Before they could dream of champagne and celebrations, there was the small matter of eighty-five kilometres of racing ahead of them. Annie Last and Mariske Strauss had a second place in General Classification to defend, as well as a chance to take another stage win.
The Hansgrohe – Cadence Nutrition pair set out more to defend their third place in General Classification than to push for a stage result, however they took their opportunity when it presented itself. Having lost her legs yesterday, Mariske was back firing on all cylinders today, and the smile was bigger than ever!
Stage racing brings so many sensations, emotions and daily differences. Whilst yesterday brought Hansgrohe – Cadence Nutrition their best result yet, today was a suffer fest. What makes Annie Last and Mariske Strauss such incredible athletes, is that on a day when things go badly, they still race to fifth place on the stage and retain their third place in General Classification.
Stage Three took the riders on a seventy-eight kilometre loop from Greyton, over some classic Cape Epic terrain and through another hot and dusty day. Four days into the Cape Epic and it could be reasonably expected that the will, and the ability, to race full gas would be wearing off.
Stage 3 of the Cape Epic is in the bag and Mariske Strauss & Annie Last powered through the stage to a 3rd place podium whilst retaining their 3rd place in the GC. It was hot, and dry, but an amazing day in the saddle. Martin Gluth also had a good day, and even had time for some fun riding. Keep an eye out for more 360° videos from him as he continues his #OutcastJourney. Keep up your support!
With extreme heat and high humidity forecast for the day, the Cape Epic team took the unprecedented decision to shorten the stage and have it finish at Water Point 2 at sixty-two kilometres. Still, a Cape Epic stage is always tough, with every day and every minute counting towards the final General Classification.
After the drama of yesterday and our thoughts all with Julian in hospital, we are extra proud that today our ladies team could perform perfectly once again, and Martin could showcase Silverback OMX in fine style.
Riding as Hansgrohe-CadenceNutrition OMX, Annie Last and Mariske Strauss got OMX racing underway with a storming Prologue ride. They set the fastest women’s pairs time on course at each of the three check points along the twenty-six kilometre course.
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