11 March 2013
Herman Fouche sprinted to the men’s win and Anriette Schoeman benefitted from a crash to take the women’s victory in the world’s largest individually timed cycle race, the 2013 Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour, which drew a field of 34 500 on Sunday.
The Team Bonitas star’s victory in the 100-kilometre race around the Cape Peninsula completed a three-step move to the top of the podium after he finished second in 2012 and third in 2011.
“It was so close and I really wanted to win this race,” Fouche told the South African Press Association afterwards.
“Last year I came second and it means everything to me [to win this year].”
‘I had to win it’
In a very tight finish, Belgium’s Kristof Vandewalle, who had led a small breakaway towards the end of the race, was chased down by the peleton near the finish. “With the last five or six kilometres,” Fouche told Eyewitness News, “my team mates were in front controlling the bunch, putting all their trust in me. So I had to win it for the team.”
In a sprint finish decided by centimetres, Fouche outsprinted 2011 Argus winner Tyler Day of Team Westvaal-BMC to take the honours in two hours, 39 minutes and 55 seconds, with Christoff van Heerden claiming third place for Team Bonitas.
“Tyler Day has been in really good form and he was a big threat,” Fouche said. “He went out a bit early and I managed to get into his slip. It took me a while to come around.”
While it was a first ever Argus win for Fouche, it was a seventh title for women’s champion Anriette Schoeman, but her first since 2010.
The Team Mecer rider, whose first Argus win was achieved in 2000, had luck on her side as British road champion Sharon Laws crashed out about a kilometre from the finish at Sea Point. Ashleigh Moolman Pasio, the defending champion, was caught behind the accident, thus removing her as a title challenger.
Taking advantage, Schoeman raced to victory ahead of Team USN’s Cherise Stander and Swedish rider Jennie Stenerhag, who came home in third.
‘I struggled and I suffered’
“It was a really fast race,” Schoeman reckoned after securing victory. “I struggled and I suffered really badly on the climbs, and I had to dig deep.
“Last year I came down hard and this time round I’m really grateful I stayed upright. There was a big crash at the finish and I was just very lucky today.
“I know Cherise also really needed this victory and this one’s for [her late husband] Burry,” Schoeman said in dedicating her victory to the late South African mountain bike star.
- Herman Fouche (RSA) 2:39:55
- Tyler Day (RSA) st (same time)
- Christoff van Heerden (RSA) st
- Iljo Keisse (Bel) st
- Johann Rabie (RSA) st
- Till Drobisch (Nam) st
- Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) st
- Karl Platt (Ger) st
- Darren Lill (RSA) st
- Shaun-Nick Bester (RSA) st
- Anriette Schoeman (RSA) 2:52:53
- Cherise Stander (RSA) st
- Jennie Stenerhag (Swe) st
- Catherine Williamson (GBR)
- Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) st
- An-Li Kachelhoffer (RSA) 2:54:45
- Marissa Stander (RSA) st
- Lynette Burger (RSA) st
- Kendall Ryan (USA) st
- Ashleigh Blackwell (RSA) st
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