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Gary Kirsten (Gallo Images)
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Cape Town - Gary Kirsten ended Tuesday’s Stage 2 of the Absa Cape Epic on 93 not out – a fitting tribute to the event’s century stage.

“It was an enjoyable day, but when you go up and down mountains it’s a long time to spend in a saddle,” said South Africa’s former opening batsman and coach, who is riding with celebrity doctor Michael Mol in Team Nothing But Grit. Their time for the stage – the 100th stage since the Epic was launched 13 years ago - was a respectable medium-paced 7:17.53.  It took Kirsten only half as long as to complete the stage as record 275 runs against England, which he scored in more than 14 and a half hours.

Kirsten said the day’s stage had been somewhat of a Test, but refused to say which was scarier – the hairy Witzenberg Wagon Trail descent or six Glenn McGrath bouncers. “They are different challenges,” said Kirsten, who played 101 Test matches and 185 One Day Internationals for South Africa.

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