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Froome picks up maiden win

In scorching temperatures approaching 40deg C, Barloworld’s Chris Froome won his first event as a professional cyclist by taking race two of the 2009 Giro Del Capo, over 143km in Durbanville, Cape Town.

Ably assisted by team-mate Darryl Impey, Froome attacked 10km from the finish to hit the front and he was never seriously challenged. Jay Thomson of MTN finished the race in second place, closely followed by Impey in third.

Claudio Corti, team manager of Barloworld, said: ÔÇ£Today I was concerned during the race because of the very hot temperatures, this can make the race tough for even the strongest cyclists. Froome and Impey surprised me in the last climb as they were still looking very strong.ÔÇØ

Winner of the first race (the format for the Giro has changed, into four one-off races, rather than stages), Robbie Hunter, was in a seven-man breakaway that attacked on the first climb, and which placed Team Barloworld at the front and in total control. Hunter then pulled out during the second of three laps around the sharp Vissershok Road climb. Hunter decided to save his energy for tomorrow. 

Froome eventually hit the line with three minutes in hand. It was another impressive ride from Impey, who had finished in the group of 12 in the first race who all had the same time as Hunter on Wednesday.

The third race on Friday sees the teams heading for Paarl, starting and finishing in Market street for the 171km race, with Sunday’s Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour being the last of the Giro De Capo.


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