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It’s Platt and Sahm again

Champions of 2007, Bulls cyclists Karl Platt and Stefan Sahm, were crowned overall winners of the daunting 2009 ABSA Cape Epic. 

Starting the final day of the week-long event with a 4min 48sec lead, it mean that only ill-luck and an accident would prevent them from clinching honours in the 685km trek and they came home a comfortable fourth on the final stage, which ended in Somerset West.

Their  overall time was 28hr 10min 14sec, ahead of the second-placed Trek Brentjens team of Bart Brentjens and Chris Jongewaard in 28:15:08. Emil Lindgren and Andreas Kugler (Felt Factory 2) were third in 28:28:43.

The South African team of Kevin Evans and Olympian David George (MTN Energade) were fourth overall (28:41:00) overall.’s Christoph Sauser and Burry Stander, who set the pace for this year’s race and won five of the seven stages as well as the prologue, finished in sixth place overall (29:08:41) after a heavy crash earlier in the week.

In the women’s category, the ABSA team of Hanlie Booyens and Sharon Laws rubberstamped a dominating week in which they won all the stages, as well as the openin g prologue. Their overall time was 37:18:20 and they were a yawning five hours overall ahead of runners-up┬á Robyn Adendorff and Sarah van Heerden (WSP ÔÇô Jeep Girls, 42:19:45).┬á

Out of the 1 196 riders that started this year’s Epic, 1 078 riders completed the 685km event. During the prologue and seven stages they climbed a total of 14 663m, which is the equivalent of climbing Mount Everest twice.