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12th Giro del Capo - 2.5

South Africa, March 11-15, 2003

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Stage 5 - March 15: Signal Hill ITT, 5 km

Team Barloworld crowns it all

By Jean-François Quénet in Cape Town

The podium
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David George (Barloworld) has faced up to his responsibilities in winning the final time trial and the overall in the Giro del Capo for the second time in a row. The pressure was on his shoulders as he and his team defended a leader's jersey that he didn't have for four days. He could have been affected by the difficult weather conditions - it was raining in Cape Town and the top of Signal Hill was in the middle of a cloud. The commissaires even considered shortening the 5.5 km stage, but the riders coming back from their warm-up said it was fine.

George was a bit scared though as the visibility was very poor for the last two kilometres. "It was a bit tricky, he admitted. I didn't know what was going on. I was hoping that no one was riding back down and not watching in a curve. But it went all right."

A year ago, George clocked the record time of 12:00 in sunny conditions. This time, the wind prevented him from going as fast but he still had an average speed of 26.72 km/h, which is absolutely impressive in this gruelling climb.

Jaco Odendaal
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Also impressive was his teammate Jaco Odendaal's ride. The 21 year old Barloworld rider lost the stage to George by less than one second. "I'm very happy with the way I rode up this hill and I can't be disappointed because the stage win is in my team," said a delighted Odendaal, who jumped on the final podium with a third place. He was 42 seconds down on George at the end, that's exactly the deficit he had on stage 1 because he was involved in a crash with one kilometre to go.

With Odendaal, Team Barloworld has the jewel of South African cycling. This rider has many similarities to Michael Boogerd. He's a climber in the making and it'll be very interesting to see him race in Europe under the guidance of Michel Gros, because he has a lot to learn about cycling. He's far from having reached his peak.

Darren Lill from HSBC was the other young guy who had a very good ride. He defended his pink jersey the best he could and lost only 25 seconds on George. Further down the list, coming from the track, Luke Roberts can be happy with a fourth place overall. Fifth was Jonathan Dayus from Team Ringerike - a very good result for his first race as a professional, but he could have made the final podium with a proper warm-up before the time trial. This Englishman may create some surprises this year.

George in the TT
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For Team Barloworld, this is the second win in two UCI stage races since the team was created. Tiaan Kannemeyer opened the team's historical record book by winning the Tour of Egypt two weeks ago. "To win the Giro del Capo is what we expected," team manager John Robertson commented. "We were riding for David and Jaco, it's a pity that Jaco had a crash on day one. Apart from that, everything went according to the plan. I'm proud with the way we did it."

"We surprised a few people by taking all the responsibilities for the chases without having the leader's jersey, but the results at the end have proved that we did the right thing. I couldn't hope for a better start for this new team. The South African public is now regarding us as the best of the two trade teams in this country. But we have now done the easy part of the season, the hard work will start soon."

The French cup race GP Denain will be Team Barloworld's next UCI race on April 17th. This South African new task force in the world of cycling will have a European programme until mid-September. The team contains two French riders, Éric Berthou and Sylvain Calzati, who were 11th and 15th respectively in the time trial today after working as super domestiques for four days, and two Australians, Sean Sullivan and Hilton Clarke.

The South African fans will be able to see them again, as the involvement of the Barloworld company is valid for five years with the ambition to get into the Tour de France within these five years. The team will be racing at home again, and should be able to give George a stable career now. Aged 27, he hasn't had in the international teams he rode for (US Postal, Vini Caldirola and CCC-Polsat) the success in relation with his talent.

Just one month ago, before he secured a contract with Barloworld, he almost decided to quit cycling. Now he should be back next year to try and equalize Andrew McLean's record of three wins in a row in the Giro del Capo, South Africa's only UCI race.


