Buys and Beukes sprint to Cape Pioneer stage 3 win

De Groot and Stenerhag claim women's stage

South Africa's yellow jersey wearers, Philip Buys and Matthys Beukes (Scott Factory Racing) claimed a second consecutive stage win when they outsprinted a small lead group on stage 3 of the Cape Pioneer Trek international mountain bike stage race on Wednesday.

Second place went to the German Team Bulls pair of Tim Bohme and Simon Stiebjahn with South Africans Lourens Luus and Adriaan Louw (Fairview Elite) filling the final podium spot. Buys and Beukes retain their general classification lead of 3 minutes 26 seconds over Team Bulls.

In the women's race, the Biogen Toyota Cape Brewing Co. pair of Robyn de Groot and Jennie Stenerhag claimed their fourth successive stage victory, also in a sprint finish, against Asrin Cycling's Catherine Williamson and Alice Pirard and maintained their overall 13-minute lead.

After Tuesday's gruelling stage, which culminated with a mountaintop finish at the summit of the iconic Swartberg Pass; and with Thursday's brutal stage 4 looming, the riders appeared to consolidate somewhat on Wednesday's stage 3 over 107km from Prince Albert to De Rust.

In the men's race, a pack of five teams reached the final 20km in the lead group - Scott Factory Racing, Team Bulls, EAI Cycling, Fairview RECM (Lourens Luus and Adriaan Louw) and Asrin Cycling's (James Reid and Herman Persteiner). Unfortunately for Asrin Cycling, Persteiner encountered a mechanical with his chain, which eliminated them from the final dash.

The remaining quartet shared the workload into a strong headwind, but rode a tactical approach to the finish, which included two 90-degree turns and a slightly uphill finishing straight.

"We predicted this morning the stage might finish in a sprint so were ready for it. We've discussed our sprinting tactics quite a bit, but didn't have to implement them today as Simon (Stiebjahn) made the first move and we were forced to react. Matthys went after him and I watched Tim (Bohme). Simon faded a bit and that allowed both Matthys and I to go across the line ahead of them," said Buys.

"We accepted with about 10km to go that it would come down to a sprint," said De Groot. "Catherine and Alice rode really well today and we knew that we'd have to be tactically smart to beat them. Fortunately we got our timing right and were able to win. We still have a 13-minute lead, but it's not big enough to allow us to relax, especially with tomorrow's big stage."

Thursday's stage 4 is likely to be the most decisive of the 2014 Cape Pioneer Trek. With 2690m of ascent in 109km, it promises to make or break podium ambitions. It could also prove the toughest test for many of the amateurs, who are aiming to just complete the event.

The stage starts with a 25km steady drag before taking riders through the dry, rocky Kammanassie Mountains and over to the forested coastal belt area of George. The contrasts on this stage are remarkable and could well contribute to a general classification shake-up.

"It will be a tough stage tomorrow. But Matthys and I will not be riding defensively. We're keen to push the technical sections hard, but will stay as safe as possible," said Buys.

In the other team racing categories, South Africans Brian Lennox and Hannes Hanekom (Klein Karoo Giants) were the top Amateurs, moving into the GC lead in the process. South Africans Kobus and Fienie Barnard (Klein Karoo Mixed), won the sprint for the stage, but are still second on GC to Germans Max Friedrich and Jana Mischance (Firebike Tomotion by Blacktusk).

Heinz Zorweg and Bartie Bucher of Team Meerendal Wheeler 2 claimed a fourth consecutive stage win and further extended their category lead; while South Africans Johan Labuschagne and Gerrie Beukes (Klein Karoo Veterans) secured a second successive stage win and moved to within less than a minute off Veteran category leaders Fanie Venter and Wayne McDuling (Pynfabriek) in the overall.

In the solo men's division, Travis Walker won the stage in his category and moved into the General Classification lead, while Christine Janse van Rensburg, claimed another stage and extended her overall lead in the solo women's race.

