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12th Giro del Capo - 2.5

South Africa, March 11-15, 2003

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Stage 4 - March 14: Cape Town circuit, 40 km (10 x 4 km)

David George under pressure

By Jean-François Quénet in Cape Town

Jonas Ocwzarek (M) also under pressure
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Stage 4 in the Giro del Capo did not change anything in the overall standings. The leaders in the race were afraid of the criterium in Cape Town because over a short distance (41.3km) it's hard to keep everything under control. The stage finished in a sprint won by German Jonas Ocwzarek ahead of his compatriot and Lamonta teammate Bjorn Glasner.

20 year old Darren Lill (HSBC) didn't have any problems in keeping the pink jersey he has worn since stage 1. "That day was a good one for me," he said. "I even attacked at the end but I only had a small gap at the top, and as I was going quickly on the downhill, my pedal touched the ground twice. It cost me the gap and I couldn't establish it again."

Lill now has 6 seconds advantage on Jens Heppner, 8 seconds on Mattias Carlsson and 11 seconds on David George. The final classification will be decided on Saturday in the time trial up Signal Hill. "It's going to be very difficult to beat George," Lill reckoned. "The jersey will give me an extra motivation for sure. I ran6th or 7th last year, I'm sure I'll do a lot better. I'll do my best, that's all I can say."

There's also a competition between him and Minolta's Eckard Bergh for the best young rider. Bergh lies 5th on GC, only 12 seconds behind Lill. He won the junior competition in the 94.7 in November last year and he's the great revelation of South African cycling this year. "But I have no idea what I can do in this time trial," he said. "It's my first year Under 23 and my first Giro del Capo. In the future I want to see myself into a TT1 and riding the Tour de France, but for this race I'm hoping to a top 10 finish."

Where there's a Lill, there's a way
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Another interesting wearer of a leader's jersey (points) is Simon Kessler (Microsoft), who kept his position after winning stage 2. He took another good third place the in Cape Town criterium today. Talking about the overall win, he said, "If David [George] has the same form as last year, he has won the race. But I don't feel that he actually has the same form as last year."

But the man himself, David George, says, "Yes I do have the same form as last year."

Is he now in the situation he hoped for four days ago? "Absolutely! I could have tried to get the pink jersey earlier but we have defended it anyway."

That's what amazed everyone here: Team Barloworld rode for four days as if they were leading the race. And they put all their eggs in the same basket. It's very unusual in cycling but apparently not in South Africa. During this criterium, the two Barloworld Frenchmen Éric Berthou and Sylvain Calzati kept the bunch all together as long as they could, then Tiaan Kannemeyer took over and Jaco Odendaal stayed close to George until the end.

So, are there any surprises to come? Not from Jens Heppner who's still second on GC. At least that's what he predicts: "No, I can definitely not win this race. I had a problem with a knee so I had an operation in October and now my form is not so good, not good enough for a time trial. I'm here mainly to prepare for the next races, the ones that are very important for my team Wiesenhof, which are the Henninger Turm, the Peace Race and the Tour of Germany."

George's teammate Calzati would easily put some money on Englishman Jonathan Dayus, riding as a neo-pro for Team Ringerike. "I know him from the French amateur races and I can see how fit he is now. He had a flat tyre today in the criterium and he came across to the bunch like a rocket." Dayus was actually brought back by his Australian team-mate Simon Gerrans who had a puncture himself later.

Team Barloworld has ridden the race as if there was no threat at all for George. But the pressure is on now!


Images by Jean-Francois Quenet

  • David George (Barloworld) warming up for the crucial time trial
  • Aussie gathering - Simon Gerrans (Team Ringerike) receives a visit from Hilton Clarke and Sean Sullivan, both in super shape for the Pick'n Pay Argus Cycle Tour on Sunday
  • Mixed expressions on the podium - Bjorn Glasner (Lamonta, L, 2nd), Wolfgang Owczarek (Lamonta, M, 1st) and Simon Kessler (Microsoft, R, 3rd)
  • Phil Liggett speaks with the young leader Darren Lill (HSBC), who still holds a slender six second margin over
  • The leaders of the various classifications - David George (Barloworld, far L) is the King of the Mountains, Simon Kessler (Microsoft, L) leads the points competition, Eckard Bergh (Minolta, R) is the best young rider after Darren Lill and Darren Lill (HSBC) has the pink jersey of overall leader


