Another successful day in the saddle for Martin Gujan and Fabian Giger who were in the mix for a podium spot for much of the day’s 89 kilometres.
Indeed not! The Novus OMX Pro Team pair is really proving themselves at this race, challenging the pre-race favourites and establishing themselves as serious stage win contenders.
The boys were racing at the front from the start, trying to follow the right wheels and catch the early Cape Epic express train to ride aboard to the finish!
The train was caught but the Songo Investec and Topeak Ergon teams were not a fan of their fellow passengers and began to eke out a gap that would not go on to be closed. Martin and Fabian were well placed in the group behind, alongside Multivan Merida and Team Bulls.
For much of the remainder of the stage this six-man group stayed and worked together. Like on yesterday’s stage, Fabian and Martin tired in the final few kilometres and had to say goodbye to a sprint for third place. However, the time gaps were much smaller than yesterday which really helped to cement the boys in their fifth place overall.
As Fabian said, “a good day for us”.
With big bowls full of pasta, a massage (and a mini Lindt chocolate bunny each!), the boys are refuelled, relaxed and ready for day four!