WIN NUMBER FOUR FOR HOFFMAN, WHILE LE COURT DE BILLOT WINS SECOND WOMEN’S TITLE – Cape Town Cycle Tour

WIN NUMBER FOUR FOR HOFFMAN, WHILE LE COURT DE BILLOT WINS SECOND WOMEN’S TITLE

Local hero Nolan Hoffman became the second most successful men’s rider in Cape Town Cycle

Tour history when he won his fourth title in a tactical 2 hours, 37 minutes, 12 seconds in near

perfect weather on Sunday.

The 36-year-old ENZA team rider – who won in 2014, 2015 and 2018 – delivered the perfect

sprint after surviving the climbs up Chapman’s Peak and Suikerbossie and winning by over a

bike length ahead of Christiaan Janse van Rensburg and Craig Boyes.

“This is definitely the title that means the most. It has been a tough time for my family over the

last 18 months and we have lost family members to Covid. I am just blessed to be healthy and

be able to win,” Hoffman said.

“I put on a lot of weight during the lockdown but I have worked really hard at getting into shape

once we heard that the Cycle Tour was happening.”

Hoffman was able to save his energy for the big climbs when teammate David Maree got into

the only significant break of the day. Maree got clear with Alwyn Steenkamp (TEG Procycling)

and Keanan Roodt just after the climb up Wynberg Hill. Through Misty Cliffs the escapees

stretched out the lead to 1:19 before they were eventually swallowed up by the charging bunch

up Chapman’s Peak.

As the lead bunch approached Suikerbossie, World Tour rider Nic Dlamini (Assos-Qhubeka)

was the first to attack as he attempted to burn off the sprinters. But the lead group eventually

reformed over the final 15km into the finish and Hoffman – helped by guest teammate and

mountain biking legend Christoph Sauser – got himself into the perfect position to deliver his

trademark sprint.

“I just told myself to relax and believe in my sprint. It was just a perfect day,” Hoffman said.

Only Willie Engelbrecht has won more titles than Hoffman in the men’s race with five to his

name.

LE COURT DE BILLOT WINS SECOND TITLE

2018 winner Kim Le Court De Billot took the title in the women’s race after a thrilling race over

78km that started in Fish Hoek. She clocked 2 hour 13 minutes 37 seconds.

Le Court De Billot was part of a select group of six riders that managed to pull clear of the bunch

up Chapman’s Peak and included SA champion and Hout Bay local Hayley Preen, top mountain

biker Candice Lill, UK triathlon star Emma Pallant, Kelsey van Schoor and S’annara Grove.

Pallant was the early aggressor while Preen put down the hammer up Suikerbossie in an

attempt to break up the lead group. But, in the end, the group entered the final kilometres intact

and it was up to Le Court De Billot and Preen to contest the sprint. Behind them Pallant and the

rest got tangled up and Pallant crashed heavily within sight of the finish line.

“I felt confident on the climbs, felt I was in the right place and my legs were good,” Le Court de

Billot. “I tried to save my legs for the sprint because I confidence in that. I’m just glad I could pull

it off for my team.”

Sunday marked the 43rd edition of the Cape Town Cycle Tour.

Results:

Men:

1 Nolan Hoffman (ENZA) 02:37:12

2 Christian Janse van Rensburg, same time

3 Craig Boyes, same time

4 Louis Visser, same time

5 Jaco Venter, same time

Women:

1 Kim Le Court de Billot (Galileo Infinit SPOT), 02:13:17

2 Hayley Preen, same time

3 Candice Lill, same time

4 Kelsey van Schoor, same time (Customized Cycling Bioplus)

5 S’annara Grove, same time (Customized Cycling Bioplus)

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