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Cape Epic: Schurter and Forster lastly have their day whereas Ferrand-Prévot and de Groot rally to win stage

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Regardless of a 3rd day with a puncture, Nino Schurter and his teammate Lars Forster lastly ended a Cape Epic stage the way in which they wished to: in first place.

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The Scott-SRAM Swiss duo was in management for many of the 123km stage. Though Christopher Blevins sprinted to the entrance of a diminished bunch on the end, his teammate Matt Beers couldn’t meet him there, and Schurter and Forster crossed collectively. Nonetheless, it was a powerful efficiency from Beers, who suffered mightily from abdomen sickness throughout Tuesday’s stage.

Blevins and Beers (Toyota-NinetyOne-Specialised) jumped from seventh to 3rd within the general rankings after at the moment’s second-place end. 

The yellow jersey wearers Andreas Seewald and Martin Stošek (Canyon Northwave MTB) completed fourth on the day, 10 seconds behind the leaders, and stored their common classification lead. They’ll begin stage 3 with an virtually five-minute hole forward of second-place Hans Becking and José Dias of BUFF-MEGAMO. Schurter and Forster moved into fifth place general. 

The ladies’s race noticed an identical rebound after well being points plagued Pauline Ferrand-Prévot throughout stage 1. On Wednesday, she was feeling remarkably higher and he or she and teammate Robyn de Groot raced conservatively through the early kilometers of the race, as Candice Lill and Mariske Strauss (Faces Rola) set the tempo with Sofia Gomez Villafañe and Haley Batten (NinetyOne-Songo-Specialised).

At 85km, Ferrand-Prévot went exhausting up Jacques’ Climb, and de Groot adopted. The opposite prime 5 groups, together with Ariane Lüthi and Amy Wakefield (Symbtech ZA), couldn’t grasp with the Frenchwoman and South African on the climb.

The rostrum for the stage ended with Ferrand-Prévot and de Groot on the highest step, Batten and Gomez Villafañe in second, and Lüthi and Wakefield in third. Batten and Gomez Villafañe keep their GC lead, with Ferrand-Prévot and de Groot 6:26 again.

With three days of racing carried out, just one factor is evident: the Cape Epic remains to be anybody’s race. Wednesday’s stage 3 is a 101km observe with a first-half characterised by intense climbing and descending on doubletrack roads and a second-half of rocky singletrack.

  1. Haley Batten / Sofia Gomez Villafañe (NinetyOne-Songo-Specialised), 12:24:19
  2. Pauline Ferrand-Prévot / Robyn de Groot (BMC MTB Racing), at 6:26
  3. Ariane Lüthi / Amy Wakefield (Symbtech ZA),  at 6:47
  4. Candice Lill / Mariske Strauss (Faces Rola), at 10:10
  1. Andreas Seewald / Martin Stošek (Canyon Northwave MTB), 10:14:51
  2. Hans Becking / José Dias (BUFF-MEGAMO), at 4:55
  3. Christopher Blevins / Matt Beers (Toyota-NinetyOne-Specialised), at 8:04
  4. Georg Egger / Lukas Baum (Pace Racing Firm), at 8:10



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