1 Wolfgang Owczarek (Ger) Lamonta                 1.03.24
2 Bjorn Glasner (Ger) Lamonta
3 Simon Kessler (RSA) Microsoft
4 Jens Heppner (Ger) Wiesenhof Leipzig
5 Enrico Poitschke (Ger) Wiesenhof Leipzig
6 Lubor Tesar (Cze) e'Dsystem-ZVVZ
7 Darren Lill (RSA) HSBC
8 Luke Roberts (Aus) Comnet-Senges
9 Hans-Jurgen Juratzek (Ger) Comnet-Senges
10 Mattias Carlsson (Swe) Team Ringerike
11 Ian McLeod (RSA) HSBC
12 Adrian Ilsley (RSA) Minolta
13 Jaco Odendaal (RSA) Barloworld
14 David George (RSA) Barloworld
15 Rupert Rheeder (RSA) Eyeperoptics/Queens
16 Thomas Ziegler (Ger) Wiesenhof Leipzig
17 Eckard Bergh (RSA) Minolta
18 Jeremy Maartens (RSA) HSBC
19 Alex Galvin (RSA) Minolta
20 Morné Bester (RSA) Microsoft
21 Jonathan Dayus (GBr) Team Ringerike
22 Mannie Heymans (RSA) Eyeperoptics/Queens
23 Reinhardt du Plessis (RSA) Minolta
24 Travis Allen (RSA) Calcium-Hexal Panda
25 Adrian Maaske (RSA) Minolta
26 Martin Pieterse (RSA) Calcium-Hexal Panda
27 Mark Wilcox (RSA) CSC/CVT
28 Daniel Spence (RSA) HSBC
29 Michal Precechtel (Cze) e'Dsystem-ZVVZ            0.13
30 Daniel Meinke (Ger) Comnet-Senges                 0.28
31 Chris Willemse (RSA) Chris Willemse Cycles
32 Chris Esch (RSA) CSC/CVT                          1.28
33 Eric Baumann (Ger) Wiesenhof Leipzig
34 Bjorn Papstein (Ger) Lamonta
35 Eric Furstenburg (RSA) Eyeperoptics/Queens        1.51
36 Jock Green (RSA) HSBC
37 Craig Butland (RSA) BOE/Italian Connection        4.16
38 Geddan Ruddock (RSA) Vineyard Hotel/Breitling     4.46
39 Neil Timm (RSA) BOE/Italian Connection            5.02
40 Simon Brown (RSA) CSC/CVT                         5.28
41 Willie van Zyl (RSA) Eyeperoptics/Queens          5.48
42 Paul Minnaar (RSA) BOE/Italian Connection
43 Charl Van Wyk (RSA) Sub 3                         6.01
44 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Team Ringerike                6.06
45 Tiaan Kannemeyer (RSA) Barloworld
46 Johan van der Berg (RSA) Microsoft
47 Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Team Ringerike
48 Kevin Evans (RSA) Vineyard Hotel/Breitling
49 Graeme Cronjé (RSA) Calcium-Hexal Panda           9.21
50 Gareth Rawson (RSA) HAV Carpets
51 Dirk Vobbe (RSA) Vineyard Hotel/Breitling
52 Douglas Ryder (RSA) Microsoft
53 JC Jooste (RSA) HAV Carpets
54 Steve Sergeant (RSA) Vineyard Hotel/Breitling
55 Darryl Impey (RSA) Microsoft
56 Jacques Goosen (RSA) CSC/CVT
57 Alastair Andrews (RSA) SA Development
58 Claude Roestoff (RSA) SA Development
59 Martin Müller (Ger) Wiesenhof Leipzig
60 Sebastian Drenker (Ger) Lamonta
61 Alexander Milner (RSA) Sub 3
62 Brian Loff (RSA) SA Development
63 Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Barloworld
64 Martin Laciak (Cze) e'Dsystem-ZVVZ
65 Eric Berthou (Fra) Barloworld
66 Jaco Ferreira (RSA) Eyeperoptics/Queens
67 JP Fourie (RSA) HAV Carpets                      15.51
68 Jean-Claude Pretorius (RSA) Chris Willemse Cyc
69 Robbie Rodrigues (RSA) BOE/Italian Connection
70 Anton van der Merwe (RSA) BOE/Italian Connecti   19.06
71 Philip Schoeman (RSA) Sub 3
General classification after stage 4
1 Darren Lill (RSA) HSBC                         12.43.43
2 Jens Heppner (Ger) Wiesenhof Leipzig               0.06
3 Mattias Carlsson (Swe) Team Ringerike              0.08
4 David George (RSA) Barloworld                      0.11
5 Eckard Bergh (RSA) Minolta                         0.12
6 Adrian Maaske (RSA) Minolta
7 Enrico Poitschke (Ger) Wiesenhof Leipzig           0.16
8 Mannie Heymans (RSA) Eyeperoptics/Queens
9 Ian McLeod (RSA) HSBC                              0.22
