Team Bonitas announce riders for 2013
Team Bonitas on Tuesday said their 10-man squad for the 2013 season in South Africa and Europe consisted primarily of a youthful line-up.
"Road cycling is heading into a new era and we have committed to that by showing confidence in young South African talent," said team manger, Barry Austin.
Clint Hendricks made his move from rival team, Tasol GT, while Willie Smit was given his first professional contract after being the dominant rider at the 2012 South African Student Championships and having been a stalwart for the CSA Academy outfit.
"Hendriks has a track cycling background and is a very aggressive rider," said Malcolm Lange, the team's owner.
"He got a couple of podium places in the United States this year and I look forward to developing him further."
Lange said Smit was a young, powerful rider who came highly recommended from the academy.
Riders who had remained on board from the 2012 squad were climber Jason Bakke, sprinter Herman Fouche and allrounders Luthando Kaka, HB Kruger and Hanco Kachelhoffer, who had been promoted to team captain.
"I appreciate the commitment from the all the team members during 2012 and wish those guys that are leaving all the best as they move to the next level in their own careers," said Lange.
"For Team Bonitas, the next level is growing our status as a team and we believe that this team make-up for 2013, under the management of Barry Austin, will do that and, in the process, create new South African cycling heroes."
BONITAS TEAM: Clint Hendricks, Pieter Seyffert, Christopher Jennings, Willie Smit, Christoff van Heerden, Jason Bakke, Herman Fouche, Hanco Kachelhoffer (captain), Luthando Kaka, HB Kruger.