Absa Cape Epic 2010: Stage 2 Winners

Round 2 of the 2010 Absa Cape Epic was a tough run for the riders. Multiple flat tires and broken parts made the already difficult track even more unbearable.

Absa Cape Epic 2010 Stage 2.  Photo: Nick Muzik/SPORTZPICS www.sportzpics.netRiders in Stage 2 of the 2010 Absa Cape Epic crossed farmlands, descended rocky scrub and navigated forest paths. 

One of the lead motorbike riders on the race, Martin Glisner, commented on the track's difficulty, and said that he had to bandage his hands since they were hurting so much.

“And I’ve got a thick skin as I’m on my motorbike all the time, so I felt really sorry for all the riders who had to face these conditions today. I told them to just take it easy," said Glisner.

It was a close call for the top teams in this year’s Absa Cape Epic as they battled it out to win Stage 2 of this year’s event.

Bart Brentjens and Jelmer Pietersma of Trek-Brentjens took first place with a time of 4:08.06,4 and were closely followed by Karl Platt and Stefan Sahm of the Bulls team (4:08.08,8), with South Africa’s Kevin Evans and Alban Lakata of the MTN Qhubeka Topeak Ergon team (4:08.10,7) following closely in the first sprint finish of this year’s event.

Team MTN Qhubeka Topeak Ergon still has the overall lead by 4 minutes and 23 seconds (overall time - 8:43.53).

The German Bulls team are now in second place overall (8:48.16,2), followed by Trek-Brentjens in third position overall (8:52.18,9).

Lukas Flückiger of team Trek World Racing encountered a defect on his derailleur and had to walk for 2km. Unfortunately he didn’t find the matching part and ultimately had to ride the majority of the stage with a limited range of gears.

Nino Schurter and Florian Vogel of the Scott-Swisspower MTB-racing team took this as an opportunity to build up a lead of more than three and a half minutes.  However, two flats changed their luck and let the chasing teams pass.

The Bulls team never attacked as they were blissfully unaware that the stage win was up for grabs, only realising it when they arrived at the finish line. Says Jelmer Pietersma of the Trek-Brentjens team: “We were initially behind, but managed to catch up with the leading riders.

Commenting on his strong sprinting abilities, Brentjens said that if he can see the finish line, he can beat most riders.

“Today was really great with lots of single-track, but fast and small climbs all the way,” adds Brentjens. “The Absa Cape Epic is a hard race and very different to any other events – one needs to use a different race tactic. It’s push, push, push all the way – and today’s stage was hard as you had to concentrate all the time and stay focussed. There were also some annoying sandy sections towards the end.”

According to Bulls Team rider, Stefan Sahm, he felt better during this stage than yesterday.

“Today was okay. The climbs and flat sections were better and there was some nice singletrack. In a way we were unlucky today as we thought the Flückiger brothers were ahead of us and didn’t realise we were fighting for first place," said Sahm.

Lady luck was definitely not with the riders in Round 2 of the 2010 Absa Cape Epic, presented by Adidas.


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