Schurter and Forster shore up lead in Cape Epic mountain bike race

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Published on March 24, 2019 - Duration: 01:28s

Schurter and Forster shore up lead in Cape Epic mountain bike race

Nino Schurter and Lars Forster extend their overall lead in the Cape Epic Mountain Bike race with a second-place finish in Stage 6 behind Louis Meija and Johnny Cattaneo.

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Schurter and Forster shore up lead in Cape Epic mountain bike race

SHOWS: STELLENBOSCH, SOUTH AFRICA (MARCH 23, 2019) (QUATTRO MEDIA - ACCESS ALL) MEN'S RACE 1.

START OF MEN'S SIXTH STAGE OF THE CAPE EPIC MOUNTAIN BIKE RACE WITH TEAM MATES NINO SCHURTER (SWITZERLAND, 4-1) AND LARS FORSTER (SWITZERLAND, 4-2) 2.

SLOW-MOTION VIDEO OF RIDERS GOING THROUGH WET PATCH 3.

RIDERS COMING DOWN DESCENT 4.

AERIAL OF RIDERS ON WINDING COURSE 5.

AERIAL OF RIDERS TAKING A SHARP CURVE 6.

BIKE WHEEL ON CURVE 7.

TEAM TREK SELLE SAN MARCO'S SAMUELE PORRO (10-2) OF ITALY CRASHING AS HE AND TEAM MATE DAMIANO FERRARO (10-1) OF ITALY RIDE BY A VINEYARD 8.

BLOOD ON PORRO'S ELBOW AS HE CONTINUES THE RACE 9.

FERRARO AND PORRO BEING OVERTAKEN BY EVENTUAL STAGE WINNERS, LOUIS MEIJA (25-1) OF COLOMBIA AND TEAM MATE JOHNNY CATTANEO (25-2) OF ITALY, AS WELL AS OVERALL LEADERS SCHURTER (4-1) AND FORSTER (4-2) 10.

MEIJA AND CATTANEO SPLASHING THROUGH PUDDLE 11.

MEIJA AND CATTANEO CROSSING FINISH LINE FOR FIRST PLACE IN THE STAGE AT 3 HOURS, 49 MINUTES AND 21 SECONDS 12.

SCHURTER AND FORSTER CROSSING IN SECOND AT 3 HOURS, 51 MINUTES AND 40 SECONDS, ENOUGH TO RETAIN THE OVERALL LEAD 13.

STAGE 6 WINNERS MEIJA AND CATTANEO TAKING PODIUM 14.

SCHURTER AND FORSTER ON PODIUM WITH YELLOW JERSEYS WOMEN'S RACE 15.

START OF WOMEN'S SIXTH STAGE OF THE CAPE EPIC MOUNTAIN BIKE RACE WITH TEAM MATES ANNIKA LANGVAD (DENMARK, 50-1) AND ANNA VAN DER BREGGEN (NETHERLANDS, 50-2) IN ORANGE LEADER JERSEYS 16.

LANGVAD AND VAN DER BREGGEN ON COURSE 17.

HELMET CAM OF LANGVAD AND VAN DER BREGGEN IN THE LEAD 18.

MORE OF LANGVAD AND VAN DER BREGGEN IN LEAD 19.

TEAM MATES CANDICE LILL (SOUTH AFRICA, 54-1) AND ADELHEID MORATH (GERMANY, 54-2) ON COURSE 20.

LILL AND MORATH RIDING BY 21.

TEAM MATES ARIANE LUTHI (SWITZERLAND, 53-1) AND MAJA WLOSZCZOWSKA (POLAND, 53-2) RIDERS TAKING A BEND 22.

LANGVAD AND VAN DER BREGGEN CROSSING THE LINE FIRST AT 4 HOURS, 43 MINUTES AND 12 SECONDS 23.

WINNERS ON WINNER'S PODIUM STORY: Nino Schurter and Lars Forster extended their overall lead in the Cape Epic Mountain Bike race on Saturday (March 23) with a second-place finish in Stage 6 behind Louis Meija of Colombia and Johnny Cattaneo of Italy who won the stage.

Team Trek Selle San Marco's Damiano Ferraro and Samuele Porro, both from Italy, rounded out third place on the day after falling from the lead when Porro took a nasty spill and suffered a mechanical problem.

The sixth stage was characterized by 89 kilometres (55 miles) of picturesque views around the Western Cape of South Africa with a 2,650 metre (8,700 foot) climb that started and ended at Stellenbosch University.

Going into Sunday's (March 24) finale, Schurter and Forster lead Manuel Fumic (Germany) and Henrique Avancini (Brazil), who are eight minutes back, followed by Ferraro and Porro who are third overall, 17 minutes behind the leaders.

In the women's competition, Annika Langvad of Denmark and Anna van der Breggen of the Netherlands once again put their dominance on display finishing almost nine minutes ahead of Candice Lill of South Africa and Germany's Adelheid Morath who had snatched first place from the overall leaders in Friday's Stage 5.

Van der Breggen said she and her team mate felt better on Saturday's course after suffering through the steep uphills on Friday.

The leaders are now more than 30 minutes ahead of Lill and Morath going into the Stage 7 and more than an hour ahead of Ariane LΓΌthi of Switzerland and Maja Wloszczowska of Poland who are in third overall.

The seventh and final stage will be a 70-kilometre (43-mile) race on Sunday.

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