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PPA Cape Argus Giro del Capo Challenge 4 - 1.2

South Africa, March 4-8, 2009

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Race 4 - March 8: Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour, 110km

Brown cuts through Barloworld's dominance

On the final day of the four individual Giro del Capo races Barloworld's dominance ended when Arran Brown (Medscheme) outsprinted Robert Hunter. Nolan Hoffman of Neotel cam in third in the bunch sprint to the line after 110 kilometres.

A smiling Hunter was proud of his team and said his mates rode well, considering the strong winds and dust storms the peloton faced. About 23km before the end, the peloton split into a 40-man breakaway, which resulted in a bunch sprint to the finish line. Barloworld's Daryl Impey, Chris Froome, John-Lee Augustyn, Stephen Cummings and Felix Cardenas were all working hard to pave the way for Hunter.

Stephen Cummings proved that the climb up Chapman's peak, which was opened especially for today's event, was a fairly simple climb when he took home the Powerade King of the Mountains jersey. Cummings won the third stage of the Giro del Capo in Paarl on Friday,

Team Manager Claudio Corti found the result pleasing. "The wind was strong – it was a bit dangerous out there, but the team is in good form and kept pushing. Our team took control in the front of the peloton early in the race."

Swede Stenerhag claims sprint win

It took a photo finish to determine that Swedish rider Jennie Stenerhag (Alpha Pharm) had pipped five-time champion Anriette Schoeman (Nashua Telecoms) to the finish in a thrilling sprint to win the women’s title at the 2009 Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour. Gale force winds made for difficult conditions and the professional women raced with the 40-49-year-old racing veteran men, making for a fast pace from the start.

Only a handful of women were able to stay with the leading men’s group over the famous climbs of Chapman’s Peak and Suikerbossie, resulting in a chaotic sprint with the men and women each racing for podium places in their respective categories.

Schoeman believed she’d won, throwing up an arm in celebration as she crossed the finish, but was unaware that Stenerhag was on her left and centimetres ahead. Marissa van der Merwe (MTN) rounded out the podium places.


