Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Clint Hendricks has confirmed that he will be on the startline with a powerful BCX Team aiming to defend his title in the aQuellé Tour Durban on Sunday.
Hendricks will be eager to test how he has recovered from the gruelling Tour de Limpopo that ends a few days before the Durban classic.
Hendricks blasted to the line in the colours of RoadCover to take the 2017 title, but now has the advantage of starting with an intimidating BCX team that includes Marc Pritzen, another former Tour Durban winner Nolan Hoffmann, Chris Jooste, Steven van Heerden, Brandon Downes and David Maree.
He says that while the team race plan has not been finalised, he can’t rule out a repeat of the shock early break that shattered the elite peleton going up the M7 climb to Pinetown.
“That was incredible. I don’t think anyone has ever done that before,” he recalls. “We managed to get away and make it stick that early on in the race, when no-one was expecting it.”
“This year we could well take the race by the horns again, and anyone who wants to have a chance in the sprint finish is going to have a lot of hard work to do,” he said.
The challenge this year will be to ensure that they get enough time to recover from the Tour de Limpopo that ends on Thursday, giving them two days to recover and travel to Durban for the Tour Durban.
“The turnaround time is very tough and we will have to be smart about maximising our recovery,” says the 26-year-old Gauteng-based pro.
“Luckily we all know the Durban route, so we will just do a few active recovery rides when we get down there for the race.” – African News Agency (ANA)