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Intaka Tech World's View Challenge - 1.1

South Africa, February 2-7, 2008

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Race 3 - February 4: New Hanover - Wartburg, 108 km

South Africans shine on day three

By Sophie Thompson

Robert Hunter (Team Barloworld) outsprints
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South African golden boy Robbie Hunter (Team Barloworld) took the winner's jersey in day three of the Intakatech World 's Views Challenge international cycling race. German Björn Schröder (Team Milram) and South Africa's Christoff van Heerden (Konica Minolta) finished second and third. South Africans also took fourth, fifth and sixth positions with Jaco Venter (Neotel), Juan van Heerden (MTN Energade) and Jay Thomson (MTN Energade) taking the fourth through sixth places respectively.

Hunter took the sprint finish in a fast race with a nail-biting finish during which four riders – Ciaran Power (Pezula) Herman Fouche (Konica Minolta), Daryl Impey (Team Barloworld) and Artur Gajek (Team Milram) – crashed dramatically 100m before the end of the race. His team-mate Kenyan rider Christopher Froome also won the King of the Mountain competition for the day.

"Barloworld can be extremely happy with their team working particularly hard today" said event director Alec Lenferna.

Van Heerden has spent ample time on the podium today and yesterday after winning both stages of the King of the Mountain for day two yesterday. Today he took third place and also won the Subaru sprint jersey.

The Intaka Tech development team and team Rwanda were also publicly praised from the podium today when Lenferna acknowledged the excellent performance both teams put into day three of the race.

Today's honours meant three podium positions in three races for Team Milram. Bjorne Schroder carried the flag with his second place today. Milram are fielding a mostly youthful team in this event with two senior riders who have previously ridden in the Tour de France - the rest of the team are using the Intaka Tech World's View Challenge to gain valuable international experience.

Hunter and his team enjoyed his first win of the fledgling season today with his sterling ride. "We came through fighting today but worked hard from the start," Hunter said. "The next two days will be hard - I am not looking forward to it. I am however looking forward to the rest day tomorrow."

The day, which was cooler than yesterday with only occasional drizzle, saw some fast riding through the lush countryside around Wartburg, New Hanover and Dalton in a race which started and ended in Alexandra Park. "It was perfect racing conditions today," said Lenferna.

The Intaka Tech Worlds View Challenge teams will be competing both for points on the UCI African leader board and for prize money to the value of R650 000. Tuesday is a rest day. Final competitions in the first-ever men's elite UCI category 1.1 race in Africa will wrap up Wednesday and Thursday.


