The ‘King stage’ – from Worcester to Wellington – was of course a tough one, but Martin and Fabian raced hard from the gun to the finish line: 121 kilometres of hot, dry and dust trails, and a sixth place for their efforts.
Today, when Songo Investec, Multivan Merida and Topeak Ergon had mechanicals in the early stages of the race Fabian and Martin pulled out a lead with Team Bulls and USN. However, the big, strong men closed the gap once they could fire on all cylinders again, and when they motored past it was, as in previous stages, just a little too much for our boys to hold on to.
The Cannondale Blend team also caught and passed the Fabian and Martin which was more of a concern as this pairing was only a few minutes down on overall classification. Martin and Fabian kept the gap to around a minute for quite some time, but eventually the time difference grew and by the finish this team, who are in the hunt for the African Leader’s jersey, pushed the Novus OMX pair down to sixth overall.
Nevertheless, a sixth place on the stage was a great result and both Fabian and Martin are happy with their form and the results it is bringing them.
With two shorter and more technical stages to come, the boys are still in a good position to challenge for another podium finish and move back up the rankings.
As @AbsaCapeEpic tweeted: “…Gujan and Giger have really introduced themselves to the Epic this year!”
We are very proud of their achievements so far and look forward to seeing what tomorrow brings.
It was another fine performance from Mariske and Cherie as they tackled the hardest stage of this year’s Cape Epic with a successful strategy and strong legs.
Starting conservatively and then “fishing” for riders to catch and reel in worked well for the girls, giving them constant motivation and reward. It also gave their tired legs a chance to warm up and reduce the risk of bonking later in the long stage.
Wearing their now rather infamous smiles, Cherie and Mariske again formed a partnership that not only worked physically but mentally too. They are seeing each through the race on and off the bike.
Their final reward today was another sixth place and consolidation of their sixth place overall. Two more days to go to continue impressing. Bring it on!