Anriette Schoeman won the Makro Bestmed Cycle Tour in Port Elizabeth to claim the 2012 title ahead of Allison Hertel and Janie van Rensburg on Sunday, before departing local shores for international duty in Australia. Photo: Alex Cooper

Anriette Schoeman won the Makro Bestmed Cycle Tour in Port Elizabeth on Sunday ahead of departing local shores for international duty in Australia, breaking the champion’s tape to claim the victory from Allison Hertel in second place, with Janie van Rensburg completing the winner’s podium.

The ladies started the 90km race in the open licensed category, and with the first 30 kilometres of the race very flat, the few riders that tried to break away were quickly chased down.

Anriette Schoeman won the Makro Bestmed Cycle Tour in Port Elizabeth to claim the 2012 title ahead of Allison Hertel and Janie van Rensburg on Sunday, before departing local shores for international duty in Australia. Photo: Alex CooperAt the Surry Hills climb two top ladies Anriette Schoeman (Mecer Africa Silks) and Allison Hertel (Mecer NMMU) managed break away from the pack to stay in the main chasing bunch, leaving Janie van Rensburg behind.

As the distance to the tape decreased, Schoeman managed to stay with the front chasing group, but Allison Hertel couldn’t keep the pace up, and lost contact with the group she was in, leaving Schoeman to take the first Queen of the Mountains prime.

As she came over the rise, she mounted an attack down the Seaview, and being 50 seconds down on Schoeman, Hertel chasing hard to close the gap, but a powerful climb by Schoeman up the Chelsea climb opened the time gap on Hertel again, as Schoeman also took the 2nd Queen of the Mountains.

Schoeman stayed away to win the ladies race in 2:12:25 (10th overall) with Allison Hertel 2nd in 2:17:46. Janie van Rensburg finished 3rd in 2:26:00.

Schoeman left for Australia on Monday, to participate in races over the next two months.