot temperatures
as the morning wore on.
Commenting on her second victory, Schoeman says, “I'm thrilled to win,
because I've just come back from a bit of a holiday. On any given day, going up
against Jennie is tough because she always brings her A-game. She was really
strong in the race, but I expected that, so I just rode my own race and
concentrated on getting myself to the finish line.
Elite Men 1st: Nolan Hoffman (Team Alfa Body Works) (02:20:10)
Elite Men 2nd: Evan Carstens (Team Giant Durbanville) (02:20:10)
Elite Men 3rd: Shameeg Sale (Team Cape Town Giants) (02:20:10)
Elite Ladies 1st: Anriëtte Schoeman (Team Africa Skills Bestmed)
Elite Ladies 2nd: Jennie Stenerhag (Team Ascendis Health) (02:33:55)
Elite Ladies 3rd: Carmen Buchacher (Team Seattle Coffee) (02:33:56)