10 Jonathan Dayus (GBr) Team Ringerike               0.23
11 Adrian Ilsley (RSA) Minolta                       0.26
12 Luke Roberts (Aus) Comnet-Senges                  0.29
13 Morné Bester (RSA) Microsoft
14 Jeremy Maartens (RSA) HSBC                        0.37
15 Jaco Odendaal (RSA) Barloworld                    0.54
16 Thomas Ziegler (Ger) Wiesenhof Leipzig            1.16
17 Eric Baumann (Ger) Wiesenhof Leipzig              5.24
18 Alex Galvin (RSA) Minolta                         6.36
19 Reinhardt du Plessis (RSA) Minolta                7.11
20 Michal Precechtel (Cze) e'Dsystem-ZVVZ            7.29
21 Chris Willemse (RSA) Chris Willemse Cycles        7.48
22 Jock Green (RSA) HSBC                             8.32
23 Bjorn Glasner (Ger) Lamonta                       9.41
24 Hans-Jurgen Juratzek (Ger) Comnet-Senges         10.28
25 Simon Kessler (RSA) Microsoft                    11.22
26 Eric Furstenburg (RSA) Eyeperoptics/Queens       12.19
27 Martin Laciak (Cze) e'Dsystem-ZVVZ               13.25
28 Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Team Ringerike               14.12
29 Daniel Meinke (Ger) Comnet-Senges                15.27
30 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Team Ringerike               16.13
31 Lubor Tesar (Cze) e'Dsystem-ZVVZ                 16.52
32 Martin Müller (Ger) Wiesenhof Leipzig            18.31
33 Mark Wilcox (RSA) CSC/CVT                        19.10
34 Daniel Spence (RSA) HSBC                         20.09
35 Travis Allen (RSA) Calcium-Hexal Panda           21.36
36 Martin Pieterse (RSA) Calcium-Hexal Panda        22.18
37 Tiaan Kannemeyer (RSA) Barloworld                22.36
38 Paul Minnaar (RSA) BOE/Italian Connection        24.27
39 Wolfgang Owczarek (Ger) Lamonta                  25.05
40 Johan van der Berg (RSA) Microsoft               27.35
41 Graeme Cronjé (RSA) Calcium-Hexal Panda          30.11
42 Alastair Andrews (RSA) SA Development            30.12
43 Craig Butland (RSA) BOE/Italian Connection       31.10
44 Neil Timm (RSA) BOE/Italian Connection           31.37
45 Willie van Zyl (RSA) Eyeperoptics/Queens         32.28
46 Alexander Milner (RSA) Sub 3                     33.25
47 Bjorn Papstein (Ger) Lamonta                     34.57
48 Darryl Impey (RSA) Microsoft                     35.25
49 Douglas Ryder (RSA) Microsoft                    37.47
50 Claude Roestoff (RSA) SA Development             38.09
51 Charl Van Wyk (RSA) Sub 3                        41.12
52 Sebastian Drenker (Ger) Lamonta                  43.18
53 Eric Berthou (Fra) Barloworld                    44.25
54 Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Barloworld                 45.49
55 Anton van der Merwe (RSA) BOE/Italian Connecti   45.52
56 Brian Loff (RSA) SA Development                  49.23
57 Kevin Evans (RSA) Vineyard Hotel/Breitling       56.05
58 Dirk Vobbe (RSA) Vineyard Hotel/Breitling        59.36
59 Steve Sergeant (RSA) Vineyard Hotel/Breitling
60 Rupert Rheeder (RSA) Eyeperoptics/Queens       1.00.11
61 Simon Brown (RSA) CSC/CVT                      1.01.36
62 Geddan Ruddock (RSA) Vineyard Hotel/Breitling  1.01.51
63 Chris Esch (RSA) CSC/CVT                       1.03.20
64 JC Jooste (RSA) HAV Carpets                    1.03.44
65 Jaco Ferreira (RSA) Eyeperoptics/Queens        1.05.01
66 JP Fourie (RSA) HAV Carpets                    1.05.44
67 Philip Schoeman (RSA) Sub 3                    1.11.00
68 Robbie Rodrigues (RSA) BOE/Italian Connection  1.11.58
69 Jacques Goosen (RSA) CSC/CVT                   1.13.56