Results

Men stage 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Philip Buys (RSA) / Matthys Beukes (RSA) - Scott Factory Racing3:54:35 
2Simon Stiebjahn (Ger) / Tim Bohme (Ger) - Team Bulls  
3Adriaan Louw (RSA) / Lourens Luus (RSA) - Fairview Elite0:00:02 
4Johann Rabie (RSA) / Gawie Combrinck (RSA) - EAI South Africa0:00:04 
5James Reid (RSA) / Herman Persteiner (Aut) - Asrin Cycling0:02:03 
Women stage 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jennie Stenerhag (SWE) / Robyn de Groot (RSA) - Biogen Toyota Cape Brewing Co4:33:03 
2Catherine Williamson (GBr) / Alice Pirard (Bel) Asrin Cycling 20:00:07 
3Theresa Ralph (RSA) / Esther Suss (Swi) - Meerendal Wheeler 10:07:57 
Amateur stage 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Brian Lennox (RSA) / Hannes Hanekom (RSA) - Klein Karoo Giants4:19:47 
2Jaco Ferreira (RSA) / Alexander Lamberts (RSA) - Columbia Europcar Bridge0:12:48 
3James Tennent (RSA) / David Garrett (RSA) - Giant 20:10:55 
Veteran men stage 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Johan Labuschagne (RSA) / Gerrie Beukes (RSA) Klein Karoo Veterans4:19:57 
2Fanie Venter (RSA) / Wayne McDuling (RSA) - Pynfabriek0:13:16 
3Noel Droomer (RSA) / John Swanepoel (RSA) - Cornerstone Cycles0:18:04 
Master men stage 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Heinz Zorweg (Aut) / Barti Bucher (Swi) - Meerendal Wheeler 24:19:05 
2Waleed Baker (RSA) / Glen Haw (RSA) - Pitstop0:31:47 
3Izak Visagie (RSA) / Lieb Loots (RSA) - Wilde0:35:55 
Mixed stage 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kobus Barnard (RSA) / Fienie Barnard (RSA) - Klein Karoo Mixed4:36:01 
2Max Friedrich (Ger) / Jana Zieschank (Ger) - Firebike Tomotion by Blacktusk0:00:02 
3Igna de Viliers (RSA) / Daleen Van der Leek (RSA) LGE Midas Bells Cycling0:08:36 
Solo men stage 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Travis Walker (RSA)4:02:30 
2Renay Groustra (RSA)0:00:02 
3Ken van den Bulke (Ned)0:00:50 
Solo women stage 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Christine Janse van Rensburg (RSA)4:55:30 
2Katja Cauwenbergh (Bel)0:21:36 
3Nina Hind (RSA)0:38:44 
Men general classification after stage 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Philip Buys (RSA) / Matthys Beukes (RSA) - Scott Factory Racing12:12:56 
2Simon Stiebjahn (Ger) / Tim Bohme (Ger) - Team Bulls0:03:27 
3Ismael Venture (ESP) / Ramon Sagues (RSA) - ESMTB.com0:19:33 
4Waylon Woolcock (RSA) / Darren Lill (RSA) - Cannondale Blend0:21:53 
5Michiel van Aelbroeck (Ned) / Robby de Bock (Ned) WMTB.Be - Feenstra0:23:00 
Women general classification after stage 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jennie Stenerhag (SWE) / Robyn de Groot (RSA) - Biogen Toyota Cape Brewing Co14:02:49 
2Catherine Williamson (GBr) / Alice Pirard (Bel) - Asrin Cycling0:13:47 
3Theresa Ralph (RSA) / Esther Suss (Swi) - Meerendal Wheeler 10:40:45 
Amateur general classification after stage 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Brian Lennox (RSA) / Hannes Hannekom (RSA) - Klein Karoo Giants13:43:44 
2Mattias Winkler (Swi) / Francois Naf (Swi) Meerendal Wheeler0:14:55 
3Jaco Ferreira (RSA) / Alexander Lamberts (RSA) - Columbia Europcar Bridge0:19:22 
Veteran men general classification after stage 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Fanie Venter (RSA) / Wayne McDuling (RSA) - Pynfabriek9:32:38 
2Johan Labuschagne (RSA) / Gerrie Beukes (RSA) Klein Karoo Veterans0:14:01 
3Marne Dirks (RSA) / Pierre Griffioen (RSA) - Bridge Torq Zone Vets0:25:58 
Master men general classification after stage 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Heinz Zorweg (Aut) / Barti Bucher (Swi) - Meerendal Wheeler 28:52:48 
2Izak Visagie (RSA) / Lieb Loots (RSA) - Wilde 31:03:46 
3Waleed Baker (RSA) / Glen Haw (RSA) - Pitstop1:38:08 
Mixed general classification after stage 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Max Friedrich (Ger) / Jana Zieschank (Ger) - Firebike Tomotion by Blacktusk14:09:59 
2Kobus Barnard (RSA) / Fienie Barnard (RSA) - Klein Karoo Mixed0:10:52 
3Igna de Viliers (RSA) / Daleen Van der Leek (RSA) LGE Midas Bells Cycling0:40:47 
Solo men general classification after stage 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Travis Walker (RSA)12:43:02 
2Alan Gordon (RSA)0:02:08 
3Ken van den Bulke (Bel)0:05:22 
Solo women general classification after stage 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Christine Janse van Rensburg (RSA)15:14:12 
2Katja Cauwenbergh (Bel)1:28:02 
3Nina Hind (RSA)2:39:45 
Men points
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Philip Buys (RSA) / Matthys Beukes (RSA) - Scott Factory Racing33 pts
2Simon Stiebjahn (Ger) / Tim Bohme (Ger) - Team Bulls30 
3Ismael Venture (ESP) / Ramon Sagues (RSA) - ESMTB.com16 
4Johann Rabie (RSA) / Gawie Combrinck (RSA) - EAI South Africa16 
Women points
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jennie Stenerhag (SWE) / Robyn de Groot (RSA) - Biogen Toyota Cape Brewing Co35 pts
2Catherine Williamson (GBr) / Alice Pirard (Bel) - Asrin Cycling29 
3Theresa Ralph (RSA) / Esther Suss (Swi) - Meerendal Wheeler 127 
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