Clint Hendricks and national champion An-Li Kachelhoffer won sprint finishes on Sunday to clinch their maiden titles in the elite men’s and women’s races at the 39th edition of the Cape Town Cycle Tour.
Hendricks, turning out for the RoadCover team, recovered from illness earlier in the week to hold off a challenge from Dimension Data Continental rider Jayde Julius, snatching the biggest win of his career.
“This has been a long time coming. I’ve often had to settle for second or third, so to pull one off with the team was perfect,” Hendricks said.
“It’s one of the biggest races in the country, if not the biggest, and I couldn’t ask for more.”
Hendricks covered the 109km route in 2:35:35, with Julius clocking the same time in second place.
Nolan Hoffman (Team Telkom), who was aiming for a third straight victory at the annual event, took third position.
Kachelhoffer, meanwhile continued her fine form in the early stages of the season.
The women’s peloton had been swallowed by veteran men early in the race, and they caught a group of tandem riders shortly before the finish.
Kachelhoffer, however, maintained her composure through the chaos to edge out defending champion Lynette Burger of Team Demacon. Both riders finished in 2:51:26, with African champion Vera Adrian of Namibia ending third.
“I’ve looked forward to winning this race my whole career,” Kachelhoffer said.
“It was a crazy mess of a ride but I managed to get in front and wiggle my way to the line.
“After winning the national championships, and then finishing second at the African Continental Championships, I’m very happy to be back on top of the podium.”