Once again the Cape Epic is over and ended with a gripping final in South Africa. The mountain bikers from TEAM CENTURION VAUDE played a huge part in this final of the most prestigious MTB race in the world.
By the middle of the eight day race, the duo Daniel Geismayr and guest rider Nicola Rohrbach had worked their way up to position four overall. The fifth stage was a bit unlucky due to a defect, but thanks to the exemplary help by the second CENTURION VAUDE duo, Markus Kaufmann and Jochen Käß, the issue could be quickly resolved. On the penultimate “royal stage”, with over 100 km and over 2,400 m ascent, Geismayr / Rohrbach attacked early. They won the KOM, were on their own in the lead and finished third overall with a third place on the day's podium. "But we wanted more, we still had a “punch” in our legs," Geismayr said. Overall, they were still ranked fourth with a little less than five minutes behind third place. "And five minutes can go fast at the Epic," adds Rohrbach.
In fact, on the final stage the two went balls out and were again part of the top group. "We did not care about the day’s results, we just kept the group going and saw to that we made up time," explains Geismayr as the reason why you mostly saw the red CENTURION VAUDE jerseys in the wind. And the distance became greater from measurement to measurement. After reaching the goal as the 4th team, a nerve-racking wait followed.
When the five-minute limit was reached, the South African Max Knox and ex-world champion Leonardo Paez (Colombia) were near the goal, but the time had expired in favor of TEAM CENTURION VAUDE. Sensationally, they had made the third overall rank of the Cape Epic 2017!
It was the Cape Epic with the most high-calibre starting list ever, and with Kaufmann/Käß still ranked 9th overall, TEAM CENTURION VAUDE is the only team to have two teams in the top ten, a fabulous success! Especially if you remember last year’s fantastic 2nd place.
"This makes me so proud," said team manager Richard Dämpfle. "First and foremost, the manner in which this third rank was scored is testament to a great fighting spirit. We took on the best teams and athletes in the world, and in the second year we are just at the front. Big names of the scene like last year's winner Karl Platt or favorite Alban Lakata are far behind, which also shows how brutally fast and big the competition was this year, "continues Dämpfle.
The 2017 victory goes to the Swiss: Nino Schurter and Matthias Stirnemann of Scott-SRAM-Racing in front of Christoph Sauser / Jaroslav Kulhavy of Specialized. "Everyone who knows these names knows that here are four exceptional athletes and a lot of precious metal. Rightly, they were a bit better this year – but we part of it," added the TEAM CENTURION VAUDE manager.
Photos: Hoshi Yoshida for SR Suntour
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