Gustav Basson finished top of the podium on the second day of the Takealot Tour of Good Hope road cycle race in the Cape Winelands today, taking the sprint finish at Boland Landbouskool just outside Paarl.
With TEG Procycling teammate Jason Oosthuizen playing an important part in the closing stages, Basson was set up perfectly for the final sprint and crossed the line in 2:39:03.
He was followed home by UAE Team Emirates rider Yousif Mirza Alhammadi and opening stage winner Nolan Hoffman of Team Enza.
Hoffman leads the general classification, with Alhammadi second and Mayer third. But after two sprint finishes, the leading group all have the same times and they will be looking to tomorrow’s team time-trial to break the deadlock.
After a three-man breakaway at around the 20km mark, Basson said all the teams worked from that stage to control the race.
“When the gap grew to three minutes with about 30km to go we decided to ride to close it because we knew it would come down to another sprint finish,” he said.
After catching the breakaway with 5km to go, Basson said Oosthuizen had him perfectly placed going into the final sprint.
“When I opened up I was able to get a gap and keep that until the finish.”
He said the team time-trial over 26.5km tomorrow would be important in the context of the overall standings.
“On paper we have some of the strongest riders with several time-trial specialists.
“But anything can happen and it will be a matter of keeping our focus because this stage could have a telling effect on the overall situation.”
The time-trial will be followed by Thursday’s queen stage over 127km.
Polish rider Maja Wloszczowska held onto her lead in the final dash for the line to take the women’s stage in 3:30:04, ahead of stage-one winner Ariane Luthi.
Completing the podium was Catherine Colyn, who also had a time of 3:30:04.