With Evans and George removed from the race results, Bell and Combrinck move up to become the 2012 winners. This leads to the promotion of Melt Swanepoel and Matthys Beukes (CangoMTB.com) to second overall and Chris Wolhuter and Oliver Munnik (Asrin Cycling) to third overall.
Stage results have all been adjusted accordingly and initial runners-up, Beukes and Swanepoel, will have a pre-Christmas bonus with the payment of the R100,000 prize for the first team to the summit of the Swartberg Pass on the iconic stage 2.
"It's a great shame that we have to undertake this retrospective adjustment process. But a rider cheated and that's against the rules of the sport and our event. In the long run, this kind of action will hopefully help minimise the temptation to cheat," said Henco Rademeyer of Dryland Events, the organisers of the Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek.
"It's sad that we can't recreate the fanfare and energy and environment for the rightful winners of the race and the stages, but we feel it's important to let the media know and do the best we can from our side to ensure they are given the credit they are due. We'd like to offer a big congratulations to Nico and Gawie for their hard-fought overall win and also Melt and Matthys for their courageous effort up the Swartberg Pass on stage 2," said Rademeyer.