Stage 1 of the Cape Epic 2016 was held in Saronsberg, Tulbagh yesterday. The town is nestled in a beautiful, lush valley surrounded by mountains. Over its 300 years Tulbagh has built a reputation for excellent wine. Now the town is beginning to earn a name for great mountain biking. All riders were highly motivated to win, as stage 1 traditionally gives a clearer idea of what’s to come. The athletes had to ascend 2300m over 108km, a lot of it on rugged and rocky terrain.
It was Karl Platt (GER) and his team-fellow Urs Huber (SUI) who also won stage 1 after success at the prologue. Alban Lakata (AUT) and Kristian Hynek (CZE) took the second place in front of Periklis Ilias (GRE) and Tiago Jorge Ferreira Oliveira (POR).
In the women’s race sich De Groot Robyn (RSA) und Stenerhag Jennie (SWE) performed best and secured the first place like at the prologue.