Absa Cape Epic 2010: Christoph Sauser and Burry Stander Win Stage 3

The teams experienced fast open roads, a leg-trashing 3km climb out of the Ceres, and a rough dual track in Round 3 of the 2010 Absa Cape Epic. Pushing ever onward, many competitors were forced to finish on foot.

Almost half of the day’s climbing was done within the first 40km during Stage 3 of the 2010 Absa Cape Epic. The last climb of the stage was short but very steep and loose. Riders had no choice but to walk.

Christoph Sauser and Burry Stander, were back in excellent shape and claimed first place in stage 3 with a time of 4:36.59,8. The Flückiger brothers of team Trek World Racing finished in second place (4:41.09,5). The Bulls team of Karl Platt and Stefan Sahm finished in third place (4:41.50,6), only 0,6 seconds ahead of team Trek-Brentjens’ Bart Brentjens and Jelmer Pietersma (4:41.51,2).

The Bulls team of Karl Platt and Stefan Sahm have taken over the overall lead (at 13:30.06,8).

Unfortunately for Mathias and Lukas Flückiger, the decisive moment was when they headed in the wrong direction.

 “It’s a pity that we took the wrong turn. Our legs and heads were good today, and our bikes perfect. It was a good technical ride,” said Lukas.

Karl Platt of the Bulls team was satisfied with the way the day turned out.

“It was a good stage and it feels great to be in the Leader jersey. We missed one of the signs and followed the motorcycle – we lost 4 minutes or so. We feel really sorry for Kevin and Alban. They’re incredibly strong and had some bad luck today. It must be hard for them. Fortunately we only had small punctures, so nothing major.”

Sahm adds: “Yes, we’re very happy to have the Leader jersey back again. It’s perfect to be in the overall lead, but now the fight really starts.”

According to Kevin Evans, of the MTN Qhubeka Topeak Ergon team, “we were in the lead when we started having problems around halfway. We probably had about 4 punctures and you start running out of tubes and boms. Today was unlucky for us, but there’s still a good few days to go.”

His team mate Alban Lakata adds: “I had to run with my bike on my back for the last 2km as my rim exploded. When I hit the tar I could feel that it wasn’t going to make it – it was already that bad. Today was just unlucky. ”

Things could have been very different for winners Christoph Sauser and Burry Stander, if their competitors had not had such bad fortune.  Once again, luck has played a huge role in the outcomes of the day at the 2010 Absa Cape Epic, presented by Adidas.


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