Reid and Schuermans win dramatic stage 3 at Cape Pioneer Trek

Looser and Stewart lose all but eight seconds of their lead

Team FedGroup Itec's Brandon Stewart and Konny Looser lost all but eight seconds of their more-than-five-minute overnight lead, while Asrin Cycling's James Reid and Jens Schuermans won a second successive stage on a dramatic day 4 of the Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek in South Africa on Wednesday.

Looser crashed heavily at 27km into the 107km stage from Price Albert to De Rust, damaging his rear wheel and his suspension fork in the process. He also sustained hip, knee and ankle injuries. Team FedGroup's rivals charged on in an effort to take back time on the race leaders, who managed to narrowly retain the race lead with three stages remaining.

Reid and Schuermans, winners of the event's mountaintop finish queen stage on Tuesday, delivered a snappy final dash from a lead bunch of nine to secure the stage victory in a time of 3:57:04. Contego Giant Factory Racing's Gert Heyns and Louis Bresler Knipe finished second with Team RE:CM's Waylon Woolcock and Erik Kleinhans taking third.

Losing time steadily despite a courageous 80km chase, Stewart and Looser managed to cross the line in eighth, 5:16 down, maintaining their yellow jersey grasp by just eight seconds over Woolcock and Kleinhans. Reid and Schuermans are still third overall 8:34 back.

Team RE:CM Davinci's Ariane Kleinhans and Annika Langvad extended their lead in the women's race, by winning the stage - their fourth in succession - by over 12 minutes, confirming their utter dominance of the event.

They now lead stage 3 runners-up Wheeler BMC's Esther Suss and Jane Nuessli by 41:32, with Biogen SA's Robyn de Groot and Ischen Stopforth in third another half an hour behind.

"I'm disappointed that our rivals took advantage of our misfortune today, especially so early in the stage. But Konny showed some true grit to fight through the pain with a damaged bike and we live to fight another day in yellow. That was an unexpectedly tough day out," said Stewart.

"I hit a rock that a rider in front of me must have dislodged and went over the handlebars. I fell really hard on my left side but with the other teams racing on, I had no time to worry about injuries. My wheel would have taken a long time to repair and luckily a German team saw our situation and gave us one of their back wheels to help us get going again," said Looser, who sustained serious bruising in the fall.

The first mixed team home on Wednesday was Cube Nutswerk MTB's Birgit Lavrijssen and Marco Minnaard, who managed to displace overnight leaders and stage runners-up, Asrin Cycling 3's Jennie Stenerhag and Craig Gerber, from the top of the general classification.

In the veteran's division, Klein Karoo Vets' Wynand Mulder and Gerrie Beukes claimed their first stage win and moved from third to second in the overall race. They beat overall leaders, Cube Nutswerk 2's Micha de Vries and Rik van den Hanenberg by 3:41, but trail the Dutchmen by more than an hour in the general classification.

The masters' category saw the continued dominance of Wilde 3's Izak Visagie and Lieb Loots with their fourth successive stage win, which saw them stretch their overall lead to one hour and 23 minutes over Stone Hammer's Malcolm Dods and Wizner Zbigniew.

Adriaan Louw claimed the solo men's division stage win on Wednesday and increased his overall lead, while Bettina Uhlig won the solo women's stage, closing down Kate Slegrova's overall lead to just over three minutes.

At 70km, Thursday's stage 4 from De Rust to Herold will be a short haul, but with 1950 metres of ascent and sections of very rough terrain through the Kammanassie Mountains, it's extremely tough.

Brief Results (Full results not available at time of posting)

