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Cape Epic: Batten and Villafañe prime podium, whereas South African duo Joubert and du Toit nab first stage win

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On Friday, Sofia Gómez Villafane and Haley Batten (NinetyOne-Songo-Specialised) gained stage 5 of the Cape Epic, tightening their grip on the general leaders’ jersey.

The stage was a a battle between the People and Candice Lill and Mariske Strauss (Faces Rola) from South Africa. The 2 groups labored collectively all through the 115km stage.

The racing turned extremely tactical earlier than the ultimate kilometers, with each groups ready for the suitable second to assault. Candice Lill was the primary to assault, racing forward of NinetyOne-Songo-Specialised on the base of the steep Botmanskop climb which comes at round kilometer 103 of the stage. Sadly, her accomplice Mariske Strauss was unable to observe.

NinetyOne-Songo-Specialised counter-punched and appeared to have the stage buttoned up till Strauss attacked on the pavement on the 5k mark. This time Lill was unable to go, permitting Batten and Villafañe to punch up the ultimate, quick, steep Coetzenburg climb and motor down the descent.

BMC’s Pauline Ferrand Prévot and Robyn de Groot have been fourth on the day, with de Groot affected by sickness. Liv Racing’s Crystal Anthony and Serena Bishop Gordon completed sixth.

The day’s win allowed Batten and Villafañe to maneuver right into a extra snug general lead, 15:49 forward of Faces Rola.

Within the males’s race, recent faces took the rostrum with South Africa’s Marco Joubert and Pieter du Toit (Imbuko Sort Dev) successful stage 5 after a break 70km into the 115km stage. The South African group, who’s at present carrying the African crimson jersey, rode the final 45km of the stage alone.

Earlier than the break, the South Africans yo’yo’ed with different groups within the lead group, together with Canyon Northwave MTB, Bulls, Toyota-NinetyOne-Specialised, Wilier-Pirelli and Wilier 7C Drive. The group made their transfer when a spot opened among the many lead bunch.

After Joubert and Du Toit made their transfer, Canyon Northwave MTB and Toyota-NinetyOne-Specialised labored properly collectively to journey as a four-man chasing pack. Andreas Seewald and Martin Stošek (Canyon Northwave MTB) ended up second at +2,06 with Christopher Blevins and Matt Beers (Toyota-NinetyOne-Specialised) driving to 3rd 4 seconds later.

Blevins and Beers moved up within the GC to second however their lead over third place Velocity Racing Firm is tenuous at eight seconds.

Two extra days of racing stay, with Saturday’s stage 6 a vertiginous 2700m of elevation acquire in simply 76k of driving.


Cape Epic elite ladies’s general outcomes after stage 5

  1. Haley Batten / Sofia Gomez Villafañe (NinetyOne-Songo-Specialised), 26:12:46
  2. Candice Lill / Mariske Strauss (Faces Rola), at 15:49
  3. Pauline Ferrand-Prévot / Robyn de Groot (BMC MTB Racing), at 26:49
  4. Ariane Lüthi / Amy Wakefield (Symbtech ZA),  at 46:41
  5. Mari Rabie / Hayley Preen (Non-public Consumer Holdings), at 58:16

Cape Epic elite males’s general outcomes after stage 5

  1. Andreas Seewald / Martin Stošek (Canyon Northwave MTB), 21:33:09
  2. Christopher Blevins / Matt Beers (Toyota-NinetyOne-Specialised), at 6:54
  3. Georg Egger / Lukas Baum (Velocity Racing Firm), at 7:02
  4. Hans Becking / José Dias (BUFF-MEGAMO), at 20:44
  5. Urs Huber / Simon Schellner (Bulls), at 27:23



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