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Stage 2 of the 2012 Absa Cape Epic

27 Mar 2012

It was a race around the region of McGregor as we had to travel rapidly to keep ahead of a swiftly moving front bunch of Absa Cape Epic riders. Today seemed a little easier on the climbs but certainly not relentless on the fast paced, high intensity riding.

It was a massive bunch of riders that approach Water Point 1 to a really festive McGregor. And the field seemed to stay that way to Water Point 2 as the bunch approached led by Burry Stander. A sharp climb out the back of Vroelikheid Nature Reserve seemed to split the bunch and not long after Water Point 3 it was a small group of riders that had broken away.

We could see that Team 36ONE-SONGO-SPECIALIZED were in the break with Merida, Bulls and Nedbank 360Life. I don't think I can begin to describe the anticiption of the supporters that were eagerly awaiting the arrival of the riders. Finally we heard the helicopter and within seconds this crazy frenzy of riders charging for the finish line! But it was Stefan Sahm leading the bunch and his partner Karl Platt that took the win with Merida 2nd and 36ONE-SONGO-SPECIALIZED in 3rd position. But it was only after a few minutes and video check to see exactly which teams were in the final positions.

A little further back Nic and Carl were cruising through the field and finished 26th, making up considerable time from their eventful previous day.

And then of course the wait for our Exxaro teams, super excited to see that had yet another phenomenal day out on the Cape Epic with Sipho and Azukile finishing 110th in the mens category and Thando and Sivuyile 137th in the mens category.

Tomorrow is a big stage entailing 144km and 2900m of climbing. It's going to be brutal. We are expected a long day in the saddle for everyone and it will be those that have rested well today, hydrated and those that pace themselves well tomorrow that succeed. Wishing all the riders the very best!

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