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MTB clip | Absa Cape Epic 2019 – Western Cape (RSA) Stage 5: Schurter (SUI) & Forster (SUI) reclaim leader jersey – Morath (GER) & Lill (RSA) secure first win
Stage 5 marked the Queen Stage of the 2019 Cape Epic. Though similar statistically to Stage 3, it was by a considerable distance the toughest stage of the race. Rugged terrain and brutally steep climbs ensured it was a decisive stage in the race. Out of Oak Valley the Nuweberg set the scene for a challenging day, before the A to Z trails lead riders to the summit of the Gantouw Pass. Snaking its way up the Helderberg, the toughest climb of the day King’s Climb challenged the riders. At the summit the Hotspot awaited, followed by the Technical Terrain – down the scintillating Helderberg Trails singletrack. Four sapping vineyard climbs separated Helderberg Farm from Stellenbosch, but the Dornier and Mont Marie trails provide respite at the end of the day. German Manuel Fumic and his Brazilian partner Henrique Avancini suffered and ended up in fourth place today. Swiss duo Nino Schurter and Lars Forster made it into second place and reclaimed the yellow leader jersey.
South African Candice Lill and her German partner Adelheid Morath became the Queens of the Queen Stage when they won the 100km Stage 5 from Oak Valley Estate to Stellenbosch University on Friday. The Summit Fin pair were able to temporarily halt the victory march of the Investec-songo-Specialized team of World Champions Annika Langvad (DEN) and Anna van der Breggen (NED) who had convincingly won every other day of racing. Lill and Morath finished the stage in a time of 5:20:42, just over four minutes ahead of Langvad and Van der Breggen, with Silverback-Fairtree’s Jennie Stenerhag (SWE) and Mariske Strauss (RSA) finishing third, seven minutes further back – despite a big crash for Strauss when a rider went down in front of her near the finish.
|Stage 5 – Men||Stage 5 – Women|
|1. Philip Buys (RSA) & Matthys Beukes (RSA)||1. Candice Lill (RSA) & Adelheid Morath (GER)|
|2. Nino Schurter (SUI) & Lars Forster (SUI) // Gesamtführende||2. Annika Langvad (DEN) & Anna van der Breggen (NED) // Gesamtführende|
|3. Damiano Ferraro (ITA) & Samuele Porro (ITA)||3. Jennie Stenerhag (SWE) & Mariske Strauss (RSA)|