South African Road Cycling and Time Trial Champion Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio saw her cycling dreams become reality last week when she finished in the podium third place position at the La Flèche Wallone Femme one-day UCI World Cup race in Belgium.
Moolman-Pasio, who races for the Belgian-based Lotto Belisol team and is currently based in Europe, is elated with her result and felt quietly confident going into the race. “I don’t like to be too vocal before races, I rather let my legs do the talking. But deep down inside I had a good feeling. Carl (Pasio, Ashleigh’s husband) and I have been training hard together, and leading into the race my power numbers looked very good.
Shaun Ward from Team NuWater clinched victory in a time of 02:10:33 at the 2012 Die Burger Cycle Tour in Stellenbosch today. This follows NuWater’s team victory at the Coronation Double Century held in Swellendam last weekend.
“I am thrilled to have achieved my goals and the perfect conditions made riding a pleasure today. I have just returned from a disappointing tour of Rwanda so I wanted to do my best” he said.
By: Sarah Bonner
Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio celebrated a double victory this past week at African Continental Championships in Ougadougou, Burkina Faso. Moolman-Pasio showed her prowess in both the road and individual time trial disciplines winning the sprint from a breakaway in the road race and the timetrial by 43 seconds.
Victory wasn’t without it’s challenges, however, as only five of the 21 bicycles sent arrived with Team South Africa. With flights arriving only every second day, riders were left without equipment and forced to abandon some events. “I had both, my time trial and road bike, so I was one of the fortunate ones,” Moolman-Pasio stated, sounding relieved all over again.
The 2012 African Continental Championships came to an end amidst sweltering heat over the course of the weekend in West Africa’s Burkina Faso, where Team South Africa will return home from the capital city Ouagadougou with a total of nine medals.
Saturday’s Elite women’s road race saw the three South African’s outsmart their rivals to claim gold, silver and bronze for the top three podium positions of the 68km event. Shortened due to the very hot conditions, the participants were required to race four laps of the 17 kilometre circuit.
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.
Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (Lotto-Belisol)’s victory in Sunday’s last stage of the Tour de Free State, might just mean that South Africa will be able to send three riders to the Olympic Games in London.
Before the start of the tour South Africa needed about 57 points to move up to the 13th place on the UCI rankings – which would mean three riders can go to the Games.
“We will fight to the end.”
That is the promise Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (Momentum Toyota on loan to Lotto-Belisol) made after the first stage of the Tour de Free State.
She finished 9th, 25 seconds behind, Alona Andruk (Ukraine) who won the stage from Virginia to Brandfort (77km) in 2 hours, 2 minutes and 15 second. Sweden’s Emma Johansson (HiTec), silver medallist at the 2008 Olympic Games, were second in the sprint to the line and Olga Zabelinskaya (RusVelo) third.
When Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (Momentum-Toyota) finished fifth in the Fleche Wallonne Femme (123km) in Belgium on Wednesday 18 April, it might well have been the best result ever by a South African women’s cyclist in a World Cup race.