By Mark Etheridge
Team South Africa picked up another medal at the Africa Continental road cycling championships in Burkina Faso on Friday.
After Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio and An-Li Pretorius had won gold and silver in the individual women’s time trial on Thursday, it was Jay Thomson who won bronze for the team when he ended third in the individual men’s time trial.
And it was oh so close for silver as Thomson (39min 14.72sec) finished just 0.12sec behind Ethiopia’s 39:14.61.
Said team manager George Cornelissen: “Of course Jay was disappointed in his racing and said afterward if the team bikes had only arrived earlier he would have done much better.”
A logistical nightmare saw the bulk of the team’s bikes and baggage only arrive in the capital of Ougadougou on Thursday afternoon on the second day of the championships.
The other SA rider in action, Jaco Venter took fifth overall in 40:01 as Eritrea’s young ace Daniel Teklehaimanot won in 38:11.
Saturday was due to see the junior men’s road race over 85km. A quartet of South Africans ÔÇô Jevandre Pauls , Ryan Gibbons , Ryan Felgate en Nicol Germishuis ÔÇô will be in action.
“Twenty riders will compete,” said Cornelissen. “Our tactics are simple ÔÇô we will try and dominate form the begin to thin out the bunch. Once that happens the guys will ride together and try and win the title.’
Just seven riders will line up for the women’s race and all being equal South Africa should take all the podium places in this one.