70 Jean-Claude Pretorius (RSA) Chris Willemse Cyc 1.18.13
71 Gareth Rawson (RSA) HAV Carpets                1.24.06
Points classification
1 Simon Kessler (RSA) Microsoft                        20 pts
2 Luke Roberts (Aus) Comnet-Senges                     12
3 Bjorn Glasner (Ger) Lamonta                          12
4 Darren Lill (RSA) HSBC                               12
5 Wolfgang Owczarek (Ger) Lamonta                      10
6 Enrico Poitschke (Ger) Wiesenhof Leipzig             10
7 Jock Green (RSA) HSBC                                 8
8 Eric Baumann (Ger) Wiesenhof Leipzig                  7
9 Jens Heppner (Ger) Wiesenhof Leipzig                  6
10 Graeme Cronjé (RSA) Calcium-Hexal Panda              5
11 Johan van der Berg (RSA) Microsoft                   4
12 Thomas Ziegler (Ger) Wiesenhof Leipzig               4
13 Mattias Carlsson (Swe) Team Ringerike                4
14 Ian McLeod (RSA) HSBC                                4
15 Darryl Impey (RSA) Microsoft                         3
16 Douglas Ryder (RSA) Microsoft                        2
17 David George (RSA) Barloworld                        1
18 Morné Bester (RSA) Microsoft                         1
19 Willie van Zyl (RSA) Eyeperoptics/Queens             1
Mountains classification
1 David George (RSA) Barloworld                        34 pts
2 Eric Baumann (Ger) Wiesenhof Leipzig                 32
3 Jeremy Maartens (RSA) HSBC                           28
4 Jock Green (RSA) HSBC                                28
5 Jaco Odendaal (RSA) Barloworld                       27
6 Thomas Ziegler (Ger) Wiesenhof Leipzig               25
7 Graeme Cronjé (RSA) Calcium-Hexal Panda              23
8 Johan van der Berg (RSA) Microsoft                   18
9 Tiaan Kannemeyer (RSA) Barloworld                    13
10 Alex Galvin (RSA) Minolta                           10
11 Adrian Maaske (RSA) Minolta                          8
12 Jacques Goosen (RSA) CSC/CVT                         6
13 Enrico Poitschke (Ger) Wiesenhof Leipzig             6
14 Ian McLeod (RSA) HSBC                                6
15 Darren Lill (RSA) HSBC                               5
16 Daniel Spence (RSA) HSBC                             4
17 Anton van der Merwe (RSA) BOE/Italian Connecti       4
18 Geddan Ruddock (RSA) Vineyard Hotel/Breitling        4
19 Adrian Ilsley (RSA) Minolta                          4
20 Eckard Bergh (RSA) Minolta                           3
21 Rupert Rheeder (RSA) Eyeperoptics/Queens             2
22 Bjorn Glasner (Ger) Lamonta                          2
Teams classification
1 Minolta                                        38.11.59
2 HSBC                                               0.20
3 Wiesenhof Leipzig                                  1.08
4 Ringerike                                         13.50
5 Barloworld                                        22.52
6 Comnet-Senges                                     25.46
7 eD'System-ZVVZ                                    36.56
8 Microsoft                                         37.31
9 Eyeperoptics/Queens                               37.39
10 Lamonta                                          49.02
11 Calcium-Hexal Panda                            1.13.20
12 BOE-Italian                                    1.22.49
13 SACF Developement                              1.56.54
14 CVT                                            2.14.20
15 Sub 3                                          2.24.47
16 Vineyard Hotel/Breitling                       2.49.40
17 HAV Carpets                                    3.32.44