Schurter and Forster extend lead in Cape Epic mountain bike race

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Published on March 18, 2019 - Duration: 01:21s

Schurter and Forster extend lead in Cape Epic mountain bike race

The pairing of Nino Schurter and Lars Forster extend their lead in the Cape Epic Mountain Bike race while Annika Langvad and Anna van der Breggen continue to dominate the women's race

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Schurter and Forster extend lead in Cape Epic mountain bike race

SHOWS: AROUND HERMANUS, SOUTH AFRICA (MARCH 18, 2019) (QUATTRO MEDIA - NO ARCHIVE / NO RESALES) 1.

START OF THE MEN'S FIRST STAGE 2.

VARIOUS OF NINO SCHURTER (NUMBER 4-1, YELLOW) AND LARS FORSTER (4-2, YELLOW) LEADING (3 SHOTS) 3.

LARS FORSTER STOPPED TO ADJUST CHAIN ON HIS BIKE 4.

LARS FORSTER BACK IN THE LEAD FROM NINO SCHURTER 5.

VARIOUS OF NINO SCHURTER AND LARS FORSTER LEADING AND WINNING THE STAGE (6 SHOTS) 6.

MANUEL FUMIC (3-1, ON LEFT) AND HENRIQUE AVANCINI (3-2, RIGHT) FINISHING SECOND 7.

KARL PLATT (2-1, ON LEFT) AND ALBAN LAKATA (2-2, ON RIGHT) FINISHING THIRD 8.

LARS FORSTER (LEFT/CENTRE, WHITE/BLUE) AND NINO SCHURTER (RIGHT/CENTRE) ON WINNERS' PODIUM 9.

VARIOUS OF ANNIKA LANGVAD (50-1, ORANGE) AND ANNA VAN DER BREGGEN (50-2, ORANGE) LEADING AND WINNING THE WOMEN'S STAGE (3 SHOTS) 10.

ANNA VAN DER BREGGEN (LEFT/CENTRE) AND ANNIKA LANGVAD (RIGHT/CENTRE) STEP ONTO THE WINNERS' PODIUM (2 SHOTS) STORY: Nino Schurter and Lars Forster of Switzerland won the first stage of the Cape Epic Mountain Bike race on Monday (March 18) to extend their overall lead.

After winning the prologue in Cape Town, South Africa on Sunday (March 17), the Swiss duo dominated the 111-km stage with 2,700 metres of climb, winning in four hours, 24 minutes, 4.6 seconds, almost three minutes ahead of second placed Manuel Fumic of Germany and Henrique Avancini of Brazil.

Karl Platt of Germany and Austrian Alban Lakata took third place over a minute further back.

There was a similar story in the women's event, with Annika Langvad of Denmark and Anna van der Breggen of the Netherlands repeating their prologue win with a dominant victory in the opening stage.

Swiss Ariane Luthi and Maja Wloszczowska of Poland were second over three minutes back, with Candice Lill of South Africa and Germany's Adelheid Morth third.

In the overall standings, Schurter and Forster lead Fumic and Avancini by three minutes, 33 seconds while Langvad and Van der Breggen hold a five minutes 42.8-second lead over Luthi and Wloszczowska.

The second stage on Tuesday (March 19) is a 90-km ride from Hermanus to the Oak Valley Estate.

The race concludes on Sunday (March 24).

(Production: Mike Brock)

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