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Stander, Sauser win again

Beijing Olympian Burry Stander and Switzerland’s Christoph Sauser (Songo-Specialized by DCM) won stage four of this year’s Absa Cape Epic cycle race on Wednesday.

The win was their second consecutive win after winning the third stage as well. The duo clocked a time of 3hr 33min 01.2sec for the 86 kilometre stage between Ceres and Worcester to move up one place in the overall ranking to third position and are eight minutes and 20.1 seconds behind the leaders.

Sapa reports that they were followed by the German Bulls 1 Team of Karl Platt and Stefan Sahm in a time of 3:34.24,4, who are still leading overall by 6min 18.2sec.

In third place were the South African/Austrian duo of Kevin Evans and Alban Lakata (Team MTN Qhubeka Topeak Ergon) in a time of 3:34.32,6. They are now in second place overall.

Max Knox and Brandon Stewart of DCM Chrome finished in eighth place today (3:41.36.0) and are in the eleventh place overall (17:47.31.6). They took the African Leader jersey from Mannie Heymans and Marc Bassingthwaigthe (Garmin adidas 1) yesterday and also defended it Wednesday.

Burry Stander of Songo-Specialized by DCM remarked: “We were all still together at Water Point 3 today as all the teams are battling for the Leader jersey.”

The Flckiger brothers, Mathias and Lukas, finished in fifth place on Wednesday, and are fourth overall (17:20.48,8). Lukas said “We’re happy with our results and are in a stable position. We ride for a stage win every day, but today our legs weren’t great. We’ll try again tomorrow.”

Winning women’s team were Kristine and Anna-Sofie Noergaard (team Rothaus-CUBE) in a time of 4:30.03.7, winning in their category for the second day in a row. They have moved to first position overall (21:26.56.5).

They were again followed by the winners of the first two stages, Hannele Steyn-Kotze and Ivonne Kraft (team Sludge Ladies) in a time of 4:41.57.3, who are now placed second overall (21:35.39.0).

In third place were Giuliana Vitali and Tamara Horn (team – Big Tree) who finished in a time of 5:03.45.7, placing them in third position overall (23:24.58.7). Julia Skea and Carla Rowley of Team RBS Biogen finished fourth in a time of 5:10.16.8 (fourth position overall) in a time of 23:45.44.9.