Images by Jean-Francois Quenet


1 David George (RSA) Barloworld                       12.21
2 Jaco Odendaal (RSA) Barloworld
3 Darren Lill (RSA) HSBC                               0.25
4 Jeremy Maartens (RSA) HSBC                           0.41
5 Luke Roberts (Aus) Comnet-Senges
6 Jonathan Dayus (GBr) Team Ringerike                  0.48
7 Thomas Ziegler (Ger) Wiesenhof Leipzig               0.58
8 Adrian Maaske (RSA) Minolta                          1.03
9 Eckard Bergh (RSA) Minolta                           1.13
10 Morné Bester (RSA) Microsoft                        1.15
11 Eric Berthou (Fra) Barloworld                       1.20
12 Daniel Spence (RSA) HSBC
13 Ian McLeod (RSA) HSBC                               1.27
14 Jens Heppner (Ger) Wiesenhof Leipzig                1.32
15 Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Barloworld                    1.33
16 Hans-Jurgen Juratzek (Ger) Comnet-Senges            1.34
17 Chris Willemse (RSA) Chris Willemse Cycles          1.35
18 Mark Wilcox (RSA) CSC/CVT                           1.39
19 Mattias Carlsson (Swe) Team Ringerike
20 Willie van Zyl (RSA) Eyeperoptics/Queens            1.46
21 Adrian Ilsley (RSA) Minolta
22 Bjorn Papstein (Ger) Lamonta                        1.49
23 Mannie Heymans (RSA) Eyeperoptics/Queens            1.50
24 Alex Galvin (RSA) Minolta                           1.58
25 Eric Furstenburg (RSA) Eyeperoptics/Queens          1.59
26 Michal Precechtel (Cze) e'Dsystem-ZVVZ              2.05
27 Lubor Tesar (Cze) e'Dsystem-ZVVZ                    2.09
28 Reinhardt du Plessis (RSA) Minolta                  2.11
29 Enrico Poitschke (Ger) Wiesenhof Leipzig
30 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Team Ringerike                  2.15
31 Tiaan Kannemeyer (RSA) Barloworld                   2.16
32 Daniel Meinke (Ger) Comnet-Senges
33 Martin Müller (Ger) Wiesenhof Leipzig               2.18
34 Eric Baumann (Ger) Wiesenhof Leipzig                2.21
35 Neil Timm (RSA) BOE/Italian Connection              2.22
36 Craig Butland (RSA) BOE/Italian Connection          2.27
37 Martin Pieterse (RSA) Calcium-Hexal Panda           2.36
38 Jock Green (RSA) HSBC                               2.37
39 Wolfgang Owczarek (Ger) Lamonta                     2.40
40 Simon Kessler (RSA) Microsoft                       2.42
41 Travis Allen (RSA) Calcium-Hexal Panda              2.43
42 Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Team Ringerike
43 Graeme Cronjé (RSA) Calcium-Hexal Panda             2.44
44 JC Jooste (RSA) HAV Carpets                         2.46
45 Johan van der Berg (RSA) Microsoft                  2.48
46 Chris Esch (RSA) CSC/CVT                            2.51
47 Geddan Ruddock (RSA) Vineyard Hotel/Breitling
48 Martin Laciak (Cze) e'Dsystem-ZVVZ                  2.53
49 Sebastian Drenker (Ger) Lamonta                     2.58
50 Charl Van Wyk (RSA) Sub 3                           3.01
51 Philip Schoeman (RSA) Sub 3                         3.04
52 Jacques Goosen (RSA) CSC/CVT                        3.07
53 Bjorn Glasner (Ger) Lamonta                         3.12
54 Kevin Evans (RSA) Vineyard Hotel/Breitling          3.13
55 Darryl Impey (RSA) Microsoft                        3.15
56 Alastair Andrews (RSA) SA Development
57 Rupert Rheeder (RSA) Eyeperoptics/Queens            3.19
58 Alexander Milner (RSA) Sub 3
59 Paul Minnaar (RSA) BOE/Italian Connection           3.20
60 Brian Loff (RSA) SA Development                     3.22
61 Gareth Rawson (RSA) HAV Carpets                     3.27
62 Robbie Rodrigues (RSA) BOE/Italian Connection       3.30
63 Simon Brown (RSA) CSC/CVT
64 Steve Sergeant (RSA) Vineyard Hotel/Breitling       3.34
65 Jean-Claude Pretorius (RSA) Chris Willemse Cycle    3.35
66 Claude Roestoff (RSA) SA Development                3.38
67 JP Fourie (RSA) HAV Carpets                         3.40
