Tag Archives: ABSA Cape Epic

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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Joel Stransky eager to ride again

A group of riders head out on stage 3 of the 2017 Absa Cape Epic Mountain Bike stage race held from Elandskloof in Greyton, South Africa on the 22nd March 2017

Photo by Greg Beadle/Cape Epic/SPORTZPICS

Oak Valley, Elgin – Joel Stransky was forced to drop out of this year’s Absa Cape Epic after sustaining several injuries on the event’s Prologue event at Meerendal. Today he visited the Cape Epic as a spectator for the first time since his tumble. The 49-year-old crashed his bike last Sunday, resulting in a punctured lung, two broken ribs and ...

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Combrinck, Bell close red jersey gap at Absa Cape Epic

After a day of mixed riding conditions on Stage 4 of the Absa Cape Epic, PYGA Euro Steel riders Philip Buys and Matthys Beukes still hold onto the Absa African special jersey, while NAD Pro MTB (Nico Bell and Gawie Combrinck) made a dash to claim a top 10 spot on the stage. Diepsloot MTB Academy (William Mokgopo and Phillimon ...

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Evans and Hincapie having a ball at the Absa Cape Epic

Photo by Ewald Sadie/Cape Epic/SPORTZPICS

“This is an absolutely fantastic event. I have raced for some 20 years on the road and mountain bike and I have never ever experience anything like the Absa Cape Epic.” Those are the words of Cadel Evans, a man who has seen nearly all there has to be seen in cycling. Besides his heralded Tour de France win he ...

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Women extend lead, men’s race opens up

Esther Süss and Jenny Stenerhag on their way to win stage 4 of the 2017 Absa Cape Epic Mountain Bike stage race from Elandskloof in Greyton to Oak Valley Wine Estate in Elgin, South Africa on the 23rd March 2017

Photo by Dominic Barnardt/Cape Epic/SPORTZPICS

Jennie Stenerhag and Esther Suss (Meerendal CBC) extended their lead in the Hansgrohe Women’s category after Stage 4 of the Absa Cape Epic, while Nino Schurter and Matthias Stirnemann (SCOTT-SRAM MTB Racing) took a decent bite out of Manuel Fumic and Henrique Avancini’s (Cannondale Factory Racing XC) lead in the men’s race. Debutants Andri Frischknecht and Michiel Van der Heijden ...

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