Absa Cape Epic

15 Mar 2015 - 22 Mar 2015
Cape town - western cape, South Africa Booking.com
Discipline: Stage race
Race class: SHC
Editions: 2012 2013 2014

Men Elite results - General Classification

1Sauser Christoph31:00:57Switzerland
1Kulhavý Jaroslav31:00:57Czech Republic
2Hynek Kristian31:11:39Czech Republic
2Lakata Alban31:11:39Austria
3Platt Karl31:35:23Germany
3Huber Urs31:35:23Switzerland

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Women Elite results - General Classification

1Kleinhans Ariane37:07:25Switzerland
1Langvad Annika37:07:25Denmark
2Stenerhag Jennie38:25:38Sweden
2De Groot Robyn38:25:38South Africa
3de Villiers Yolande39:17:09South Africa
3Keseg Stevkova Janka39:17:09Slovakia

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Men Elite results - Prologue

1Giger Fabian00:46:18Switzerland
1Gujan Martin00:46:18Switzerland
2Platt Karl00:46:36Germany
2Huber Urs00:46:36Switzerland
3Kulhavý Jaroslav00:46:42Czech Republic
3Sauser Christoph00:46:42Switzerland

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Women Elite results - Prologue

1Kleinhans Ariane00:53:38Switzerland
1Langvad Annika00:53:38Denmark
2Stenerhag Jennie00:57:14Sweden
2De Groot Robyn00:57:14South Africa
3Landtwing Milena00:57:25Switzerland
3Elferink Hielke00:57:25Netherlands

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Men Elite results - Stage 1

1Kulhavý Jaroslav04:47:39Czech Republic
1Sauser Christoph04:47:39Switzerland
2Platt Karl04:48:31Germany
2Huber Urs04:48:31Switzerland
3Hermida Ramos José Antonio04:48:54Spain
3Van Houts Rudi04:48:54Netherlands

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Women Elite results - Stage 1

1Kleinhans Ariane05:32:00Switzerland
1Langvad Annika05:32:00Denmark
2Stenerhag Jennie05:49:39Sweden
2De Groot Robyn05:49:39South Africa
3Süss Esther05:53:16Switzerland
3Pirard Alice05:53:16Belgium

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Men Elite results - Stage 2

1Kulhavý Jaroslav04:06:50Czech Republic
1Sauser Christoph04:06:50Switzerland
2Lakata Alban04:09:09Austria
2Hynek Kristian04:09:09Czech Republic
3Hermida Ramos José Antonio04:12:49Spain
3Van Houts Rudi04:12:49Netherlands

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Women Elite results - Stage 2

1De Groot Robyn05:02:48South Africa
1Stenerhag Jennie05:02:48Sweden
2Bigham Sally05:03:45United Kingdom
2Kollmann Christina05:03:45Austria
3Elferink Hielke05:06:03Netherlands
3Landtwing Milena05:06:03Switzerland

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Men Elite results - Stage 3

1Kulhavý Jaroslav05:01:17Czech Republic
1Sauser Christoph05:01:17Switzerland
2Lakata Alban05:01:43Austria
2Hynek Kristian05:01:43Czech Republic
3Bishop Jeremiah05:03:29United States
3Mennen Robert05:03:29Germany

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Women Elite results - Stage 3

1Kleinhans Ariane05:46:21Switzerland
1Langvad Annika05:46:21Denmark
2Dahle Flesjaa Gunn-Rita06:15:51Norway
2Stirnemann Kathrin06:15:51Switzerland
3Süss Esther06:16:03Switzerland
3Pirard Alice06:16:03Belgium

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Men Elite results - Stage 4

1Buys Philip00:00:00South Africa
1Beukes Matthys00:00:00South Africa
2Lakata Alban00:00:00Austria
2Hynek Kristian00:00:00Czech Republic
3Kulhavý Jaroslav00:00:00Czech Republic
3Sauser Christoph00:00:00Switzerland

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Women Elite results - Stage 4

1Kleinhans Ariane00:00:00Switzerland
1Langvad Annika00:00:00Denmark
2Stenerhag Jennie00:00:00Sweden
2De Groot Robyn00:00:00South Africa
3Süss Esther00:00:00Switzerland
3Pirard Alice00:00:00Belgium

