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Absa Cape Epic: 2014 Stage 6

29 Mar 2014

Although Today was a day classified as a “fun day” with sweeping single track and smile inducing bridges through the beautiful Paul Cluver estate, for the pro’s racing at the sharp end it was another hard day out – whether the priority attacking or defending, there was much on the line to fight for.  

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Susi flying through the switch backs above Houw Hoek. Photo credit: Martin Bissig.

For Christoph and Franti, their objective was to attack in a bid to close the almost 9 minute gap that Topeak-Ergon was holding in the overall GC classification.  While there was much yo-yoing up front between the teams, Topeak-Ergon finished the stage 1:24 ahead of Meerendal-songo-Specialized further extending their GC lead to just over 10mins. Once again, SCOTT-Odlo MTB Racing with Nino Schurter & South African Philip Buys stamped their authority on the stage finishing nearly 6 minutes ahead of the yellow jersey winners.

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Franti & Susi chasing Topeak-Ergon through the Paul Cluver bike park. Photo credit: Martin Bissig.

With tomorrow being the final stage – it leaves a final opportunity for Christoph & Franti to pries the yellow jersey from Topeak-Ergon. Some say a tall order but one thing is for certain, anything can happen at the Absa Cape Epic and Susi & Franti will not give up, giving it their all, until they cross the finish line!

 

Sipho & Azu had an absolute CRACKER of a day. Once again impressing many with their strong performance, coming across the line in a phenomenal 13th position to the high 5’s and congratulations of their mentor and hero Susi & Franti. This great performance sees them further extend their lead for the Exxaro Jersey, which they have worn consistently for the duration of the Epic to 5 mins.  Words cant express how extremely proud we are of these young men and there is no doubt that in the coming years their goals will be shifted to compete for the African Jersey. 

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Azu & Sipho on a mission! Photo credit: Sportograf

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Azu navigating the super cool bridges at Paul Cluver. Photo credit: Sportograf

To all setting off tomorrow for Lourensford, we wish you a safe & happy ride –allow for some time to reflect on the journey that has got you this far and savour the moment when you cross the finish line – the crowds will be cheering for you and your remarkable achievement no matter the position or time!