68 Anton van der Merwe (RSA) BOE/Italian Connection
69 Dirk Vobbe (RSA) Vineyard Hotel/Breitling           3.41
70 Douglas Ryder (RSA) Microsoft                       3.53
71 Jaco Ferreira (RSA) Eyeperoptics/Queens             4.40
Final general classification
1 David George (RSA) Barloworld                    12.56.16
2 Darren Lill (RSA) HSBC                               0.12
3 Jaco Odendaal (RSA) Barloworld                       0.43
4 Luke Roberts (Aus) Comnet-Senges                     0.58
5 Jonathan Dayus (GBr) Team Ringerike                  0.59
6 Adrian Maaske (RSA) Minolta                          1.03
7 Jeremy Maartens (RSA) HSBC                           1.06
8 Eckard Bergh (RSA) Minolta                           1.13
9 Jens Heppner (Ger) Wiesenhof Leipzig                 1.26
10 Morné Bester (RSA) Microsoft                        1.32
11 Mattias Carlsson (Swe) Team Ringerike               1.35
12 Ian McLeod (RSA) HSBC                               1.37
13 Mannie Heymans (RSA) Eyeperoptics/Queens            1.54
14 Adrian Ilsley (RSA) Minolta                         2.00
15 Thomas Ziegler (Ger) Wiesenhof Leipzig              2.02
16 Enrico Poitschke (Ger) Wiesenhof Leipzig            2.15
17 Eric Baumann (Ger) Wiesenhof Leipzig                7.33
18 Alex Galvin (RSA) Minolta                           8.22
19 Reinhardt du Plessis (RSA) Minolta                  9.10
20 Chris Willemse (RSA) Chris Willemse Cycles          9.11
21 Michal Precechtel (Cze) e'Dsystem-ZVVZ              9.22
22 Jock Green (RSA) HSBC                              10.57
23 Hans-Jurgen Juratzek (Ger) Comnet-Senges           11.50
24 Bjorn Glasner (Ger) Lamonta                        12.41
25 Simon Kessler (RSA) Microsoft                      13.52
26 Eric Furstenburg (RSA) Eyeperoptics/Queens         14.06
27 Martin Laciak (Cze) e'Dsystem-ZVVZ                 16.06
28 Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Team Ringerike                 16.43
29 Daniel Meinke (Ger) Comnet-Senges                  17.31
30 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Team Ringerike                 18.16
31 Lubor Tesar (Cze) e'Dsystem-ZVVZ                   18.49
32 Martin Müller (Ger) Wiesenhof Leipzig              20.37
33 Mark Wilcox (RSA) CSC/CVT
34 Daniel Spence (RSA) HSBC                           21.17
35 Graeme Cronjé (RSA) Calcium-Hexal Panda            23.50
36 Travis Allen (RSA) Calcium-Hexal Panda             24.07
37 Tiaan Kannemeyer (RSA) Barloworld                  24.40
38 Martin Pieterse (RSA) Calcium-Hexal Panda          24.42
39 Wolfgang Owczarek (Ger) Lamonta                    27.33
40 Paul Minnaar (RSA) BOE/Italian Connection          27.35
41 Johan van der Berg (RSA) Microsoft                 30.11
42 Alastair Andrews (RSA) SA Development              33.15
43 Craig Butland (RSA) BOE/Italian Connection         33.25
44 Neil Timm (RSA) BOE/Italian Connection             33.47
45 Willie van Zyl (RSA) Eyeperoptics/Queens           34.02
46 Alexander Milner (RSA) Sub 3                       36.32
47 Bjorn Papstein (Ger) Lamonta                       36.34
48 Darryl Impey (RSA) Microsoft                       38.28
49 Douglas Ryder (RSA) Microsoft                      41.28
50 Claude Roestoff (RSA) SA Development               41.35
51 Charl Van Wyk (RSA) Sub 3                          44.01
52 Eric Berthou (Fra) Barloworld                      45.33
53 Sebastian Drenker (Ger) Lamonta                    46.04
54 Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Barloworld                   47.10
55 Anton van der Merwe (RSA) BOE/Italian Connection   49.20
56 Brian Loff (RSA) SA Development                    52.33
57 Kevin Evans (RSA) Vineyard Hotel/Breitling         59.06
58 Steve Sergeant (RSA) Vineyard Hotel/Breitling    1.02.58
