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RoadCover’s Kent Main ticked a significant item off his bucket list when he was crowned Bestmed Tour of Good Hope champion in a sensational finale at the Taal Monument near Paarl today.

In one of the tightest finishes to any road tour in South Africa, Main powered his way up the steep climb to make up a 51-second deficit on Pro Touch’s overnight leader Myles van Musschenbroek to snatch the title by a single second.

It was an agonising outcome for the 24-year-old Van Musschenbroek, made more excruciating by a wait of about 15 minutes before the timekeepers were able to confirm the final standings.

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Excessive winds in the Boland region caused stage four of the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope to be cancelled shortly after the start from La Paris Estate near Paarl today.

The decision was made by president commissaire Sammy Hardine, on behalf of Cycling South Africa, after consulting his team and the organisers following reports of dangerous riding conditions, particularly on the Du Toitskloof and Bain’s passes.

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RoadCover’s Kent Main held his composure on the climb up Du Toitskloof Pass to take the stage three spoils in the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope road race just outside Paarl today.

The 21-year-old from Linden in Johannesburg led the way to the finish line of the 133km queen stage of South Africa’s premier road race in 3:19:12.

He was followed home three seconds later by teammate Eddie van Heerden, with Dimension Data’s Hafetad Weldu third in 3:19:18.

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African continental U23 time-trial champion Stefan de Bod capitalised on his skills against the clock to seize the yellow jersey on the second stage of the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope road cycle race at Boland Agricultural High School just outside Paarl today.

The 20-year-old Dimension Data rider, who grew up in nearby Worcester, showed his superior speedwork to win the Buffet Olives individual time-trial in 33:15 to erase an overnight deficit of 54 seconds.

Slotting into second and third respectively were RoadCover’s Willie Smit (33:59) and Dimension Data’s Nicholas Dlamini (34:43).

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Irishman Philip Lavery led a small group of escapees over the line to win the opening stage of the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope in warm conditions at La Paris Estate near Paarl today.

The 26-year-old Alfa Bodyworks rider from Dublin, who only arrived in South Africa on Wednesday, clocked a time of 2:21:06 on the relatively flat 102km ride through the Cape Winelands to claim this year’s first yellow jersey.

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The Bestmed Tour of Good Hope's international reputation was further enhanced this week after confirmation that five-time Cape Epic champion Karl Platt will be on the start line in early March.

The German will lead a strong team in South Africa's premier road stage race that stretches over five days and 490km in the Cape Winelands.

The 38-year-old from Osthofen will be supported by Swiss marathon mountain bike champion Urs Huber and fellow Germans Tim Böhme and Simon Stiebjahn.

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As she moves into a new phase of her cycling career, Cape Town Cycle Tour and national road champion An-Li Kachelhoffer has set her sights squarely on conquering the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope in March.

The 29-year-old allrounder, who represented the country in the Olympic Games road race in Rio, said she was keen to target stage races after announcing this week she would be linking up with Team Bestmed-ASG from January.

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For someone who has conquered a myriad of challenges, British Olympic Games hero Dame Kelly Holmes feels a tremor of trepidation as she looks ahead to the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope cycling race in South Africa next year.

The 46-year-old, who won two gold medals at the Athens Olympics in 2004, described herself as a cycling novice and admitted that she was just a tad nervous for the 515km (320-mile) examination that lay ahead.

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Leading international cycling brand Scicon have announced a new two-year sponsorship of the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope, which will see them become one of the official presenting sponsors.

After supporting the past two editions of South Africa's flagship road stage race, they have increased their commitment in a deal worth R1.8-million per year.

Established in Italy in 1980, Scicon have grown into a leading global brand, providing the ultimate solution for the secure transportation of bicycles.

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Stefan de Bod finished second on the final stage to win the overall title at the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope at the Taal Monument above Paarl today.

The 19-year-old Dimension Data star took the yellow jersey after the individual time-trial on stage two and never looked in trouble as he went about his business of defending it over the final three days, which included two mountain top finishes.

His teammate Keagan Girdlestone won the final stage in scorching conditions to consolidate his second position overall with former national road champion Darren Lill completing the podium for USN-Purefit.

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The fourth day of the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope came to a dramatic conclusion when Team Telkom’s Reynard Butler took stage honours in a photo finish ahead of New Zealand’s Sam Gaze at La Paris Estate in Paarl today.

Metres from the line it looked like Gaze – who won on top of Du Toitskloof Pass the previous day – had the victory in the bag but Butler was able to draw even as the man from Cambridge lifted his arms in early celebration.

Video footage revealed that Johannesburg-based Butler had in fact crossed the line first, by two-thousands of a second, in 3:19:43.

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Stefan de Bod put in a performance that belied his years on the 133km queen stage of the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope to retain the yellow jersey on top of Du Toitskloof Pass today.

The 19-year-old Dimension Data rider, who won yesterday’s individual time-trial to surge into the overall lead, finished third on the crucial third stage that started at La Paris Estate between Paarl and Franschhoek.

