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March 20/18 20:50 pm - Cape Epic Stage 2


Posted by Editoress on 03/20/18
 

Annika Langvad and Kate Courtney collected their third win in three days in the Women's category of the Absa Cape Epic over the 106km out-and-back Stage 2 from Robertson. The pair won by over four minutes, extending their lead to a daunting six and a half minutes over Team Spur's Ariane Lüthi and Githa Michiels.

While the leaders are turning this into a one-team procession, the dice roll for second remains undecided with the Spur pair edging out Mariske Strauss and Annie Last (Silverback-KMC) by the narrowest of margins after a tense sprint on Tuesday's stage. Their tussle for podium places left Michiels lying prone on the finish line at the end of the stage and glassy-eyed as she prepared for the podium presentation.

Cannondale Factory Racing's Manuel Fumic and Henrique Avancini took Stage 2 by a narrow margin of just 2 seconds.

Their winniing effort was not without drama however… The pair experienced a mechanical early in the stage but the back-up team of Markus Kaufmann and Jodok Salzmann were on hand to assist with a rear-wheel change – a move that would ultimately keep them in third position on the general classification.

After putting in a serious effort to get back to the leading pack, Jaroslav Kulhavy and Howard Grotts looked poised for their first stage victory after breaking away on a technical section about 15km from the finish. Kulhavy would unfortunately suffer a second puncture and with it, surrender all hopes of snatching the yellow jersey away from Cannondale Factory Racing.

"Today we were let down by mechanicals," said Grotts." We were set for a good stage and did everything right. It was just so frustrating to be in the front and then lose time. I was riding over my limit when we chased back – now I just need to recover well."

Raphael Gagne and partner Martin Gluth (Silverback OMX) finished 11th on the stage at 4:46 back and sit 16th overall at 23:38 back.




Results

Elite Men (Top 20):
1 Manuel Fumic (Ger) / Henrique Avancini (Bra) Cannondale Factory Racing 4:05:52.3
2 Nicola Rohrbach (Sui) / Daniel Geismayr (Aut) Centurion Vaude at 0:01.7
3 Alban Lakata (Aut) / Kristian Hynek (Cze) Canyon Topeak 0:02.2
4 Francesc Guerra Carretero (Esp) / Luis Leao Pinto (Por) BUFF SCOTT MTB 0:02.8
5 Andri Frischknecht (Sui) / Michiel van der Heijden (Ned) Scott-Sram Young Guns 1:40.2
6 Frans Claes (Bel) / Markus Bauer (Ger) KULU MANZI PROJECT 1:42.1
7 Jaroslav Kulhavy (Cze) / Howard Grotts (USA) InvestecSongoSpecialized 1:42.4
8 Simon Stiebjahn (Ger) / Tim Bohme (Ger) BULLS 2 2:44.4
9 Damiano Ferraro (Ita) / Samuele Porro (Ita) Trek-Selle San Marco 2:45.2
10 Miguel Muñoz Moreno (Esp) / Enrique Morcillo Vergara (Esp) BUFF®-SCOTT MTB 2 4:04.3
11 Martin Gluth (Ger) / Raphael Gagne (Can) Silverback OMX 4:46.1
12 Karl Platt (Ger) / Urs Huber (Sui) BULLS 4:47.6
13 Erik Kleinhans (RSA) / Jeremiah Bishop (USA) Canyon Topeak 2 5:03.9
14 Fabian Rabensteiner (Ita) / Michele Casagrande (Ita) Trek Selle San Marco 2 5:04.1
15 Thomas Bundgaard (Den) / Benjamin Justesen (Den) Team Velofit Commit 5:54.2
16 Matthys Beukes (RSA) / Julian Jessop (RSA) PYGA Euro Steel 8:51.6
17 Martin Fanger (Sui) / Simon Vitzthum (Sui) Price&bischi-bikes 8:52.1
18 Timothy Hammond (RSA) / Arno Du Toit (RSA) SPOT Africa 10:12.3
19 Jordan Sarrou (Fra) / Victor Koretzky (Fra) KMC-EKOÏ-SRSUNTOUR 10:15.0
20 Hendrik Kruger (RSA) / Stuart Marais (RSA) Ellsworth - ASG 10:16.4
 