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1 Robert Hunter (RSA) Team Barloworld                                           2.39.31 (40.62 km/h)
2 Björn Schroder (Ger) Team Milram
3 Christoff Van Heerden (RSA) Konica Minolt
4 Jaco Venter (RSA) Team Neotel
5 Juan Van Heerden (RSA) MTN Cycling Team
6 Jay Thomson (RSA) MTN Cycling Team
7 Christopher Froome (Ken) Team Barloworld
8 David O’Loughlin (Irl) Pezula Racing
9 Waylon Woolcock (RSA) MTN Cycling Team
10 Hanco Kackelhoffer (RSA) House Of Paint
11 Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Intaka Tech - South African Developement Team
12 Arron Brown (RSA) House Of Paint
13 Dennis Van Niekerk (RSA) Konica Minolta
14 Markus Eichler (Ger) Team Milram
15 Adrien Niyonshuti (Rwa) Team Rwanda
16 Ahmed A Tunsi Fatmi (Lba) Libyan National Team
17 Youssef Belgasem Ahmed (Lba) Libyan National Team
18 Adrian Maaske (RSA) South Africa National Team
19 Michael Van Staaden (RSA) Intaka Tech - South African Developement Team
20 Hugo Sabido (Por) Team Barloworld
21 Michael Sowerby (RSA) South Africa National Team
22 Jason Bakkie (RSA) House Of Paint
23 Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Team Neotel
24 Kieran Page (GBr) Pezula Racing
25 Mauritz Gerber (RSA) Konica Minolta
26 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Liquigas
27 Hichem Chabane (Alg) Konica Minolta
28 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Team Liquigas
29 Norberto Wilches (Col) Konica Minolta
30 David George (RSA) MTN Cycling Team
31 Christian Kux (Ger) Team Milram
32 Derek Burke (Irl) Pezula Racing
33 Travis Allen (RSA) Konica Minolta
34 John Lee Augustyn (RSA) Team Barloworld
35 Christian Pfannberger (Aut) Team Barloworld
36 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Team Liquigas
37 Sebastian Schwager (Ger) Team Milram
38 Claudio Corioni (Ita) Team Liquigas
39 Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Team Liquigas
40 Diego Caccia (Ita) Team Barloworld
41 Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Team Liquiga
42 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Team Barloworld                                         0.30
43 Luca Barla (Ita) Team Milram                                                    0.53
44 Roman Kreuzinger (Cze) Team Liquigas                                            1.58
45 Pablo Wilches (Col) Konica Minolta
46 Ian Mcleod (RSA) MTN Cycling Team
47 Marco Velo (Ita) Team Milram
48 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Team Liquigas                                            2.20
49 James Perry (RSA) Team Neotel
50 Martin Irvine (Irl) Pezula Racing
51 Daryl Impey (RSA) Team Barloworld                                               8.21
52 Richard Baxter (RSA) House Of Paint                                            30.00
53 Nicholas White (RSA) MTN Cycling Team
54 Ryan Connor (Irl) Pezula Racing
55 Artur Gajek (Ger) Team Milram
56 Dominik Roels (Ger) Team Milram
57 Nolan Hoffmann (RSA) Team Neotel
58 Petrus Loto (Nam) Team Neotel
59 Mathew Funnel (RSA) House Of Paint
60 Bradley Potgieter (RSA) MTN Cycling Teama
61 Dean Edwards (RSA) South Africa National Team
62 Chris Willemse (RSA) South Africa National Team
63 Jonathan Kinnear (RSA) MTN Cycling Team
64 Jamie Ball (RSA) House Of Paint
65 Elmendi Abdunnaser (Lba) Libyan National Team Cycling
66 Hoh Ali Ahmed (Lba) Libyan National Team Cycling
67 Tekenyane Moubane (Les) Lesotho National Team
68 Obed Ruvogera (Rwa) Team Rwanda                                                32.40
69 Makhashe Ramolungoa (Les) Lesotho National Team
70 Stanley Namanayna (RSA) Intaka Tech - South African Developement Team          33.29
71 Thuso Makatise (Les) Lesotho National Team
72 Moeketsi Makatile (Les) Lesotho National Team
73 Poloko Makara (Les) Lesotho National Team
74 Nyandwi Uwase (Rwa) Team Rwanda
75 Jean De Dieu Uwimana Rafiki (Rwa) Team Rwanda
76 Nathan Byukusenge (Rwa) Team Rwanda
77 Tumisang Thaabe (Les) Lesotho National Team                                    33.47
78 Lawrence Mashlango (RSA) Intaka Tech - South African Developement Team         34.17
79 Verdi Farao (RSA) Intaka Tech - South African Developement Team                34.40
80 Hendri Whitehead (RSA) Intaka Tech - South African Developement Team
81 Ahadi Somewir Ali (Lba) Libyan National Team
82 Morgan Fox (Irl) Pezula Racing
83 Shaban Aesharaa Faysal (Lba) Libyan National Team

DNF Ciaran Power (Irl) Pezula Racing
DNF Herman Fouche (RSA) Konica Minolta
DNF Daryl Impey (RSA) Team Barloworld
DNF Artur Gajek (Ger) Team Milram


1 David Garret
2 Mark Linington
3 Mahony Connor
4 Werner Moolman
5 Donovan van Gelder

Note:  No women's races were held today.