South Africans Yolandè de Villiers and Anke Erlank-Moore won yet another stage for Team Duravit with an outstanding time of four hours, twenty one minutes and 33.8 seconds, putting them in the strongest position for an overall victory, their time gap being 3 hours and 20 minutes.
“I simply cannot get over how people can put themselves through this race, finish after ten hours and then still have to feed themselves, wash their clothes, fix their bikes and so on”, says Anke Erlank-Moore.
“In fact, having your bike fixed every day gets really expensive for an average guy taking part in the Absa Cape Epic. But that’s the nature of this race.
“Everything is epic. It is a brag race. You want to brag that you have been there, done that and got the T-shirt. The amateurs are the guys that make it.
“And in a way I benefit from them because they all buy their equipment and that’s why I have sponsors who can equip me,” said Erlank-Moore.
Friday’s stage seven will see riders facing two thirds of the Groenlandberg monster climb before enjoying a long stretch of rolling jeep track through natural fynbos.
A gradual climb takes the riders up and over the mountain before they get to enjoy a roller coaster descent into the Lebanon forest area where fire roads and cool shady forests await.
After this all-too-short forest section, a quick dip under the N2 ends with breathtaking panoramic ocean views as riders descend into the sleepy coastal town of Kleinmond.
|Pos||Team||Rider 1||Rider 2||Stage||Overall|
|1||DURAVIT||A Erlank-Moore||Y de Villiers||4:21.33,8||30:53.24,9|
|2||Texner BMC||M Saugy||F Heinzmann||4:47.48,5||34:13.02,7|
|3||ADIDAS||K Brachtendorf||D Troesch||5:05.43,9||34:40.34,8|
|4||CUBE WLS||K Noergaard||AS Noergaard||5:07.33,4||35:18.26,7|