Jaroslav Kulhavy and Christoph Sauser have won the third stage in a row at the 8 day of the stage race Absa Cape Epic. After the 99km long stage to Stellenbosch of the 10th year of the race, which is characteristic with its high elevation of 2950 metres, they added another 2:37 minutes to their lead in the overall ranking.
“When we were riding up the highest point, the Bulls started to take it seriously and tried to cut us off, but they failed. They only tore the rest of the riders and we stayed with them in the front. When there were a wide track up the hill in front of us, I speeded up and a big hole appeared behind me. Then Susi reached me and told me to ride in full, that the Bulls are loosing and we continued in our space to the finish,” said Jaroslav after the today´s stage. Christoph was even extra motivated today. He has a summer house in Stellenbosch, and there is also the seat of his charity organisation Songo and what´s more, it was his twenties winning stage in the Cape Epic.
We are going to ride carefully tomorrow. It should be more like cross country, it´ll be difficult to keep the position and there is the possibility of an accident. Schurter with Vogel, Fontana with Fumic a Hermida with van Houts, want to win tomorrow, so I suppose it will be difficult,” thinks Jara about the tomorrow´s closing stage. There are 54kilometres left to Lourensford with the elevation of 1550km.
1. Burry Stander – Songo (Jaroslav Kulhavý, Christoph Sauser) čas 27:13:26 h.
2. Bulls (Karl Platt, Urs Huber) + 6:21 min.
3. Bulls 2 (Thomas Dietsch, Tim Boehme) + 26:01 min.