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PPA Cape Argus Giro del Capo Challenge 1 - 1.2

South Africa, March 4-8, 2009

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Race 1 - March 4: Wellington - Wellington, 106.3km

Robbie Hunter wins Giro's race 1

South Africa dominated the first day of the Cape Argus PPA Giro del Capo Challenge in Wellington, with star cyclist Robbie Hunter first across the finish line. Christoff van Heerden (MTN) and Johann Rabie (Neotel) came second and third respectively.

"It was a sprint to the end - the top 12 cyclists all crossed the line in a time of 2:41:18 resulting in a photo finish," commented David Bellairs, Co-Director of the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust.

The 106km circular route is a constant climb and provided the 29 national and international teams participating in the Giro with a tough start.

The first Day of the four-day event was made very difficult by strong winds. Barloworld was in the initial breakaway of some 40 riders with Daryl Impey, Felix Cardenas, Robert Hunter and Steven Cummings.

About 64km into the race, an unfortunate incident caused John-Lee Augustyn to crash giving him little other option than to retire. "I was extremely disappointed by this incident - I was so ready for the climb. When I fell it was so hard, I thought I had broken my hip!" said a frustrated Augustyn.

With just 30km to go to the finish line, there was a further breakaway of five riders, including Cardenas. This group was chased down, with Barloworld controlling the group.

Barloworld also took home three of the four jerseys. Hunter received the coveted Pink Leader's jersey as well as the Velotex Champions Jersey as the most consistent rider and the Pickfodrs Points Jersey.

Barloworld's Team Manager Claudio Corti said, "The team did so well. I am very happy with the team's performance today. The strong wind made us change our strategy, but the team pulled together well to deliver such a great result. They are in good condition and knew what had to be done. By working together to control the breakaway and attack, we achieved the desired result and our goal to do well on our sponsor, Barloworld's home soil."

Tomorrow cyclists set off on a 143km race from Vissershok Road, Durbanville.


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1 Robert Hunter (RSA) Team Barloworld              2.41.18 (39.541 km/h)
2 Christoff van Heerden (RSA) MTN                         
3 Johann Rabie (RSA) Neotel                               
4 Felix Cardenas (Col) Team Barloworld                    
5 Henning Bommel (Ger) German National Team               
6 Stefan Ganser (Ger) Team Kuota-Indeland                 
7 Roger Kluge (Ger) German National Team                  
8 Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor                       
9 Simon Richardson (GBr) Rapha Condor                     
10 Jay Thomson (RSA) MTN                                  
11 Tiaan Kannemeyer (RSA) Neotel                          
12 Daryl Impey (RSA) Team Barloworld                      
13 Robert Bengsch (Ger) Bioracer                      0.13
14 Stephen Cummings (GBr) Team Barloworld             0.35
15 Marcel Kalz (Ger) Bioracer                             
16 Jamie Ball (RSA) House of Paint                        
17 Chanjae Jang (Kor) Neotel                              
18 Johannes Kachelhoffer (RSA) Team Medscheme             
19 Daniel Kreutzfeld (Den) Danish Cycling Federation      
20 Dominique Cornu (Bel) Belgian National Team            
21 James Spragg (GBr) Trek-Marco Polo DCM                 
22 Emmanuel v Ruitenbeek (Ned) Team Kuota-Indeland        
23 Tom Southam (GBr) Rapha Condor                         
24 Dennis van Niekerk (RSA) Konica Minolta                
25 Luthando Kaka (RSA) Glud & Marstrand Horsens           
26 Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Rapha Condor                    
27 Dennis Pohl (Ger) Team Kuota-Indeland                  
28 Kevin Evans (RSA) MTN                                  
29 Bjorn Glasner (Ger) Team Kuota-Indeland                
30 David George (RSA) MTN                             0.48
31 Chris Newton (GBr) Rapha Condor                    2.22
32 Arran Brown (RSA) Team Medscheme                   3.00
33 Rodney Green (RSA) Team DCM Chrome                     
34 Jeroen Lepla (Bel) Belgian National Team               
35 Ryan Kemp (RSA) Superwatt                              
36 Ingmar De Poortere (Bel) Belgian National Team         
37 Eric van de Meent (Ned) Trek-Marco Polo DCM            
38 Nick White (RSA) Team Medscheme                        
39 Fabian Schaar (Ger) Bioracer                           
40 Malcolm Lange (RSA) Team Medscheme                     
41 Dylan Girdlestone (RSA) Toyota Supercycling            
42 Koos Loubscher (RSA) Konica Minolta                    
43 Waylon Woolcock (RSA) Team Medscheme                   
44 Juan van Heerden (RSA) MTN                             
45 Sven Teutenberg (Ger) MTN                              
46 Patrick Gretsch (Ger) German National Team             
47 Robert Bartko (Ger) German National Team               
48 Casey Munro (Aus) Konica Minolta                       
49 Nolan Hoffman (RSA) Neotel                             
50 Jaco Venter (RSA) Trek-Marco Polo DCM                  
51 Jens Madsen (Den) Danish Cycling Federation        7.53
52 Tim Mertens (Bel) Belgian National Team                
53 Christian Ranneries (Den) Danish Cycling Federation    
54 Jakub Sredzinski (Pol) Poland National Team.           
55 Pieter Seyffert (RSA) Konica Minolta                   
56 David Brown (RSA) Toyota Supercycling                  
57 Arno Viljoen (Nam) Team Namibia                        
58 James Tennent (RSA) Superwatt                          
59 Brand du Plessis (RSA) Computer-Smith                  
60 Timothy Don (GBr) Team DCM Chrome                      
61 Peter Lambert (RSA) Southern Cape Regional             
62 Conrad Viljoen (RSA) Southern Cape Regional            
63 Olaf Pollack (Ger) German National Team                
64 Marcel Barth (Ger) Bioracer                            
65 Michael Berling (Den) Glud & Marstrand Horsens         
66 Kenny De Ketele (Bel) Belgian National Team            
67 Christoph Sauser (Swi) Team DCM Chrome                 
68 James Perry (RSA) Neotel                               
69 Travis Allen (RSA) House of Paint                      

Bains Kloof, cat 1
1 Jay Thomson (RSA) MTN                                             12 pts
2 Stefan Ganser (Ger) Team Kuota-Indeland                           10
3 Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor                                  8
4 Felix Cardenas (Col) Team Barloworld                               6
5 Tiaan Kannemeyer (RSA) Neotel                                      4
6 Chanjae Jang (Kor) Neotel                                          3
7 Jaco Venter (RSA) Trek-Marco Polo DCM                              2

1 Waylon Woolcock (RSA) Team Medscheme                               5 pts
2 Olaf Pollack (Ger) German National Team                            3
3 Eric van de Meent (Ned) Trek-Marco Polo DCM                        2
Velotex Champion:
1  Robert Hunter (RSA) Team Barloworld                                                 
General classification after race 1 
Points classification
1 Robert Hunter (RSA) Team Barloworld                                 5 pts
2 Waylon Woolcock (RSA) Team Medscheme                                5
3 Christoff van Heerden (RSA) MTN                                     3
4 Olaf Pollack (Ger) German National Team                             3
5 Johann Rabie (RSA) Neotel                                           2
6 Eric van de Meent (Ned) Trek-Marco Polo DCM                         2
Mountains classification
1 Jay Thomson (RSA) MTN                                             12 pts
2 Stefan Ganser (Ger) Team Kuota-Indeland                           10
3 Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor                                  8