Skip Navigation

ABSA Cape Epic


Big Day for De Groot/Spitz

Author : Press Release
PhotoCredit : Nick Muzik/Cape Epic/SPORTZPICS

Sabine Spitz and Robyn De Groot win the Ladies prologue

“We did what we had to do,” was Robyn de Groot’s understated description of Team Ascendis Health’s victory in the opening stage of the Absa Cape Epic on Sunday.

South African De Groot and her German partner Sabine Spitz landed the first blows in the fight for the Hansgrohe Women’s category when they beat Esther Suss and Jennie Stenerhag (Meerendal CBC) by 39 seconds over the 26km prologue course at Meerendal Wine Estate.

Cape Town local Mariske Strauss and Briton Annie Last (Hansgrohe Cadence OMX Pro) claimed third, another 70 seconds back, with the Spur duo of defending champion Ariane Luthi and Adelheid Morath (Spur) struggling to a disappointing fourth, over two minutes behind the leaders.

Luthi, was visibly shattered after crossing the line and virtually conceded defeat after the opening stage.

“We were just not strong enough today,” said the three-time Women’s category winner. “We did what we could but it was not enough.”

When asked if she thought the longer stages from Monday may suit them more, she shook her head and repeated: “We are not strong enough.”

In contrast a very relaxed and upbeat De Groot could not keep the smile off her face.

“We really enjoyed the route out there today. It was so nice doing what we love doing today. The plan was to take is at is comes and it went perfectly so we had a very good prologue today.

“For me it is such a privilege to be to be able to learn from Sabine for this week – and who can there be better to learn from?” said the multiple South African champion.

In the Virgin Active Mixed race, Olympic Women’s gold medallist Jenny Rissveds and mountain biking legend Thomas Frischknecht (Scott-Sram Nextlevel) claimed the early lead and take a one minute 44 second lead into the second stage in Hermanus on Monday. Grant Usher and former World Single Speed World Champion Amy Beth Mcdougall (Joberg2c-Valencia) are second with the New Zealand paring of Willy Williams and Kate Fluker (New World St Martins) third just six seconds further back.

Monday’s Stage 1 is very different from the fast and furious 26km prologue. The riders will tackle a gruelling 101km stage that starts and finishes in Hermanus.

* The 2017 Absa Cape Epic mountain bike stage race is taking place until Sunday 26 March. Watch the action live on our website www.cape-epic.com

More About This Event

Success for Schurter, Stirnemann, Suss and Stenerhag at Absa Cape Epic

Success for Schurter, Stirnemann, Suss and Stenerhag at Absa Cape Epic
It was sweet success for Nino Schurter, Matthias Stirnemann, Esther Süss and Jennie Stenerhag at the 2017 Absa Cape Epic. Swiss duo Read More


South African Knox on Absa Cape Epic Podium

South African Knox on Absa Cape Epic Podium
The Olympic and world mountain bike champion Nino Schurter (SCOTT-SRAM MTB Racing) continued his march towards a first Absa Cape Epic title Read More


Shake Up in Mens Race, Womens Leaders Strong

Shake Up in Mens Race, Womens Leaders Strong
The Men’s category is set for a thrilling finale after Olympic cross-country champion Nino Schurter and teammate Matthias Stirnemann Read More


Women Extend Lead, Mens Race Opens Up

Women Extend Lead, Mens Race Opens Up
Jennie Stenerhag and Esther Suss (Meerendal CBC) extended their lead in the Hansgrohe Women’s category after Stage 4 of the Absa Cape Read More


Thrilling Stage Decided By Sprint Finishes

Thrilling Stage Decided By Sprint Finishes
For the second day in a row both the Men’s and Women’s categories of the Absa Cape Epic were won by a tense sprint Read More


Sauser and Kulhavy Claim First Stage Win

Sauser and Kulhavy Claim First Stage Win
As the temperature climbed in the high 30s at the Absa Cape Epic for the third day in a row, any grumbles about shortening Stage 2 on Read More


Stage 2 To Be Shortened By 40km

Stage 2 To Be Shortened By 40km
Stage 2 of the 2017 Absa Cape Epic has been shortened to 62km and will finish in Caledon after leaving Hermanus. The stage had been Read More


All Action On Brutal Absa Cape Epic Stage 1

All Action On Brutal Absa Cape Epic Stage 1
Cross-country specialists Manuel Fumic and Henrique Avancini (Cannondale Factory Racing XC) continued their blazing assault on the 2017 Read More


Scorching Pace Set at Cape Epic Prologue

Scorching Pace Set at Cape Epic Prologue
The 2017 Absa Cape Epic started exactly as they 2016 edition ended, with Manuel Fumic and Henrique Avancini (Cannondale Factor Racing XC) Read More


Some Hot Days Ahead for Absa Cape Epic

Some Hot Days Ahead for Absa Cape Epic
Everybody knows the Western Cape is in the grip of a fierce drought and desperately in need of rain, but one group of people in the area at Read More


Crash Forces Changes in Top Absa Cape Epic Team

Crash Forces Changes in Top Absa Cape Epic Team
Top Absa Cape Epic team Trek Selle San Marco has had to make a last-minute change after Italian Damiano Ferraro was injured in a Read More


There Are 10 Teams That Can Win This Absa Cape Epic ...

There Are 10 Teams That Can Win This Absa Cape Epic ...
Both the men’s reigning Olympic champions, a Tour de France winner, a host of world champions and several previous Absa Cape Epic Read More


Exxaro Jersey Winners To Get Trip to Elite Sports Academy

Exxaro Jersey Winners To Get Trip to Elite Sports Academy
Belgium’s world-class Bakala Academy joins hands with Absa Cape Epic The contest for the Absa Cape Epic’s prestigious Exxaro Read More


Add an Adventure Racing related link

Free Prize Draw

Checkpoint 25 - Members Only FREE Prize Draw

Copy of Jim Robinson's Book to give away

Photo Wall

Expedition Africa 2017 - Video Compilation

Facebook

like us on facebook

Yellow Brick Tracking


Limited Edition SleepMonsters BUFF