2017 Cape Epic Stage 1 –
Another day at 2017 Cape Epic, another podium for Hansgrohe-Cadence Nutrition OMX! Meanwhile, Martin rode on as an Outcast (or ‘Outlaw’ as he has been dubbed!) and ripped it up amongst the Elite teams on his own!
After the drama of yesterday and our thoughts all with Julian in hospital, we are extra proud that today our ladies team could perform perfectly once again, and Martin could rally Silverback OMX in style.
With the first of the classic long and dusty Cape Epic stages, Mariske and Annie rode like seasoned pros they are. The partnership between these two strong and develops more each day. After five hours and twenty minutes on another hot South Africa day, the pair crossed the line covered in sweat and dust, wearing big smiles. They retain their third place in General Classification. Annie sums up the day
“It worked really well again with me and Mariske. We both had times where we felt really good, and others where we felt it but we looked after each other and could finish in third place. It’s lovely to be on the podium again. I think the bunch of flowers was heavier today…or maybe we were just more tired!”
Equally, as an Outcast, Martin wanted to test his form and really race the stage. He started in the group five minutes behind the Elites (riders are set off at time intervals dependent on their position in the race) and soon found himself clear of anyone and chasing the front group. Despite all this time working alone in wind, he managed to make his way through many of the Elite teams and incredibly finish as 19th ‘team’ home. He is absolutely flying!
“It’s not ideal to be an Outcast, especially this early on, but it was fun today. I tried to catch as many teams as possible – I was racing but not hurting myself too much. I have good shape and that’s what I wanted to see today. Tomorrow maybe I will take it a bit easier and be clever with my training.”
2017 Cape Epic Stage 2-
As the stage has only finished in the last couple of hours, and we’re still waiting for the write up from our team, check out the videos below:
With an even hotter day today on Stage 2, the course was shortened to protect the racers from the searing heat. Even with the shorter course, our ladies team pushed hard for a 5 place on the day, and holding on to 3rd in the GC!
Martin hit it as hard as ever, pushing through the group, and holding his own as an Outcast.
Stay tuned for more updates from South Africa!