Men stage 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Asrin Cycling - James Reid (RSA) & Jens Scheurmans (Bel)3:57:04 
2Contego Giant Factory Racing - Gert Heyns (RSA) & Louis Bresler Knipe (RSA)0:00:01 
3RE:CM - Waylon Woolcock (RSA) & Erik Kleinhans (RSA)0:00:02 
4Scott Factory Racing - Philip Buys (RSA) & Matthys Beukes (RSA)0:00:07 
5Westvaal Bells Cycling - Nico Bell (RSA) & Gawie Combrinck (RSA)0:00:12 
Women stage 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1RE:CM Davinci - Ariane Kleinhans (Swi) & Annika Langvad (Den)4:26:08 
2Wheeler - BMC - Jane Neussli (GBr) & Esther Suss (Swi)0:12:22 
3Klein Karoo Chicks - Yolande de Villiers (RSA) & Yolande Speedy (RSA)0:12:42 
Mixed stage 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Cube NutSwerk MTB - Birgit Lavrijssen (Ned) & Marco Minnaard4:31:29 
2Asrin Cycling 2 - Nizaam Esa (RSA) & Catherine Williamson (GBr)0:03:14 
3Asrin Cycling 3 - Jennie Stenerhag (Swe) & Craig Gerber0:04:23 
Veteran stage 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Klein Karoo Vets - Wynand Mulder (RSA) & Gerrie Beukes (RSA)4:17:07 
2Cube NutSwerk 2 - Micha de Vries (Ned) & Rik Van Den Hanenberg (Ned)0:03:41 
3Cannondale Blend Vets - Martin Epstein (RSA) & Stefano Madies (RSA)0:14:52 
Masters stage 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Wilde 3 - Izak Visagie (RSA) & Lieb Loots (RSA)4:38:53 
2Bridge Masters 1 - Con Malherbe (RSA) & Greg Anderson (RSA)0:01:30 
3Stone Hammer - Malcolm Dods (GBr) & Wizner Zbigniew (Swe)0:03:40 
Amateurs stage 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Klein Karoo Express - Kobus Barnard (RSA) & Cornelius Muller (RSA)4:22:33 
2Scott Saffa Power - George Nel (RSA) & Franso Steyn (RSA)0:05:56 
3Contego Giant 2 - Sakkie Hannekom (RSA) & Hannes Hannekom (RSA)0:07:08 
Solo men stage 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Adriaan Louw (RSA)4:02:21 
2Craig Boyes (RSA)0:04:43 
3Darren Lill (RSA)0:11:47 
Solo women stage 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Bettina Uhlig (Ger)4:42:14 
2Dalene van der Leek (RSA)0:18:08 
3Kate Slegrova (RSA)0:18:14 
Men general classification after stage 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1FedGroup Itec - Brandon Stewart (RSA) & Konny Looser (Swi)12:38:47 
2RE:CM - Waylon Woolcock (RSA) & Erik Kleinhans (RSA)0:00:08 
3Asrin Cycling - James Reid (RSA) & Jens Scheurmans (Bel)0:08:34 
4SCOTT Factory Racing - Philip Buys (RSA) & Matthys Beukes (RSA)0:21:25 
5Westvaal Bells Cycling - Nico Bell (RSA) & Gawie Combrinck (RSA)0:32:39 
Women general classification after stage 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1RE:CM Davinci - Ariane Kleinhans (Swi) & Annika Langvad (Den)14:16:33 
2Wheeler - BMC - Jane Neussli (GBr) & Esther Suss (Swi)0:41:32 
3Biogen SA - Ischen Stopforth (RDSA) & Robyn de Groot (RSA)1:13:20 
Mixed general classification after stage 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Cube NutSwerk MTB - Birgit Lavrijssen (Ned) & Marco Minnaard15:21:44 
2Asrin Cycling 3 - Jennie Stenerhag (Swe) & Craig Gerber0:03:53 
3Bridge Peptosport - Gerhard Ebersohn (RSA) & Christine Jansen van Rensburg (RSA)1:24:03 
Veteran general classification after stage 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Cube NutSwerk 2 - Micha de Vries (Ned) & Rik Van Den Hanenberg (Ned)9:49:20 
2Cannondale Blend Vets - Martin Epstein (RSA) & Stefano Madies (RSA)1:12:05 
3Klein Karoo Vets - Wynand Mulder (RSA) & Gerrie Beukes (RSA)1:18:14 
Masters general classification after stage 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Wilde 3 - Izak Visagie (RSA) & Lieb Loots (RSA)10:11:03 
2Stone Hammer - Malcolm Dodds (RSA) & Wizner Zbigniew (RSA)1:19:27 
3Brug Meesters - Charles Nienaber (RSA) & Ergee du Toit (RSA)1:26:07 
Amateur general classification after stage 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Contego Giant 2 - Sakkie Hannekom (RSA) & Hannes Hannekom (RSA)14:43:27 
2Scott Saffa Power - George Nel (RSA) & Franso Steyn (RSA)0:09:22 
3Kivada Schorriemorrie - Ninko Doornbos (Ned) & Coen HooGervorst (Ned)0:56:28 
Solo men general classification after stage 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Adriaan Louw (RSA)13:22:05 
2Craig Boyes (RSA)0:42:52 
3Tomas Kozak (CZE)0:54:57 
Solo women general classification after stage 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kate Slegrova17:11:17 
2Bettina Uhlig (Ger)0:03:16 
3Dalene van der Leek (RSA)0:04:43 
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