Nino Schurter and Lars Forster completed a hat trick of stage wins Tuesday at Absa Cape Epic, taking stage 2 in a time of 3:37:41 to extend their overall lead over Cannondale Factory Racing to more than four minutes.
The women's race also saw a hat trick of wins as Annika Langvad and Anna van der Breggen extended their lead with their third stage win. The duo impressed with a high-speed performance after seperating from their challengers after 90 kilometers. Their overall lead is now more than eight minutes.
Stage 2 took the riders from Hermanus to Oak Valley Estate. It was the first move day and a serious challenge despite the brief 86km. Tire choice and pressure were decisive on stage 2, where 10 arduous kilometers within the first half of the day proved definitive. After 50 kilometers riders had to master the key point of the stage, a 6km climb that gained more than 500 meters in elevation.
Women Stage 2
Rider Name (Country) Team
Annika Langvad (Den) / Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Investec-songo-Specialized
Ariane Lüthi (Swi) / Maja Wloszczowska (Pol) Kross-Spur Racing
Candice Lill (RSA) / Adelheid Morath (Ger) Summit Fin