The Fl┼▒ckiger brothers’ team of Lukas, 26, and Mathias, 21, from Switzerland repeated last year’s final stage victory by winning stage six of this year’s Absa Cape Epic cycle race in 4hr 37min 22sec on Friday.
Stage six was over 123 kilometres between Worcester and Oak Valley, Elgin and the brothers were followed by the Swiss/South African duo of Christoph Sauser and Burry Stander (Songo-Specialized by DCM) in a time of 4:40.00 with the German Bulls Karl Platt and Stefan Sahm close on their heels ┬áin 4:40.00.┬á In fourth place were Kevin Evans and Alban Lakata (Team MTN Qhubeka Topeak Ergon) in a time of 4:43.36.
Max Knox and Brandon Stewart of DCM Chrome finished in sixteenth place on Friday (5:05.14), successfully defending their African Leader jersey for the third day in a row. They have moved to the 11th place overall (24:03.02).
The Fl├╝ckiger brothers of Trek World Racing are now in fourth┬á position overall (23:14.12). The brothers finished in eighth position overall last year, having improved by four places so far this year.
Sauser and Stander moved up one position overall to second place (22:57.37).
Said Lukas Fl├╝ckiger: ÔÇ£Only when Songo-Specialized by DCM had a flat, we broke away — it was just before Groenlandberg. We took yesterday easy and planned it as a rest day. We knew today was going to be tough and this was obviously a good option as it worked for us.ÔÇØ
Adds Mathias: ÔÇ£At the beginning of the stage my legs were bad, but I felt better later in the stage. The Bulls really pushed today and it was hard work to hang on to the lead. Our legs felt good near the finish and we’re very happy about the stage win. We also had no bad luck today. It’s important for us to win a stage at the Absa Cape Epic.ÔÇØ
In the women’s category Kristine and Anna-Sofie Noergaard (team Rothaus-CUBE) won for the fourth day in a row, finishing in a time of 5:41.41. They remain in first position overall (28:37.35). They were again followed by Hannele Steyn-Kotze and Ivonne Kraft (Team Sludge Ladies) in a time of 5:55.42, who are placed second overall (29:00.45). In third place were Giuliana Vitali and Tamara Horn (team bike2help.ch ÔÇô Big Tree) with their fifth podium finish in this year’s race (6:29.21), placing them in third position overall (31:27.38).
Says Anna-Sofie: ÔÇ£Today’s stage was fun. It was nice for us as we started very slow and had time to get warmed up. We stayed with Ivonne and Hannele for a long time, but broke away later in the race. We talk to each other a lot during the race. We cheer each other up, discuss how we’re feeling and really motivate each other. We’ll just keep going the way we have been for the next two stages as it seems to work for us. We’ve been feeling stronger every day, and slept well last night.ÔÇØ
Saturday’s seventh and penultimate stage takes riders over 99km and 2┬á160 of climbing