The new features of #SasolEpicWomen separate start has made for some very competitive racing, Stage 2 the 100th stage of the Epic saw Sport for Good’s Sabine Spitz and Yana Belomoina and Sally Bigham and Adel Morath of Topeak Ergon get into the mix and provide some very competitive racing. Robyn de Groot and Jennie Stenerhag of Ascendis Health started the stage in the Leaders Orange Jersey but had a difficult day with the three teams playing tag and catch up and down the mountain stage 2200m.
Defending champions Ariane Kleinans and Annika Langvad surged to victory and the overall lead on Stage 2 of the Absa Cape Epic – spending 5:06.00,2 in their saddles.
“It feels amazing to be back in the orange jersey,” said a beaming Kleinhans. “This morning I was confident we could do something but when Sabine and Yana went ahead on the first climb I thought it was going to be a long day. I knew I couldn’t go at the pace that they went up so we decided to keep it really consistent and I remembered from 2011 that the last climb goes into a long descent and is quite technical – I thought that’s where we could decide it.”
“It was really exciting today, particularly because the lead changed hands a few times. Ariana and Annika seemed to go full risk on the descent home and that’s where they overtook us. We didn’t have any technicals today.” Bigham
In the mens race newbies Nicola Rohrbach and Matthias Pfrommer of Team Centurion Vaude by Meerendal 2 to take the stage win in a time of 4:16.48,3.
“All day it was very tough and very technical, especially the middle part,” said Rohrbach. “But eventually we caught the Bulls and the lead bunch. I think we were about 10 seconds behind the Bulls, but the plan was always to then push hard because Matthias and I are both very fast on the downhill. We passed them on the last descent, but also because they had a flat.”