Rapha Condor-JLT take Mzansi Tour team time trial

British squad beat MTN-Qhubeka in 5.5km prologue around Emmarentia Park, near Johannesburg.

Former British road race champion Kristian House leads the Mzansi Tour in South Africa after his Rapha Condor-JLT team took today’s prologue team time trial in Emmarentia Park, near Johannesburg.

Rapha, comprising of House, Richard Handley, Mike Cuming, Elliot Porter, Luke Grivell-Mellor and Hugh Carthy, completed the 5.5-kilometre course in six minutes and 37 seconds, four seconds faster than nearest challengers MTN-Qhubeka.

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Synergy Baku, the team of Irish road race champion Matt Brammeier, finished third, five seconds off the pace.

This isn’t the British team’s first success in South Africa: in 2011, House won the seven-day national tour in the country after soloing to a brilliant victory in the opening stage.

The Mzansi Tour runs until Saturday, where it culminates in a criterium around the Blue Hills Estate.

Mzansi Tour 2014, prologue: Emmarentia Park team time trial
1. Rapha Condor-JLT 5.5km in 6-37
2. MTN-Qhubeka at 0-04
3. Synergy Baku at 0-05
4. WCC Africa at 0-10
5. rad-net ROSE team at 0-13

General classification after stage one
1. Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor-JLT in 6-37