Elite men

1 Arran Brown (RSA) Team Medscheme                           2.46.32 (39.63 km/h)
2 Robert Hunter (RSA) Team Barloworld                               
3 Nolan Hoffman (RSA) Neotel                                        
4 Alex Rasmussen (Den) Danish Cycling Federation                    
5 Juan van Heerden (RSA) MTN                                        
6 Christoff van Heerden (RSA) MTN                                   
7 Daryl Impey (RSA) Team Barloworld                                 
8 Emmanuel v Ruitenbeek (Ned) Team Kuota-Indeland                   
9 Shaun Dawel (RSA) Konica Minolta                                  
10 Jamie Ball (RSA) House of Paint                                  
11 Jaco Venter (RSA) Trek-Marco Polo DCM                            
12 Dan Craven (Nam) Rapha Condor                                    
13 Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor                                
14 Michael Berling (Den) Glud & Marstrand Horsens                   
15 Ricky Jorgensen (Den) Glud & Marstrand Horsens                   
16 Luthando Kaka (RSA) Glud & Marstrand Horsens                     
17 Malcolm Lange (RSA) Team Medscheme                               
18 Marcel Barth (Ger) Bioracer                                      
19 Bjorn Glasner (Ger) Team Kuota-Indeland                          
20 Dominique Cornu (Bel) Belgian National Team                      
21 Stefan Ganser (Ger) Team Kuota-Indeland                          
22 Robert Bartko (Ger) German National Team                         
23 Henning Bommel (Ger) German National Team                        
24 Christoph Sauser (Swi) Team DCM Chrome                           
25 Neil MacDonald (RSA) Team Medscheme                              
26 Dennis van Niekerk (RSA) Konica Minolta                          
27 Olaf Pollack (Ger) German National Team                          
28 Jacob Nielsen (Den) Glud & Marstrand Horsens                     
29 Brent Cunningham (RSA) Queens                                    
30 Fabian Schaar (Ger) Bioracer                                     
31 Johann Rabie (RSA) Neotel                                        
32 Chris Newton (GBr) Rapha Condor                                  
33 Sun Jae Jang (Kor) Neotel                                        
34 Jakub Sredzinski (Pol) Poland National Team.                     
35 James Perry (RSA) Neotel                                         
36 Simon Richardson (GBr) Rapha Condor                              
37 Roger Kluge (Ger) German National Team                           
38 Reinhardt J.v. Rensburg (RSA) Toyota Supercycling Academy    0.16
39 Dean Edwards (RSA) House of Paint                                
40 Travis Allen (RSA) House of Paint                                
41 James Spragg (GBr) Trek-Marco Polo DCM                           
42 Jaques J v. Rensburg (RSA) Trek-Marco Polo DCM                   
43 Jay Thomson (RSA) MTN                                            
44 Kevin Evans (RSA) MTN                                            
45 Patrick Gretsch (Ger) German National Team                       
46 David George (RSA) MTN                                           
47 Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Rapha Condor                              
48 Nick White (RSA) Team Medscheme                                  
49 Johannes Kachelhoffer (RSA) Team Medscheme                       
50 Jeremy Maartins (RSA) House of Paint                             
51 Tom Southam (GBr) Rapha Condor                                   
52 Waylon Woolcock (RSA) Team Medscheme                             
53 Felix Cardenas (Col) Team Barloworld                         0.41
54 Stephen Cummings (GBr) Team Barloworld                           
55 Leon van Bon (Ned) Trek-Marco Polo DCM                       0.49
56 Tiaan Kannemeyer (RSA) Neotel                                1.05
57 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Barloworld                         
58 Sven Teutenberg (Ger) MTN                                    1.23
59 John-Lee Augustyn (RSA) Team Barloworld                      2.24
60 Marcel Kalz (Ger) Bioracer                                   5.00
61 Robinson Michael (RSA) House of Paint                        5.41
62 Michael Pepper (RSA) House of Paint                              
63 Casey Munro (Aus) Konica Minolta                                 
64 Koos Loubscher (RSA) Konica Minolta                              
65 Mathais Kristensen (Den) Glud & Marstrand Horsens                
66 Chanjae Jang (Kor) Neotel                                        
67 Eric van de Meent (Ned) Trek-Marco Polo DCM                      
68 Jens Madsen (Den) Danish Cycling Federation                      
69 Arno Viljoen (Nam) Team Namibia                                  
70 Frank Schulz (Ger) Bioracer                                      
71 Peter Lambert (RSA) Southern Cape Regional team                  
72 Dylan Girdlestone (RSA) Toyota Supercycling Academy              
73 Johan van der Merwe (RSA) Toyota Supercycling Academy            
74 Songezo Jim (RSA) Team Velokhaya                                 
75 Ryan Kemp (RSA) Superwatt                                        
76 Charles Keey (RSA) Superwatt                                     
77 James Tennent (RSA) Superwatt                                    
78 Barend Burger (RSA) Queens                                       
79 Carl Pasio (RSA) GT SUSPI Maties                                 
80 Geddan Ruddock (RSA) GT SUSPI Maties                             
81 Matthew Wentworth (RSA) Olympic Cycles                           
82 Armand Snyman (RSA) Foto Marketing SA                            
83 Justin Van Hoecke (Bel) Belgian National Team                6.55
84 Nico Bell (RSA) NDT Inspection Svs/Mpumul                        
85 Dawid Glowacki (Pol) Poland National Team.                   7.03
86 Rafal Ratajczyk (Pol) Poland National Team.                  7.08
86 Lukasz Bujko (Pol) Poland National Team.                         
88 Casper Jorgensen (Den) Danish Cycling Federation                 
89 Robert Bengsch (Ger) Bioracer                                    
90 David Brown (RSA) Toyota Supercycling Academy                    
91 Bryce van Zyl (RSA) Toyota Supercycling Academy                  
92 Pieter Henning (RSA) Computer-Smith                              
93 Keegan Ziady (RSA) Team ASICS                                    
94 Tredouw Odendaal (RSA) Superwatt                                 
95 Rodney Green (RSA) Team DCM Chrome                               
96 Andrew Smith (RSA) GT SUSPI Maties                               
97 Ruan van Schalkwyk (RSA) Olympic Cycles                          
98 Mathew Evans (RSA) Olympic Cycles                                

Elite women

1Jennie Stenerhag (Alpha Pharm)                    3.06.01
2 Anriette Schoeman (Nashua Telecoms)
3 Marissa van der Merwe (MTN)