11 Feb Teams confirmed for Tour of South Africa
Twenty teams have confirmed their participation of the Cell C Tour of South Africa. The final list of starters comprises 120 riders, 20 teams, made up of 14 International and six local teams.
“Although all the teams have confirmed and booked their spots, we are awaiting the final starting list. We are very excited at how its all coming together and the support from the municipalities, tourism authorities and public so far has been fantastic” said Barry Mocke, CEO Cycling South Africa
Some of the teams will arrive in the country from as early as the 13th February to acclimatise and enjoy a few days of rest whilst preparing for the whoosh of excitement the Cell C Tour of South Africa brings with it.
The inaugural tour will commence on the 19th February at Menlyn Park Shopping Centre with a team presentation at approximately 9am after which riders will make their way to the start line for the first stage.
Team Willems Accent Team Type 1
1 Jaco Venter (RSA) 7 Fabio Calabria (Aus)
2 Kevin Van Melsen 8 Willian Dugan (USA)
3 Sven Van Den Houte 9 Joseph Eldridge (USA)
4 Gregory Habeaux 10 Alexey Schmidt (Rus)
5 Jean-Pierre Drucker 11 Andrew Stewart (USA)
6 Thomas Degand 12 Maarten Verschoor (Ned)
Europcar CCC Polstat
13 Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) 19 Jacek Morajko
14 Anthony Charteau (Fra) 20 Andre Schulze
15 Yohann Gene (Fra) 21 Marek Rutkiewicz
16 Christophe Kern (Fra) 22 Tomek Marczynski
17 Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) 23 Mateusz Taciak
18 Kevin Reza (Fra) 24 Tomasz Kiendys
Rapha Condor Sharp Russia National Team
25 Dan Craven (Nam) 31 Alexey Markov (Rus)
26 Ben Greenwood (GBR) 32 Alexander Serov (Rus)
27 Jonathan Tiernan-Locke (GBR)) 33 Ivan Kovaliev (Rus)
28 Kristian House (GBR) 34 Evgeniy Kovaliev (Rus)
29 Graham Briggs (GBR) 35 Alexander Khatuntsev (Rus)
30 Zakkari Dempster (Aus) 36 Victor Schmalko (Rus)
Team Burgos 2016 Team Nippo
37 Chris Jennings 43 Bernardo Riccio (ITA)
38 Jacques Janse van Rensburg 44 Masaaki Kikuchi (Jpn)
39 Diego Gellego Arnaiz 45 Ryohei Komori (Jpn)
40 Luis Mas Bonet 46 Junya Sano (Jpn)
41 Oscar Grau Jorga 47 Davide Torosantucci (Ita)
42 Francisco Manuel Anton Marin 48 Frusto Henry (ITA)
UCI African Team MTN Qhubeka
49 Daniel Teclehaimonot Girmazion 55 Reinhardt Janse van Rensburg
50 Natnael Berhene Teweldemedhin 56 Brad porgieter
51 Misnga Okbatsion 57 Daryl Impey
52 Kebede Estifanos Gebresilassie 58 Dennis van Niekerk
53 Solomon Bitew Shiferaw 59 Arran Brown
54 Tsagabu Gebremaryam Grmay 60 Christof van Heerden
Team Bonitas Toyota CSA
61 Malcolm Lange (RSA) 67 Nicholas White
62 Neil MacDonald (RSA) 68 Johann van Zyl
63 Waylon Woolcock (RSA) 69 Christiaan Kriek
64 Hanco Kachelhoffer (RSA) 70 Louis Meintjies
65 Johann Rabie (RSA) 71 Stefan Ihlenfeldt
66 Luthando Kaka (RSA 72 JC Nel
Raiko Aragon 18 360Life
73 Mathias Belka 79 David George
74 Arne Hassink 80 Kevin Evans
75 David Brown 81 Jay Thomson
76 Jan Oelerich 82 Shaun Nick Bester
77 Abdel Hannachi 83 Paul van Zweel
78 Jan Deutshman 84 Rene Haselbacher
Team Ruiter Dakkapellen Team Differdange-Magic-Sportfood (CCD)
84 Leon Burger 90 Nico Schneider
85 Gijs Strating 91 Frank Dressler
86 Jos Pronk 92 Stefan Cohden
87 Berden de Vries 93 Renco Broers
88 Sierd Steigenga 94 Rudy Lesschaeve
89 Wouter Haan 95 Alex Neenhorst
Czech Republic Morocco
96 Martin Blaha 102 Adil Velloul
97 Martin Hacecky 103 Mouhssine Lahsaini
98 Vojtech Hackeky 104 Abdelati Saadoune
99 Jiri Hochmann 105 Tarik Chaoufi
100 Milan Kadlec 106 Soufiane Haddi
101 Jan Dostal 107 Lahoon Saber
Tasol GT DCM
108 Carl Pasio 114 Ian McLeod
109 James Perry 115 Jeremy Maartens
110 Richard Baxter 116 Pieter Seyffert
111 David Maree 117 Herman Fouche
112 Clint Hendriks 118 Rehynard Butler
113 Jean Spies 119 Clinton Burrows
The route for The Cell C Tour of South Africa has been revised and finalised and will now pass through the following areas:
Saturday 19 February: 167km – Menlyn to Montecasino – The first race day will start in Menlyn, passing the Union Buildings before heading north and turning west behind the Magaliesberg ridges west of Pretoria. The race travels west through the tunnel at Hartebeespoort Dam to the Cradle of Humankind passing Maropeng before heading to the Fourways area for the finish on Witkoppen.
Sunday 20 February: 156km – Montecasino to Montecasino – a circuit route incorporating Soweto, Soccer City, Sandton and the Johannesburg CBD.
Tuesday 22 February: 173km – Nelson Mandela Bay to Summer Strand– Starting at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, stage 3 heads towards the Addo Elephant National Park where one is sure to catch a few glimpses of wildlife (it is home to the Big Seven). From there the race returns to Port Elizabeth, where the route takes an interesting turn, with a city circuit, before finishing in Summer Strand on the beach front.
Wednesday 23 February: 153km – Bloukrans Bridge to George – Stage 4 starts on the famous Bloukrans Bridge where many bungi jump enthusiasts are sure to be found. We head from there to Natures Valley and out on the climb towards the N2. Then on to Plettenberg Bay where we include a local loop before another climb out and back on the N2 passing through Knysna. At Wilderness the race leaves the N2 and heads over 3 passes of narrow twisty roads before finishing in George.
Thursday 24 February: 175km – Oudtshoorn to Barrydale – The stage starts in Oudtshoorn and heads on to the famous Route 62 passing Calitzdorp and Ladismith with the finish in, Barrydale.
Friday 25 February: 140km – Hermanus to Helshoogte pass- The penultimate stage starts in Hermanus and winds its way through Gordens Bay over Sir Lowry’s Pass into Grabouw, to Threewaterskloof Dam and up Franschhoek pass. A speedy descent follows. After passing through Franschhoek the race will head over Helshoogte Pass.
Saturday 26 February: 100km – Paarl to Paarl – Cycling through South Africa’s 3rd oldest town, cyclists will enjoy scenic views and historic buildings. A 10km circuit stage which will pass through the main streets of Paarl and Klein-Drakenstein, finishing in Market Street.