Three successive days wins for men's and women's leaders of Cape Epic Mountain Bike race

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Published on March 19, 2019 - Duration: 01:24s

Three successive days wins for men's and women's leaders of Cape Epic Mountain Bike race

The pairings of Nino Schurter and Lars Forster along with Annika Langvad and Anna van der Breggen continue to dominate the Cape Epic Mountain Bike race

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Three successive days wins for men's and women's leaders of Cape Epic Mountain Bike race

SHOWS: HERMANUS TO OAK VALLEY, SOUTH AFRICA (MARCH 19, 2019) (QUATTRO MEDIA - NO ARCHIVE / NO RESALES) 1.

START OF THE MEN'S SECOND STAGE 2.

GENERAL VIEWS OF STAGE (2 SHOTS) 3.

NINO SCHURTER (NUMBER 4-1, YELLOW) SPRINTING AT THE FRONT BEING PURSUED BY HENRIQUE AVANCINI (3-2, WHITE) (2 SHOTS) 4.

VARIOUS OF NINO SCHURTER (NUMBER 4-1, YELLOW) AND LARS FORSTER (4-2, YELLOW) LEADING (3 SHOTS) 5.

VARIOUS OF NINO SCHURTER AND LARS FORSTER WINNING THE STAGE (2 SHOTS) 6.

SERGIO MANTECON GUTIERREZ AND ONDREJ CINK (RED) FINISHING SECOND JUST AHEAD OF MANUEL FUMIC AND HENRIQUE AVANCINI (2 SHOTS) 7.

VARIOUS OF ANNIKA LANGVAD (50-1, ORANGE) AND ANNA VAN DER BREGGEN (50-2, ORANGE) LEADING AND WINNING THE WOMEN'S STAGE (3 SHOTS) 8.

LARS FORSTER (LEFT) AND NINO SCHURTER (RIGHT) ON OVERALL LEADERS' PODIUM 9.

ANNA VAN DER BREGGEN (LEFT/CENTRE) AND ANNIKA LANGVAD (RIGHT/CENTRE) STEP ONTO THE WINNERS' PODIUM STORY: The Swiss duo of Nino Schurter and Lars Forster continued their domination of the Cape Epic Mountain Bike race with a third straight win on Tuesday (March 19).

After winning the prologue and Stage One, the Swiss took Stage Two as well, a 90-km ride from Hermanus to Oak Valley, South Africa, which included total climbs of 2,250m.

After taking the stage by over two and a half minutes, they held a four minutes, 4.1 seconds lead over Manuel Fumic of Germany and Brazil's Henrique Avancini.

The Brazilian, who sprinted with Schurter at the front in the early part of Stage Two, was edged out with Fumic into third place in the stage behind Spain's Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez and Ondrej Cink of the Czech Republic.

The women's race had a similar outcome, with Annika Langvad of Denmark and Dutch Anna van der Breggen also winning for a third straight day.

The duo finished over two minutes ahead of Ariane Luthi of Switzerland and Poland's Maja Wloszczowska to extend their lead over the pair to seven minutes, 50.8 seconds.

Candice Lill of South Africa and Germany's Adelheid Morath took third place on the stage and were third overall, but over 18 minutes behind the leaders.

(Production: Mike Brock)

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