The country's premier road stage race, presented by Scicon and the City of Drakenstein, concluded alongside the Taal Monument that towers over the Cape Winelands town after 491km of racing. De Bod's teammate, the Italian Matteo Sobrero, won the 82km final stage to seal the points jersey for the DiData Continental team as well. The 21-year-old South African, who took the yellow jersey after Tuesday's individual time-trial, emerged from the pack on the steep final ascent and dragged Sobrero with him. Their teammate and defending champion, Kent Main, took third spot on the stage to cement his runner-up position in the general classification ahead of ProTouch's Gustav Basson. A delighted De Bod said their strategy could hardly have worked out better. "Our first priority was to take the yellow jersey. Then we wanted to get a few stage wins [they took four out of five] and, thirdly, we hoped to pick up another jersey. "So everything went perfectly to plan and it was a great team effort from day one." De Bod, a specialist in racing against the clock, said the time-trial, which he won for the third year in a row, had been the key element in their triumph. "The plan was for me to take the yellow jersey in the time-trial and from there we rode to protect it. "We also had Kent in second place on GC, so, if something went wrong with me after the time-trial, we had a back-up plan." After winning as a callow teenager in 2016, De Bod said he had enjoyed this week much more. "Two years ago I was really young but it was a good race to win before going to Europe. "I battled a bit on that first trip to Europe, with visa issues and the communication barrier, but I have gained so much experience in the last two years. "This time I was much more relaxed during the week and did not stress as much." He added that they had targeted the Tour of Good Hope at the start of the year. "Bestmed and ASG put on a really good race and we see it as the . . .
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After a near perfect lead-out, Matteo Sobrero timed his sprint to perfection to win the fourth stage of the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope near Paarl in the Cape Winelands today. The 20-year-old collected the third stage win in a row for the DiData outfit after Stefan de Bod's time-trial victory on Tuesday and defending champion Kent Main's effort on Du Toitskloof Pass yesterday. After 134km of racing, Sobrero dashed home in 3:38:42 to beat Berge en Dale and Ride for Sight champion Reynard Butler (ProTouch) and Clint Hendricks (BCX) to the line. De Bod retains his tight grip on the yellow jersey as the tour, which boasts an international field, heads into its final day tomorrow. The 491km race, presented by Scicon and the City of Drakenstein, will culminate with the tough climb to the Taal Monument above Paarl following a relatively flat start to the fifth stage. The penultimate stage saw several attacks and a few breakaways before inevitably coming down to a sprint, with De Bod playing his part in the final outcome. The former U23 national road champion explained that a group of three riders got away after the ascent of Bain's Kloof Pass, about 30km from the finish. "Kent, Matteo and I then closed the gap but I think Kent spent a few pennies in that period to protect the GC and he dropped off a bit. "Gustav Basson [of ProTouch] then went full gas because they were trying to get second place in the general classification, but we stayed with them. "Within the last kilometre, with about 500m to go, I was able to lead out Matteo, taking him into the final corner. From there he was on his own and able to keep the gap until the line." The Italian, who will complete his stint of racing in South Africa at the Cape Town Cycle Tour on Sunday, was delighted with the victory. "This really means a lot to me. It is the first time I have raced here and I have really enjoyed the experience." De Bod, the champion in 2016, said their priority in . . .
