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South Africans David Brown and Lynette Burger won the men and women’s titles respectively at the 2010 Deutsche Bank Tour of Mauritius 100km road cycling race in Mon Choisy, Mauritius on Sunday.

Brown, the Gauteng Under-23 road race and time trial champion, combined well with his 19-year-old Toyota Supercycling Academy teammate, HB Kruger to create a race-winning springboard for themselves in very windy, hot conditions.

In last year’s race Brown and his teammates made an error in judgment in letting the eventual winner break clear early on, but Brown decided that no such surprise would affect him this year.

ÔÇ£HB and I decided before the race that we would take turns in covering every attack, which is tricky with just two of us. But it worked out well and after 20km it was myself HB, a Mauritian junior (Mathieu Le Blanc), and a Reunion rider (Yannick Tarriffe), in a four-man break,ÔÇØ explained Brown.

ÔÇ£With about 30km to go, the other two riders looked a bit spent to us, so HB attacked and after a few kilometres, I rode across to him, leaving just the two of us in front with 15km to go.ÔÇØ

The pair crossed the finish line together, but the judges gave the win to Brown with second place awarded to Kruger, both in a time of 2hr 19min 39sec. Tarriffe outsprinted Le Blanc to take third place, with another Mauritian, Realdo Jessurn, outsprinting the main pack to round out the top five.

ÔÇ£It felt good to get a win. It certainly showed that we’re in good form and that we’ll return to South Africa with a chance of hopefully getting some top-5 finishes, possibly a podium or two in the last few big races,ÔÇØ said Brown.

In the women’s race, Burger (Biogen Toyota) was in a class of her own as she finished an impressive 12th overall in a time of 2:22:52. It was a good confidence-booster for the 2009 South African and African road champion, following a long road to recovery after a serious crash at this year’s SA Road Champs in February.

ÔÇ£Although I’ve been racing regularly in South Africa and Europe over the past few months, I’ve not fully recovered from that crash and am still undergoing physio treatment twice a week,ÔÇØ explained Burger. ÔÇ£But today, for the first time, I really enjoyed my race and wasn’t nervous and in pain.ÔÇØ

It was the second time that Burger competed in the island nation’s premier single-day race, which attracted over 1300 entrants this year. The last time was in 2005 when she finished second. But on Sunday, she was pleased to be able to go one better.

ÔÇ£I’m looking forward to some good end-of-year results, but am determined to return to full strength and make 2011 my best year yet. This win is a good way to get back on track,ÔÇØ smiled Burger.

Overall men:
1 David Brown (RSA ÔÇô Toyota Supercycling Academy) 2hr 19min 39sec
2 Hendrik (HB) Kruger (RSA ÔÇô Toyota Supercycling Academy) same time
3 Yannick Tariffe (REU) 2:21:18
4 Mathiew Le Blanc (MRU) 2:21:19
5 Realdo Jessurn (MRU) 2:21:50

Overall women:
1 Lynette Burger (RSA ÔÇô Biogen Toyota) 2hr 21min 52sec
2 Kimberley Le Court De Billot (MRU) 2:39:59
3 Mariam Clarke 2:41:24


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