Arran Brown, the rising Team Medscheme sprinter, pulled off the biggest victory of his burgeoning career when holding off former Tour de France stage winner Robbie Hunter in the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour in Cape Town on Sunday.Brown was runner-up in the last Amashovashova race in Pietermaritzburg but went one better thanks to his power in the sprint finish. He flashed across the line after 110km of riding in 2hr 46min 32sec, with the favourite, Barloworld rider Hunter second and Nolan Hoffman, of Neotel, third.
ÔÇ£This (finish) suits my style, because it needs strength and is short and flat, and was into a headwind,ÔÇØ he said afterwards. A headwind is an understatement as the course was buffeted by the strongest winds in over a decade.
Brown has benefited from working with two-time winner of the Argus Tour, Malcolm Lange, who might be in the twilight of his career but is now playing an active part in developing Brown as a sprinter.
Lange is owner and chief sprinter of Team Medscheme, but it was his protege who stole the line honours in a thrilling and mature piece of sprinting.
The race is the biggest participative cycle event in the world and around 35,000 entered. They were greeted by strong winds that reached up to 70km/h and played havoc with predictions.┬á
Along with overall line honours, Brown also picked up the sprint award and the most consistent rider, while Barloworld’s Steven Cummings was king of the mountains. Barloworld had won the first three races earlier in the week that form part of the Giro Del Capo, but in the most prestigious one of the four, they had to play second fiddle to Brown and Team Medscheme.
The women’s race was won by Swedish national team rider, Jennie Stenerhag, in a time of 3:06:01. The five-times previous winner, Anriette Schoeman (Nashua), had to settle for second place ahead of Marissa van der Merwe (MTN) in third place.