Jamie Ball from Team Sponsor Needed showed that his superb Tour DEgypt form is far from over, as he took the Wilro 100 in Ruimsig on Sunday morning.
Ball edged out Juan van Heerden (Tuks) in a six-man escape group for a well deserved victory while Konica-Minoltas Leon Nel rounded off the podium.
The 154 km race would be no easy feat as riders had to contend with the very undulating Western Cane section after Hekpoort before making their way up the Hillsnacks climb on the outskirts of Krugersdorp.
It was a fairly easy start as the big peloton stayed together for the first 40km of the race. The first real attack came after some 45 km of racing when a 7-man group containing, Adrian Maaske (Team Sponsor Needed), Malcolm Lange (Microsoft), Jacques Fullard (Konica-Minolta), Arnold Pretorius, Marnus Potgieter (both Tuks), Lere Lamprechts and Super Cs Brent Cunningham
The group stayed clear for the best part of 30km before some strong riding from Exel saw them close the gap to within seconds of the breakaway. Just before the main peloton bridged the gap to the break, there was an attack from Exels Rupert Rheeder. The attack however, came to naught as the bunch quickly reeled him in
With the attacks going off the front of the peloton, some of the initial escapees managed to stay clear; they were joined by some familiar faces. Hanco Kachelhoffer (Team Exel) and John-Lee Augustyn (Konica-Minolta) joined Lange, Fullard, Maaske and Potgieter to form a 6-man break
The breakaway group rode superbly as they kept the main field at bay for just over 70km. The chase at back came again from Exel who were well assisted by Nicholas White and his Microsoft contingent.
With 142km covered the race looked set for a classic bunch sprint finish but Microsofts Reinhardt Du Plessis had other plans as he launched a telling attack with just over 10km remaining in the bike race.
He was marked by Jamie Ball (Team Sponsor needed), James Perry, Leon Nel (both Konica- Minolta), Juan van Heerden, Waylon Woolcock (both Tuks) and Gabriel Combrink of the Thabiso Squad.
The group maintained a blistering pace and kept the field at bay where it was the speed of Jamie that had the last say.