Team Bonitas enjoy success in Europe

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first_img26 April 2012Team Bonitas, one of South Africa’s leading professional men’s road cycling teams, arrived back home on Wednesday after a successful six-week stint in Europe where the team not only held its own, but excelled, against some of the world’s best riders in demanding races and cold conditions.In keeping with the 2012 progression plan as set by Team Bonitas owner Malcolm Lange and team manager Barry Austin, the team sacrificed its usual early season domestic success in South Africa’s short, fast summer races in order to put in the appropriate preparation for a first ever European racing campaign.It was a big-picture plan that had the full backing of all of the team’s sponsors, who had become accustomed to South African podium-topping success during the first quarter over the past three years. However, it was somewhat of a risk considering the relatively low success rate of South African teams racing in Europe in the past. But it was a well-thought out plan and it paid immediate dividends.Two six-week stintsThe 2012 Team Bonitas European campaign comprises two six-week stints, the first in March and April and the second in July and August. Racing began in Portugal at the four-day Volta a Alentejo stage race from 22-25 March and immediately the South African team made an impact.Darren Lill won the King of the Mountains title in a hard-fought battle over the four days, while Tyler Day showed his ability to hold his own in an international sprint when he claimed third place on stage three.Next up was the two-day Volta as Terras de Santa Maria on 30 and 31 March, also in Portugal. Team Bonitas sprinter Herman Fouche got the team off to the perfect start by winning the opening 141km stage and claiming the race leader’s jersey. During the same stage, Lill claimed the King of the Mountains leader’s jersey.Second titleThe team lost Fouche’s leader’s jersey after the following stage, a team time trial (they didn’t have the benefit of time trial bikes like the European teams did) but Lill managed to retain his King of the Mountains competition lead and claimed his second climber’s title in as many races.Jason Bakke featured at the sharp end of the final 60km stage in the finale, claiming third place, to help Team Bonitas complete a successful stint in Portugal.The team then left Portugal for Spain where the competition went up a notch in terms of race grading. The Klasika Primavera Amorebieta was a 171km one-day race graded 1.1 by the UCI. Day spent a large part of the race in a breakaway, which was caught, but Lill managed a top-15 spot to be the top finisher for Team Bonitas.Biggest challengeWith morale high and all riders mended from illness or injury, the Castilla y Leon three-stage, 2.1-graded race, presented the team’s biggest challenge. Besides snow in the mountains, the climbs were long and the competition fierce.The first two stages saw Team Bonitas riders adjusting in one of the biggest races of their lives. However, by the final stage they’d adapted to the pace and depth of the talent around them.Johann Rabie and Lill showed pluck and got themselves into a 10-rider break. On the second major climb, Rabie was dropped, but Lill stayed with the leading group until the final kilometres where a puncture ended his hopes of a high stage finish.Lill was again in the action at the team’s final race, the 1.1-graded 190km Vuelta Ciclista a La Rioj in Spain. He was joined by Fouche and Bakke in a mid-race move that saw a group of 25 move off the front. Only Lill was able to stay with the front riders though, as the bunch split under pressure on the final climbs and ended up in very respectable 13th place.Experienced team manager Barry Austin was instrumental in getting the appropriate support structure in place for the riders, an essential element that’s often overlooked when South Africans compete in Europe.Not surprisedHe says he wasn’t that surprised by the team’s success: “We carefully chose a programme that would suit our riders and style of racing, and slowly brought them into bigger and bigger races. I think what was ‘surprising’ to many, was the way they pulled together and relished the challenge in Europe.“We focussed on being a team on the bike. After every race and many team-training sessions, we went over what we didn’t do that was team orientated. Humans tend to self-preserve and in cycling you must learn that the only path to self-preservation is if you preserve your team first,” explained Austin.In Austin’s opinion, the riders adjusted quickly to the different conditions, which didn’t only mean adapting to the cold weather.“Yes, the weather was a big adjustment as a good day in April in Europe was like July in South Africa. But I think the biggest adjustment was not the speed of the race, but the holding of a position in a bunch and seeing how hard so many riders fight to be at the front.“Then, when entering into the races with the ProTour teams, understanding that the initial break will be made under great pressure and split decisions; and the same in the finale.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more


