Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio made history on Sunday, becoming the first SA woman to finish on the podium in the general classification at a top-flight stage race.
The Commonwealth Games road race bronze medallist took second place overall at the five-day Aviva Women’s Tour in the United Kingdom, which forms part of the UCI Women’s World Tour.
Her Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling teammate, Lotta Lepisto of Finland, won the final stage with the South African crossing the line in 19th position.
While she lost another three seconds on overall leader Lizzie Armitstead of Great Britain, the reigning world champion who had started the day eight seconds clear, Moolman-Pasio did enough to retain second position in the standings.
The SA rider’s previous best performance in a top-flight race was a third-place finish at the 2013 edition of La Fleche Wallonne Feminine, a one-day race in Belgium which formed part of the UCI Women’s World Cup before the global circuit was relaunched this season as the World Tour.