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MTB clip | Absa Cape Epic 2019 – Western Cape (RSA) Stage 3: Fumic (GER) & Avancini (BRA) new Overall Leaders and Langvad (DEN) & van der Breggen (NED) secure fourth win
Stage 3 of the Cape Epic 2019 is with 107 kilometres and 2800 meters of climbing one of the most challenging of this year’s race. The day kicked off with the ascent of the Nuweberg, followed by the Groenlandberg – the highest point of the route with 1100 meters above sea level. A white knuckle descent followed, then it was upwards again on the stage’s Technical Terrain climb to Die Nek. In the Elgin Valley, far below, a mix of rocky singletrack, concentration demanding dual track and two more infamous climbs awaited. Nevertheless, there were riding rewards on offer too, following the last significant climb of the day, on the initially rocky but always thrilling Lebanon trails. Then the trail home followed the easiest possible route and included flowing singletrack through cattle filled pastures, to end the day with the second largest accumulated altitude gain in the 2019 Cape Epic.
Manuel Fumic (GER) and Henrique Avancini (BRA) grabbed the stage win today. They overtook the current overall leaders Nino Schurter (SUI) and Lars Forster (SUI) in the GC, who suffered a puncture and ended up only in fourth place. In the women’s race favorites Annika Langvad (DEN) and Anna van der Breggen (NED) secured their fourth consecutive win in front of Candice Lill (RSA) & Adelheid Morath (GER) and Jennie Stenerhag (SWE) & Mariske Strauss (RSA).
|Stage 3 – Men||Stage 3 – Women|
|1. Manuel Fumic (GER) & Henrique Avancini (BRA) // Overall Leader||1. Annika Langvad (DEN) & Anna van der Breggen (NED) // Overall Leader|
|2. Simon Stiebjahn (GER) & Urs Huber (SUI)||2. Candice Lill (RSA) & Adelheid Morath (GER)|
|3. Damiano Ferraro (ITA) & Samuele Porro (ITA)||3. Jennie Stenerhag (SWE) & Mariske Strauss (RSA)|