Tag Archives: 2017 Cape Epic

Epic is no honeymoon for the back markers

Nino Schurter and Matthias Stirnemann blitzed through the eight days of the Absa Cape Epic in 26 hours and 35 minutes, arriving at the finish each day tired but ready to head to their luxury camper vans to rest and recover before the next stage. At the other end of the field, in last place was former Springbok rugby player ...

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It was Epic, says Evans and Hincapie

2011 Tour de France winner Cadel Evans picked up the Dimension Data Masters category with a storming final day that saw him and his fellow Tour de France stage winner George Hincapie grab victory on the last stage of the Absa Cape Epic from Grabouw to Val de Vie near Paarl. Evans and Hincapie (BMC Absa Racing) started the 85km ...

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Buys and Beukes claim Absa Cape Epic red jersey

The PYGA Euro Steel team of Matthys Beukes and Philip Buys rode with good pace on the Grand Finale of the 2017 Absa Cape Epic to finish nearly four minutes ahead of NAD Pro MTB (Nico Bell and Gawie Combrinck) on the stage. By doing so they also claimed the Absa African special jersey – for the first team in ...

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Success for Schurter, Stirnemann, Suss and Stenerhag at Absa Cape Epic

It was sweet success for Nino Schurter, Matthias Stirnemann, Esther Süss and Jennie Stenerhag at the 2017 Absa Cape Epic. Swiss duo Schurter and Stirnemann (SCOTT-SRAM MTB Racing) were first time winners of the men’s race, while Süss and Stenerhag (Meerendal CBC) claimed the Hansgrohe Women’s category. It was Stenerhag’s first win in her fourth attempt, while for Süss it ...

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Stenerhag’s special moment

A year after having heart surgery Jennie Stenerhag wept on Sunday as she and Esther Süss won the Absa Cape Epic Women’s category. “I can’t stop crying. I am so happy … it is just unbelievable,” said Swede Stenerhag. “I don’t know what date it is today, but I think it is four days until exactly a year after my ...

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Schurter, Stirnemann win 2017 Absa Cape Epic

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

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

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

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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