59 Dirk Vobbe (RSA) Vineyard Hotel/Breitling        1.03.05
60 Rupert Rheeder (RSA) Eyeperoptics/Queens         1.03.18
61 Geddan Ruddock (RSA) Vineyard Hotel/Breitling    1.04.30
62 Simon Brown (RSA) CSC/CVT                        1.04.54
63 Chris Esch (RSA) CSC/CVT                         1.05.59
64 JC Jooste (RSA) HAV Carpets                      1.06.18
65 JP Fourie (RSA) HAV Carpets                      1.09.12
66 Jaco Ferreira (RSA) Eyeperoptics/Queens          1.09.29
67 Philip Schoeman (RSA) Sub 3                      1.13.52
68 Robbie Rodrigues (RSA) BOE/Italian Connection    1.15.16
69 Jacques Goosen (RSA) CSC/CVT                     1.16.51
70 Jean-Claude Pretorius (RSA) Chris Willemse Cycle 1.21.36
71 Gareth Rawson (RSA) HAV Carpets                  1.27.21
Points classification
1 Simon Kessler (RSA) Microsoft                          20 pts
2 Darren Lill (RSA) HSBC                                 13
3 Luke Roberts (Aus) Comnet-Senges                       12
4 Bjorn Glasner (Ger) Lamonta                            12
5 Enrico Poitschke (Ger) Wiesenhof Leipzig               10
6 Wolfgang Owczarek (Ger) Lamonta                        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 Ian McLeod (RSA) HSBC                                  4
12 Johan van der Berg (RSA) Microsoft                     4
13 Thomas Ziegler (Ger) Wiesenhof Leipzig                 4
14 Mattias Carlsson (Swe) Team Ringerike                  4
15 Darryl Impey (RSA) Microsoft                           3
16 Douglas Ryder (RSA) Microsoft                          2
17 Morné Bester (RSA) Microsoft                           1
18 Willie van Zyl (RSA) Eyeperoptics/Queens               1
Mountains classification
1 Eric Baumann (Ger) Wiesenhof Leipzig                   32 pts
2 David George (RSA) Barloworld                          30
3 Jeremy Maartens (RSA) HSBC                             28
4 Jock Green (RSA) HSBC                                  28
5 Thomas Ziegler (Ger) Wiesenhof Leipzig                 25
6 Johan van der Berg (RSA) Microsoft                     18
7 Jaco Odendaal (RSA) Barloworld                         16
8 Graeme Cronjé (RSA) Calcium-Hexal Panda                15
9 Alex Galvin (RSA) Minolta                              10
10 Enrico Poitschke (Ger) Wiesenhof Leipzig               6
11 Ian McLeod (RSA) HSBC                                  6
12 Tiaan Kannemeyer (RSA) Barloworld                      5
13 Darren Lill (RSA) HSBC                                 4
14 Adrian Ilsley (RSA) Minolta                            4
15 Anton van der Merwe (RSA) BOE/Italian Connection       4
16 Geddan Ruddock (RSA) Vineyard Hotel/Breitling          4
17 Eckard Bergh (RSA) Minolta                             3
18 Adrian Maaske (RSA) Minolta                            2
Teams classification
1 HSBC                                             38.51.48
2 Minolta                                              1.16
3 Wiesenhof Leipzig                                    3.03
4 Ringerike                                           15.46
5 Barloworld                                          21.26
6 Comnet-Senges                                       27.31
7 Eyeperoptics/Queens                                 40.28
8 eD'System-ZVVZ                                      41.17
9 Microsoft                                           41.30
10 Lamonta                                            53.43
11 Calcium-Hexal Panda                              1.09.44
12 BOE-Italian                                      1.28.12
13 SACF Developement                                2.04.23
14 CVT                                              2.19.11
15 Sub 3                                            2.31.25
16 Vineyard Hotel/Breitling                         2.56.32
17 HAV Carpets                                      3.39.51