Absa Cape Epic 2019: Swiss duo Schurter/Forster on pace to win Cape Epic – Landvag (DEN) & van der Breggen (NED) showcase dominance

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MTB web clip | Absa Cape Epic 2019 – Western Cape (RSA) Stage 6: Schurter (SUI) & Forster (SUI) secure overall lead – Landvag (DEN) & van der Breggen (NED) dominate

@ Sam Clark / Nick Muzik, Absa Cape Epic 2019

Stage 6 was the traditional play day of the Cape Epic and there was certainly fun to be had on the plethora of trails on this stage in 2019. Botmaskop needed to be conquered in order to earn the right to swoop down Skyfall, which also included the mandatory sandy section of dual track before the day’s next climb. Afterwards the Nik Naks trail was a test of endurance and technical skills. Riders were then led out of the Banhoek Valley and onto the slopes of the Simonsberg. The descent to Rustenberg Wines provided momentary respite; but the climbing soon began again, this time for nearly 7 kilometres on an inexorable grind. The stage’s Technical Terrain followed on a rocky but flowing switchback descent. The final sections of the race took riders up Old Helshoogte Pass and back up Botmaskop. The reward for this climbing was the revitalized World Cup Downhill track, from the late nineties, before the race lead through the suburbs to conclude the penultimate stage of the race.

7C CBZ WILIER soloed to victory on the penultimate stage of the 2019 Absa Cape Epic on Saturday. Louis Meijato (COL) and Johnny Cattaneo (ITA) seized the initiative after Trek Selle San Marco suffered a disastrous mechanical, to win the brutal 89-kilometre challenge around Stellenbosch, in a time of 03:49:21. Nino Schurter (SUI) and Lars Forster (SUI) were happy to ride conservatively in second place after that, content in the knowledge that they were further extending their grip on the overall Yellow Jersey. Annika Langvad (DEN) and Anna van der Breggen (NED) dispelled any vague suspicion that they were fading as the strongest Women’s category team at this year’s Absa Cape Epic with a clinically dominant performance on Saturday’s penultimate Stage 6. They crossed the line almost nine minutes ahead of South African Candice Lill and her German partner Adelheid Morath (Summit Fin), the winners of Friday’s Stage 5.

Stage 6 – Men Stage 6 – Women
1. Louis Meija (COL) & Johnny Cattaneo (ITA) 1. Annika Langvad (DEN) & Anna van der Breggen (NED) // Overall leaders
2. Nino Schurter (SUI) & Lars Forster (SUI) // Overall leaders 2. Candice Lill (RSA) & Adelheid Morath (GER)
3. Damiano Ferraro (ITA) & Samuele Porro (ITA) 3. Ariane Lüthi (SUI) & Maja Wloszczowska (POL)

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