The stage hattrick – Jara a Susi won the longest stage


Jaroslav Kuhavy and Christoph Sauser, racing for the Investec-Songo-Specialized team, won the third and the longest stage of this year Cape Epic. 128 kilometres from the Oak Valley to Worcester they mastered in 5:01:17h. and added 25 seconds to the lead of the overall standing. But not everything went smoothly in a challenging African terrain and Jara and Susi had to deal with another defect and subsequently eliminate a slight loss.

“It must have been a nail or something. We were looking for the hole, but it was stuck by the sealant, so we only put a little cartridge there. We were immediately informed that we had the loss of a minute and a half and it was quite clear that everybody in the front group is interested in full riding because there were the Topeak Ergon and the Bulls teams. But in five kilometres we managed to reach them. Then I sprinted to the feed-zone with a little lead to have the time to replace the wheel. We didn´t lose a lot,” described Jara small technical problems. They didn´t hesitate long with the attack on a stage hat-trick.

“12 kilometres before the finish we were crossing a long rocky dam and I started to attack and Christoph hitched me. Since that moment we were riding at the maximum till the end…. It was pretty hard, we were grilled, it was very hot, but we didn´t want to leave the attack till the finish, because we did not know how it looked like there,” said Jara adding that the Quarq system showed him the power of 450 – 500 watts.