Defending champion Kent Main repeated his triumph of a year ago as he climbed to victory on top of Du Toitskloof Pass on the third stage of the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope near Paarl today. The 137km queen stage of South Africa's premier road stage race, which is presented by Scicon and the City of Drakenstein, saw the DiData Continental team scoop the top three placings. Main, a 22-year-old pro from Johannesburg, and teammate Stefan de Bod, who won the overall title two years ago, crossed the finish line together in 3:39:56. Completing the clean sweep of the podium was Italian Matteo Sobrero, who got the better of Gustav Basson (ProTouch) in the closing metres. With two stages left, De Bod provisionally leads the race ahead of Main and Basson. The key element in their success during the stage, Main said, was their teamwork. He and teammates Luca Mozzato and Louis Visser were part of a breakaway group that went clear after 40km and, although they were later joined by De Bod, their efforts came to nothing as the peloton reassembled before the start of the finishing climb. "Luca then started off things at the beginning of the climb, keeping the pace nice and high," said Main, who won the tour in a heart-stopping grand finale by one second last year. "He and Ollie [Jones] did a good job. Once they peeled off Matteo did a massive job for us with a bit of a surge, bringing it down to about five riders at the front. "From that position, with about 4km to go, I did a small acceleration to get rid of the last riders, leaving just Stefan and myself." He said they worked together until the finish, riding conservatively but putting in some harder turns to open the gap to their closest challengers. "The biggest thing I can say today is that it was a perfect team effort. If it wasn't for that, it would not have worked out so well for us in the end," said Main. "My teammates were able to put pressure on the rest so by the time they reached the . . .
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A metronomic Stefan de Bod stamped his authority on the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope with his third successive victory in the individual time-trial outside Paarl in the Cape Winelands today. The Dimension Data Continental rider, who won the overall title in 2016, improved on his time of last year to nail the stage win in 32:30, provisionally moving into the top spot in the general classification. Taking second place on the day was his teammate and 2017 champion Kent Main, who completed the stage in 33:20, followed by ProTouch's HB Kruger a further 15 seconds adrift. The 21-year-old De Bod, who had set himself the target of beating last year's winning time on the 26.5km course, said he was happy with his hat-trick in South Africa's premier road stage race. "The finish line today was slightly different to last year, making it a bit shorter, but I still managed to beat my time by 50 seconds," he said. "With the slight change, that probably meant I was about 40 seconds quicker than in 2017 and in a short time-trial such as this it's quite a lot. I definitely showed some improvement." De Bod, who lives in nearby Stellenbosch, said at the halfway stage he thought he may have started a bit too fast. "But, in fact, I was able to keep up my power until the end, so my pacing turned out to be perfect. "That made it a really good time-trial for me. I pushed a bit harder because it was a relatively short distance and it all worked out well." He added that the team's focus now would be to work hard to protect the yellow jersey. De Bod said it would be a matter of good teamwork and smart tactics as they went about maintaining their grip on the race. "The team is working well together and each year things are becoming a bit more professional and the riders are getting more mature," he said. "We are a happy outfit and will definitely be aiming for a few more stage victories." Spur's former champion Ariane Luthi finally cracked her first time-trial . . .
Capitalising on his sprinting power, Nolan Hoffman took charge in the dash for the line to win the opening stage of the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope near Paarl in the Western Cape today. 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. "This stage was tailormade for me and we were sure it would come down to a sprint finish," he said. "I am really happy to take this win because it's great to start a stage race on the front foot." He said the final outcome was entirely due to the work his BCX teammates had put in throughout the day. "There was quite a crosswind during the stage and my teammates did a fantastic job of protecting me from that. "The plan was to deliver me for the final sprint and they did that to perfection." Hoffman said Clint Hendricks, who joined the team in January, led him into the last corner. "The timing was incredible because at the last turn Reynard Butler had already started the sprint. "I 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 front". A group of three - Brendon Downes (BCX), Luthanda Kaka (Velokhaya) and Ricardo Broxham (ProTouch) - got away after about 35km. "With Brendon up front, we decided to take a back seat and watch how the stage unfold." 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 . . .
