News for November 2

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* BOLAND BANK CYCLE TOUR: 29th Oct to 4th Nov, 8 stages, 909km


   Total Distance : 909 km
   Number of Stages : 8
   Individual Time Trial : 2
   Hotspots : 7
   Mountain Primes : 6
   Longest Stage : Stage 4 = 196 km
   Shortest Stage : Prologue = 3.4 km
   Number of towns and villages involved : 26
   Approximate Cycling Duration : 26 hours
   Mountain Passes : Bothmaskloof Pass, Tiekiedraai Pass, Sir Lowry's
   Pass, Houwhoek Pass, Franschoek Pass, Theronsberg Pass, Mitchell's



   Stage 1 : Sunday, 29th October 1995 - 10:00am
   3.4 km Prologue : Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

   Stage 2 : Monday, 30th October
   123 km Road Stage : Paarl, Wellington, R44, Hermon, Riebeeck
   Kasteel, Malmesbury, R45, Wellington, Paarl

   Stage 3 : Tuesday, 31st October
   193 km Road Stage : Moorreesburg, R311, R45, Hopefield, Vredenburg,
   Saldanha, R79, R315, Darling, Malmesbury

   Stage 4 : Wednesday, 1st November
   196 km Road Stage : Worcester, Mitchell's Pass, Ceres, Theronsberg
   Pass, De Doorns, Worcester

   Stage 5 : Thursday, 2nd November
   131 km Road Stage : Strand, Sir Lowry's Pass, Botriver, Kleinmond,
   Gordon's Bay, Strand

   Stage 6 : Friday, 3rd November (am)
   76 km Road Stage : Bellville, Melkbos, Blouberg, Tiekiedraai,

   Stage 7 : Friday, 3rd November (pm) - 5.30pm
   12.2 km Time Trial : Bellville Stadium / Tygervalley Shopping

   Final Stage 8 : Saturday, 4th November - 9.30am
   172 km Road Stage : Stellenbosch, Paarl, R303, Franschoek,
   Franschoek Pass, R45, Theewaterskloof Dam, Grabouw, Somerset West,



   Johan Bruyneel (BEL)
   Melchor Mauri (ESP)
   Hermingo Diaz Zabala (ESP)
   Kiko/Arancia Garcia (ESP)
   Luis M Diaz de Otazu (ESP)

   Jesper Skibby (DEN)
   Hendrik Redant (BEL)
   Hendrik van Dyck (BEL)
   Michel Cornelisse (NED)
   Niels van der Steen (NED)

   Olaf Ludwig (GER)
   Mario Kummer (GER)
   Brian Holm (DEN)
   Gerd Audehm (GER)
   Michael Lafis (SWE)
   Jurgen Werner (GER)

   Eric van Lancker (BEL)
   Peter Verbeken (BEL)
   Michel van Haecke (BEL)
   Wim Omloop (BEL)
   Niko Eeckhout (BEL)

   Christian Selin (FIN)
   Magnus Backstedt (SWE)
   Niclas Ekstrom (SWE)
   Juho Suikkari (FIN)
   Janne Maki (FIN)

   Stefan Gogall (GER)
   Allen Grubl
   Rafael Henne (GER
   JP Furus (GER)
   Wayne Burgess (SA)

   Pierre Bourquenoud (SWI)
   Hans-Kurt Brand (SWI)
   Ben Girard (SWI
   Andre Massard (SWI
   Thomas Pfister (SWI)
   Siegfried Hoebel

   Roger Tanner (GER)
   Thomas Bockmann (GER)
   Jurgen Rodenbeck (GER)
   Ralf Koldewitz (GER)
   Heiko Latocha (GER)

   Willie Engelbrecht
   Douglas Ryder
   Malcolm Lange
   Jac-Louis van Wyk
   Allan Wolhuter

   Blayne Wikner
   Pierre-Henri Olivier
   Rudolph Wentzel
   David George
   Duan Vock

   Sunday Musa
   Ibrahim Musa
   Joseph Audu
   Friday Noruw
   Osaze Owen

   Andre Bekker
   Justin Weaving
   Rodney Green
   Renato Albrecht
   Nicholas White

   Andre Jacobs
   Johan Gouws
   Damien Booth
   Patrick Laverty
   Sean van Zyl

   Stephen Viljoen
   Mario Nell
   Mirco Ellis
   Mervyn Dinkelmann
   Jacques Fullard

   Jan van der Merwe
   Freddie Pienaar
   R Rheeder
   M Bester
   Brent Copeland

   Borislav Tzenov
   Ross Grant
   George Smit
   Christian Beyers
   Peter Marais

   Boyd Roberts
   Hendrik Butler
   Michael Jones
   Gary Merkel
   Mannie Heymans

   Faizel Hendricks
   Stefanus Furlan
   Peter Wheeler
   Paul Cruden
   Richard Roselt


   Stage 1 : Sunday, 29th October 1995 - 10:00am
   3.4 km Prologue : Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

