Team Abantu's Nolan Hoffman took a confidence boosting victory on day four of the Tour de Boland over 138km in sweltering heat. Europcar-SA’s Bradley Potgieter finished 2nd and Peter Koning (Drapac) a further 3 seconds back.
Hoffman, also leads the Compendium Insurance points classification and will look to wrap up another sprinters jersey as he did last year prior to winning the Cape Town Cycle Tour.
There were no breakaways to speak of in the first 40km as Team Bonitas and Lights by Linea headed up the peloton in defence of JC Nel's yellow jersey. The first sprint prime at 45km was won by Tyler Day (Westvaal) with Hoffman 2nd and Potgieter 3rd. Immediately a five-man break formed comprising Malcolm Rudolph (Drapac), Meron Teshome (MTN-Qhubeka), Konny Looser (Aramex), James Fourie (Europcar SA) and Thulasizwe Mxenge (Rand Water Velokhaya)
They managed to build up a lead of 2min as the raced reached the midway point. With some 60km remaining Team Abantu lit the race alight and put in a number of attacks which was countered by Drapac and MTN-Qhubeka Feeder. With 45km to go Koning, Hoffman and Potgieter snapped the elastic and quickly opened up a 30sec gap. While Koning wanted time on his GC rivals Hoffman and Potgieter wanted the stage which in the end went to the Abantu fast man who powered up the final drag to take line honours.
“After our GC guys lost some time yesterday in the TT we approached today as a one-day race. We targeted the stage and thought the wind would cause more havoc. Unfortunately there was not a breath so we decided to go on the attack and it paid off. Today was actually a race within a race. Peter was riding for the GC, while Brad and myself were racing for the stage win. We had reason to ride and worked well together. I had the stronger legs on the day and I’m happy to have pulled off the win.” said Hoffman.