Organisers of the OmmiBerg Harvest Celebration on Saturday, 3 March, have put plans in place to ensure that the event is water-wise and supports the massive water-saving initiatives of the Western Cape Government, Cape Winelands District Municipality and Drakenstein Municipality. According to Annelize Stroebel, general manager of the Drakenstein Local Tourism Association, they are extremely cognisant of the fact that the province is in the midst of a severe drought. “All our event plans have included water-wise activations and we have liaised closely with the participating wineries to ensure that wine lovers can still enjoy this amazing celebration of the annual harvest, while conserving water. After all, the members of the Paarl Wine Route have to deal with water restrictions on a daily basis and have all become really savvy at saving every drop possible. Most of the farms have alternative water sources, which have been tapped into for a significant period already. Participants have adapted their activities to ensure that no water wastage will take place. Bottled water will be on sale at each venue as it has become the norm over the past couple of years,” mentions Stroebel. Standard operating procedures on the wineries have included recycling, placing bricks in toilet cisterns and providing hand sanitizers to minimise hand washing. Several venues such as Boland Kelder, Perdeberg, Domaine Brahms and Ridgeback will be utilising portable toilets, which operates with chemical supply tanks of recycled water. Boland will be closing off their existing toilets for the duration of the event and an additional water car will be on standby. Wineries such as Landskroon and Mellasat have cancelled the slip `n slides that normally form part of their kids’ entertainment and replaced it with jumping castles. Mellasat will also be offering hand sanitisers for hand washing and will be using their usual grey water collection facility to cover operational uses. Water collected . . .
With a one-second flashback burning in his mind, Myles van Musschenbroek is fired up to make a statement when the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope gets under way in Paarl on Monday. South Africa's premier stage road race, presented by Scicon and the City of Drakenstein, will take riders through a total of 491km in and around the Western Cape town from Monday to Friday. The defending champion is Kent Main, but there can have been few stage races of this nature decided in such dramatic fashion than last year's finish at the Taal Monument just outside Paarl. On the final stage, Main trailed leader Van Musschenbroek by 51 seconds but in stunning fashion he managed to make up the deficit to hand a one-second loss to his devastated rival. Almost a year later, the memory still lingers for Van Musschenbroek and he feels there is unfinished business ahead of him next week. "That one second has been a bit of a thorn in the side for a year," the 25-year-old ProTouch rider from Johannesburg said. "It's something that I have thought about for the whole year and definitely something I would like to try to make right in my own head." Having said that, Van Musschenbroek acknowledged that he caught some lucky breaks last year, with stage four being cancelled because of high winds "which played in my favour". Nonetheless, he said still had to work hard to head the general classification going into the last day. This time he is looking forward to better team support. "Our preparations are all on track and there is a lot more depth in our team this year," he said of the outfit which includes last weekend's Bestmed Berge en Dale champion Reynard Butler. "We have more than one option this time and a few cards to play which we will discuss as the race goes on. Everyone's on a good level and we definitely want to go for the win this year." He said they had been focused on working as a team, discussing tactics going into each race and having learnt a lot about each . . .
The cream of Africa's young cycling talent will be on show when South Africa's premier stage road race, the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope, unfolds in and around Paarl from Monday to Friday. Presented by Scicon and the City of Drakenstein, the week will see the World Cycling Centre Africa team striving to demonstrate their skills in the 491km event. Comprising U23 riders, the six-man outfit comes from a squad of cyclists chosen after the recent African Continental Road Championships in Rwanda to spend a year at World Cycling Centre Africa, which is now based in Paarl. Started in 2005 under former South African Olympian JP van Zyl, the centre was the first satellite venue to be created following the establishment of the World Cycling Centre headquarters in Switzerland. "We are the development arm of the international cycling body [UCI] and select the best young riders in Africa to undergo specialist training at the centre," said Van Zyl. "The riders come from all over the continent and this year we have promising talent from Ethiopia, Mauritius, the Seychelles, Mali and Burkina Faso." He added that the cyclists were following a programme aimed at developing them to a level where they would be competing at the 2020 Olympics and on the World Tour in two years' time. Under the guidance of team coach and manager Peter-Lee Jeffries, Van Zyl said the riders had all raced at a top level before and he felt they would be a competitive outfit in the Tour of Good Hope. "They are seriously talented young riders who have all experienced tours of a similar nature to this one. "I believe they will be up there with the best teams, capable of challenging outfits such as Dimension Data Continental and BCX. "Having said that, the Tour of Good Hope is a really hard tour, so it will be interesting to see how they perform, especially on the hills." He added that they had a well-rounded team comprising sprinters and climbers and would be hoping "to win a stage . . .