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Team Abautu Win at Engen Series

Having shone at the 2013 Amashova Durban Cycle Classic 2013 Cycle, Team Abantu’s leading man Nolan Hoffman has been nothing but a super star!

Proudly sponsored by Three Cities Group as the official accommodation partner, Nolan Hoffman and his team took rest at the Three Cities Le Franschhoek Hotel & Spa before hitting the Western Cape circuit of the 2013 Engen Cycle Challenge Series and taking another worthy poll position.

In a race packed with incident, the Hoff sprinted to win the third and final race of the series, making it a clean sweep of series victories in the process.

Hoffman, content to sit in the bunch for most of the race, kicked into action in the final few hundred metres, a tactic that has served him and Team Abantu well throughout the Engen Cycle Challenge and the 2013 cycling season in general.

Somehow, Hoffman managed to avoid a huge pile-up on the final turn, which saw teammate and lead out man Reynard Butler sent to hospital as Hoffman went on to claim another victory.

Conditions were near-perfect at the start as a breathless and cool morning greeted riders in the leafy main street of Paarl. Starting from Paarl Boys High riders cycled out towards Wellington, turning towards Malmesbury, before heading back towards Paarl. A big climb on Botmanskloof Pass did some damage to the bunch for a short while, but with rolling hills and a slight headwind on the second half of the course, the bunch was able to regroup.

There was four-man breakaway at the midway point comprised of JC Nel (WCC Africa MTN Qhubeka Feeder Team), James Tennant (Team NuWater), Chris Cronje and Chris Jooste. The chase was led by Team Abantu and Westvaal-BMC both intent on bringing back the break to set things up for their sprinters. They timed the catch to perfection reeling in the leading trio with 10km to go. It was then Team Bonitas who put in the attacks in an attempt to ruffle the Hoffs feathers but the bunch went into the final 2km together.Throughout the race Hoffman looked calm and relaxed in the middle of the peloton, while his team-mates put in endless amount of work to keep the speedster in the front.

After surviving the massive crash at the final traffic circle South Africa’s cycling man-of-the-moment was able to head home with another, what appears to be, routine sprint.

Engen Series – Paarl Results :
1 Nolan Hoffman (Team Abantu)
2 Amanual Meron (WCC Africa MTN Qhubeka Feeder)
3 Herman Fouche (Team Bonitas)

Engen Series – Overall GC Results:
1 Nolan Hoffman (Team Abantu)
2 Amanual Meron (WCC Africa MTN Qhubeka Feeder)
3 Tyler Day (Westvaal BMC)