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Absa Cape Epic 2018 – Western Cape (RSA) | the toughest mountain bike race in the world
Kulhavy (CZE)/Grotts (USA) with premiere, Langvad (DEN)/Courtney (USA) lucky in the last meters
Today it was time for stage 5 of the Cape Epic 2018, just three days away from the final stage 7 – the Grande Finale – on March 25th. The riders were seeded at today’s time trial according to their General Classification ranking on stage four. The time trial is the race of truth, just the riders and their bikes against the clock. There were three massive climbs on the day. Rondawel was first up after 5 km, then Plantation at 13 km and the Seven Peaks 22 km in. The fun came with the Bobsled bridge and the singletrack descents of Cool Runnings and Cool Runnings Two.
It was a devastating ride by Jaroslav Kulhavy (CZE), who towed his young partner Howard Grotts (USA) along the route today. The current overall leaders finally earned their first stage win and are now 7 minutes and 15 seconds ahead on the General Classification. The duo Fabian Rabensteiner (ITA) and Michele Casagrande (ITA) finished 33 seconds behind them and took the second place. Alban Lakata (AUT) and Kristian Hynek (CZE) finished in third place. It was a close race in the women’s category without any surprises at the end. Annika Langvad (DEN) and Kate Courtney (USA) fought back over the last 20km to pull back a 31 second deficit to Sabine Spitz (GER) and Robyn De Groot (RSA) and won by a few seconds.
1. InvestecSongoSpecialized 2-1 Jaroslav Kulhavy (CZE) 2-2 Howard Grotts (USA) 1:44.49,6
2. Trek Selle San Marco 2 15-1 Fabian Rabensteiner (ITA) 15-2 Michele Casagrande (ITA) 1:45.22,8 +33,2
3. Canyon Topeak 7-1 Alban Lakata (AUT) 7-2 Kristian Hynek (CZE) 1:46.42,5 +1.52,9
1. Investec Songo Specialized 54-1 Annika Langvad (DEN) 54-2 Kate Courtney (USA) 2:08.26,5
2. Ascendis Health 52-1 Sabine Spitz (GER) 52-2 Robyn De Groot (RSA) 2:08.39,0 +12,5
3. Silverback – KMC 51-1 Mariske Strauss (RSA) 51-2 Annie Last (GBR) 2:11.18,7 +2.52,2