Absa Cape Epic

Men Elite - stage 3

18 Mar 2015, Cape town - western cape, South Africa

Absa Cape Epic

Number of participants: 28

Complete results


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Kulhavý Jaroslav105:01:17 Czech Republic
Sauser Christoph105:01:17 Switzerland
Hynek Kristian205:01:43- 00:26 Czech Republic
Lakata Alban205:01:43- 00:26 Austria
Mennen Robert305:03:29- 02:12 Germany
Bishop Jeremiah305:03:29- 02:12 United States
Hermida Ramos José Antonio405:04:38- 03:21 Spain
Van Houts Rudi405:04:38- 03:21 Netherlands
Platt Karl505:08:05- 06:48 Germany
Huber Urs505:08:05- 06:48 Switzerland
Lill Darren605:12:20- 11:03 South Africa
Woolcock Waylon605:12:20- 11:03 South Africa
Gujan Martin705:14:47- 13:30 Switzerland
Giger Fabian705:14:47- 13:30 Switzerland
Kass Jochen805:14:50- 13:33 Germany
Geismayr Daniel805:14:50- 13:33 Austria
Beukes Matthys905:19:23- 18:06 South Africa
Buys Philip905:19:23- 18:06 South Africa
Cooper Timo1005:20:28- 19:11 South Africa
Sahm Stefan1005:20:28- 19:11 Germany
Combrinck Gawie1105:20:35- 19:18 South Africa
Rabie Johann1105:20:35- 19:18 South Africa
Granberg Lars1205:20:57- 19:40 Norway
Nissen Sören1205:20:57- 19:40 Denmark
Walker Travis1305:22:30- 21:13 South Africa
Croeser Rourke1305:22:30- 21:13 South Africa
Jobanek Jan1405:32:33- 31:16 Czech Republic
Adel Filip1405:32:33- 31:16 Czech Republic

Sun, Sand And Rough Conditions For Absa Cape Epic Riders

A transition stage on the Absa Cape Epic – from one race village host town to another – is sometimes regarded as being easier, but Wednesday’s 128km Stage 3 from Elgin Valley to Worcester was “very rough and really sandy”, according to race leader Christoph Sauser.

Riders further back in the field also spent several hours battling in baking heat as the temperature steadily ticked up towards the 30ºC mark.

Swiss Sauser and his Czech partner Jaroslav Kulhavy (Investec-Songo-Specialized) were again imperious at the front of the field, powering away on the last 15km to register a 25 second win and extend their overall lead to more than seven minutes. It was their third stage win in succession and Sauser looks increasingly likely to become the first person to win the event five times.

Kulhavy’s rear tyre developed a slow leak midway on the ride, but they “bombed” it – pumped it with a canister containing compressed CO2 – and replaced the tyre at Water Point 2.

A dust-caked Kristian Hynek of the Czech Republic, who finished second with Austrian Alban Lakata (Topeak Ergon), said immediately after finishing that the course was a “really tough one … I thought a transition might be easier”. “Today was really close and it’s still an open race,” he added. “We’re fighting, we’re really strong and we’re good climbers.”

Asked about the difference in this year’s race compared to last year, Hynek said simply: “Jaro is a game changer”. The Topeak Ergon pair moved up into second position overall as the Bulls – four time winner Karl Platt of Germany and Switzerland’s Urs Huber – dropped from second to fourth after some bad luck. Platt had punctured badly a couple of kilometres from Water Point 3 and ended up riding on his rim to the tech zone and a spare wheel.

“I think we lost about three-and-a-half minutes there,” said Platt. They also lost contact with the front group and by the end were nearly seven minutes back from Sauser.

Multivan Merida’s Jose Hermida of Spain and Rudi van Houts of the Netherlands also moved past the Bulls into the top three in spite of the former suffering from stomach problems.

A notable performance yesterday was that of Topeak Ergon support team Robert Mennen (Germany) and Jeremiah Bishop (USA), who finished third overall. The American said later that they had helped Lakata get back to the front group when he dropped back and “we rode our hearts out”.

Meanwhile, there was a change in the race for the red Absa African special jersey – for the first team from the continent to win – when RED-E Blend’s Darren Lill and Waylon Woolcock finished sixth overall. They now lead from Scott Factory Racing’s Philip Buys and Matthys Beukes and USN’s Rourke Croeser and Travis Walker, who have worn the red jersey for all three stages so far.

Thursday’s Stage 4 is a 111km loop, starting and finishing in Worcester, and during which riders will gain a total of 2 000 vertical metres. It also promises to be a rugged affair.

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