“I think my form is not at the same level as last time. Plus this year we’re up against a very strong OfficeGuru squad,” said the Team Enza rider.
“To challenge for overall [victory] will be difficult.”
Hoffman added that last year all his teammates were in good condition and they could ride a strong team time-trial. But being without track star Steven van Heerden – who placed third in 2018 – weakened them.
“We won the race with the team time-trial, so without Steven it will be tricky.”
He added that his own fitness was improving all the time though.
“I’m still nowhere close to last year so I’ll take it day by day,” said Hoffman, who recently won the Cycle4Cansa Classic.
Regarding the route, he said it was well-balanced so the sprinters could survive the climbs.
“I’ve raced a lot in Namibia and know the roads pretty well, so I think that’s a plus for me.
“The route is 90 per cent the same except for some changes made for the team time-trial.”
Hoffman felt this tour was a good block of racing and crucial for his preparation ahead of the Amashova.
“The Amashova and 947 are the important races left in my season,” he said.