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first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Microsoft just released a major update to Bing Maps. Bing Maps now offers draggable routes that are computed dynamically, a zoom bar, embeddable maps, smarter command parsing and a redesigned interface. The new version of Bing Maps also loads faster. Microsoft now hosts the service in 7 data centers around the world and the Bing team has brought the size of the default Bing Maps home page down from 678kb to 484kb. Just like Google Maps, Bing Maps now also understands more complex queries like “Bellevue, WA to Space Needle.” Draggable RoutesDraggable routes are nothing new, of course. Google Maps has offered this feature for quite a while. Compared to Google Maps, the Microsoft implementation of this feature is slightly more difficult to use. Google Maps always displays a little button on a route that moves relative to the user’s cursor. On Bing Maps, users have to be more precise when it comes to grabbing a point on their route where they want to deviate from the computed route. Still, this is a welcome addition to Bing Maps. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Microsoft#news#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market frederic lardinois EmbedsEmbedding Bing Maps is now as easy as clicking one button and copying and pasting the embed code. The best feature here is the ability to customize these embeds. Users can select different sizes, whether to display a static or draggable map, as well as different map styles (road map vs. satellite imagery). Bing Maps also generates a link to the map that can be shared by email.View Larger MapDriving DirectionsView Bird’s EyeAs Google continues to enhance its mapping products and now even produces its own map data in the US, Bing Maps and others will have to stay on their toes. This update to Bing Maps mostly brings Microsoft back on par with Google with regards to features. Bing always offered a number of features that Google didn’t offer, including high-resolution aerial photos, and a Google Earth-like 3D view with 3D models in the browser. Currently, however, Google is adding more features (like traffic for more roads) and improving its maps at a faster rate than anybody else and it will be interesting to see if Microsoft will be able to keep up with this pace.last_img read more


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first_imgTiafoe was disappointed he could not stay atop Federer after breaking in the opening game.“He won by the skin of his teeth,” Tiafoe said. “I felt like when I was playing well, I was controlling most of the rallies. When I was hitting the ball big, he wasn’t really doing much except staying steady with me.”But that was enough. Federer has not made a first-round exit in a Grand Slam since the 2003 French Open and has never lost an opener on the New York hardcourts. But Tiafoe tested him.“It was more than a test,” Federer said. “It was exciting. It’s why I came to New York as well, to go through these emotions.”It also was Federer’s first match under the $150 million Arthur Ashe Stadium roof that became operational last year.“To see the new addition of the sliding roof, it’s wonderful,” Federer said. “I’m the lucky guy who got to play through the rain so I’m very happy about the roof.”Asked about the noise level with the roof closed, an issue that drew complaints from top-ranked rival Rafael Nadal, Federer said, “When you guys get going it’s even a better atmosphere than we used to have.”“I expected worse because I heard comments like this. I didn’t think it was that bad and when the crowd got into it, it was really cool… I felt like the energy was back in the building again. It was a lot of fun playing in that atmosphere.”Nadal and Federer have never faced each other at the US Open but could meet in this year’s semi-finals.And Federer is the only player who can dethrone Nadal as world number one at the US Open. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Third seed Federer will next meet either Russia’s Mikhail Youzhny, who is 0-16 against him, or Slovenia’s Blaz Kavcic, 0-1 against Federer, as the Swiss chases a record sixth US Open crown.The 36-year-old Swiss, who won this year’s Wimbledon and Australian Open crowns, took the US Open titles from 2004-2008.The intense match came after limited preparation due to his back issues.“I always knew I was going to come in rusty or not great. I was hoping to start better,” Federer said. “I was being too cautious with my movement. In the second set it all started to come together.“I enjoyed myself even though I was maybe tired and nervous at the end. It was cool to be part of that match. I’m really excited I won.”ADVERTISEMENT NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 29: Frances Tiafoe congratulates Roger Federer of Switzerland after their match on Day Two of the 2017 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 29, 2017 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Clive Brunskill/Getty Images/AFPRoger Federer made a narrow escape in a tense five-set thriller Tuesday, sorting out worries about a back injury and poor preparation to reach the second round of the US Open.The 19-time Grand Slam champion outlasted 70th-ranked US 19-year-old Frances Tiafoe 4-6, 6-2, 6-1, 1-6, 6-4 in a shockingly tough battle that boosted his hopes of a deep run on the New York hardcourts.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Australia proves fertile talent pool for NBA LATEST STORIES UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief “I think this is going to give me a lot of confidence,” Federer said. “It’s important to go through all of these emotional roller coasters early. That pressure is not fun but it’s what you have to go through.”The match was Federer’s first since losing the Montreal final to Alexander Zverev nearly three weeks ago. He withdrew from Cincinnati with a sore back the following week.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I was worried in the beginning from my back issue from a couple weeks ago but I loosened up,” Federer said, calling his back “extremely well” and adding “it’s only going to get better from here.”“To get through a five-set match you’ve got to be healthy. I believe this is going to give me great confidence in my game and my body.” Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games View commentslast_img read more


