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For the third day in the row the South African/Swiss team of Burry Stander and Christoph Sauser crossed the line first at the Absa Cape Epic.
Stander and Sauser (36ONE Songo Specialized) won the second full stage of Cape Epic after winning the prologue on Sunday and Stage 1 on Monday. Tuesday’s course was 104km with 2,300m of climbing. The Cape Epic is eight stages and ends on April 3
With an overall time of 9 hours, 27 Minutes and 38 seconds, the 36ONE Songo Specialized team will wear the yellow leader jersey for Stage 3 on Wednesday. The duo finished in 4:32.43. They were followed by Hannes Genze and Jochen Käss of Multivan Merida Biking in 4:33.30 (overall 9:33.56,3) with their second podium finish for this event and placed second overall. In third place with their first podium finish this year were Lukas and Mathias Flückiger of Trek World Racing in 4:34.07,2 (overall time 9:48.42). In fourth place was the defending champion Bulls team of Karl Platt and Stefan Sahm in (4:34.23,6; overall time 9:35.01,6), placing them in third position overall.
Sauser and Stander lead the Multivan Merida Biking team of Hannes Genze and Jochen Käss by 6 minutes and 18 seconds and it is their 12th stage win in the Absa Cape Epic since they participated for the first time.
“I was feeling super strong today and had a good day in the saddle. We were riding together – about 8 of us – for most of the day but we broke away near the end. It was really nice to win another stage, but we’ll only celebrate tomorrow If we manage to win the stage again,” Sauser said. “The whole thing can blow up again. I‘ve never been as strong as this year – I also had a coach this year, which was good for me. It’s good to get some advice, even at 35, and do more power workouts. I definitely have more strength in my legs.”
Hannes Genze of Multivan Merida Biking received help from teammate and reigning World Cup XC champion Jose Hermida. A wheel change kept Genze in contention for the day.
“Hermida helped me out. It was really nice of him. We’re very happy with second place,” Genze said.
Eva Lechner and Nathalie Schneitter (team Colnago Arreghini Südtirol) won the Ladies Category for the third day in a row in a time of 5:56.23,0 (overall time 12:27.59,7), ahead of Sally Bigham and Karien Van Jaarsveld (team USN) in a time of 6:01.49,6 (overall 12:41.38,7). Naomi Hansen and Jodie Willett of adidas finished in third place in 6:07.58,4 (overall time 13:26.15,4). Lechner and Schneitter lead by 13 minutes and 39 seconds.
The Juwi team (Carsten Bresser and Udo Boelts) won the stage for the third consecutive day in 4:59.31,2 (overall time 10:30.14,2). They were again followed by Robert Sim and Doug Brown of the Robert Daniel team in 5:10.34,3 (overall time 10:57.08,8) with the Nandos team of Adrian Enthoven and Gerrie Beukes in third place in 5:23.08,6 (overall time 11:17.19,1). The Juwi team lead by 26 minutes and 55 seconds.
The Wheeler – BIXS team, Bärti Bucher and Esther Sϋss, won the Mixed category for the third day in a row in 5:23.08,0 (overall time 11:16.09,6), followed by Erik Kleinhans and Ariane Lüthi in 5:42.13,3 (overall time 11:49.47,0). The Swiss team of Daniel Annaheim and Renata Bucher (Baumat / zaboobikes.com) again finished in third place in 5:50.20,3 (overall time 12:13.29,2).