In a tight finish on Stage 1, the Bulls (Urs Huber & Simon Schneller) and Bulls 2 (Martin Frey & Simon Stiebjahn) teams claimed first and second respectively, with Canyon Northwave MTB (Andreas Seewald & Martin Stošek) racing home in third. Prologue winners NinetyOne-songo-Specialized (Matt Beers & Jordan Sarrou) finished in fourth, but retained their overall lead with a healthy gap of just under two minutes over second-placed team Canyon Northwave MTB.
Absa Cape Epic newbies, Sina Frei and Laura Stigger (NinetyOne-songo-Specialized), blitzed Stage 1 in the Elite women’s race, today. Riding comfortably, with great control and composure throughout, the first-timers cruised home in 4:34:52 - nearly five minutes ahead of second-placed finishers Ariane Luthi and Robyn De Groot (Salusmed).
1st. Urs Huber & Simon Schneller: 3:57:35.2
2nd. Martin Frey & Simon Stiebjahn: +0:0:02.2
3rd. Andreas Seewald & Martin Stosek: +00:00:03.1
1st. Sina Frei & Laura Stigger: 4:34:52.66
2nd. Ariane Luthi & Robyn De Groot: +00:04:51.1
3rd. Candice lill & Mariske Strauss: +00:12:02.7
You can watch the full broadcast of the Stage 1 below.