   1. Ralf Koldewitz (GER - HAMELN-KONTOK-7) 5min 22 secs
   2. Blayne Wikner (SA - WP/Village Cycles) @ 0.34 seconds
   3. Magnus Backstedt (SWE - LANKEN TEAM) @ 1.64 seconds
   4. Malcolm Lange (SA - Old Mutual National Team) @ 3.5 seconds
   5. Jac Louis Van Wyk (SA - Old Mutual National Team) @ 6.55 secs
   6. Willie Engelbrecht (SA - Old Mutual National Team) @ 7.88 secs
   7. PH Olivier (SA - WP/Village Cycles) @ 9.14 secs
   8. Melchor Mauri (ESP - ONCE GRUPO DEPORTIVO) @ 10.56 seconds
   9. Niko Eeckhoud (BEL - COLLSTROP-LYSTEX-DIAMANT) @ 11.83 secs
  10. David George (SA - WP/Village Cycles) @ 11.62 secs

   Team Event
   1. Old Mutual South Africa - 16min:21secs
   2. Village Cycles/WP Team @ 5 secs
   3. Lanken Team @ 15 secs
   4. Hameln-Kontok-7 @ 20 secs
   5. ONCE Grupo Deportivo @ 27 secs
   6. Team Telekom @ 34 secs




Cape Times - 30/10/95

   The infamous "Cape Doctor" played a role as Germany's Ralf
   Koldewitz won the opening prologue stage of the Boland Bank cycle
   tour in Cape Town yesterday. The strong south-easterly wind picked
   up half way through the morning session to deny many of the
   favourites a chance of wearing the leader's yellow jersey on the
   second "proper" stage of the Tour today.

   Instead it was Koldewitz who took advantage of his early off-time
   to post a time of 5 minutes 22 second, ahead of South African
   Blayne Wikner of Village Cycles. Wickner-also one of the early
   riders-finished just 0.34 seconds behind Koldewitz with Sweden's
   Magnus Backstedt third, 1.34 seconds behind. Many of the favourites
   started their prologue late as the strong wind began to blow on the
   out-and-back course along the Cape Town waterfront, resulting in
   the surprise win. "It was a surprise," the 26-year-old Koldewitz, a
   former national track rider, admitted through an interpreter. "When
   I rode the wind wasn't really a factor." "We're both the top
   prologue guys in the team and we spoke to our manager about how to
   win the stage," Wickner said. "That's when we decided to put me in
   early and David (George) later." It proved a wise decision as
   George - who recently broke the SA record in the pursuit event at
   the World Championships in Columbia earlier this year - could only
   manage tenth place 11 seconds behind Koldewitz.

   The tactics meant, however, that the team finished second in the
   team event behind the SA national outfit led by Malcolm Lange.
   Lange finished fourth yesterday, three seconds behind with teammate
   Jac-Louis van Wyk fifth and Willie Engelbrecht sixth. Pre-race
   favourite Melchor Mauri, who finished sixth in this year's Tour de
   France, finished eighth - ten seconds behind.


  [Willie Engelbrecht - bill henderson]

The Argus - 30/10/95, by Bryan Grieve

   The Old Mutual South African team packed three riders into the top
   six to take the lead after the first individual time trial stage of
   the R 100 000 Boland Bank International Tour on the Atlantic
   seaboard yesterday.

   In a field of 85 riders, SA's Malcolm Lange was fourth in 5 min 25
   sec  over the wind-buffeted 3.4 km course, Jac-Loui  van Wyk fifth
   (5:28) and out-of-sorts Willie Engelbrecht sixth in the same time
   as Van Wyk.

   This gave South Africa a five-second team lead over Village Cycles
   Western Province, who saw Blayne Wikner (5:22) finish second to
   German Ralf Koldewotz, and one second ahead of third placed Swede
   Magnus Backstedt.

   Koldewitz was 0.34 seconds faster than Wikner, who was third in the
   prologue last year. Wikner's nearest team-mates yesterday were 7th
   placed Pierre-Henri Olivier (5:31) and David George, who was 10th
   in 5:33.

   Koldewitz will be a surprise wearer of the yellow jersey today
   after taking full advantage of the weather.



   Stage 2 : Monday, 30th October
   123 Km    Paarl, Wellington, R44, Hermon, Riebeeck Kasteel,
   Malmesbury, R45, Wellington, Paarl

     Result (Final)
   1. Ralf Koldewitz (GER - HAMELN-KONTOK-7) 3:08:36
   2. Thomas Bockman (GER -HAMELN-KONTOK-7) same time
   3. Jurgen Werner (GER -TEAM TELEKOM)
   4. Jacques Fullard (SA -COROMA DOORS)
   5. Niclas Ekstrom (SWE-Lanken Team)
   6. Hendrik Redant (BEL-TVM / POLIS DIRECT)
   7. Malcolm Lange (SA-Old Mutual Team)
   8. Pierre Bourquenoud (SWI-Tandem Team)
   9. Magnus Backstedt (SWE-Lanken Team)
   10.Arancia Garcia (ESP-ONCE GRUPO DEPORTIVO)

