Kent Main held his composure on the climb up Du Toitskloof Pass to take the stage three spoils in the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope road race just outside Paarl on 8 March.
The 21-year-old cyclist from Linden led the way to the finish line of the 133km Queen stage of South Africa’s premier road race in 03:19:12. Three seconds later he was followed home by teammate Eddie van Heerden, with Dimension Data’s Hafetad Weldu in third place.
Main was part of a group of eight leaders at the start of the final climb.
“Eddie and I knew if it was too easy the guys would just follow. I don’t really have a big kick at the end so knew I had to go long,” he said.
Main added that he managed to ride away from the group with less than 3km to the finish line after the group let their guard down.
“The descent was quite fast with the other cyclists trying to break clear but everyone came together at the bottom. In the end, the one move I did follow was the one that got away, so I was possibly quite lucky in that respect,” he added.
Given his climbing ability, Main added that he had always dreamt of winning this stage of the tour.
“To be honest, this is a stage I targeted from last year and I was really happy to get the win.”
In the women’s race, Bestmed-ASG’s An-Li Kachelhoffer won her second stage to claw a handful of seconds back in the overall standings. She was 12 seconds faster than second place Chanel Mason.
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