Elite Women (Top 10):
1 Annika Langvad (Den) / Kate Courtney (USA) Investec Songo Specialized 4:37:43.8
2 Ariane Lüthi (Sui) / Githa Michiels (Bel) Spur at 4:26.6
3 Mariske Strauss (RSA) / Annie Last (GBr) Silverback - KMC 4:27.3
4 Sabine Spitz (Ger) / Robyn De Groot (RSA) Ascendis Health 12:35.9
5 Margot Moschetti (Fra) / Raiza Goulao (Bra) PMRA/CST Racing 19:01.5
6 Carmen Buchacher (Aut) / Samantha Sanders (RSA) dormakaba 2 21:57.0
7 Candice Lill (RSA) / Amy Beth Mcdougall (RSA) dormakaba 24:50.0
8 Hannele Steyn (RSA) / Jeannie Dreyer (RSA) Nolands Spar Ladies 37:54.4
9 Nina Mcvicar (NZl) / Reta Trotman (NZl) Hirepool 38:41.0
10 Serena Gordon (USA) / Kaysee Armstrong (USA) Liv Cycling 42:25.4
 
GC
 
Elite Men (Top 20):
1 Manuel Fumic (Ger) / Henrique Avancini (Bra) Cannondale Factory Racing 8:59:56.2
2 Jaroslav Kulhavy (Cze) / Howard Grotts (USA) InvestecSongoSpecialized at 2:23.3
3 Nicola Rohrbach (Sui) / Daniel Geismayr (Aut) Centurion Vaude 5:37.9
4 Alban Lakata (Aut) / Kristian Hynek (Cze) Canyon Topeak 6:48.1
5 Francesc Guerra Carretero (Esp) / Luis Leao Pinto (Por) BUFF SCOTT MTB 7:18.1
6 Frans Claes (Bel) / Markus Bauer (Ger) KULU MANZI PROJECT 9:35.1
7 Andri Frischknecht (Sui) / Michiel van der Heijden (Ned) Scott-Sram Young Guns 9:57.7
8 Fabian Rabensteiner (Ita) / Michele Casagrande (Ita) Trek Selle San Marco 2 12:52.7
9 Karl Platt (Ger) / Urs Huber (Sui) BULLS 12:58.3
10 Simon Stiebjahn (Ger) / Tim Bohme (Ger) BULLS 2 15:43.5
11 Martin Fanger (Sui) / Simon Vitzthum (Sui) Price&bischi-bikes 16:42.8
12 Damiano Ferraro (Ita) / Samuele Porro (Ita) Trek-Selle San Marco 17:12.1
13 Jordan Sarrou (Fra) / Victor Koretzky (Fra) KMC-EKOÏ-SRSUNTOUR 17:17.7
14 Miguel Muñoz Moreno (Esp) / Enrique Morcillo Vergara (Esp) BUFF®-SCOTT MTB 2 18:51.3
15 Thomas Bundgaard (Den) / Benjamin Justesen (Den) Team Velofit Commit 19:18.3
16 Martin Gluth (Ger) / Raphael Gagne (Can) Silverback OMX 23:38.8
17 Erik Kleinhans (RSA) / Jeremiah Bishop (USA) Canyon Topeak 2 23:55.5
18 Hendrik Kruger (RSA) / Stuart Marais (RSA) Ellsworth - ASG 25:52.3
19 Matthys Beukes (RSA) / Julian Jessop (RSA) PYGA Euro Steel 29:29.7
20 Roberto Bou Martin (Esp) / Cristofer Bosque Ruano (Esp) TBELLES GAES CANONDALE 9 33:22.7
 
Elite Women (Top 10):
1 Annika Langvad (Den) / Kate Courtney (USA) Investec Songo Specialized 10:16:25.0
2 Ariane Lüthi (Sui) / Githa Michiels (Bel) Spur at 6:31.5
3 Mariske Strauss (RSA) / Annie Last (GBr) Silverback - KMC 12:26.6
4 Sabine Spitz (Ger) / Robyn De Groot (RSA) Ascendis Health 26:04.2
5 Carmen Buchacher (Aut) / Samantha Sanders (RSA) dormakaba 2 40:27.1
6 Candice Lill (RSA) / Amy Beth Mcdougall (RSA) dormakaba 42:25.3
7 Margot Moschetti (Fra) / Raiza Goulao (Bra) PMRA/CST Racing 53:47.8
8 Nina Mcvicar (NZl) / Reta Trotman (NZl) Hirepool 1:25:42.6
9 Hielke Elferink (Ned) / Cornelia Hug (Sui) Shimano S-Phyre 1:32:14.9
10 Hannele Steyn (RSA) / Jeannie Dreyer (RSA) Nolands Spar Ladies 1:38:59.9



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