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Gallery: Cape Epic favorites warm up legs at Songo.info charity race

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Christoph Sauser (Specialized) wins the songo.info charity race

Christoph Sauser (Specialized) wins the songo.info charity race
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Songo.info riders at the start line

Songo.info riders at the start line
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Christoph Sauser sets the pace

Christoph Sauser sets the pace
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Racers squeeze through a tight spot on the course

Racers squeeze through a tight spot on the course
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The peloton

The peloton
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Conrad Stoltz

Conrad Stoltz
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The peloton

The peloton
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The riders all lined up and ready to go

The riders all lined up and ready to go
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Racers at the start

Racers at the start
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Florian Vogel

Florian Vogel
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Christoph Sauser

Christoph Sauser
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Jaroslav Kulhavy

Jaroslav Kulhavy
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Spectators enjoyed the race

Spectators enjoyed the race
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Florian Vogel launches an attack

Florian Vogel launches an attack
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Christoph Sauser wins

Christoph Sauser wins
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Christoph Sauser is swarmed by fans after his win

Christoph Sauser is swarmed by fans after his win
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Enduro pro Jerome Clementz was on hand

Enduro pro Jerome Clementz was on hand
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The Songo.info charity podium included Florian Vogel, Kohei Yamamoto, Songo Fipaza, Christoph Sauser, Jaroslav Kulhavy and Marco Fontana

The Songo.info charity podium included Florian Vogel, Kohei Yamamoto, Songo Fipaza, Christoph Sauser, Jaroslav Kulhavy and Marco Fontana
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Jaroslav Kulhavy leads Florian Vogel

Jaroslav Kulhavy leads Florian Vogel
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Jaroslav Kulhavy

Jaroslav Kulhavy
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Kohei Yamamoto

Kohei Yamamoto
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Triathlete Conrad Stoltz made an appearance

Triathlete Conrad Stoltz made an appearance
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Christoph Sauser

Christoph Sauser
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Christoph Sauser on his way to a win

Christoph Sauser on his way to a win
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Christoph Sauser is swarmed by fans after winning the Songo.info charity race

Christoph Sauser is swarmed by fans after winning the Songo.info charity race
(Image credit: Michal Cervený)

Christoph Sauser (Specialized Racing) won the Songo.info charity mountain bike race in the Kayamandi township on Wednesday.

Sauser was among current and former World Cup regulars who lined up for the start of the contest, which benfitted the charity backed by Sauser. Songo.info aims to improve the lives of children living in South African townships by providing them a safe place to play, grow and develop. The organisation began with Songo Fipaza's dream to help his community of Kayamandi.

Olympic champion Jaroslav Kulhavy and Kohei Yamamoto (both Specialized Racing) rounded out the top three while Florian Vogel (Scott Swisspower) took fourth ahead of Marco Fontana (Cannondale Factory Racing) in fifth. The top three riders, all from Specialized Racing, worked together to control the race.

"We had perfect team work in the race - we ended up top three," said Kulhavy. "I felt really good and the race was a good warm-up before the Cape Epic. It was a great atmosphere and it a good experience for everyone who was there."

The racers head next to the Cape Epic mountain bike stage race, which begins on Sunday, March 17. Sauser is hoping to defend his victory. He will partner with Kulhavy and ride in memory of their mutual teammate Burry Stander, who was killed in a training accident in January.

Check out the gallery from the charity race.