The local star, riding for the Bigla Pro Cycling team, became the first woman to win the annual road race three times. After hitting a pothole and coming off her bike, Moolman-Pasio clawed her way back to the peloton, closed down a breakaway and tore clear to secure an impressive victory.
“It was a bit of a challenge out there and I was quite shocked when I fell. It was a high speed crash,” Moolman-Pasio said after the race.
“I checked everything was ok and jumped back on the bike.
“It was a bit of a blow but my team were absolutely fantastic. The Bigla girls gave everything to help and support me.”
She finished in 2:34:01, defeating a quality line-up after the women’s event was awarded UCI 1.1 status for the first time.
Dutch rider Sabrina Stultiens (Team Liv-Plantur) took second place in 2:34:58, and teammate Floortje Mackaij was third in 2:35:04. South African teenager Stefan de Bod won the men’s race in 2:15:23, crossing the line six seconds ahead of MTN-Qhubeka teammate Clint Hendricks. Daryl Impey, riding for Orica-GreenEdge, took third place a further three seconds off the pace.