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Hoffman claims record seventh Amashova

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Nolan Hoffman won his seventh Amashova title in the 106km Durban Classic. The BCX rider, who also won the Cape Town Cycle tour in March, was glad to tick off yet another major victory, beating Malcolm Lange’s six wins.

Hoffman beat Alfa Bodyworks-Giant’s Rohan du Plooy, with Office Guru Racing’s Ryan Harris completing the podium a further 41 seconds back.

Hoffman was delighted to claim his second major one-day classic victory for the season.

‘I’m really happy with the way we won, it was really tough and windy,’ Hoffman said. ‘I didn’t really go into the race to try to win it for a seventh time, we just wanted to add to it. The team was really strong and they were focused just on winning. Everything went perfectly on the day,’ he added.

With the strong winds on the day, Hoffman said the team used those conditions to their advantage.

‘The wind was really strong in the first 25km and there were gusts of crosswinds. We just decided to put it in the gutter and a group of 10 riders initially formed, before two of them suffered punctures and fell back. It was a strong display from the team. I’m really proud of how we managed to ride as a unit. It was incredible,’ Hoffman said.

Hoffman is now keen to make a clean sweep at all the big three events of the year when he tackles the 947 Cycle Challenge in November.

Meanwhile, South African national road champion Carla Oberholzer dedicated her win in the women’s category to her Demacon teammate Lynette Burger. Burger was hospitalised at the end of September after being hit by a taxi while out on a training ride.

‘This one is for Burger,’ Oberholzer said. ‘I’m obviously very happy with the win. Tactically, Demacon rode a great race and I’m happy to pull off a win for the team.’

The 31-year-old from Clarens said the real competition started at the halfway mark on the decisive Inchanga climb when Cycle Nation’s Joanna van de Winkel attacked.

‘That’s where Joanna rode quite hard and caused a split in the bunch,’ Oberholzer said. ‘Dalton then bombed it on the downhill section which created a further split and eventually it was just Joanna, Kim and myself left.’

Oberholzer added that Team Clover’s Zanri Rossouw later joined them at the head of affairs on the highway section.

‘It came down to a four-rider sprint. I just sprinted as hard as I could until the finish line,’ she added. ‘I really love this race and I think the route suits me, with some of the climbing and descents, you have to be strong in the wind.’

Photo: Nolan Hoffman in action at the 106km Amashova Durban Classic. By The Digital Media Collective


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