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March 14, 2010

Local cyclists upstage Lance Armstrong

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Cyclists taking part in the 2010 Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour sprint for the finish line. Photo by Roy Barford

Cycling legend, Lance Armstrong, finished ninth at the 2010 Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour in Cape Town on Sunday, after being upstaged by local riders.

The 110km race was won by South African Malcolm Lange, who was joined on the winner’s podium by countrymen Christoff van Heerden and Darryl Impey, who is Armstrong’s cycling partner.

Armstrong, who overcame cancer to win the Tour de France seven times in a row, was racing the famous Cape Argus route for the first time.

Speaking to AFP, the victorious Lange says Armstong underestimated the strong Cape winds.

“Lance tried to go with a kilometre to go but I don’t think he realised how strong the wind blows down here in the Cape. I think their [other cyclists’] plan was to make me go early, but I waited. With about 150 metres to go I knew I had it,” he told the international news agency.

Around 35 000 cyclists entered the event, on a glorious, sunny day in Cape Town. The winds, while still strong, where nowhere nearly as powerful as they were at the 2009 event.

More blogs and photographs of the 2010 Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour will be published on this site.

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