The yellow jersey sitting comfortably in the bunch on the final climb (Copyright: Michelle Cound - procycling.co.za)

23 February 2011

Stage 4: Bloukrans to George: 153 km

After a successful day in the Bay on Tuesday for Stage 3, the 300 plus convoy prepared for an early start the next day at Bloukrans Bridge just outside of the Koisan Village for Stage 4 of The Cell C Tour of South Africa.

Davide Torosantucci (D’angelo & Antenucci-Nippo) proved the strongest on this stage when he attacked with 5km to go to win the stage in the 200 year old town of George in the Western Cape.  The 29-year-old Italian finished 18 seconds ahead of Kévin Reza (Team Europcar) in second and Darren Lill (DCM) in third.

Stage 4 proved to be a hard but very exciting day of racing with plenty of attacks and counter attacks, climbing and surprise catch ups from all the teams. There wer ea number of splits in the peloton, one of which was a group at the back of about 40 riders.  Rapha Condor-Sharp  however remained up front paving the way for current leader, Kristian House who retained his title to again ride in the gold jersey in Stage 5 on Thursday.

Adamant to be part of the action, Jay Thomson tackled a steep climb and broke away from the front to form the break of the day, but, at Wilderness after riding solo for 2:30 the bunch reeled him in.

As the riders got into George, the entire race changed on the final climb when a steep ascent separated the riders again, with all the favourites being up front. The lead group of 19 was surprised when race leader House put in an attack with 7km to go and Team D’Angelo & Andenucci-Nippo’s Torosantucci took full advantage to counter-attack.   The Italian rider went on to win the stage.

The results for stage 4 are as follows:

  1. Davide Torosantucci (47) D`Angelo & Antenucci – Nippo – 03:30’22”
  2. Kevin Reza (18) Team Europcar – 03:30’40”
  3. Darren Lill (119) DCM – 03:30’40”

The overall GC results are:

  1. Kristian House (28) Rapha Condor Sharp – 11:18’14”
  2. Daryl Impey (57) MTN Qhubeka – 11:20’36”
  3. Johann Rabie (65) Team Bonitas – 11:20’36”

And here are some images highlighting stage 4:

Johann Rabie (Bonitas) attacks with Kristian House (Rapha Condor Sharp) & Davide Torosantucci (Team Nippo) (Copyright: Michelle Cound - procycling.co.za)

Davide Torosantucci counter attacks (Copyright: Michelle Cound - procycling.co.za)

Torosantucci stays away to the finish & takes the win (Copyright: Michelle Cound - procycling.co.za)

Davide Torosantucci (Copyright: Michelle Cound - procycling.co.za)

Kristian House looking happy after a tough day in the saddle (Copyright: Michelle Cound - procycling.co.za)

Stage winner and jersey leaders following stage 4 (Copyright: craigdutton.com/2011)

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