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Team South Africa’s cyclists took second spot in team time trial at the UCI African Continental Championships in Asmara, Eritrea on Wednesday, writes Mark Etheridge.

Made up of Herman Fouche, Reinardt Janse van Rensburg, Louis Meintjies and Jaco Venter, the team were second to the host nation in the 36-kilometre event.

Eritrea’s Natnael Berhane, Freqalsi Abrha, Daniel Teklehaymanot and Jani Tewele Weldegaber clocked 42min 44.52sec and the South Africans were 1:25.50 behind. Morocco ended third of the eight teams that started, 1:33:13 down the road.

The winning Eritrean side clocked an average speed of 50.7 kilometers per hour and the team included Teklehaymanot, who underwent heart surgery less than two years ago and recently signed for the GreenEdge outfit for the 2012 season. It was also a double reason for him to celebrate on Wednesday as it was his 24th birthday the same day.

Next up at the championships are the individual time trials scheduled for Friday while the elite women’s (62.7km) and men’s (146.3km) races are both scheduled for Sunday.

Our women’s hopes will be represented by Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio, recent winner of the MTN OFM Classic, Cherise Taylor and Jo van der Winkel after Robyn de Groot had to pull out due to an infected wound in her knee after crashing at the recent Campus-to-Campus event.


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