Race report and images: Tour of South Africa – stage 6

Posted: February 26, 2011 in cycling, Road
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The peloton move out of Hermanus towards Stellenbosch during stage 6 (Copyright: craigdutton.com/2011)

25 February 2011

Stage 6: Hermanus to Ou Helshoogte Pass, Stellenbosch:  140km

Starting in Hermanus, the queen stage of the inaugural Tour of South Africa welcomed current SA Road Cycling Champion Darren Lill (DCM) to the finish at Ou Helshoogte Pass after a close sprint with rivals Johann Rabie of Team Bonitas and Jaco Venter, Team Verandas Willems-Accent.

Overall leader Kristian House followed by stage winner Darren Lill (Copyright: craigdutton.com/2011)

The South African Road Champion put in a formidable attack, which no one could follow, at the start of the final Heelshoogte climb, then soloed to the finish.

An elated Lill commented on his ride saying, “My teammate Ian McLeod did a great job in keeping the pace high, I saw everyone was tired when we got to the final climb, and I was still good, so I decided to jump.”

The peloton making their way up the first climb (Copyright: craigdutton.com/2011)

After already racing 90km, the biggest break of the day was up the Franschhoek pass where 360 Life rider David George put in an attack as soon as the ascent started.  George crossed the top of the mountain with a 50-second advantage on the fragmented peloton.

George who was lying 5th in the race overall was making his bid to win the race.  He was caught near Boschendal Estate with about 15km to go.

Recently crowned South African Champion, Darren Lill, wins stage 6 (Copyright: craigdutton.com/2011)

Riders kept trying to attack off the front but MTN-Qhubeka set a blistering pace. Lill decided to counter attack a move from Chris Jennings (Burgos 2016), and immediately opened up a sizeable lead between him and the peloton. Jaco Venter (Veranda’s Willems-Accent) tried to bridge the gap but Lill was adamant at getting victory on home turf. Johann Rabie (Team Bonitas) out sprinted the chasing group for second place, whilst Venter finished third.

Rapha Condor-Sharp’s Kristian House will retain the Gold jersey on the final stage of The Cell C Tour of South Africa which will take place in Paarl tomorrow.

The race and competition leaders (Copyright: craigdutton.com/2011)

The results for stage 6 are as follows:

  1. Darren Lill (119) DCM – 03:18’26”
  2. Johann Rabbie (65) Team Bonitas – 03:18’44”
  3. Jaco Venter (1) Veranda’s Willems – Accent – 03:18’46”

The GC standing following stage 6 are:

  1. Kristian House (28) Rapha Condor Sharp – 19:11’15”
  2. Johann Rabie (65) Team Bonitas – 19:13’24”
  3. Daryl Impey (57) MTN Qhubeka – 19:13’26”
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Comments
  1. […] from the event. In addition to my previous posts (stage 1, stage 2, stage 3, stage 4, stage 5, stage 6 and stage 7), here are some more pictures of the team in action: The Rapha boys signing the […]

  2. sweatngear says:

    […] from the event. In addition to my previous posts (stage 1, stage 2, stage 3, stage 4, stage 5, stage 6 and stage 7), here are some more pictures of the team in action: The Rapha boys signing the […]

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