“A win is always good for an athletes’s confidence, it just make me feel like I’m unstoppable,” Hoffman said on Friday.
Hoffman continued his blazing form from last year to claim his third Herald Cycle Tour victory last weekend in Port Elizabeth.
He capped the last season by clinching the Engen Cycle Challenge, winning all three races in the series.
“Going into the race on Sunday, it’s definitely a confidence booster and I’m really forward to it.
“The race is really difficult to call, but I will be happy to compete for the win and fight it out for the jersey.”
Hoffman said his performance on Sunday will help him gauge his fitness ahead of the UCI Track Cycling World Championships, which take place from February 26 to March 2 in the Cali Velodrome, Colombia.
“I’m also trying to test where my condition is at this moment.
“Later this month, I have the world champs where I really hope to do well.
“This race gives me an opportunity to check what areas I still need to work on before then, but it will also be something incredible if I win on Sunday.”
The Team Abantu rider, however, faces a stiff challenge from defending champion Jay Thomson, as well as South Africa’s first cyclist to don the yellow jersey during the Tour de France, Daryl Impey, who warmed up by defending his national time trial title on Thursday.
“I’ve raced these guys before, but it will be interesting to see how
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