Top under 23 cyclist, Andrew Crossman, led home a superb one-two finish for the Mecer/NMMU Cycling Club when he took line honours in the first leg of the Jaco Rademeyer Estates Criterium Series at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University on Sunday.
The 20-year-old crossed the line in the 60-kilometre race in the company of teammate Wesley Augustyn (19), closely followed by Cycle Lab’s Wesley Todkill (18).
Former Bok and pre-race favourite, André Burger (PE Club), remained in the hunt for the overall title when he comfortably won the bunch sprint for fourth place, some 10 seconds behind the leading trio.
Crossman showed his aggressive intentions early on when he initiated the first big escape of the day on lap two. He was joined by Augustyn and Sean Baillie (Mecer/NMMU), but they were hauled back by the bunch two laps later.
The next successful attack came on lap eight when triathlete Raynard Tissink (Friendly City Cycling Club) broke clear of the pack, but his solo effort only lasted three laps.
The decisive move came shortly after his capture when Crossman, Augustyn and Todkill attacked with eight of the 21 three-kilometre laps remaining.
The three hotspots were won by Tissink, Jean Nell (Wayne Pheiffer Cycles) and Augustyn.
The second leg will take place at NMMU at 8am on Sunday.
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