Platt-Sahm sprint to victory
Stage winner Karl Platt leads the bunch (Sven Martin/Cape Epic/SPORTZPICS)
Johannesburg - Tuesday's 119km (1650m of climbing) stage 2 route of this year's Absa Cape Epic was won in a sprint finish by the Bulls 1 team of Karl Platt and Stefan Sahm in Robertson.
They finished in a time of 4:21.13,4 (overall 10:19.15,7) and were closely followed by Hannes Genze and Andreas Kugler of Multivan Merida Biking in 4:21.13,8 (overall 10:20.34,4).
The winners of the previous two days, Burry Stander and Christoph Sauser of Team 36ONE-Songo-Specialized, were in third place in 4:21.15,0 (overall 10:06.29,7).
The South African team of Kevin Evans and David George (360Life) finished in fourth place in a time of 4:21.15,9 (overall 10:30.44,3), with Urs Huber and Konny Looser of Stckli Pro fifth in 4:21.16,4 (10:15.57,10).
Stander and Sauser still lead this category by nine minutes and 27 seconds, while Urs Huber and Konny Looser of Stckli Pro are placed second overall (10:15.57,1) with Alban Lakata and Robert Mennen of Topeak Ergon Racing third overall (10:16.20,2).
Platt and Sahm are in fourth place overall, with Evans and George moving up one position to ninth place overall.
In the women's category, Sally Bigham and Esther Süss of Wheels4Life won the stage for their third win in as many days, in a time of 4:54.27,2 (overall 11:43.58,8), ahead of Karien van Jaarsveld and Jane Nssli of MTN Qhubeka Ladies in 5:03.57,3 (overall 12:28.31,7).
Ivonne Kraft and Elisabeth Brandau of botebooksbilliger.de finished in third place in 5:08.52,2 (overall 12:30.12,8).
Bigham and Süss lead Biogen Britehouse team’s Theresa Ralph and Nina Gssler by 25 minutes and 59 seconds.
MTN Qhubeka are now in third place overall with notebooksbilliger in fourth.
Meanwhile, the Telkom Business Masters Category was won by Robert Sim and Nico Pfitzenmaier of the Robert Daniel Momsen team in 4:30.52,6 (overall 10:56.46,4), followed by the Jag Craft team of Adrian Enthoven and Delaney Impey in 4:38.06,6 (11:05.31,2).
In third place were the World Bicycle Relief team of Bart Brentjens and Jan Weevers in 4:38.34,1 (11:34.26,3).
Sim and Pfitzenmaier now lead the Jag Craft team by eight minutes and 44 seconds.
World Bicycle Relief team Bart Brentjens and Jan Weevers are in third place overall (11:34.26,3).
In the mixed category, the Contego 28E team of Erik and Ariana Kleinhans won the category for the second day in a row in 4:48.52,3 (overall 11:38.04,5), followed by Udo Boelts and Milena Landtwing of Centurion Vaude in 4:55.04,7 (overall 11:48.24,3).
Pieter Venter and Leana de Jager of Attix5 finished in third place in 5:02.30,4 (overall 12:30.35,2).They have moved to third place overall, with Russell de Jager and Andrea Huser now in fifth place overall in a time of 12:45.27,4.
Contego 28E lead by 10 minutes and 19 seconds.
Riders cross the Breede River during stage 2 of the Cape Epic held from Robertson Primary School (Gary Perkin/Cape Epic/SPORTZPICS)