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I get by with a little help from my friend -Stage 1 Robertson

24 Mar 2014

 

The partnership & commitment that Team RECM - Erik Kleinhans & Nico Bell showed to Team Meerendal-songo-Specialized today  is something to be respected and acknowledged! The support of Team RECM enabled Christoph  & Franti to chase back to the leaders pack with enough energy conserved to ensure that they were able to push hard out of water point 3 and pull away from the Bulls. At 24km’s from home, Susi picked up a side wall cut but luckily they were able to work together in quickly getting back on their way again. The last km’s were a hard push to get back to Centurion Vaude and our team came in a close 2nd position on the podium. All in all an impressive day out for Susi & Franti, one which has made numourous armchair critics reconsider some of their previous and unfair predictions coming out of the prologue. This is stage racing and early days…. again, one thing is for sure, it’s going to be an interesting and exciting next few days.

 Susi & Franti water point 3

Susi & Franti pushing hard out of water point 3. Photo Credit: M Bissig

  Mens stage 1 podium

 Stage 1 podium: Centurion Vaude 1st, Meerendal-songo-Specialized 2nd, BMC 3rd. 

While the mens RECM team where sacrificing their overall position for the broader team, the ladies RECM team were on the other side of the fence. With multiple punctures resulting in excess of 25mins lost this allowed for Team Meerendal Wheeler with Esther Suss & Sally Bingham and Team Cape Brewing Company to capitalize on their misfortune and storm into 1st & 2nd podium positions.  This year the ladies race is definitely going to be one to watch and with equal prize purse will be hotly contested between these great ladies & teams.

 Ladies stage 1 podium 

Ladies stage 1 podium: Team Meerendal Wheeler 1st, Cape Brewing Co 2nd, Team RECM 3rd.

 

Once again, Sipho and Azu had a storming day, everything went right for them and they felt strong throughout todays stage. They are proudly holding onto the Exarro Jerseys and will once again start with firm focus to maintain the jersey and extend their lead. As always, we are proud of their determination, grit and focus.

Sip & Azu wp3  

Sip & Azu riding strong out of water point 3. Photo credit: M Bissig

 stage 1 Exxarro podium

Azu & Sip strengthening their lead on the Exxarro Jersey.

With substantial rain forecast here in Robertson btw 11pm – 6am, tomorrow it will be interesting to see whether any of the route will need to be redirected. All in all, the race briefing was a positive one which promised the riders a great day out & “too much fun for an Epic stage”. With 103km’s and only 1550m ascent the day should be fast but time will tell whether the rain will play havoc on the riding conditions.

 Chat tomorrow & be sure to follow us on twitter @songoinfo for up to date commentary.

 Cheers for now.