The 28th edition of the 106km Classic marks the start of the riders’ campaign to save their squad, following the announcement that headline sponsor Tasol will only fund them until the end of the current financial year.
Team principal Dean Edwards said the race now had extra meaning for the team, which boasts former winner Nolan Hoffman and defending champion James Perry in the line-up, and his riders were determined to make it count.
Although Tasol-GT is currently without the services of Hoffman as he prepares for the world track championships in Europe, Edwards said the recent signing of former Bonitas danger man and Amashova Durban Classic winner Johann Rabie would strengthen their attack.
“We will now be looking to Rabie and David Maree as our primary go-to men. With the route change this year, the harder first half could well split up the race, which would suit these two guys.
“However, in saying that, we thought it was going to be a bunch sprint last year and James rode away in the final 2km, so we will make sure we have all our bases covered.”
Among the arrows in Edwards’ quiver is talented local youngster Kellan Gouveris, who made his professional debut in front of