Cape Town - Overnight
leaders Waylon Woolcock and HB Kruger produced another controlled performance
to create a telling gap after the second stage of the Liberty Winelands
Encounter in the Boland on Saturday.
BCX pair used their knowledge of the region - Woolcock is from Stellenbosch and
Kruger from Paarl - to build a six-minute lead going into Sunday's final stage.
completed the 57km stage from Franschhoek to Wellington in 2:17:21, finishing
ahead of Andrew Hill and Marco Joubert (TIB Insurance-Momsen Valley Light), who
clocked a time of 2:20:35.
Uys and Nicol Carstens (Versus Socks) were third for the second consecutive
day, finishing in 2:23:00.
stage’s outcome gave Woolcock and Kruger an overall time of 4:29:00, just more
than six minutes clear of Hill and Joubert (4:35:27). Uys and Carstens
(4:39:50) are third.
said it was not a case of making any significant moves on the day, but
maintaining the pressure on their rivals until the climb up Cascade Manor 40km
into the race.
first 15 to 20km were fairly fast and flat, but knowing the trails pretty well,
it was a matter of just keeping up the pace,” he said.
guys were on and off us the whole time and we had a gap of about one minute
when we hit the big climb of the day.”
added that they wanted to build up a decent gap going up Cascade Manor to the
managed to achieve that and still had something in reserve because there have
been some fires in the region, which meant we had to be fairly careful on the
single-track down to the finish,” said Woolcock.
riding a large part of the first stage of the Winelands Encounter at tempo, he said they had been able to ease back
even more today.
could see that fatigue had set in with some of the riders and I always believe
in keeping something in reserve rather than trying too hard and making mistakes.”
said they were still in good shape, having maintained their momentum without
“pushing ourselves into the red”
with a fairly comfortable lead, he said they would not take anything for
granted going into the final stage.
race is never over and we will definitely have to ride smartly tomorrow,” he
don’t want to run the risk of any mechanicals and crashes, or get caught at the
back on some of the single-track.
we will definitely be on our toes and make sure we are up near the front.”
Cape Epic champion Jennie Stenerhag and South African partner Katie Lennard
continued to call the shots in the women’s race, crossing the line first in
puts them in the general classification lead on 5:22:10, well ahead of Jana
Kruger and Ilse Viljoen (Companero), who finished in 3:15:14 for an overall
time of 6:23:05.
the mixed category Corne Barnard and Vera Adrian (dormakaba RA) took the day’s
honours in 2:37:03.
were followed home by Matthew Stamatis and Carmen Buchacher (Home Ice Cream) in
2:37:47 and Pieter Seyffert and An-Li Kachelhoffer (Bestmed-Ellsworth-ASG) in
and Adrian lead the general classification on 5:04:18, giving them a decent
lead over Stamatis and Buchacher (5:09:38) and Seyffert and Kachelhoffer