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Men Elite results - Stage 5

1Kulhavý Jaroslav00:00:00Czech Republic
1Sauser Christoph00:00:00Switzerland
2Platt Karl00:00:00Germany
2Huber Urs00:00:00Switzerland
3Woolcock Waylon00:00:00South Africa
3Lill Darren00:00:00South Africa

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Women Elite results - Stage 5

1Langvad Annika00:00:00Denmark
1Kleinhans Ariane00:00:00Switzerland
2De Groot Robyn00:00:00South Africa
2Stenerhag Jennie00:00:00Sweden
3Keseg Stevkova Janka00:00:00Slovakia
3de Villiers Yolande00:00:00South Africa

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Men Elite results - Stage 6

1Sauser Christoph00:00:00Switzerland
1Kulhavý Jaroslav00:00:00Czech Republic
2Hynek Kristian00:00:00Czech Republic
2Lakata Alban00:00:00Austria
3Buys Philip00:00:00South Africa
3Beukes Matthys00:00:00South Africa

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Women Elite results - Stage 6

1Kleinhans Ariane00:00:00Switzerland
1Langvad Annika00:00:00Denmark
2Stenerhag Jennie00:00:00Sweden
2De Groot Robyn00:00:00South Africa
3Strauss Mariske00:00:00South Africa
3Redecker Cherie00:00:00South Africa

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Men Elite results - Stage 7

1Kass Jochen00:00:00Germany
1Geismayr Daniel00:00:00Austria
2Hermida Ramos José Antonio00:00:00Spain
2Van Houts Rudi00:00:00Netherlands
3Gujan Martin00:00:00Switzerland
3Giger Fabian00:00:00Switzerland

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Women Elite results - Stage 7

1Langvad Annika00:00:00Denmark
1Kleinhans Ariane00:00:00Switzerland
2De Groot Robyn00:00:00South Africa
2Stenerhag Jennie00:00:00Sweden
3Keseg Stevkova Janka00:00:00Slovakia
3de Villiers Yolande00:00:00South Africa

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Thrilling Absa Cape Epic On The Cards

The 2015 Absa Cape Epic will mark the end of his professional career in the race of a man who has inked his name indelibly into its folklore: four times winner Christoph Sauser.

But the Swiss master, who also boasts marathon and cross country world championships, is not planning to ease gently into post-professional life over the eight days of the 2015 event: he has teamed up with Czech powerhouse Jaroslav Kulhavý (Team Investec Songo Specialized) and is aiming to become the first five time winner of the event. “For me it is all about winning it this year. We had very good preparation this year and now it is all about winning this one,” Sauser said at a press conference Thursday (March 12).

The normally taciturn Czech was himself clear about their aims: “Our goal is the victory. I mean, we are one of the favourites and Christoph would like to win his last Absa Cape Epic (as a professional).”

The fight for the 2015 Absa Cape Epic men’s category podium might, however, prove to be the most intense ever, with at least four teams having a good shot at it and several more harbouring ambitions of a top three finish. The favourites when the prologue gun goes off at the University of Cape Town on Sunday, March 15, will be Sauser and Kulhavy. They won it in style together in 2013 and both have an array of world titles to their names. Kulhavy is also the reigning Olympic Games cross country gold medallist.

Sauser’s experience and Kulhavy’s firepower make them a near flawless partnership. But they will not have things all their own way, and every competitor in this event knows that mechanical problems, crashes or illness can upset the best laid plans. If a bookmaker was drawing up odds, he might place another three teams just outside the favourites.

The obvious one is Team Bulls’s Karl Platt (Germany) and Urs Huber (Switzerland). The former has four wins to his name as well and will be keen to beat Sauser to a fifth, while Huber is a renowned strongman and has been in excellent form for the past year or so. Platt is a canny strategist and his wins have been built on staying patient and then capitalising on others’ mistakes.

“This year is very special because there are five or six teams that can go for a win,” said Platt. “It is going to be very exciting.”

