SUPPORT SA TALENT ROAD CYCLING SERIES STANDINGS

Following the first 2019 Tour, Provincial Champs and 2 One-day Classics, the 2019 Road Cycling Series is well underway. Here are the current standings in the Series after Event 8.

u23/ELITE MEN

Overall Series Leader

  1. Willie Smit – KATUSHA-ALPICIN
  2. Matt Beers – NAD MTB Pro
  3. Wessel Botha – NAD MTB Pro

Best 1-Day Classics Rider

  1. Byron Munton – ALPHA BODYWORKS GIANT and Steven van Heerden – VANDER GROUP
  2. Travis Barrett – OFFICE GURU RACING u23 and Chris Cronje – ALPHA BODYWORKS GIANT

Best Tour Rider

  1. Willie Smit – KATUSHA-ALPICIN
  2. Matthew Beers – NAD MTB Pro
  3. Wessel Botha – NAD MTB Pro

Best Young Rider (under 23)

  1. Wessel Botha – NAD MTB PRO
  2. Marc Pritzen – OFFICE GURU RACING u23
  3. Travis Barrett – OFFICE GURU RACING u23

JUNIOR MEN

Overall Series Leader

  1. Travis Stedman
  2. Damon Fouchee – VANDER GROUP
  3. Dian Fritz – TEG RACING

Best 1-Day Classics Rider

  1. Aidan Geary – OFFICE GURU JUNIORS and Imtiyaaz Van der Hoven – KINETIC PRO CYCLING
  2. Nicholas Friedrich and Dian Fritz – TEG RACING

Best Tour Rider 

  1. Travis Stedman
  2. Damon Fouchee – VANDER GROUP
  3. Dian Fritz – TEG RACING

VETS MEN

Overall Series Leader – VA

  1. Charl Van Wyk – HARTLIEF
  2. Gert Nagel and Alex Pavlov – NORTHCLIFF CYCLES

Overall Series Leader – VB

  1. Thys Oosthuizen – BESTMED RACING
  2. Kenneth Prentis
  3. Andre Potgieter

u23/ELITE LADIES

Overall Series Leader

  1. Liezel Jordaan – TEAM CUSTOMIZED
  2. Tiffany Keep
  3. Sharlize Potgieter

Best Young Rider (under 23)

  1. Azulde Britz – DEMACON LADIES
  2. Jean-Marie Roelofse
  3. Tiffany Keep, Courtney Smith – TEAM CUSTOMIZED and Carla Steyn – ABSOLUTE MOTION

JUNIOR LADIES

Overall Series Leader

  1. Frances Janse van Rensburg – ABSOLUTE MOTION and Ashleigh Mayhead
  2. Hijke Coetzee and Alice Towers

Full results on the Support SA Talent Website

The Value Logistics Fast One took place this past weekend – the 2nd 1-Day Classic of 2019. Team Vander Group’s Steven Van Heerden took the win, followed by Travis Barrett (Office Guru Racing u23) in 2nd and Louis Visser (TEG Procycling Continental) in 3rd. Take a look a the highlights from the event. #BehindtheHandlebars

The next event in the Series is the 2019 South African Road Cycling Championships, taking place from the 7th – 10th February, followed by the Dischem Ride For Sight on the 17th February. View full Series Calendar.

UCI Africa: La Tropicale Amissa Bongo

New 2019 South African continental team, ProTouch Continental ProCycling. The tour is over and the team are back in South Africa. Quoted from Team ProTouch Facebook page, this is what they said about their recent travels.

‘The last stage was a crazy one – Rohan du Plooy having two punctures in the first 10km and our Team car having a rear wheel blow out, on the 10th lap finishing circuit.

This required a calm, cool head [and a sense of humour] and, we had this sorted within one lap, thanks to the awesome assistance of some very willing #Gabon spectators.

The Team sitting on the front – assisting in controlling the 3-man breakaway [that we were happy to let take the hot spot points] took the pressure off us.

The only problem was that, one of the breakaway would take the seconds on offer to move ahead of Rohan, by one place on the overall GC.

Rohan du Plooy finished in 11th place on GC – 38″ behind the Yellow Jersey and 1″ behind 10th Position. Whilst it was difficult to accept, Rohan stepped up and rode like a star contesting the finishes daily [four Top 10 placings, over the seven stage tour], amongst some of the world’s top sprinters.

This role, forced on him after Reynard Butler crashed in the last 100m of the 2nd stage, and he took on this responsibility like a CHAMPION.

Superb results for the Team, who worked hard at making this a reality. Thank you to Pieter Seyffert and Mitch Eliot for your tremendous efforts this week, at the front of the race.

Well done Jaydé Julius on WINNING the Sprint Classification Jersey for our Team and, putting our ProTouch colours on the final podium. Jaydé was also placed 3rd as the Most Combative Rider for the Tour and I believe that if there was a Most Combative Team prize, ProTouch would have won this.

These results show what happens, when the Team commits to each other 100%. Achievements like this, require us all to pull together in the same direction and focus on a common goal. When we give selflessly, we achieve success…

GREAT RESULTS take time – they don’t happen overnight. The more we hunt together, striving towards the common goal – to get SA back into the #1 Cycling Nation in Africa – the better we will become.

We continue to learn and grow. Small steps, small progress but we have opened our UCI Points Account and are on the road to getting us back to #1. Team work, patience and the belief in our goals will assist us further along this journey.

This journey has begun for each and every one of our riders – Pieter Seyffert, Mitch Eliot, Songezo Jim Rohan du Plooy, Jaydé Julius and Reynard Butler – this week you all showed some great fight and, we are pleased with the huge strides made. Keep focused and keep working hard.”

The team’s next venture into Africa will be Tour du Rwanda, taking place from 24th Feb-4th March.

Experienced cyclist and current South African road cycling champion, Darly Impey expresses how important racing in Africa in the early part of his career to his current success.

South Africans Performing Internationally

The Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race was held this past weekend. Darly Impey continued his success after winning the 2019 Tour Down Under, finishing 3rd overall. Ryan Gibbons (Team Dimension Data) finished just behind in a credible 4th place. We look forward to seeing them battle it out at the South African National Road Championships next weekend!

Until next time!

 

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