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first_imgGiorgio Chiellini complains after Suarez ran into his shoulder with his teeth Uruguay striker Luis Suarez has finally apologised for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini during a World Cup match and vowed there would never be a repeat of the incident.After initially denying that he bit Chiellini, Suarez issued a carefully worded statement on Monday admitting his offence.”The truth is that my colleague Giorgio Chiellini suffered the physical result of a bite in the collision he suffered with me,” Suarez said in a statement published on his Twitter account.His admission came days after he was expelled from the World Cup and banned for Uruguay’s next nine competitive international matches and from any involvement in football for four months by FIFA.Suarez had steadfastly denied biting Chiellini and wrote a letter to world soccer’s governing body saying he had simply lost his balance and fallen on the Italian.But FIFA ruled that he acted intentionally and promptly handed him the longest ban ever imposed on a player at the World Cup, prompting fury in his South American homeland, where he was given a hero’s welcome on his return.FIFA later explained that Suarez was given a heavy punishment partly because he had twice before been banned for biting but also because he had shown no remorse.”After several days of being home with my family, I have had the opportunity to regain my calm and reflect on what occurred during the Italy-Uruguay match on 24 June,” Suarez said in his statement.advertisement”For this: I deeply regret what happened; I apologise to Giorgio Chiellini and the entire football family; I vow to the public that there will never again be another incident like (that).”The Uruguayan Football Association (AUF) has notified FIFA that it intends to appeal against Suarez’s punishment.Shortly after Suarez apologised, Chiellini replied: “It’s all forgotten. I hope FIFA will reduce your suspension.”Uruguay now have until next Sunday to submit their written reasons for the appeal.The appeal will be handled by FIFA’s Appeal Committee, which is chaired by Larry Mussenden of Bermuda and which is a separate body to the Disciplinary Committee.last_img read more


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first_imgRohit Sharma on Tuesday scored a record 4th century of the ongoing World Cup 2019 against Bangladesh at Edgbaston. Putting on a scintillating 180-run partnership in just 29.2 overs with KL Rahul, who hit a 50 of his own, Rohit smashed the Bangladesh bowlers all over the park before falling to part-time Soumya Sarkar just after reaching his hundred. But considering that Bangladesh fielder Tamim Iqbal had dropped an easy chance off Rohit when he was batting on a mere 9 runs, it wasn’t a surprise that Rohit went on to make it big.It’s been kind of a pattern for the explosive opener at the World Cup 2019. On each of the occasions, he has been dropped early on in his innings, the right-hander has invariably made the opponents pay in this World Cup.Against South Africa in India’s opening game, Rohit was dropped on the score of just 1 by David Miller and he went on to score an unbeaten 122. Australian Nathan Coulter-Nile was the next culprit when he shelled a more difficult chance as Rohit, then on 2, capitalized on his luck to score a fluent 57. The third and previous time before Tuesday, Rohit was dropped against England after having made just 4 and duly punished Eoin Morgan and Co. with a superb innings of 102.Thus it wasn’t any different at Edgnaston against Bangladesh as Rohit unfurled a flurry of strokes and played with a lot of freedom during his almost 2-hours-long vigil at the crease. En route his century, Rohit also hit 5 huge sixes to go along with 7 boundaries.advertisementIn the process, Rohit Sharma became only the 2nd batsman after Sri Lankan batting legend Kumar Sangakkara to score 4 hundreds in a single edition of the World Cup. Rohit now has 26 hundreds in one-day internationals.Also Read | India vs Bangladesh: Rohit Sharma 2nd batsman after Kumar Sangakkara to hit 4 hundreds in a single World CupAlso Read | India vs Bangladesh: Don’t need to assess how to convert those 50s into hundreds, says Virat Kohlilast_img read more


