NELSON Mandela Bay cyclist Anriette Schoeman staged back-to-back wins at the weekend, taking the first stage of the three-leg Engen Dynamic Cycle Challenge (EDCC) in Wellington after a Pennypinchers Cycle Tour triumph in Oudtshoorn.
With the women starting on their own in the 95km EDCC, it was clear from the start that the riders from Team Mecer and Team MTN Qhubeka would be the main role-players.
The race started at a steady pace, with the leaders targeting the 4km climb at Riebeeck Kasteel to make their move.
Schoeman (Mecer-Africa Silks) immediately went to the front of the bunch at the foot of the climb, closely followed by Sarah Chemaly (MTN Qhubeka), Cashandra Slingerland (Mecer) and Charlotte van der Merwe (MTN Qhubeka). Halfway up the climb the bunch started to break up into small groups as Schoeman lifted the pace, closely followed by Chemaly.
Slingerland made her move with 1km to go, setting a hard pace on the long descent to the finish. Chemaly immediately went on to Slingerland's wheel, closely followed by Schoeman.
Schoeman launched her sprint with 150m left, passing both of them to win, with Chemaly second and Slingerland third.