With two stages left in South Africa’s premier road cycle race, Pritzen will take a 32-second lead into the queen stage tomorrow.
After two bunch finishes left the leading riders deadlocked on the same time, OfficeGuru completed the 26.5km time-trial at Boland Landbouskool near Paarl in 34:09.
They were followed by TEG Procycling (34:41) and Team Enza (34:56).
Senior team rider Girdlestone said they overcame an early hiccup to produce a smooth ride on a tough course.
“It was a bit of a rush to get to the start and we arrived with only about 10 seconds to go,” he said. “In fact, one of our guys didn’t make it, so we had to start with five riders.
“And then we lost Andrew Edwards at the 7km mark, but it all went smoothly after that.
“Communication between us was the key and we were able to negotiate the route very well.”
Girdlestone said the outfit was in a good space with two stages to go, but realised there were some challenges ahead.
“We know the queen stage tomorrow [over 127km] includes two climbs over Bainskloof Pass and that it provides an opportunity to open the GC gaps even more.”
In the women’s race, Poland’s Maja Wloszczowska won her second stage in a row, finishing the route in 40:44, half a minute ahead of Kross Fit Racing colleague Ariane Luthi.
It meant Wloszczowska, competing in the Tour of Good Hope for the first time, will take a lead of 26 seconds into tomorrow’s queen stage, one which should suit her strong climbing ability.
Defending champion Luthi was second on the time-trial podium in 41:16, followed by Liezel Jordaan.
The same three riders head the general classification, with Jordaan five seconds behind Luthi.