After a pandemic-enforced hiatus, the Absa Cape Epic, widely regarded as the world’s premier mountain bike stage race, has returned.
With seven days of gruelling mountain bike riding to come, Sunday's Prologue was a relatively gentle start to the 2021 event, with all finishers pleased to tick off a stage that can sometimes provide curveballs.
In a tight finish on Stage 1 on Monday, the BULLS (Urs Huber and Simon Schneller) and BULLS 2 (Martin Frey and Simon Stiebjahn) teams claimed first and second respectively, with Canyon Northwave MTB (Andreas Seewald and Martin Stošek) racing home in third.
Prologue winners NinetyOne-songo-Specialized (Matt Beers and Jordan Sarrou) finished in fourth, but retained their overall lead with a healthy gap of just under two minutes over second-placed team Canyon Northwave MTB.
Tuesday’s Stage 2 is a transition day, with riders leaving Ceres and racing towards Saronsberg in Tulbagh. With 96km and 2100m of climbing as the day's listed demands, any mistakes will be pounced on.
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