SA juniors storm through at African Champs

Frances du Toit during the South African National Road Race Championships on February 07, 2015 in Nelspriut, South Africa. (Photo by Dirk Kotze/Gallo Images)

Frances du Toit during the South African National Road Race Championships on February 07, 2015 in Nelspriut, South Africa. (Photo by Dirk Kotze/Gallo Images)

The South African riders claimed the spoils in both the junior men’s and junior women’s races in the 24km time trial on the second second day of the Confederation of African Cycling African Road Championships in Pietermaritzburg today.

South Africa’s teams were favourite to win and they showed their class as Frances du Toit and Greg de Vink added the continental title to their growing lists of achievements.

De Vink went into the race with subdued expectations following a tough team time trial on Monday. The 17-year old rider was happy to cross the line first as it has been a busy couple of weeks.

“I came into today not expecting to win so it is a really great surprise. I won gold at the South African Champs and then a win yesterday in the team time trial. I was feeling good today and was just really happy that I won,” he said.

Islam Mansouri from Algeria won silver and the bronze medal was won by El Mehdi Chokri of Morocco.

Frances du Toit continued her winning form as she added a junior women’s continental championship title to her South African time trial and road titles.

“I have been riding well recently so I went into today with confidence. I was also pretty nervous because I really didn’t know what the rest of Africa had to offer.

“The course was really tough and the heat did not help us. I did go off second so it was slightly cooler this morning then it was when some of the other girls had to ride,” du Toit said.

Lynette Benson from South African was second and Zimbabwean Skye Davidson third.

 

 

 

 

 

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