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De Bod just misses top-10 finish at Road World Champs
- Updated: October 11, 2016
By Mark Etheridge
Stefan de Bod was South Africa’s best finisher on Monday’s second day of racing at the UCI Road World Championships as he rode to 11th spot in the Under-23 men’s time trial in Doha, Qatar.
De Bod, part of Team South Africa at the 2014 African Youth Games in Gaborone, Botswana, where he won a gold medal in the time trial, was 11th on Monday.
Originally from Stellenbosch but now part of the impressive Dimension Data set-up based in Italy, De Bod ended up 1min 22sec behind winner Marco Mathis of Germany who clocked 34min 08sec for the 28.9 kilometre course, ridden in searing desert conditions.
Speaking after his race, he said: ‘A TT is always super tough but the heat here in Qatar made it even harder. I didn’t want to start too fast so I controlled it at the beginning. My heart rate was a lot higher than usual because of the heat.
‘Going into the last lap I felt good but I suffered the last 8km and lost a lot of time. My mistake was that Ididn’t drink enough.
‘Still, I’m happy with the experience and I learned from my mistakes. I hope to be on on that podium in the next year or two’
Referring to the heat, and De Bod, who turns 20 next month added: ‘I’ve trained and raced in hotter conditions in South Africa but coming from Europe now it was definitely quite a shock to the system.
‘I’ve been based in Italy now for about seven months now racing with Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka Continental.’
For the time trial De Bod was on board a Cervelo P5, the same model as ridden by the World Tour team. He only got that bike around two weeks ago.
He’ll be back in action on Thursday for the road race where he’ll swop bikes to the R3 model.
Other South Africans in time trial action on Monday were Lynette Benson and Nicolene in the Junior women’s race and Jason and Damean Oosthuizen in the junior men’s time trial.
Benson was 32nd (2:05 in arrears) and Marais 36th (2:52) in the 13.7km event. Jason Ooshuizen was 21st (+2:46) and Damean 50th (+04.15) in the junior men’s 28.9km race.