Briton Sharon Laws is becoming quite a name on the South African cycling circuit. She followed up her win in the recent Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge with victory in Die Burger Cycle Tour in Stellenbosch over the weekend.
Laws, riding for Momentum Toyota, showed why she is the current British Champion when she won a closely contested sprint to the finish.
The other stars of the day were SA Champion, Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (Momentum Toyota), Jenny Stenerhage (Focus Bikes) and Anriette Schoeman (Mecer Africa Silks) who all finished in the same time as Laws.
In fact it was such a close sprint that the results were only announced after the officials studied the photo finish.
Moolman-Pasio took control of the race right from the start, setting a fast pace up the notorious Hekpoort climb, which left a huge number of cyclists behind.
Only five ladies managed to go over the summit with the men as the rest were left behind to chase back.
Matthee and Blackwell managed to rejoin the breakaway group 30km into the race. With 49km to go, the leading bunch was 100 men strong with seven ladies amongst them.
Moolman-Pasio made her move with 44km to go on the long drag up to Ridgeback Wines.
Schoeman and Stenerhage, however, managed to close the gap where upon Laws launched a counter attack. This move caused the bunch to break up under the huge pressure, leaving Blackwell and Matthee behind.