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PPA Cape Argus Giro del Capo Challenge 3 - 1.2
South Africa, March 4-8, 2009
Race 3 - March 6: Paarl - Paarl, 171.3km
Barloworld's Briton beats the rest
Steve Cummings continued Barloworld's successful week in South Africa by winning the third race in the Giro del Capo series. Cummings success follows wins by South African teammates Robert Hunter and Chris Froome.
Cummings claimed victory solo, with South African Johann Rabie (Neotel) taking second place three seconds behind. Dennis van Niekerk (Konica Minolta) claimed third place in a sprint from a bunch of 14 riders.
"It was very hot again today," said Barloworld manager Claudio Corti. "The team took strain and worked from the start, but they gave me results. Cummings is in good shape and he deserved to win. Of course I am happy."
MTN's David George escaped from the first breakaway, gaining a two minute advantage, on the climb up Franschoek Pass after 35 kilometres. Barloworld's Daryl Impey remained behind in the second break which was just a few seconds ahead of a third group containing Cummings.
George was caught at the 60 kilometre mark, sparking a counter attack from a new group of around 40 riders. Over the following kilometres the group ballooned as smaller groups caught back on to the main peloton.
Froome attacked over the top of the climb with MTN teammates George and Kevin Evans. A group of 30 riders split from the peloton in pursuit of the leading duo.
With the leading trio re-absorbed by the larger group, it then split into smaller bunches inside the final five kilometres. Cummings and Rabie attacked as the finish neared and were able to stay away to the line.
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1 Stephen Cummings (GBr) Team Barloworld 4.34.17 (37.41 km/h) 2 Johann Rabie (RSA) Neotel 0.03 3 Dennis van Niekerk (RSA) Konica Minolta 0.06 4 Felix Cardenas (Col) Team Barloworld 5 Bjorn Glasner (Ger) Team Kuota-Indeland 6 Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Rapha Condor 7 Waylon Woolcock (RSA) Team Medscheme 8 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Barloworld 9 Travis Allen (RSA) House of Paint 10 Arno Viljoen (Nam) Team Namibia 11 David George (RSA) MTN 12 Kevin Evans (RSA) MTN 13 Max Knox (RSA) Team DCM Chrome 14 Jaques J v. Rensburg (RSA) Trek-Marco Polo DCM 15 Tiaan Kannemeyer (RSA) Neotel 16 Dominique Cornu (Bel) Belgian National Team 17 Simon Richardson (GBr) Rapha Condor 0.15 18 Roger Kluge (Ger) German National Team 0.46 19 Stefan Ganser (Ger) Team Kuota-Indeland 20 Erik Kleinhans (RSA) GT SUSPI Maties 21 Tiaan Swart (RSA) Konica Minolta 22 James Perry (RSA) Neotel 23 Mannie Heymans (Nam) Team Namibia 24 Pieter Henning (RSA) Computer-Smith 25 John-Lee Augustyn (RSA) Team Barloworld 26 Timothy Don (GBr) Team DCM Chrome 27 James Spragg (GBr) Trek-Marco Polo DCM 28 Brent Cunningham (RSA) Queens 2.09 29 Henning Bommel (Ger) German National Team 30 Jaco Ferreira (RSA) Computer-Smith 31 Peter Lambert (RSA) Southern Cape Regional team 32 Casey Munro (Aus) Konica Minolta 33 Nico Bell (RSA) NDT Inspection Svs/Mpumul 34 Dylan Girdlestone (RSA) Toyota Supercycling Academy 35 Michael Christensen (Den) Glud & Marstrand Horsens 36 Phillip Fourie (RSA) Computer-Smith 37 Brand du Plessis (RSA) Computer-Smith 38 Luthando Kaka (RSA) Glud & Marstrand Horsens 39 Rodney Green (RSA) Team DCM Chrome 40 Songezo Jim (RSA) Team Velokhaya 41 Christoph Sauser (Swi) Team DCM Chrome 42 Koos Loubscher (RSA) Konica Minolta 2.17 43 Ingmar De Poortere (Bel) Belgian National Team 44 Christo Swartz (Nam) Team Namibia 2.23 45 Jaco Venter (RSA) Trek-Marco Polo DCM 2.26 46 Shaun Dawel (RSA) Konica Minolta 2.40 47 Ryan Kemp (RSA) Superwatt 3.50 48 James Tennent (RSA) Superwatt 49 Jacob Nielsen (Den) Glud & Marstrand Horsens 4.01 50 Robert Bartko (Ger) German National Team 51 Robert Bengsch (Ger) Bioracer 52 Dan Craven (Nam) Rapha Condor 4.26 53 Alex Rasmussen (Den) Danish Cycling Federation 4.52 54 Armand Snyman (RSA) Foto Marketing SA 55 Mathew Evans (RSA) Olympic Cycles 56 Fabian Schaar (Ger) Bioracer 57 Patrick Gretsch (Ger) German National Team 58 Jeremy Maartins (RSA) House of Paint 59 Forenz Knauer (Ger) Team Kuota-Indeland 60 Kurt Arendse (RSA) Team Velokhaya 61 Carl Pasio (RSA) GT SUSPI Maties 4.59 62 Tim Mertens (Bel) Belgian National Team 5.08 63 Kenny De Ketele (Bel) Belgian National Team 64 Ricky Jorgensen (Den) Glud & Marstrand Horsens 65 Johan Scheepers (RSA) Foto Marketing SA 6.00 66 Chris Newton (GBr) Rapha Condor 67 Emmanuel v Ruitenbeek (Ned) Team Kuota-Indeland 6.10 68 Marc Bassingthwaighte (Nam) Team Namibia 6.30 69 Henning Jooste (RSA) Queens 7.05 70 Chanjae Jang (Kor) Neotel 8.23 71 Sithembele Xuza (RSA) Team Velokhaya 8.50 72 Christopher Wolhuter (RSA) GT SUSPI Maties 73 Ignatius Strydom (RSA) Foto Marketing SA 74 Jozua Le Roux (RSA) Superwatt 75 CM Muller (RSA) GT SUSPI Maties 76 Mathias Jelitto (Ger) Team Kuota-Indeland 9.36 77 David Brown (RSA) Toyota Supercycling Academy 11.34 78 Christian Ranneries (Den) Danish Cycling Federation 12.41 79 Jens Madsen (Den) Danish Cycling Federation 80 Robert Hunter (RSA) Team Barloworld 81 Daryl Impey (RSA) Team Barloworld 82 Nick White (RSA) Team Medscheme 83 Michael Berling (Den) Glud & Marstrand Horsens 84 Christoff van Heerden (RSA) MTN 85 Gary Rabie (RSA) South Africa National Track 86 Eric van de Meent (Ned) Trek-Marco Polo DCM 87 Neil MacDonald (RSA) Team Medscheme 88 James Louter (RSA) South Africa National Track 89 Johann Esterhuyzen (RSA) South Africa National Track 90 Jeroen Lepla (Bel) Belgian National Team 91 Bryce van Zyl (RSA) Toyota Supercycling Academy 92 Prince W Maluleke (RSA) Team Velokhaya 93 Piotr Kasperkiewicz (Pol) Poland National Team. 94 Neal Corbett (RSA) South Africa National Track 13.33