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Laura wins TDFS stage
- Updated: May 25, 2012
There wasn’t too much change after yesterday’s second stage of the Tour de Free State ÔÇô the final UCI Olympic qualification cycle race before cut-off.
The stage featured a 101.6-kilometre ride from Jagersfontein to Bloemfontein and saw the Netherlands’ Laura van der Kamp snatching victory, the Dolman Boels Cycling Team rider being credited with a time of 3hr 07min 25sec.
A bunch of 44 cyclists crossed the line simultaneously, meaning there wasn’t a whole lot of change in the General Classification.
Our leading road cyclist right now, Ashleigh Moolman Pasio, was given fourth spot, the Lotto-Belisol rider one of two South Africans in the top 10. The other was MTN-Qhubeka’s Anriette Schoeman.
The GC sees Sweden’s world No3 cyclist Emma Johansson and first-stage winner Alona Andruk of Ukraine holding a joint lead after 5hr 09min 40sec of tough riding. Third, just two seconds back is Russia’s Olga Zabelinskaya.
Moolman Pasio flies the SA flag in the GC, holding seventh spot, 25sec down. Next best South African is young An-Li Pretorius in 12th spot, also 25sec down.
The main mission of the South Africans is to move their national ranking up from 17th to 13th spot on the UCI list, giving them a sought-after third spot in the road race at the London Olympics.
Friday features a transfer day before Saturday’s third and penultimate stage of 120km in the Drakensberg foothills around the eastern Free State town of Clarens.