Bart Brentjens and Chris Jongewaard finished with a time of 03:31:09 to secure their first stage win for the Trek-Brentjens team on stage 6 of the CapeEpic mountain bike race.
Christoph Sauser and Burry Stander (Songo.info), winners of four stages in this year’s event, finished in 2nd place (03:31:20) and are placed 3rd overall (25:31:56). Emil Lindgren and Andreas Kugler (Felt Factory 2) finished in third place.
The Bulls team of Karl Platt and Stefan Sahm finished fourth (03:32:14), but maintain their overall lead (25:18:29) and will leave OakValley for Lourensford Wine Estate wearing the Yellow Leader jersey for the final stage.
The South African team of Kevin Evans and David George (MTN Energade) finished in 03:43:22, and now hold the 5th position overall (25:46:39).
The Bulls and Trek-Brentjens team were riding together for most of the way, watching each other closely. According to the other riders, the Bulls team were riding wisely, not allowing anyone to break away, and controlling the rest of the field as well as their speed.
Absa Ladies Hanlie Booyens and Sharon Laws continued their 7-day winning streak by finishing first in their division in 04:42:30. They remain in the overall lead in their category (33:39:26).
They were again followed by Robyn Adendorff and Sarah van Heerden (WSP – Jeep Girls) in a time of 05:13:50, placing them second overall as well (38:25:26). In third position, with their third podium finish, were Daniela Hartmann and Sarah Koch (2 Swiss Epic Girls) in a time of 05:16:34, placing them in 5th position overall (41:42:09). In third place overall is the Tread Magazine ladies team, Nolene Saunders and Sarah Wielopolska (39:29:16).
Sharon Laws of the Absa Ladies team will be racing every weekend for the next couple of weeks, participating in mountain bike races in the UK, Belgium and Germany, and also a World Cup road race soon after that.
Her team mate, Hanlie Booyens said: “I was feeling very weak today and had no power left so I had to rely on Sharon a bit. Tomorrow I’ll definitely be the one to decide how fast we go as Sharon’s feeling much stronger than me. There will be lots of climbs in the beginning so we’ll see how we’re feeling.”
Nico Pfitzenmaier and Alison Sydor (Adidas Big Tree) retained their lead by winning their category for the seventh day in a row. They finished Stage 6 in a time of 04:04:06 (overall time – 28:53:51).
They were again followed by Marcel Bartholet and Esther Süss (Wheeler – IXS Pro) in a time of 04:04:33. They maintain their overall 2nd position (29:37:25). Lukas Kubis and Ivonne Kraft (Haibike – VMT Afripex) finished in 3rd place (04:10:56), putting them in 4th place overall (30:56:11). Paul Cordes and Yolande Speedy (IMC/ Momentum GT/ Activeworx) finished in fourth place (04:20:42), but maintain their 3rd position overall (30:27:31).
Shan Wilson and Andrew Mclean (Cycle Lab Toyota) again finished in first place (03:57:17), giving them their fourth stage win in a row in this year’s Absa Cape Epic. They remain second overall in their category (28:27:26). The Absa Masters Doug Brown and Barti Bucher finished second (04:11:24) and are still the overall leaders (28:20:07). In third place with their second podium finish were Eduardo Soares and Daniel Aliperti of Team Epic Brazil in 04:25:08. They have moved up two positions to 4th place overall (32:29:16). In third position overall, are Doug Andrews and Rich Bartlett (Block/ GeoLadders.com) in a time of 31:47:52.