Sunday , 8 December 2019

ABSA CAPE EPIC SOUTH AFRICAN COMPETITOR PERFORMANCE

 

Erik Kleinhans and Nico Bell (RECM) were by far the most influential South African riders in Wednesday’s stage three of the Absa Cape Epic – they worked tirelessly to help Christoph Sauser and Frantisek Rabon (Meerendal Songo Specialized) win the stage – but the Absa African jersey stayed in the hands of Max Knox and Kevin Evans (FedGroup Itec). – By Chris Whitfield

Erik Kleinhans of RECM leads the bunch during stage 3 of the 2014 Absa Cape Epic Mountain Bike stage race held from Arabella Wines in Robertson to The Oaks Estate in Greyton, South Africa on the 26 March 2014. Photo: Nick Muzik/Cape Epic/SPORTZPICS

Erik Kleinhans of RECM leads the bunch during stage 3 of the 2014 Absa Cape Epic Mountain Bike stage race held from Arabella Wines in Robertson to The Oaks Estate in Greyton, South Africa on the 26 March 2014. Photo: Nick Muzik/Cape Epic/SPORTZPICS

 

Knox and Evans are 8th overall in 15:45.11,5, five minutes ahead of Scott Factory Racing’s Matthys Beukes and Gert Heyns.

Kleinhans and Bell faded a bit towards the end of Wednesday, finishing eighth, but have recovered from their troubled opening stages to move up to 11th overall, third among the all-South African teams.

Quickest South African on the day was Philip Buys, riding with cross country world champion Nino Schurter, who finished fourth yesterday after the Scott-Odlo combination had been leading for a while.

Theresa Ralph at the start line of  stage 3 of the 2014 Absa Cape Epic Mountain Bike stage race held from Arabella Wines in Robertson to The Oaks Estate in Greyton, South Africa on the 26 March 2014. Photo: Karin Schermbrucker/Cape Epic/SPORTZPICS

Theresa Ralph at the start line of stage 3 of the 2014 Absa Cape Epic Mountain Bike stage race held from Arabella Wines in Robertson to The Oaks Estate in Greyton, South Africa on the 26 March 2014. Photo: Karin Schermbrucker/Cape Epic/SPORTZPICS

 

The leading South African women’s team remains Yolande de Villiers and Ischen Stopforth (SasolRacing), who are lying sixth overall but nearly two hours behind the leading women. Cape Brewing Company’s local rider Theresa Ralph and Swede Jennie Stenerhag remain in third place overall after their fourth place Wednesday.

A pensive Shan Wilson at the start line of stage 3 of the 2014 Absa Cape Epic Mountain Bike stage race held from Arabella Wines in Robertson to The Oaks Estate in Greyton, South Africa on the 26 March 2014. Photo: Karin Schermbrucker/Cape Epic/SPORTZPICS

A pensive Shan Wilson at the start line of stage 3 of the 2014 Absa Cape Epic Mountain Bike stage race held from Arabella Wines in Robertson to The Oaks Estate in Greyton, South Africa on the 26 March 2014. Photo: Karin Schermbrucker/Cape Epic/SPORTZPICS

 

South Africans Shan Wilson and Adrian Enthoven (Definitive Bikes) are still on top in the Masters category, but for the second day in a row were beaten by Dutchman Baart Brentjens and Brazilian Abraao Azevedo (BETCH.nl Superior Meerendal) and now have only a four-minute cushion.

Andrew McLean and Austrian partner Heinz Zoerweg have a firm grip on the Grand Masters and are more than 50 minutes ahead.

ROBERTSON - Cherise Stander & Theo Blignaut of RECM Mixed during stage 3 of the 2014 Absa Cape Epic Mountain Bike stage race held from Arabella Wines in Robertson to The Oaks Estate in Greyton, South Africa on the 26 March 2014. Photo: Gary Perkin/Cape Epic/SPORTZPICS

ROBERTSON – Cherise Stander & Theo Blignaut of RECM Mixed during stage 3 of the 2014 Absa Cape Epic Mountain Bike stage race held from Arabella Wines in Robertson to The Oaks Estate in Greyton, South Africa on the 26 March 2014. Photo: Gary Perkin/Cape Epic/SPORTZPICS

 

Local mixed pairing Cherise Stander and Theo Blignaut (RECM Mixed) won their category for the first time but are still 19 minutes behind Mauritians Yannick Lincoln and Aurelie Halbwachs.

 

Source: Purple Pine PR

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