Clint Hendricks from team RoadCover took first place in an time of 2 hours 35 minutes 35 seconds (2:35:35) in a sprint finish in the Cape Town Cycle Tour on Sunday.
The 109-kilometre route played into the hands of tactical team racing, and with a number of cyclists gunning for the win, a group of three made a dash for the line with Hendricks coming out on top.
Jayde Julius (Team Dimension Data) was just behind in second, with defending champion Nolan Hoffman (Team Telkom) taking third.
In the early stages of the men’s race there was a significant crash with at least eight cyclists on hospital bend at the first real climb on the route, but none of the race favourites were involved. At 35 minutes into the race, before Muizenberg, Nicol Carstens broke away from the group and began attacking on his own.
By the 54 minute mark, Carstens had opened up a 40 second gap on the chasing pack led by Team Telkom.
But the main peloton caught Carstens as he began to tire into the strong headwind at Smitswinkel just under the 70 minute mark, 49km into the race.
Morne van Niekerk then took up the reins for Team Telkom up the steep slopes of Smitswinkel in increasingly windy conditions. At the 61km mark as the riders passed through Scarborough, a group of around 15 riders took up the lead with Team Dimension Data and Team Telkom taking turns at attacking the front.
The next breakaway was led by Jaco Venter and Jared Hattingh with just over 90 minutes gone and under 50km left to the finish. As the riders passed through the breathtaking views of Chapman’s Peak, 30 men emerged still gunning for a top placing at the 82km mark.
With the leading men passing through Hout Bay with 89km under the belt, James Reid took the lead with the chasers beginning to spread out in preparation for a sprint finish.
With 11km left, Hoffman was some 20 seconds from the front. And just ahead Keagan Girdlestone took up the lead, frequently moving ahead of a leading pack of three riders with less than 5km left. But as it had threatened for much of the final third of the race, it came down to a sprint finish where Hendricks would emerge victorious. African News Agency (ANA)[Souce: African News Agency/IOL]