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first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Sarri: We need balance in January transfer windowby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveMaurizio Sarri has admitted Chelsea will need to cull their squad in January, and hinted about the position of any new arrivals.The Blues suffered a shock defeat to Leicester City at home on Saturday.Cesc Fabregas made a rare appearance in the Premier League as a substitute and Sarri suggested this was because of the excessive size of his squad.”At the moment we are too many. We have 28 players and it’s impossible to use all of them. I think 25 is the right number,” the Italian said.”We have a lot of offensive midfielders and we have only [N’Golo] Kante as a defensive midfielder, so it’s not easy now for the midfield to have the right balance.” last_img read more


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first_imgKentucky male cheerleader appears to obstruct Ocatvius Ellis.Kentucky didn’t have a ton of trouble with Cincinnati Saturday afternoon, as the Wildcats cruised to a 12-point victory to become the first 36-0 team in history. But there was a bit of a controversial moment early in the second half, when a male cheerleader for the school appeared to impede Bearcats star Octavius Ellis from returning to the court. The cheerleader appears to hold onto Ellis as he tries to make his way back to the floor. Judge for yourself. No, it didn’t realistically matter when it comes to the outcome of the game. But it’s still a bit odd.[Lost Lettermen]last_img read more


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first_imgThe class of 92 are regarded as the greatest academy products in the history of Manchester United and rightfully so.A class which produced players like Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Gary and Phil Neville, and David Beckham helped steer the course of Manchester United’s future.However, for every Scholes, there’s always a Ben Thornley. Regarded as one of the most talented players in the academy back in the early 90s, Thornley suffered a serious injury that ended his dream before it even started.“Ben would have outdone all of us,” said Beckham, according to ESPN.“England wouldn’t have had a left-wing problem for so many years,” said Nicky Butt. “He was one of — if not the — most talented members of that team,” said Neville.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“The feelings, if I ever did have those, had long since evaporated,” Thornley tells ESPN. “That was in 1999; the injury happened to me in ’94. I quickly knew I was never going to be a first-team regular at United, even though I stayed there for another three-and-a-half year.”“I just got caught up in the game itself and the celebrations afterward. It was a brilliant night, and it never crossed my mind once that this could’ve been me. I was just so thrilled for the boys I’d grown up with to be involved with such an incredible season.”“I had two feet and was able to shift the ball by squaring up the full-back,” Thornley says, “either towards the touchline or coming back inside to whip a ball in with my right foot. That little half-yard was something that (a) they had to guess which way I was going, and (b) by the time they had, I had already gone.”“That was something that it quickly became apparent I didn’t have anymore. It was like having a piece of string or piece of wood: once you break it down the middle and try to repair it, it’s never as strong as it once was. When you’re talking about playing at the top level, you are talking about fine margins. That was the type of thing I relied on.”“I can’t put everything down to that one tackle,” he says, when asked about the psychological impact of his injury, “but I’m sure there are people far more qualified than me who can trace what I’m like now as a person right the way back to it. It’s like you’ve had a fabulous party and you come home: there’s an emptiness there. That’s what I felt not going into a dressing room every day.”last_img read more


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first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurquoise morning cameras were rolling as over 700 gifts were prepared by the Kiwanis Club of Providenciales at Fortis last night for their Annual Christmas Tree lighting ceremony set for Sunday. Despite the sudden loss of George Taylor, who usually plays the role of Santa Claus at the event, a Santa will be on site to continue the tradition of riding in on the fire truck to hand out the presents. The Kiwanis Club and other community members will begin to erect the tree on Saturday morning. Look out for the highlights of the gift wrapping on Friday’s Turquoise morning on PTV8 at 7am. Related Items:last_img read more



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