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Schurter, Stirnemann win 2017 Absa Cape Epic

Nino Schurter & Matthias Stirnemann of SCOTT-SRAM MTB Racing celebrate winning the 2017 Absa Cape Epic during the final stage (stage 7) of the 2017 Absa Cape Epic Mountain Bike stage race from Oak Valley Wine Estate in Elgin to Val de Vie in Paarl, South Africa on the 26th March 2017

Photo by Shaun Roy/Cape Epic/SPORTZPICS

There was a second stage win for the SCOTT-SRAM Young Guns of Michiel van der Heijden and Andri Frischknecht at the Grand Finale of the 2017 Absa Cape Epic, but the crowds at Val de Vie in Paarl had lined up to watch Olympic champion Nino Schurter and partner Matthias Stirnemann claim their maiden Absa Cape Epic crown. Riding as ...

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These Hyenas won’t bite

Photo by Mark Sampson/Cape Epic/SPORTZPICS

Every day at the Absa Cape Epic, the same two riders finish last. They ride slowly and deliberately, neither rushing to water points nor fretting over cut-off times. For the Absa Cape Epic Hyenas, the race is not a race at all, but rather a procession at the back of the pack to make sure the slowest participants have it ...

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Diepsloot MTB Academy charge on at Absa Cape Epic

Photo by Mark Sampson/Cape Epic/SPORTZPICS

Cooler temperatures greeted riders early on at Stage 6 of the Absa Cape Epic, but temperatures warmed up again as the day progressed. Thankfully, a consistent, fresh breeze gave relief to riders and spectators alike on a sunny Saturday. Enjoying the conditions were Diepsloot MTB Academy riders William Mokgopo and Phillimon Sebona, who keep the Exxaro special jersey for yet ...

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Leaders take firm grip on a good day for SA

Heinz Zoerweg and Barti Bucher of team Meerendal CBC 3 win Grandmaster category of stage 6 of the 2017 Absa Cape Epic Mountain Bike stage race from Oak Valley Wine Estate in Elgin, South Africa on the 25th March 2017

Photo by Greg Beadle/Cape Epic/SPORTZPICS

With just one day to go, both the men’s and women’s overall race leaders at the Absa Cape Epic have their hands firmly on the respective crowns after the Queen Stage around Grabouw on Saturday – but it was all change in the battle for the other podium positions. Olympic and world mountain bike champion Nino Schurter and his Scott-Sram ...

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The Queen Stage

Nino Schurter celebrates with Matthias Stirnermann, on their stage win.

Dubbed as the the Queen Stage of the Epic, after 5 days of intense racing, was a tough ask for any rider – regardless of fitness level and ability. The legs are tired, the body is tired, the mind is not as motivated as Monday and the challenge is a big one. Only the strong make it through and the ...

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Queen Stage Puncture for Sauser and Kulhavý

Jaroslav Kulhavý leads Christoph Sauser in pursuit of the race leaders SCOTT-SRAM MTB Racing. Photo by Nick Muzik/Cape Epic/SPORTZPICS.

Christoph Sauser and Jaroslav Kulhavý had to settle for fourth place on Stage 6 of the 2017 Absa Cape Epic on the 25th of March. The Investec-songo-Specialized pairing started the day 50 seconds behind general classification leaders, Nino Schurter and Matthias Stimemann, but a puncture saw them drop out of the lead group and spend a great deal of the ...

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Sauser & Kulhavý Fight Back to Remain Second as Lead Changes

Christoph Sauser and Jaroslav Kulhavý are tracked by the television helicopter as they hunt down the SCOTT-SRAM MTB teams. Photo by Ewald Sadie/Cape Epic/SPORTZPICS.

Christoph Sauser and Jaroslav Kulhavý fought back from 2 minutes down at one point to finish just 17 seconds off the stage winning SCOTT-SRAM MTB Racing team, on Stage 5 of the 2017 Absa Cape Epic on Friday the 24th of March. In so doing the Investec-songo-Specialized pair retain their second position on the general classification, though the lead changed ...

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Dealing with the cards

Nino Schurter leads his team, back up included, through the Stage to the Yellow Jersey

There’s no such things as an “easy” day in the Epic, and when the best MTB riders in the world take a shade under 4 hours to complete the “short” stage of the Epic, then you know, it’s not easy. And still the race for the overall continues, with bad luck being dished out to many of the leading protagonists ...

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Suss survives to hang on to the lead

Sabine Spitz and Robyn de Groot during stage 5 of the 2017 Absa Cape Epic Mountain Bike stage race held from Oak Valley Wine Estate in Elgin, South Africa on the 24th March 2017

Photo by Ewald Sadie/Cape Epic/SPORTZPICS

“I thought it was the end of our race,” said Absa Cape Epic Hansgrohe Women’s category leader Jennie Stenerhag when describing her partner Esther Suss’s crash near the finish. Suss was left lying on the ground tangled up in her bike just seven kilometres from the finish of Stage 5 after the crash. Meerendal CBC teammate Stenerhag had to help ...

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Schurter, Stirnemann make it SCOTT-SCOTT

Nino Schurter & Matthias Stirnemann of SCOTT-SRAM MTB Racing celebrate winning stage 5 & taking the Overall lead during stage 5 of the 2017 Absa Cape Epic Mountain Bike stage race held from Oak Valley Wine Estate in Elgin, South Africa on the 24th March 2017

Photo by Shaun Roy/Cape Epic/SPORTZPICS

The Men’s category is set for a thrilling finale after Olympic cross-country champion Nino Schurter and teammate Matthias Stirnemann (SCOTT-SRAM MTB Racing) claimed their first stage win of the 2017 Absa Cape Epic on Friday. Thanks to another strong ride they also moved into the overall race lead after the 84km Stage 5. Second on the day was previous stage ...

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