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Ashleigh, An-Li get SA’s first medals in Burkina Faso

By Mark Etheridge

Team South Africa achieved their first success at the African Continental Road Cycling Championships in Burkina Faso on Thursday.

After a frustrating build-up to the Ougadougou event which saw the bulk of the team’s baggage and bikes not follow them across the continent from South Africa.

The elite women’s individual time trial provided the first two medals of the campaign as Olympian Ashleigh Moolman Pasio and young An-Li Pretorius raced to gold and silver respectively after the two laps of 10.6 kilometres. Finishing times were not immediately available for the pair.

“The road was extremely hot and quick but the guys and girls still did pretty well,” said team manager George Cornelissen on Thursday.

At last year’s Continental Championships, Moolman Pasio was second in the TT behind Cherise Stander but went on to win the women’s road race.

“In the junior men’s time trial, 11 riders started and Ryan Felgate was fourth, on a borrowed bike and Nicol Germishuis fourth.”

They clocked times of 30.25 and 30:28 as Algeria’s Abdeeahmane Bechlagheme won in 28:04 from Mauritius rider Sebastian Tyack (49sec back).

The balance of Team South Africa’s baggage and cycles were expected to arrive by air on Thursday afternoon.

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