House wins Tour of South Africa overall

Kristian House has won the overall classification of the 2011 Tour of South Africa, defending his lead in the race from stage one right through to its conclusion on Saturday.

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The Rapha Condor Sharp rider won the opening stage from a solo escape, giving himself a two-minute lead over his closest rivals – a margin that House and his team successfully defended throughout the seven-stage event.

Former British road race national champion (2009) House finished two minutes and nine seconds ahead of

Johann Rabie (Bonitas) in the final overall classification and a further two seconds ahead of third placed

Daryl Impey (MTN Qhubeka). House’s team-mate

Jonathan Tiernan-Locke finished eighth overall.

Italian Bernardo Riccio (d’Angelo & Antenucci) won the final stage’s sprint finale in Paarl.

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