The Topeak-Ergon Racing Team with Lakata and Hynek have established themselves to second place and therefore the team is the hardest pursuer of the overall victory. Mennen and Bishop were able to find their rhythm as well and fight on the forefront with their teammates. Bigham rides out of competition after Kollmanns exit. Learn more at On the Edge
How close happiness and misfortune can be at Cape Epic, you can witness closely on our Topeak-Ergon Racing Team. While Alban and Kristian were quickly able to find their form and achieve a podium´s position every day, Robert and Jeremiah had to ride at first through a valley of suffering with defect, health issues and a harsh time penalty.
But now the engine is running smoothly for the 29-year old German and the 39-year old American. The results are impressive: twice place 2 for Alban and Kristian, place 3 and 5 for Robert and Jeremiah on stage three and four. It is quite different for our female team: After Christina suffered a heat stroke during stage four and therefore had to give up, Sally keeps participating out of competition, wearing the Outcast Jersey.
Today on stage 5 from Worcester to Wellington, our boys were headed in the right direction, when a flat tire and a twisted chain threw the Topeak-Ergon-Team back, which is why after 117 kilometers and 2.500 meter difference in altitude only 5th place was reached. Today they took 2nd, just 30 seconds behind the winning team. However, our team is still second in the overall classification with a backlog of 10:51 minutes.
Robert and Jeremiah had to deal with impediments today as well and arrived at the finish line as sixteenth. Meanwhile ”Lonesome? Sally underlined her good early form in lone warrior style as outcast: ”We start about ten minutes behind the peloton,? explains the two time Epic winner.? I felt great from the start today and arrived exactly 6 hours later at the finish line.? This would have been place 23 in the overall ranking after all — Respect!
Yet one last stage to come, then we know who will make Cape Epic history this year. Chances look not too bad for Topeak-Ergon …