Stage 5 of The Tour of South Africa (Copyright: Michelle Cound - procycling.co.za)

24 February 2011

Stage 5: Oudtshoorn to Barrydale: 153 km

A Warm welcome and hot weather was the call of the day at the fifth stage of The Cell C Tour of South Africa which saw Team D’ Angelo & Antenucci-Nippo take top honours for the second day in a row.  Kristian House however remains GC leader.

The first 20 kilometres of the race saw a few breakaway attempts, but the bunch kept pulling them back.  Eventually though, at about 70 kilometres into the race there was a six man breakaway consisting of Tyler Day (Bonitas), Jeremy Maartens (DCM), Clinton Hendricks (Tasol-GT), Estafinos Gebresilassie (UCI Africa Mixed Team), Frank Dressler-Lehnhof (Differdange-Magic Sport Food) and Gregory Habeaux (Veranda’s Willems-Accent) –  this just before the first KOM hot spot.

As the riders kept climbing, they increased the gap from the peloton to about 3min55” at 84kms eventually pushing through and with just 60km to go and a great lead of 4minutes 15 seconds.

Maartens and Habeaux were the last surviving members of the break and were swallowed up with 7km to go by the peloton, lead by MTN-Qhubeka. This action packed stage ended with a massive bunch riding  furiously toward the finish, but it was Team  D’Angelo & Andenucci-Nippo’s Bernardo Riccio, considered one of the best climbers in the world that took top honours.

Tomorrow’s Queen stage will be the defining stage for the general classification.  House still has an overall lead of 2.22 and is looking forward to the penultimate stage of the inaugural Cell C Tour of South Africa.   The race starts in Hermanus and includes four categorized climbs before finishing in Stellenbosch.

The results for stage 5 are as follows:

  1. Bernado Riccio (43) D`Angelo & Antenucci – Nippo – 04:34’04”
  2. Daryl Impey (57) MTN Qhubeka – 04:34’04”
  3. Christoff Van Heerden (119) MTN Qhubeka – 04:34’04”

The competition leaders at the start of stage 5 (Copyright: Michelle Cound - procycling.co.za)

Young supporters cheering the riders on (Copyright: craigdutton.com/2011)

The peloton taking in the beautiful South African countryside (Copyright: craigdutton.com/2011)

Domnik Ivo (TT RAiko Aragon 18) under the hot South African sun (Copyright: craigdutton.com/2011)

The peloton on stage 5 (Copyright: craigdutton.com/2011)

The peloton climbs the first pass during stage 5 (Copyright: craigdutton.com/2011)

The peloton climbs the first pass during stage 5 (Copyright: craigdutton.com/2011)

Riders on the descent after the first pass (Copyright: craigdutton.com/2011)

The break pulling away from the peloton (Copyright: Michelle Cound - procycling.co.za)

Bernado Riccio wins Stage 5 (Copyright: Michelle Cound - procycling.co.za)

On the podium: Daryl Impey, Kristian House and Bernado Riccio

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