Cape Epic to the end: Egger and Baum do not give up on Stosek

Andreas Seewald and Martin Stosek have it close. The Canyon Northwave riders caress the Cape Epic, but, in the absence of the last stage, they have not managed to close it. That’s why it’s the Cape and that’s why, as its name suggests, it’s epic. Lukas Baum and Georg Egger (Speed ​​Company Racing) want a final firework and they will have it. The 68km from Stellenbosch to Val de Vie will decide. The Valley of Lifewhat a place to end. Even him, Seewald and Stosek will try to defend the 02:45 minutes that, after the sixth stage, they have a margin with respect to the German duo, wanting a brawl. The route, very appetizing, offers opportunities. 2,000 meters of accumulated difference in altitude marked by the great final descent and various singletracks that are priced higher. An enjoyable track, but that, for some, can end in drama. They will try to avoid it and have it on their pedals.

Consistency pays off and Baum and Egger, winners on the third day, have earned the right to dream. “We are second overall, but I think we wear the yellow jersey in the hearts of South Africans! Today I bought a ticket for the high speed train, called Georg, and I endured until the end. It was a great race”, declared Baum after the sixth stage, after signing a second place that maintains his hopes for the final climax, cutting more than four minutes in the general classification. In front of them, as partial winners, Fabian Rabensteiner and Wout German (Wilier-Pirelli), impressive. They attacked on the first ascent and, despite Matt Beers and Christopher Blevins trying to follow them, they reached the finish line alone. “We knew that Stellenbosch would be a good place for us, we like its trails. We plan to attack today because we haven’t had the race we wanted this week,” confessed a beaming Alleman. The Toyota-NinetyOne-Specialized, despite the attempt, will not be in the final fight for the round (at 07:40 minutes).

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Possible emotion until the end in the men’s category… and scorching dominance in the women’s event. The Argentinian Sofía Gómez Villafane and the American Haley Batten, from NinetyOne-songo-Specialized, do not slow down. Third stage in the pocket and a gap in the general classification that already exceeds 16 minutes. Behind them, Candice Lill and Mariske Strauss, from Faces Rola. On gravel, one of the tightest days of the competition, with constant exchanges between both teams, a crucial 10km attack and a finish to match. “It was a real battle. There was a lot of singletrack… Just from that point of view, it was probably the hardest stage we’ve done in this year’s Cape Epic.”, assured Batten after crossing the finish line. It is not for less. And that raises even more the supreme situation of him in the general.

Men’s general classification

1st Andreas Seewald/Martin Stosek (Canyon Northwave) – 24h 54:46

2nd Georg Egger/Lukas Baum (Speed ​​Company Racing) – at 2:45

3rd Matt Beers/Christopher Blevins (Toyota-NinetyOne-Specialized) – at 7:40

Women’s general classification

1st Haley Batten/Sofia Gomez – 30h 13:51

2nd Candice Lill/Mariske Strauss – at 16:29

3rd Ferrand Prevot/Robyn de Groot – at 38:10

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