Absa Cape Epic 2019

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Axel Hangleck said:
Avancini was rather unhappy with Nino in the post stage interview; I'd always assumed Nino was popular with rivals.......
not much of a drama though, just usual different ideas of colaboration between teams/riders. could be nino was more vocal towards the cannon guys for not working together upfront...
https://www.cape-epic.com/news/1187/
EDIT: maybe a little drama after all...
From Nino's FB:
I’m very sad about where our disagreement went between Avancini and me in todays race.
I give him credit for coming to me to apologized. However, at no time I did give him “***” as he is saying and I never was rude to any of my competitors as he explains. I respect all my racing colleagues!
The way he explained things to public and his fans is a lie that I would not expect from a champion he is. Let’s keep it fun from now on.
 
Men
Bad luck for ScottMTB as Lars punctured rear wheel and was unable to fix it initially so they had to wait for their backup team to catch them and give Lars their wheel... then they fought hard to limit the initial over 9 min gap to 6:45 losing the yellow jerseys by 2m41s. Looks like we have a battle in front of us till the end :D
https://www.cape-epic.com/news/1198/drama-on-stage-3-sees-yellow-jerseys-change-hands-/

1. Cannondale Factory Racing 3-1 Manuel Fumic (Germany) 3-2 Henrique Avancini (Brazil) 13:19.31,9
2. Scott-SRAM MTB-Racing 4-1 Nino Schurter (Switzerland) 4-2 Lars Forster (Switzerland) 13:22.13,4 +2.41,5
3. BULLS Heroes 6-1 Urs Huber (Switzerland) 6-2 Simon Stiebjahn (Germany) 13:27.17,0 +7.45,1
4. Trek Selle San Marco 10-1 Damiano Ferraro (Italy) 10-2 Samuele Porro (Italy) 13:27.28,0 +7.56,1


Women
Business as usual as Annika and Anna extending their lead to rather comfy 23mins.
 
40-tish km "time-trial" today before the Queen Stage tomorrow
Nino/Lars tail-whipping their bikes through the trails to win the men race today, closing the gap in overall (to Fumic/Avancini) to 1m13s before tomorrow's epic stage.
Annika/Anna 5 out of the 5 further extending their lead...
- official timings will be on/at usual places later...
 
Queen stage done.

Men
Buys/Beukes win with Nino/Lars right behind them. Cannondale guys lost 6 mins so Nino/Lars are back in yellow with a 5:00 lead.

Ladies
Great victory for Candice Lill & Adelheid Morath from SummitFin. Annika/Anna with little bit strugle through the stage 2nd with 4 mins gap but still with comfy 22 mins lead in GC.
 
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RedheadDane said:
Looks like they listened to me. So, no birthday celebration by winning, then.
No for long though :D

Another stage win - Anna felt particularly strong today.

Nino/Lars 2nd again but put another 3 mins into Cannondale team extending their lead to 8 mins in GC.
 
No surprises during the final stage today...

Anna/Annika take the final stage and the overal with Lill/Morath on 2nd. This is 5th overal win for Annika Langvad.
Nino/Lars take the men's GC with Manu/Henrique 2nd.
 

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