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2014 ABSA CAPE EPIC: SOUTH AFRICAN HOPES OF A PODIUM FINISH

 

South African hopes of a podium finisher in the elite men’s category at the Absa Cape Epic have faltered after two stages, with best-placed locals Max Knox and Kevin Evans (FedGroup Itec) now in eighth overall. – By Chris Whitfield

Team RECM’s Erik Kleinhans and Nico Bell were first of the Absa African leaders’ jersey competitors home on the day in 4h25m34,5s and seventh overall, but that performance only moved them up to 14th in the general classification.

Kevin Evans and Max Knox of team Fedgroup Itec crossing a river during stage 2 of the 2014 Absa Cape Epic Mountain Bike stage race from Arabella Wines in Robertson, South Africa on the 25 March 2014. Photo: Greg Beadle/Cape Epic/SPORTZPICS

Kevin Evans and Max Knox of team Fedgroup Itec crossing a river during stage 2 of the 2014 Absa Cape Epic Mountain Bike stage race from Arabella Wines in Robertson, South Africa on the 25 March 2014. Photo: Greg Beadle/Cape Epic/SPORTZPICS

 

Knox and Evans finished ninth Tuesday, a little under two minutes behind the RECM pairing, with Scott Factory Racing’s Matthys Beukes and Gert Heyns in tenth another two minutes back.

Darren Lill and Waylon Woolcock of Team Cannondale Blend dropped back after a troubled ride Tuesday – they finished 14th, some 14 minutes behind Kleinhans and Bell – in spite of their sixth-place finish in Monday’s stage one.

The best-placed local women’s team are Yolande de Villiers and Ischen Stopforth (SasolRacing), in sixth, but South African Theresa Ralph and her Swedish teammate Jennie Stenerhag (Cape Brewing Company) are third overall, about 30 minutes behind the leaders.

GV during stage 2 of the 2014 Absa Cape Epic Mountain Bike stage race from Arabella Wines in Robertson, South Africa on the 25 March 2014. Photo: Karin Schermbrucker/Cape Epic/SPORTZPICS

GV during stage 2 of the 2014 Absa Cape Epic Mountain Bike stage race from Arabella Wines in Robertson, South Africa on the 25 March 2014. Photo: Karin Schermbrucker/Cape Epic/SPORTZPICS

 

South Africans Shan Wilson and Adrian Enthoven continue to lead the master’s category, but are now only five minutes ahead after Dutchman Bart Brentjens and his Brazilian teammate Abraao Azevedo won the category on Tuesday by eight minutes.

Well-known local rider Andrew McLean continues to dominate the grand master’s category with Austrian Heinz Zoerweg (CycleLab Toyota) and are now nearly 48 minutes ahead of second-placed South African Doug Brown and Swiss Barti Bucher (Meerendal Songo Specialized 4).

Cherise Stander and Theo Blignaut of Team RECM mixed leave waterpoint 3, during stage 2 of the 2014 Absa Cape Epic Mountain Bike stage race from Arabella Wines in Robertson, South Africa on the 25 March 2014. Photo: Greg Beadle/Cape Epic/SPORTZPICS

Cherise Stander and Theo Blignaut of Team RECM mixed leave waterpoint 3, during stage 2 of the 2014 Absa Cape Epic Mountain Bike stage race from Arabella Wines in Robertson, South Africa on the 25 March 2014. Photo: Greg Beadle/Cape Epic/SPORTZPICS

 

And in the mixed category Cherise Stander and Theo Blignaut (RECM Mixed) have moved up to second behind Mauritians Yannick Lincoln and Aurelie Halbwachs (Synergy) but are 20 minutes behind.

 

Source: Purple Pine PR

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