Race wins don’t come as regularly as they used to for Malcolm Lange (MTN Energade), but on Sunday the reigning South African champion was as mercurial as ever when he swept aside a bold onslaught from his younger rivals to win the Dischem Ride for Sight in Boksburg.

Lange’s experience was evident as he positioned himself on the wheel of fellow sprint ace Herman Fouche (Konica Minolta) going into the tricky S-bends on the approach to the finish line. But the 20-year-old Fouche played his card too early leaving the 34-year-old Lange to unleash his mercurial turn of speed to finish first in 02hr32min02sec.

“I haven’t felt very snappy of late but today I felt good,” smiled Lange. “It was a hectic finishing sprint but I’m happy that I got through it okay and managed to win again.”

It was Lange’s third win in the popular 116km event, which attracted almost 5000 entrants. It was also his first win since last June when he captured three successive stages in the Tour of Morocco. Lange’s long victory drought has been due to in part to a long layoff following a crash last September when he broke his collarbone.

He almost certainly would have won the Pick ‘n Pay The Star Fast One last month but opted instead to unselfishly set up the win for his younger teammate, Jay Thomson. Sunday’s victory was Lange’s 376th of his illustrious career. He is racing in his final year as a professional.

2008 Dischem Ride for Sight, Boksburg: 116km
Leading results
Elite Men
1 Malcolm Lange (MTN Energade) 02hr32min02sec
2 Christoff van Heerden (Konica Minolta)
3 Herman Fouche (Konica Minolta)
4 Arran Brown (House of Paint)
5 Dean Edwards (House of Paint)
6 Peter-Lee Jeffries
7 Clinton Avery
8 Duncan Viljoen
9 Nico Bell
10 Juraj Sagan all same time