Lidl-Trek’s Ryan Gibbons sealed double South African nationwide titles in Midvaal, successful the elite males’s highway race on Sunday after claiming the time trial name on Friday.
“I am truly satisfied to pick out up the win, particularly with the added drive if you end up anticipated to win it, it makes it that a lot sweeter,” Gibbons mentioned. “To do the double and get started this season with Lidl-Trek so effectively is a dream come true and I am truly taking a look ahead to dressed in the South African flag right through the remainder of the season.”
The one WorldTour rider within the race, Gibbons soloed in on the finish of 182km of racing with a lead of two:09 over runner-up Tristan Nortje. Morne Van Niekerk (St Michel-Mavic-Auber 93) was once 3rd.
“It was once a truly scorching day and I at all times had a goal on my again, which makes it a little laborious if you end up racing with out teammates, however thankfully I had a couple of excellent buddies who have been in my nook these days,” Gibbons mentioned.
“The damage went moderately early and it contained some robust riders and the space went as much as round 5 mins at one level. With round 75km to head, I requested my two allies within the peloton to begin going a little more difficult however the different guys weren’t driving with us which was once moderately damaging.
“At 70km to head I introduced solo and slowly stuck the breakaway separately, and I stuck the closing man with about 40km to head. We rode in combination for some time after which with 20km to head I attacked him and went to the end solo.”
Carla Oberholzer received her 2d South African name within the girls’s highway race, out-sprinting Hayley Preen from a two-rider breakaway. Preen received the time trial on Friday.
Jefferson Cepeda (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) added some other medal after his silver within the time trial with 3rd.
Miryam Nuñez (Primeau Vélo-Groupe Abadie) added nationwide titles quantity 8 and 9, taking the elite girls’s victory within the time trial and highway race.