Trophies and jerseys of the 2011 Cell C Tour of South Africa (Copyright: craigdutton.com/2011)

26 February 2011

Stage 7: Paarl to Paarl: 104km

Rapha Condor-Sharp  Wins Inaugural Cell C Tour of South Africa

Fresh in from Europe, Team Rapha Condor-Sharp added their own sense of heat to the tour in a scorching 40 degree Paarl on Saturday at the seventh and final stage of the Cell C Tour of South Africa when Kristian House was announced overall Tour winner.

Category leaders at the start line on Stage 7 (Copyright: craigdutton.com/2011)

The 104km, 10 lap circuit stage which opened with a one lap neutral start.  As the peloton entered Main street, it was all go when Shaun Nick Bester launched an unsuccessful attack shortly after the start, which lasted for a short  500m until he was reeled back in by the peloton.

The start of Stage 7 (Copyright: craigdutton.com/2011)

The third lap saw the first major breakaway of the day take place around a cheerful Paarl when a 9 man group broke clear of the leading pack, holding Sven van den Houte, Kevin Reza. Daniel Teklehaimanot, Waylon Woolcock, Richard Baxter, Nic White, Kevin Evans, Ian McLeod and Peter Seyffert.

The peloton enjoying the full road closure in Paarl (Copyright: craigdutton.com/2011)

MTN Qhubeka and Team Rapha Condor-Sharp were chasing from the peloton as they had no teammates in the breakaway group.

The peloton (Copyright: craigdutton.com/2011)

The gap stayed at about 2min for about 4 laps when the peloton closed the 41 second advantage bringing the race back together preparing the finale inaugural Cell C Tour of South Africa for exciting sprint finish.

Kristian House in the front of the peloton (Copyright: craigdutton.com/2011)

Team D’Angelo & Antenucci-Nippo took its third win of the tour, the stage 7 winner being Bernado Riccio followed by Maartijn Verschoor and Yohann Gene in second and third respectively

Competition winners for Stage 7:

King of the Mountains – Daryl Impey (MTN Qhubeka)
Best African Rider – Johann Rabie (Team Bonitas)
Samsung Young Rider – Christopher Jennings (Team Verandas Willems-Accent)
Points – Yohann Gene (Team Europcar)

The Cell C Tour of South Africa Overall Competition Winners:

GC – Kristian House (Rapha Condor Sharp)
King of the Mountains – Daryl Impey (MTN Qhubeka)
Best African Rider – Johann Rabie (Team Bonitas)
Samsung Young Rider–Christopher Jennings (Team Verandas Willems-Accent)
Points – Yohann Gene (Team Europcar)
Team Winners – Team Europcar

Scenic views in the background during Stage 7 (Copyright: craigdutton.com/2011)

Team Tasol GT in a break away (Copyright: craigdutton.com/2011)

Bernado Riccio wins the final Stage of the Tour of South Africa (Copyright: craigdutton.com/2011)

Kristian House (Rapha Condor Sharp) wins the 2011 Cell C Tour of South Africa (Copyright: craigdutton.com/2011)

Stage winner and category winners (Copyright: craigdutton.com/2011)

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Comments
  1. […] 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 register for the […]

  2. sweatngear says:

    […] 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 register for the […]

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