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MTB clip | Absa Cape Epic 2019 – Western Cape (RSA) Stage 4: Fumic (GER) & Avancini (BRA) keep leaders’ jerseys after stage 4!
After three marathon stages the 2019 Absa Cape Epic route provided some relief in terms of distance, but the singletrack filled race against the clock did certainly not ease up on the difficulty. The route packed all the best Oak Valley and Paul Cluver trails into one short, sharp stage. Out of the gate the climbing began as the route provided opportunities for the strongest riders to put time into their rivals. Climbs like Tierkop, Ma se Gat, Berg Adder, Puff Adder and a horrendous 350 meter long beast all added up to provide a total of 1000 meters of elevation gain. Swiss duoNino Schurter and Lars Forster secured their fourth win today, with overall leaders Manuel Fumic (GER) and his partner Henrique Avancini (BRA) crossing the finish line second. The Brazilian-German team keeps the yellow jerseys for another day, while the gap to Schurter/Forster has decreased to just one minute and 13 seconds!
Colombian Louis Meija & Italian Johnny Cattaneo complete the men’s podium. In the women’s race, the outstanding Danish-Dutch duo Annika Langvad & Anna van den Breggen take their fifth consecutive victory, while Candice Hill (RSA) & Adelheid Morath (GER) come in second. Swiss rider Ariane Lüthi and her partner from Poland Maja Wloszczowska are placed third.
|4. Etappe – Männer||4. Etappe – Frauen|
|1. Nino Schurter (SUI) & Lars Forster (SUI)||1. Annika Langvad (DEN) & Anna van der Breggen (NED) // Gesamtführende|
|2. Manuel Fumic (GER) & Henrique Avancini (BRA) // Gesamtführende||2. Candice Lill (RSA) & Adelheid Morath (GER)|
|3. Louis Meija (COL) & Johnny Cattaneo (ITA)||3. Ariane Lüthi (Switzerland) & Maja Wloszczowska (POL)|