South African cyclists shine again in second day of championships

2015-02-11 00:00

YESTERDAY’S second day of the ­Confederation of African Cycling ­African Road Championships dawned just as swelteringly hot as day one with the two junior divisions taking to the 24 km time trial course.

It was, once again, the South African riders who claimed the spoils in both the junior men’s and junior women’s races.

With two recently crowned national time trial champions representing South Africa, they were always going to go into the competition as favourites and they showed their class as well as their ability to adapt to conditions. Frances du Toit and Greg de Vink added a ­continental title to their growing lists of achievements.

De Vink went into the race with subdued expectations following a tough team time trial on Monday. The 17-year-old rider was glad that he was able to cross the line in the shortest amount of time and conclude what has been a busy couple of weeks.

“I came into today not expecting to win so it is a really great surprise,” he said. “I came off a gold at the South ­African Champs and then a win yesterday in the team time trial so I was feeling good.”

The junior men’s podium was separated by just over a minute with second place going to Islam Mansouri from Algeria and the bronze medal being awarded to El Mehdi Chokri of Morocco.

In the junior women’s category it was a little more one-sided. Local girl Frances du Toit continued her brilliant run of form on the bike as she also did the double claiming the individual time trial gold to go with her team time trial win a day prior.

“I have been riding well recently so I went into today with confidence,” she said. “But I was also pretty nervous ­because I really didn’t know what the rest of Africa had to offer.”

The rest of the junior women’s ­podium was made up of Lynette Benson from South Africa in second and Zimbawean Skye Davidson in third.

Today’s schedule will commence with the individual time trials for the elite men and women starting at 9.30 am.

More information, including the road closures for Wartburg and surrounds, can be found at


Individual Time Trial

Junior Men

1. Gregory de Vink (RSA) 35.33.324

2. Islam Mansouri (ALG) 35.47.428

3. El Mehdi Chokri (MAR) 35.50.235

4. Jarrod Hattingh (RSA) 37.17.746

5. El Houcaine Saebbahi (MAR) 37.44.947

6. Oussama Mansouri (ALG) 38.00.544

7. Fadi Confiance (SEY) 38.10.968

8. Samuel Mugisha (RWA) 38.21.919

9. Tristen de Lange (NAM) 38.31.431

10. Peter Alphonse (SEY) 39.20.644

Junior Women

1. Frances du Toit (RSA) 44.13.268

2. Lynette Benson (RSA) 45.53.528

3. Skye Davidson (ZIM) 46.50.927

4. Helen Mitchell (ZIM) 47.35:680

5. Hermeline Kouassi (CIV) 50.53.852

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