Team Giant’s Rohan Du Plooy took the win at the Medihelp Stellenbosch Cycle Tour on 3 December 2017 in wet racing conditions, finishing the 97km route in 02:16:14, beating Craig Boyes (Specialized) and Dan Craven (Namibia) to the post, who finished in second and third respectively.
Liezel Jordaan (Route 62 Cycles) claimed the victory in the women’s race in a time of 02:31:35. Second and third were Katie Lennard (02:31:36) and Lucy James (02:31:38) respectively.
Du Plooy said the pace was fast right from the beginning with attacks taking place throughout the race. There was a break away at Val de Vie and with the help of his team mates Du Plooy was able to successfully drive to the finish.
Jordaan explained that the women’s race was a bit different with the women sticking in a bunch for most of the race and a sprint to the finish taking place right near the end.
Over five thousand cyclists lined up on a wet Sunday morning in Stellenbosch to take part in the second biggest road race in the Western Cape and the final premier seeding event for the 2018 Cape Town Cycle Tour.
Director of Marketing, Media and Sponsorship for the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust, organisers of the Medihelp Stellenbosch Cycle Tour, David Bellairs said, “Despite the weather conditions prevailing on the day, a large number cyclists turned out for the Medihelp Stellenbosch Cycle Tour. Our thanks goes out to the intrepid cyclists who braved the rain to participate in the 2017 edition. To our sponsors, Medihelp, on behalf of the cyclists and organisers thank you for a great event.”
Heyn van Rooyen, Medihelp Medical Scheme’s Principal Officer says, “It’s a privilege for the Scheme to be associated with a challenging race and meeting of like-minded health conscious participants who share Medihelp’s passion for a healthy lifestyle.”
97km Race Results
Elite Men 1st: Rohan Du Plooy (Team Giant) (02:16:14)
Elite Men 2nd: Craig Boyes (Specialized) (02:16:38)
Elite Men 3rd: Dan Craven (Namibia) (02:17:01)
Elite Ladies 1st: Liezel Jordaan (Route 62 Cycles) (02:31:35)
Elite Ladies 2nd: Katie Lennard (The Gear Change) (02:31:36)
Elite Ladies 3rd: Lucy James (02:31:38)