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SA racing in Denmark
- Updated: September 21, 2011
Our cyclists have been in action in two races already at the UCI World Road Championships currently underway in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Team SA had three representatives in the men’s Under-23 time trial while Ashleigh Moolman Pasio was our sole rider in the Elite women’s time trial, writes Mark Etheridge.
Best of the Under-23’s was Louis Meintjies who ended 18th in the 35.2km race. That was 2min 33.52sec behind winner Luke Durbridge of Australia.
Our two other riders ended 51st and 58th respectively. Johann van Zyl was 4:31.50 back while Reinardt Janse van Rensburg, who won the men’s time trial at the All Africa Games in Mozambique recently, was 5:15.55 off the pace.
“It went terrible,” said Janse van Rensburg. “I suffered a mechanical, when my tyre rolled off centre and touched the inside of my frame. I rode with it for almost all of the way and I couldn’t understand what was going on until afterwards. I’m doing the oad race now on Friday and looking to make up for the disappointment there.”
Our two other riders ended 51st and 58th respectively. Johann van Zyl was 4:31.50 back while Janse van Rensburg, who won the men’s time trial at the All Africa Games in Mozambique recently, was 5:15.55 off the pace.
Twenty-five-year-old Moolman Pasio, who has been campaigning on the European circuit, ended 30th in a top-notch women’s line-up. She ended up 3:07.52 behind winner Judith Arndt of Germany in the 27.8km trial raced on roads turned slippery by rain after the start of the race.
This was the first time she’d raced on the international scene wearing the green and gold colours of South Africa. She’ll also be racing the women’s road race on Saturday where she’ll be joined by Robyn de Groot and Joanna Van de Winkel.
The mens’ under-23 road race will be held on Friday where our three time trialists will be supplemented by Christopher Jennings and Raynard Butler.