“Our plan was basically to stay with Sauser and Kulhavy and make sure they didn’t get away from us,” says Schurter. “We thought they might make a move today, but after Christoph got a flat on the first major downhill, we were able to attack and get away. From there we just went like it was another cross-country race. For us, it’s been eight days of cross-country riding.”
“I don’t know what happened today, but it was much less suffering than yesterday! It was a good day on the bike,” Stirnemann stated. “Every day I feel like I am getting stronger on the bike. I recovered well last night and I could get my rhythm a lot quicker this past morning.”
Nino Schurter: “Tomorrow`s final stage will be a short, fast rolling course. But the Absa Cape Epic is a stage race, held in a rough terrain, so everything can happen anytime. The race is over, when we cross the finish line.”
In the Mixed category, Olympic champion Jenny Rissveds and Thomas Frischknecht won their seventh stage in a row and are now a massive 54 minutes ahead of Grant Usher and Amy Beth McDougall with Johan Labuschagne and Catherine Williamson 37 minutes further back.