The Italian flag flew enthusiastically in the wind at Alexandra Park after the 112km road race that brought down the curtain on the UCI World Cycling Tour Final, with two of the three world titles on offer on the final day going to Italian riders.
D’Andrea Allesandro won a thrilling three way dice to the line to snatch the coveted UCI rainbow jersey away from local riders JC Jooste and Jaco Ferreira in the 30-34 year class, while his compatriot Gabriele Clementoni capped a tactically astute race with an imposing victory in the men’s 40-44 class.
More than a dozen new amateur road cycling world champions were crowned at Alexandra Park late on Saturday afternoon after coming up trumps against a very strong field from 32 nations and best mastering the searing heat and howling winds on the out-and-back course to Wartburg.
The farming town of Wartburg came alive today (Wednesday) as top road cyclists from every continent converged to try out the 25km course that will decide the new amateur time trial world champion when the UCI World Cycling Tour Final get under way on Thursday.
One hundred and fifty four riders will contest for the coveted UCI time trial rainbow jerseys in seven women’s veteran and master classes and nine men’s age groups, with many of the defending champions having made the trip to South Africa to try and retain their titles.
South African ex-pat Jeffrey Kriel, now racing in Australian colours, won the 4Ever Cycles Hill Dash in tough, hot and windy conditions that formally kicked off the week of road cycling that culminates in the UCI World Cycling Tour Final later in the week.
Cycling South Africa’s Road Cycling Commission has great pleasure in announcing that the following riders have been selected to represent South Africa at the 2012 UCI Road World Championships in Limburg, The Netherlands, taking place from 15 to 23 September.
South Africa’s six Paralympic cyclists are feeling confident ahead of the London Paralympic Games, reinforced by their commitment to serious fine-tuning of their preparations.
With the UCI Para-cycling 2012 competition season now complete, the cyclists have continued their training for the Paralympic Games with a dual focus on developing their fitness to peak for London and on technical aspects demanded of the events in which they will compete.
With just weeks to go until the 2012 UCI World Cycling Tour Final in Pietermaritzburg from 23 to 26 August one of road cycling’s icon figures Andrew McLean is determined to succeed at an event that he says is of massive importance for South African cycling.
“I think this is a very prestigious competition and very important for cycling on the world stage as well as being very important for South Africa,” said McLean, who dominated his 45-49 year age group at the Msunduzi Road Challenge qualifying event last year, winning the his age group road race and posting the fastest time trial overall.