Stage 5: Huguenot High & Primary School

Friday, 23 March 2018

Against the clock

Flat out, but far from flat. The time trial is the race of truth, just you and your partner against the clock. This could shake up the elite categories, the intensity of the altitude gain and the short day may catch a few of them out. Back in 2010, when the last time trial was held, Burry Stander and Christoph Sauser put a minute gap into their opponents. That could be more over the three, massive climbs on the day. Rondawel is first up after 5km, then Plantation at 13km and the Seven Peaks 22km in. The fun will come with the Bobsled bridge and the singletrack descents of Cool Runnings and Cool Runnings Two.

Race prediction for the pros

The time trial, just three days from the end of the race could shake up the dynamics of the race as the cross country stars get to rev up their engines for a rip around Wellington. Except, that they don’t usually ride a time trial after five days of hard racing through the Western Cape.

Robyn de Groot has an excellent record in time trials at the Absa Cape Epic given her Prologue form over the last three years, winning with Ascendis Health teammate Sabine Spitz last year. If Kate Courtney has found her stage race rhythm, then she and Annika Langvad (Investec Songo Specialized) will be in contention.

When Karl Platt discovered the 2018 route would be going through Wellington, he could barely keep the smile off his face. These are his favourite trails in South Africa, which he says he knows like the back of his hand, and he is on the record as saying he is looking forward to the time trial.

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Stage 5 Predictions

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Stage Results

UCI Men
  • 1. 2 - InvestecSongoSpecialized1
  • 2. 15 - Trek Selle San Marco 2
  • 3. 7 - Canyon Topeak
  • 4. 21 - BUFF SCOTT MTB
  • 5. 6 - Cannondale Factory Racing
UCI Women
  • 1. 54 - InvestecSongoSpecialized2
  • 2. 52 - Ascendis Health / WIAWIS Bikes
  • 3. 51 - Silverback - BH
  • 4. 59 - PMRA/CST Racing
  • 5. 56 - dormakaba
African Men
  • 1. 10 - NAD MTB
  • 2. 9 - PYGA Euro Steel
  • 3. 30 - Imbuko Momsen
African Women
  • 1. 56 - dormakaba
  • 2. 46 - Nolands Spar Ladies
  • 3. 61 - Western girls
Exxaro
  • 1. 371 - Exxaro / PWC 1
  • 2. 370 - Exxaro / RMB
  • 3. 377 - BMT Fairtree Academy
Mixed
  • 1. 519 - Merida Argentina
  • 2. 77 - Team Journey by Junto
  • 3. 512 - Cikla - Toscana - JAC
Masters
  • 1. 69 - Wilier Force 7C 2
  • 2. 70 - Absa - WBR
  • 3. 66 - Podium-Today's Plan
Grand Masters
  • 1. 75 - Robert Daniel
  • 2. 72 - Meerendal CBC 2
  • 3. 316 - Cycle Lab KTM
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