WINDHOEK, 25 APR – Cyclist Drikus Coetzee is currently ranked sixth overall in the Tour de Limpopo in South Africa.
Coetzee, who also participated in the Commonwealth Games earlier this month, is a guest rider for South African team Office Guru.
Coetzee finished the first stage’s 96 kilometre (km) route in 24th position out of 98 riders who completed the race on Monday. On Tuesday during stage two, the young cyclist finished the 175km course in sixth position.
Gustav Basson riding for Protouch currently leads the general classification after the two stages, followed by Clint Hendricks, who is riding for BCX, while Andrew Edward for team ACDC Luso Mix completes the top three positions.
Jayde Julius and Redwan Ebrahim riding for Protouch and WCCA Mix are ranked fourth and fifth respectively.
Other Namibians in the competition riding for the NNCS Pro Cycling team – Chipopeni Kashululu; Jafet Amukushu; Marckernzy Eiseb; Xavier Papo; Danzel Dekoe and Gouws Wynandt – are currently out of the top 50.
Dekoe is ranked 64th; Kashululu 66th; Jafet 77th; Eiseb 79th; Papo 96th and Wynandt 97th.
Speaking to Nampa via WhatsApp on Tuesday, Coetzee said he hopes all goes well for his team in the team time trial during stage three, so he can still have a ranking in the top 10.
“We are riding 28.5km today in the team time trial and I hope we will do well so I can still have a good ranking in the general classification after stage three. That top 10 finish is in sight at the moment,” he said.
The race is being held in stages, with one of the races being the International Cycling Union Africa Tour 2.2 stage race for professional teams.
The Tour de Limpopo ends Thursday.