|Full name||Cherise Taylor-Stander|
6 November 1989|
Pretoria, South Africa
|Height||1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)|
|Weight||54 kg (119 lb)|
|Current team||Lotto–Soudal Ladies|
Infobox last updated on|
October 6, 2013
Cherise Taylor-Stander (born November 6, 1989 in Pretoria) is a South African professional road cyclist. She has awarded a single African and four South African championship titles in both road race and time trial, and later represented her nation South Africa at the 2008 Summer Olympics. Taylor currently races for Belgium's Lotto–Soudal Ladies pro cycling team since she joined in 2011.
Taylor qualified for the South African squad in the women's road race at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing by receiving one of the nation's two available berths from the UCI World Cup. She successfully completed a grueling race with a fifty-ninth-place effort in 3:48:33, surpassing Cuba's Yumari González by a wide, three-minute gap. On that same year, Taylor earned the women's elite road race title in her first attempt at the South African Championships.
Taylor's success from the South African Championships landed her a spot on the MTN Cycling team for the 2009 season, followed by her official stint on the Lotto–Honda Team two years later. In 2011, Taylor flourished her sporting career by scoring two triumphs each in time trial at the South African Championships, and consequently, at the UCI African Continental Championships in Asmara, Eritrea.
Taylor also sought her bid for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, but the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) excluded her from the team. Moreover, Cycling South Africa has decided to reject her appeal based on the board's scrutiny and decision in the due process and procedures for the national team's final selection.
In May 2012, Taylor was married to elite mountain biker and African U-23 champion Burry Stander, who was eventually killed in a road accident during a collision with a taxi while training near his residence in Shelly Beach by the following year.
- 2nd African Junior Championships, Port Elizabeth (RSA)
- 2nd World Junior Championships, Aguascalientes (MEX)
- 1st South African Championships (Road), East London (RSA)
- 1st Stage 4, Tour of Chongming Island, China
- 2nd Stage 3, Tour of Chongming Island, China
- 3rd Stage 1, Tour of Chongming Island, China
- 59th Olympic Games (Road), Beijing (CHN)
- 3rd South African Championships (Road), Oudtshoorn (RSA)
- 4th Stage 4, Tour of Chongming Island, Xizang (CHN)
- 7th Stage 3, Tour of Chongming Island, Guangdong (CHN)
- 9th Stage 1, Tour of Chongming Island, Shanghai (CHN)
- 1st South African Championships (Road), Klerksdorp (RSA)
- 7th Overall, Women's Tour of New Zealand, New Zealand
- 3rd Stage 1, Masterton
- 1st South African Championships (ITT), Port Elizabeth (RSA)
- 1st African Championships (Road), Asmara (ERI)
- 2nd African Championships (ITT), Asmara (ERI)
- 3rd South African Championships (Road), Port Elizabeth (RSA)
- 5th Stage 3, Holland Ladies Tour, Breda (NED)
- 7th Stage 1, Tour of Chongming Island, Xizang (CHN)
- 9th Stage 6, Giro d'Italia Donne, Piacenza (ITA)
- 1st South African Championships (ITT), Nelspruit (RSA)
- 1st Stage 2, Route de France Féminine, Noeux-les-Mines (FRA)
- 5th Stage 2, Grand Prix Elsy Jacobs, Mamer (LUX)
- 9th Stage 4, Route de France Féminine, Pontault-Combault (FRA)
- 9th Stage 6, Giro d'Italia Donne, Salsomaggiore Terme (ITA)
- 10th Stage 5, Giro d'Italia Donne, Molinella (ITA)
- "Cherise Taylor". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 11 October 2013.
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- Morgan, Brad (8 August 2008). "Team SA set for Olympic assault". South Africa Info. Retrieved 10 October 2013.
- "Women's Road Race". Beijing 2008. NBC Olympics. Archived from the original on 19 August 2012. Retrieved 21 December 2012.
- "Cooke weathers storm to take Olympic gold". Velo News. 10 August 2008. Retrieved 10 October 2013.
- "Teenage Taylor Wins SA Road Champs". GSport. 13 May 2008. Retrieved 11 October 2013.
- "Gold for Taylor at African Champs". SuperSport. 11 November 2011. Retrieved 11 October 2013.
- "Cherise Taylor's Olympic Appeal Rejected". Bicycling. 28 June 2012. Retrieved 11 October 2013.
- "South Africa mourns death of Olympic cyclist Burry Stander". The South African. 7 January 2013. Retrieved 11 October 2013.
- Pillay, Kamcilla (4 January 2013). "Cyclist's wife 'cradled him at scene'". Independent Online (South Africa). Retrieved 11 October 2013.
- Profile – Ultimate Sports Nutrition
- NBC Olympics Profile
- Cherise Taylor profile at Cycling Archives
- Cherise Taylor on Twitter