Cementing his place as one of the best domestic road cyclists of his generation, former track specialist Nolan Hoffman delivered another superb performance on Sunday to win the Cape Town Cycle Tour for the third time.
Hoffman covered the 109km race in 2:37:30, holding off mountain bike specialist Sam Gaze of New Zealand by one second in a bunch sprint for the line.
After equalling Malcolm Lange’s record of six victories at the Amashova Durban Classic last year, Hoffman joined Hennie Wentzel, Willie Engelbrecht and Lange as the only men to have won the Cycle Tour three times.
“The team was incredible today,” said Hoffman, who had previously secured victory in 2014 and 2015.
“This has been our biggest objective for the year and going away with the win was just incredible.
“The boys rode out of their skins and I’m just really pleased how it all played out.”
Meanwhile, Kim le Court of Mauritius won a late dash in the women’s race, becoming the first foreigner to secure either the men’s or women’s titles since Swedish mountain bike star Jennie Stenerhag in 2009.
She finished the elite women’s 76km contest in 2:11:50, edging out former African champion Vera Adrian of Namibia.
“Wow, such an emotional day,” Le Court said.
“This is the one race that everyone wants to win, and I’ve had a year of podiums, so it’s great to finally stand on the top step.”
Podium results, 2018 Cape Town Cycle Tour
Men: 1 Nolan Hoffman (BCX) 2:37:30, 2 Sam Gaze (Investec-Songo-Specialized) 2:37:31, 3 Reynard Butler (ProTouch) 2:37:31
Women: 1 Kim le Court (Demacon) 2:11:50, 2 Vera Adrian (DormaKaba) 2:11:50, 3 Maroesjka Matthee (Ciovita) 2:11:50