Another pair who have the combination of skills needed to win the eight-day event are the powerful Czech/Austrian pairing of Kristian Hynek and Alban Lakata (Topeak Ergon). Hynek is the defending champion after having won last year with German Robert Mennen, while Lakata is a former Marathon World Champion who has lots of experience in the Absa Cape Epic. The Austrian has been dogged by bad luck over the years and will feel he is due some good luck. Asked what it took to win the race, Hynek said: “I think it is a combination of a lot of things. Luck is part of it, but you need to be steady throughout the race.”

Lakata added: “We are both feeling very good. We won the Andalucia Bike Race and showed we are in good shape and work well together. Hopefully the luck is on my side this year.”

Then there’s the dark horses, Spain’s José Antonio Hermida Ramos and the Netherlands’ Rudi Van Houts. These two have twice worn yellow in the past only to fall foul of problems the next day, but proved that they can beat the best. If they can add consistency to their undoubted talent (and famous sense of humour), they could be overall contenders. Asked what his ambition was for the year, Hermida laughed: “Probably that people take me seriously as a rider … we’re not here to monkey around this year. We are coming back to change our luck from the past.”

Strongest Women’s Field Ever

Perhaps the most dramatic increase in quality across all the Absa Cape Epic categories this year has come in the women’s event.

This year it will include the most decorated mountain biker on the planet, multiple world champion and Olympic gold medallist Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa of Norway.

The decision to give women equal prize money to the men helped galvanise the category, but there are also an increasing number of female athletes who regard the Absa Cape Epic as the main focus of their season. In 2015 there are several world-class teams that have their sights on the top step of the podium. The pre-race favourites will be 2014 winners Ariane Kleinhans of Switzerland and Annika Langvad of Denmark (RECM Specialized), a superb pair of athletes who have combined into a formidable racing machine. Kleinhans has emerged as a marathon specialist while Langvad seems to be able to switch effortlessly from marathons to the shorter cross country discipline. “I really want to win this race. We are really strong and well-prepared,” said Kleinhans. “We have the same mindset … we want to win this race.”

“I’m also very stoked to see so many good ladies here this year, especially Gunn Rita,” Kleinhans added. Langvad was unequivocal about their ambition for 2015: “Of course we will try to go for another victory. That being said, this year’s field for the women is phenomenally strong. I expect it to be quite a different race to last year and I’m super excited to get going.”

“It’s a crazy race. It’s gruelling … but just as much as you suffer you enjoy the race,” she said. They will face two other former women’s category winners in Esther Süss, also Swiss, and Briton Sally Bigham. Veteran Suss has handpicked Belgian Alice Pirard to join her in Team Meerendal/Wheeler this year and is a fierce competitor. Pirard is a marathon specialist and only 26-years-old: they will make for a strong combination in spite of the fact that the younger rider has not done the Absa Cape Epic before.

“It’s a really strong field this year,” said Suss. “We will do our best. We’ll take it stage-by-stage and see how it goes.” “Iron Sally” was scheduled to be riding with a Cape Epic newbie in Slovenian Blaza Klemencic (Sellaronda Hero), but the latter has pulled out after picking up a knee injury. She was replaced only a week ago by Austrian Christina Kollmann, a 27-year-old with a record of good results in marathons over the past two years. Bigham is an established marathon specialist and will still be hoping to win the women’s category for the third time.

“I am so grateful to Christina, who has been really brave to take on the challenge (at late notice,” said Bigham. “This is her second Epic … she does have some foresight about what to expect”.

The wildcard in the field will be Dahle Flesjå, who has entered the Absa Cape Epic for the first time. She will be partnered by Switzerland’s Kathrin Stirnemann (World Bicycle Relief), also making her Cape Epic debut. Dahle Flesjå has been determined to play down her chances and insists she will be riding to gain experience at the Absa Cape Epic. She does have limited stage racing experience, but is a hugely talented rider and Stirnemann is the reigning Cross Country Eliminator World Champion: they may surprise one or two of the other teams. “I think it is such a hard race and such a different type of race to what we normally do,” said Dahle Flesjå. “For us it’s a little bit of an adventure and we’ll see in the end how we end up after eight days.”

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Stage 3 - Men Elite
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Stage 4 - Women Elite
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Stage 7 - Men Elite
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