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Du Plessis, Steyn edge ahead

Wins for both Brand Du Plessis and Andrea Steyn ÔÇô Momentum Health/Teavigo Series Leaders ÔÇô at the Momentum Health/Teavigo Duathlon in Grabouw on Sunday 17 May sees them edge further ahead on the overall standings.

Going into Sunday’s race Du Plessis had maximum points ÔÇô 40 after two wins in two events ÔÇô and Steyn was on 39 after suffering a defeat to Carla Germishuys in the first race. Sunday’s wins put Brand Du Plessis on top with 60 points and Steyn with 59.

Held in cold and very muddy conditions after heavy rains the previous day, organisers decided to shorten the race. From a 5km run, 20km mountain bike and 2.5km run, the race was reduced to two 3km runs and the cycle to 11km.

Steyn meant business from the gun and started her run very hard. ‘I knew I had to get a good lead on Yolandi De Villiers who is a very strong mountain biker having won a few stages on the Cape Epic, so I really went out hard.’

Steyn was also running in trail running shoes, which would have given her better grip compared to the Teak Place race where she ran in road shoes. ‘I learnt my lesson there; from now on every trail run will have the right shoes.’

Steyn never gave up that lead and even opened an even bigger gap on the last run leg to cross the line 1hr 09min 44sec with De Villiers second almost six minutes later (1:14;24).

Carla Germishuys picked up a hamstring injury leading up to the race and had to withdrew while other favourite Riana De Lange punctured twice to be out of the running. That means that Steyn’s nearest rival is Nadia Pretorius who finished seventh on the day. Steyn now has 59 out of a possible 60 points whilst Pretorius is sitting on 40.