Garmin Felt tops South African junior podium

The South African Junior Road Championships were dominated by the Garmin Felt juniors in Oudtshoorn...

The South African Junior Road Championships were dominated by the Garmin Felt juniors in Oudtshoorn on Tuesday. Christopher Jennings won the race ahead of Stefano Maiorana. Jon Van Gesselleen finished in third.

The Garmin duo had escaped on the second climb of the day and rode to the finish together. They crossed the line hand in hand, one minute ahead of Van Gesselleen and the first group.

Garmin's Team Manager Ciska Austin was very pleased with the result. "The team rode very well together and as a unit they look to be unbeatable, they have really embraced riding as a team," she said.

Ivan Haasbroek from MR Price attacked immediately after start. After 25 kilometres Haasbroek was brought back and several counter moves followed, none of which decisive. Austin had made the strategic plan. "We wanted to control the race until km 80 use the steep little climb to ... force a breakaway."

A puncture by Rian Gouws delayed the plan, but Bradley Mitchell paced Gouws back to the group. Then Jennings went and was soon joined by Maiorana. The lead kept hovering around the 45-second margin before extending to one minute in the end.

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