   Communique 1
   2. 3.16 Riders No 9, 19, 40, 85 Disqualified (Holding on)
   3. 3.22 Team BMW (Manager). Non reg supply of refreshments. Fine SF50
   4. Rider 73. Tailgating. Fine SF30. 20 seconds penalty
   5. 3.4 Rider 76. No frame number. Fine SF30

   I'll try to find out the riders with relevance to point #2 above

   Overall - after stage 2
    Ralf Koldewitz (GER-HAMELN - KONTOK-7) 3:13:48
    Blayne Wikner (SA-Village WP Team) @ 10 secs
    Magnus Backstedt (SWE-Lanken Team) @ 11 secs
    Malcolm Lange (SA - Old Mutual) @ 13 secs
    Thomas Bockman (GER -HAMELN-KONTOK-7) @ 19 secs
    Jurgen Werner (GER-TEAM TELEKOM) @ 20 secs
    Melchor Mauri (ESP-ONCE GRUPO DEPORTIVO) @ 20 secs
    Hendrik Redant (BEL-TVM / POLIS DIRECT) @ 23 secs
    Jac-Louis van Wyk (SA-Old Mutual) @ 24 secs
    Niclas Ekstrom (SWE-Lanken Team) @ 25 secs

   1. Luis M Diaz de Otazu (ESP-ONCE GRUPO DEPORTIVO) 8 points
   2. Douglas Ryder (SA-Old Mutual) 6 points
   3. Johan Bruyneel (BEL-ONCE GRUPO DEPORTIVO) 5 points
   4. Brian Holm (DEN-TEAM TELEKOM) 4 points
   5. Hendrik van Dyck (BEL-TVM / POLIS DIRECT) 3 points

   Team Event
   1. Village Cycles/WP Team - 9:42:22
   2. Old Mutual South Africa @ 0:03
   3. Lanken Team @ 0:10
   4. ONCE Grupo Deportivo @ 14 secs
   5. Hameln Kontok-7 @ 15 secs
   6. Team Telekom @ 29 secs
   7. Team Tandem @ 36 secs
   8. TVM/Polis Direct @ 46 secs
   9. Collstrop Lystex-Dia @ 54 secs
   10. Coroma Doors @ 56 secs

   KFM Stereo Points
   1. Ralf Koldewitz (GER-HAMELN-KONTOK-7) 5 points
   2. Thomas Bockmann (GER-HAMELN-KONTOK-7) 3 points
   2. Luis M Diaz de Otazu (ESP - ONCE GRUPO DEPORTIVO) 3 points
   4. Jurgen Werner (GER-Team Telekom) 2 points
   4. Siegfried Hoebel (SWI?-Tandem Team) 2 points
   6. Mervyn Dinkelman  SA-Coroma Doors) 1 point
   6. Jacques Fullard (SA-Coroma Doors) 1 point

   1. Luis M Diaz de Otazu (ESP-ONCE GRUPO DEPORTIVO) 3 points
   2. Siegfried Hoebel (SWI?-Tandem Team) 2 points
   3. Mervyn Dinkelman (SA-COROMA DOORS) 1 point

   The bunch rolled out of Paarl yesterday in good weather. No sooner
   were they out the town then Mervyn Dinkelman attacked. Luis de
   Otazu and Siegfried Hoebel covered this attack. TVM and Kontok-7
   who weren't represented kept the following pace high. Willie
   Engelbrecht retires complaining of a chest problem. He had been
   sick with flu the week before the tour.

   The break now has a gap of 1:35 and Otazu easily takes the
   Hotspot/Prime sprint at 63.8km.

   The only climb of the day, Bothmaskloof, is reached and Otazu piles
   on the pressure and the first to go is Dinkelman and shortly after
   Hoebel. Otazu is up ahead climbing the hill in his big chainring.
   The conditions, 33 degrees centigrade suit the Spaniard. At the top
   of the climb (82 km) he has a lead of 1:20.

   The bunch have swept up the two stragglers from the break. Melchor
   Mauri decides domestique work is allright and goes back to fetch
   water for the team from the team car.

   Otazu is soon caught in the strong headwind. With 18 km to go Eric
   van Lancker (BEL) of the Collstrop team launches a good attack.
   This is soon brought back by the South African national team. With
   5 kms to go every team is having a go at getting away. Blayne
   Wikner launches a strong attack which provides a springboard for
   Johan Bruyneel. TVM again pull this back and start forming at the
   front. With 1km to go TVM are leading out for Michel Cornelisse
   (NED). Malcolm Lange (SA) tries to come through but can't get
   around the arrowhead.

   Cornelisse goes early, too early it seems, still in the lead, here
   comes Koldewitz. Koldewitz comes through and takes it by a half a
   bike length.

   The second place rider Cornelisse has apparently been DQ, as he was
   hanging on to a truck in the convoy. There has been an appeal.
   Other riders involved are 1 German, 1 SA, 1 Bel and 1 TVM rider.
   Apparently on the headwind section they hung on. There was no way
   after being dropped on the climb, that they would have got back to
   the bunch.