De Bod now leads the general classification by 1:47 over teammate Keagan Girdlestone and 3:01 over USN-Purefit’s Darren Lill.

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South Africa’s top road sprinter Nolan Hoffman emerged from the pack to win the first stage of the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope in sweltering conditions at La Paris Estate outside Paarl today.

After 98km of racing, the Team Telkom rider crossed the line in 2:17:55 to grab the first yellow jersey ahead of RoadCover’s Clint Hendricks and Dimension Data’s Jayde Julius.

In the women’s race, Time Freight’s Lise Olivier also won in a sprint, crossing the line in 2:44:26 to beat former British road champion Sharon Laws and Ariane Kleinhans of Team Spur-Specialized. 

 

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While stage one of the five-day Bestmed Tour of Good Hope on Monday is set to be a single-day classic, the first meaningful leader should emerge after the following day’s 37km individual time-trial.

“I expect the revised opening stage to be a tactical affair,” said former pro rider and cycling analyst Johnny Koen.

“The new route is a blessing in disguise for the sprinters, so brace yourself for a one-day classic.”

 

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The five-day Bestmed Tour of Good Hope will up the ante once more when they present the richest time-trial in South African cycling for the second year running later this month.

ASG, who own the Cycling South Africa-sanctioned event, today announced an extension of their partnership with Paarl-based Buffet Olives, who will again float the prize-money for the time-trial stage.

The well-known Boland brand partnered with the tour for the first time last year, awarding a cash purse of R50 000 to the stage winners.

 

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Double defending champion Ariane Kleinhans believes this year’s Bestmed Tour of Good Hope can be won and lost in the individual time-trial on day two.

“The time-trial will definitely be decisive for the overall,” the 32-year-old Swiss rider predicted this week.

“I did quite well on that stage last year, but I think my teammate Annika (Langvad) will be super strong there.”

Kleinhans, who will be riding in the colours of Team Spur-Specialized, said the Dane was a specialist against the clock and placed sixth at the Worlds in 2013.

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Former pro Andrew Mclean believes the five-day Bestmed Tour of Good Hope, which starts on February 29, is vital for South African road racing.

“I think it’s absolutely critical, given we have so little quality stage racing. It’s fast becoming the most prolific stage race in the country,” said the former three-time Giro del Capo winner.

“Overseas teams will enjoy the timing of the event, the benefit of current foreign exchange and the beautiful racing surrounds, and they’ll provide the much needed international flavour.”

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Rudy Project will proudly present the 2016 Bestmed Tour of Good Hope, South Africa’s premier road cycling stage race, from February 29 to March 4. The tour’s official race village at La Paris Estate – situated midway between the neighbouring towns of Paarl and Franschhoek on the R301 – will host all five stages.

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Riders can now book a meal package for their spouse/friend to enjoy daily meals with them during the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope from February 29 - March 4 next year.

Entrants all receive a free dinner on the eve of the first stage as well as daily lunches at La Paris following stages 1, 2, 3 and 4. There is no lunch after the final stage at the Taal Monument.

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The 2016 Bestmed Tour of Good Hope, presented by Rudy Project, is the biggest and only Western Cape road tour to be officially sanctioned by Cycling South Africa for next season. The five-day tour, which starts in Paarl on February 29, will take a thousand riders on a 490km journey through the Cape Winelands, with racing categories for both professional and amateur teams. Newly appointed tour director Hendrik Wagener said the CSA rubber stamp signified that all of the correct structures were in place and that all aspects of the tour, including safety, complied with national standards.

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Free bike transportation with the purchase of a Scicon AeroComfort 2.0 TSA bike bag. With the purchase of a Scicon AeroComfort 2.0 TSA bike bag or the Scicon AeroTech Evolution bike case, you are entitled to the exclusive bicycle transport service facilitated by Scicon. All you need to do is to pack your bicycle, book collection and we will take care of the rest, making sure your bicycle is assembled at the event. Let Scicon provide you with ease of mind, so that all you have to do is to worry about the finish line.

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Leading global sports brand Rudy Project has made an incredible sponsorship commitment to South Africa’s flagship road cycling stage race, the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope. The Italian eyewear manufacturer has made a phenomenal pledge of R3.5 million in product sponsorship to the event, which represents the ultimate event endorsement and the largest of its kind in road racing on the African continent.

The Rudy Project sponsorship will directly benefit all riders who complete the race, which takes place from 29 February to 4 March 2016, with every finisher being rewarded with their own set of Rudy Project Tralyx eyewear - and the privilege of becoming part of cycling event history.

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Paarl, in the heart of the Cape Winelands region of South Africa, has been announced as the official host city for the 2016 Bestmed Tour of Good Hope presented by Rudy Project.

Situated 60km northeast of Cape Town, the seat of the City of Drakenstein will provide logistical and financial support for the five-day tour, which takes place from February 29 to March 4.

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