One of the most difficult stages finished with victory


The stage race Absa Cape Epic moved to another camp in Wellington and Jaroslav Kulhavy and Christoph Sauser were the first to reach it. They won their fourth stage of this year race after riding 117kilometres with the elevation of 2500m in 5:10:09 hours, which was 53 seconds faster than the second Bulls team. The Topeak Ergon team could not avoid technical problems. Jara and Susi are on the top in the overall ranking with the10 minutes 51 seconds lead.

“Today it was one of the most difficult stages here. It was hot, dust everywhere, hills and everybody was becoming tired. At the beginning we did not ride much, nobody wanted to drag. Some of the routes we rode two years ago and surely faster. In the last two hills we increased the pace and made a small lead. Susi then rode first the single tracks because he knew them and we saved some time,” said Jara after the won stage. But he got a fright in one of the downhills in the first third of the stage. He caught the branch in the rear wheel and it completely overturned the change-speed. The problem which could have finished the entire race of the Investec-Songo-Specialized team was solved by Nico Bell from the weaker team RECM. He did not hesitate and returned the change-speed into the normal working position by force. And because of similar problems which all the teams are facing the winner will be determined really at the finish of the Sunday race in Meerendal.