There was a dramatic finish to the 2009 ┬áSouth African Road Cycling Championships in Oudtshoorn, but when the dust had settled (quite literally), it was House of Paints rider Jamie Ball who was triumphant after prevailing over the 195km route.┬á
His ecstasy was Jay Thomson’s agony, for the MTN rider was making his move right at the front when he and teammate David George were left in a heap on the road on the final turn into the home straight sprint. Thomson picked himself up but the damage was done and Ball surged to the line, with Thomson having to settle for a painful fifth.
Victory for Thomson was in no small part due to his teammate Jay Martens, who led for almost 120km and afterwards told reporters, ‘We needed this! We so needed this!’┬á
Barloworld rider Daryl Impey finished second with the veteran Kosie Loubscher third.
The women’s race, overv 118km, was won by Lynette Burgerahead of fellow Cyclelab member Ashleigh Moolman, with 2008 Olympian Cherise Taylor of MTN third.
Garmin’s Clint Barrow won the under-23 195km race, while Christopher Jennings (Garmin) and Michelle Corbitt (Konica-Minolta) were crowned the junior champions.
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