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SA’s Pasio 26th in road race at World Championships
- Updated: October 16, 2016
By Mark Etheridge
Two-time Olympian Ashleigh Pasio placed 26th in the women’s race at UCI Road World Championships in Doha, Qatar on Saturday.
After a race dominated by attack after attach from the Dutch riders, things came down to a sprint finish with favourite Kirsten Wild being pipped at the post by Denmark’s Amalie Dideriksen.
Her time was 3hr 10min 27sec after almost 135-kilometre of energy-sapping racing in the searing desert heat.
Pasio was four seconds adrift. Of the other South Africans in the race Samantha Sanders was next best in 41st, and Heidi Dalton (58th) was the only other finisher as Anriette Schoeman, Zanele Tsholo and Carla Oberholzer all failed to finish.
Earlier in the week, Pasio had ended 18th in the individual time trial (see above picture) while she was part of the bronze-medal team in team time trial.
In earlier races, Nicolene Marais was SA’s best finisher in the Junior Women’s 74.5km competition. She was 49th of 74 riders as Italy’s Elisa Balsamo won in 1:53.04. Fellow SA rider Lynette Benson was one of seven non-finishers.
The junior men’s race, over 135.4km, was a particularly brutal race. Denmark’s Jacob Egholm won in 2:58.19 with Devin Shortt (66th) and Jason Oosthuizen (112th) the South African representation. The only other SA rider in this event, Damean Oosthuizen, was one of an incredible 73 non-finishers, testimony to the oven-like conditions.
Sunday sees the Championships concluding with the men’s race over 257.5km.