RoadCover’s Brendon Davids and Carla Oberholzer took the overall titles at the three-day Jock Tour, which culminated at the Mbombela Stadium in Mpumalanga today.
Davids, who started today’s third stage in the yellow jersey, finished the 138km stage in third.
Stage three was won by ProTouch’s James Fourie with Dimension Data’s Kent Main, who wore the yellow jersey yesterday after winning the opening day individual time-trial, in second.
ProTouch’s Jayde Julius finished second in the general classification with teammate Myles van Musschenbroek completing the overall podium.
“I’m happy with how this weekend turned out, it’s a really cool feeling,” said Davids.
“It’s my first tour win, the first time I’ve worn a yellow jersey on the road, so I’m pretty happy with how things have turned out,” said the 23-year-old from Fourways in Johannesburg.
He explained that he had started the stage with the sole intention of holding on to the yellow jersey, which he secured the previous day after he finished second behind Julius.
The early stages of the stage were relatively quiet, according to Davids, who said the action really kicked off at the base of the Hilltop ascent, 131km in.
Davids said he and Main were slowly able to drop the everyone else as they made their way up Hilltop, only to realise there was one obstacle left.
“With two kilometres to go we realised there was another rider up the road,” said Davids. “I completely buried myself to try and get within a winning distance, but it was too little too late.”
Demacon’s overnight leader Carla Oberholzer won her second stage in a row to secure overall victory in what she termed as “probably the most difficult road tour in South Africa”.
Stage one winner Yolandi du Toit, riding for Garmin, minimised her losses to take second ahead of former national road champion Cherise Willeit.
The 32-year-old said the overall victory had been her objective and she was extremely happy with the outcome.
“The main goal today was to keep the lead and anything we took on top of that was a bonus. It’s always great when you pull something like this off with great teamwork,” Oberholzer, who hails from Clarens in the Free State.