These are some of the most memorable surprise victories of the year:
February – Louis Meintjes stuns the elite men’s field to win the road race at the SA Road Cycling Championships in Durban.
The 21-year-old rider capitalises on a mechanical failure experienced by race favourite Daryl Impey in the sprint for the line, securing his first national senior crown.
August – Ashleigh Moolman Pasio puts up a strong fight to grab the bronze medal in the women’s road race at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Locked in a three-way battle for the bottom step on the podium, Moolman Pasio and Australian Tiffany Cromwell drop New Zealand rider Linda Villumsen in a lengthy sprint.
Initially it seems the South African has been edged into fourth place by Cromwell but the official results verify that Moolman Pasio was able to get her wheel in front by centimetres for a historic medal.
September – Less than two weeks after being cleared of a doping charge, Impey secures the overall crown at the Tour of Alberta in Canada, bagging his first general classification victory at a stage race in five years.
Trailing Dutch rider Tom Dumoulin by nine seconds, he outsprints Canadian Ryan Anderson on the final stage to take a 10-second time bonus, snatching a one-second win after six days of racing.
November – One week after losing out to Dutch star Marianne Vos at the 94.7 Cycle Challenge, Moolman Pasio turns the tables on the multiple world and Olympic champion in the 67km road race at the Nelson Mandela Sport and Culture Day in Pretoria.
She pips Vos on the line, securing one of the most impressive victories of her career.
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