On 19 February this year in the Republic of South Africa the race of the 2.2 UCI category Cell C Tour of South Africa started. At the starting line of the race there were 120 cyclists from 20 cycling teams from all over the world, among others from Great Britain, Spain, the USA, France, Belgium and Japan. In the race seven local teams take part, as well as the national teams of Russia, the Czech Republic and Morocco, plus the team of CCC Polsat Polkowice: Andre Schulze, Tomasz Smoleń, Mariusz Witecki, Mateusz Taciak, Tomasz Kiendyś and Dariusz Batek.
The race consists of seven stages, during which the cyclists cover the route of 1064 km from Johannesburg to Paarl.
Today the first stage of the race was held, during which the cyclists rode 154 km from Menlyn Park Shopping Centre to Montecasino.
The winner of the first stage is a British cyclist Kristian House from Rapha Condor who crossed the finishing line of the first stage alone, becoming the first leader of the race at the same time. The second cyclist at the finishing line was Herman Fouche from the Home team of DCM and as the third competitor the Czech, Milan Kadlec, from the national team of the Czech Republic, crossed the finishing line.
The results of stage 1 Menlyn Park Shopping Centre – Montecasino 154 km
1. Kristian House (Rapha Condor Sharp) 03:42:03
2. Herman Fouche (DCM) 02:22
3. Milan Kadlec (Czech Republic)