In The Spotlight
The Gent-Wevelgem will conclude the first week of Belgian cobbled classics tomorrow after riders take on the challenging 240km course. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung will take to the start with hopes of an improved performance after the early racing this week.
As he has multiple times this year already, Johann van Zyl made sure Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung were represented in the breakaway during the 3rd Coppi Bartali stage. The stage would end in a mass sprint though with Francesco Chicci (Androni-Giocattoli) reigning victorious.
Etixx - Quick-Step rider Zdenek Stybar finished 2nd to Geraint Thomas (Team Sky), who attacked Stybar and Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) with about 4 kilometers to go, as the trio remained ahead of a chasing group by about 40 seconds.
The E3 Harelbeke saw a deserved winner in Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) who was able to best Zdenek Stybar (Etixx-Quickstep) for the top honours. Matteo Trentin (Etixx-Quickstep) rounded out the podium by winning a small group sprint.
On the cobbled descent of the Haaghoek less than 40-kilometers into E3 Harelbeke an alluded dropped water bottle caused a large crash that took down numerous riders including Fabian Cancellara.
In a coup for South African women’s cycling, Team Bestmed-ASG-Multihull launched its official vehicle partnership with luxury brand Jaguar during last week’s Bestmed Tour de Boland.
Ariane Kleinhans proved that she is one of South Africa's top women cyclists after winning her second successive BestMed Tour de Boland title last week.
The Bigla Pro Cycling Team is pleased to start the inaugural Strade Bianche on Saturday. Race organiser RCS Sport announced a women’s edition for the first time this season to the delight of the women’s peloton. The race takes place on iconic white roads through Tuscan hills and is sure to be a great advert for women’s cycling.
The European racing season kicks off this weekend when the 10th edition of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad takes place on Saturday, 28 February. The race marks the opening of the Classics season and will as always be a gruelling test for teams to see how they will shape up after months of preparation. Cobbles, narrow roads, gutters, Côte de Trieu and Paterberg are just some of the obstacles the peloton will face.
African road championship silver medallist Lise Olivier will be looking for a second bite at the cherry in next week’s Bestmed Tour de Boland, after missing out on the overall title by a mere three seconds last year.
A beautiful sunrise greeted the riders at the start of the 100km race which saw the women start the race with the Elite and Veteran men.
The second round of the 2015 SA Stihl MTB DHI Cup takes place at Cascades MTB Park, in Pietermaritzburg on Sunday 5 April. With the right race attitude, and a phenomenal support base, the three-time National Champion and National Cup Series winner, Tiaan Odendaal, is all systems go for this event, and ready to do great things in the future.
Underberg – With little over six weeks to go until the starter’s gun fires and sends participants of the 2015 Nedbank sani2c on their way, defending champions Kevin Evans and Max Knox have confirmed they will be back again in an attempt to retain their title.
Durban – While ‘roadies’ get their share of aQuellé Tour Durban presented by Sunday Tribune action on Sunday 26 April via the 105km Road Race and 45km Fun Ride, off-road cycling junkies can look forward to their fix as well at the exciting 55km Cyclocross event that incorporates the smooth newly-tarred M4 with some thrilling mountain biking trails.
Pietermaritzburg – Many of South Africa’s top mountain biking stars including Olympian Philip Buys and national champion Rourke Croeser will be hoping to overcome the physical effects of the ABSA Cape Epic in time for the approaching HC category cross country event that takes place at the Pietermaritzburg MTB Festival at Cascades MTB Park on Saturday 4 April.
A week after completing the Absa Cape Epic, Mariske Strauss is back on the bike for her first XCO National this year. She will be competing in the second round of the Stihl 2015 SA XCO Cup Series at Voortrekker Monument in Gauteng on Saturday 28 March.
Long-time cycling supporter Liberty has thrown its weight behind the Cape Winelands MTB Encounter, a three-stage, five-star mountain bike race that starts in Stellenbosch on April 17.