Sandton City Cycle Nation’s Madelaine le Roux claimed top honours at the aQuelle Tour Durban after a sizzling finish to the race on Sunday, 28 November 2021.
The race quickly developed into a four rider break, with two from Customized Cycling Bioplus and two Sandton City Cycle Nation women pushing the breakaway pace.
In the end, le Roux took her chance to get away alone, with some distance still to ride into the finish.
“On the last lap, with the tailwind, the three of us were all trying to attack,” she said.
“I didn’t plan it that way but I looked around and saw S’annara (Grove)’s head go down and I decided to push.
“After a while I looked back again and they were both gone so I had to keep on pushing on my own. I am very happy I got that,” she added.
“There was a lot of attacking in the bunch, especially into the wind in the hills approaching the turn point. We were going hard and we were hardly doing thirty kays an hour. The wind was terrible!” she added.
Making it a team one:two Jo van De Winkel outlasted S’annara Grove in the finish straight to claim second place.
Summary of Results
1.Madelaine le Roux 2:40:33
2.Jo van de Winkel 2:43:00
3.S’annara Grove 2:43:00
4.Kelsey van Schoor 2:45:14
5.Michaela Surtees 2:55:24
1.Ainsli de Beer 2:56:56
2.Chloe Bateson 2:58:34
Photo 1 Caption: Madelaine le Roux (Sandton City Cycle Nation) raced away alone to claim the women’s title at the aQuellé Tour Durban on Sunday, 28 November 2021. Photo: Anthony Grote / Gameplan Media
With editing by gsport