Cape Epic: Leaders extend their advantages in stage 5 time trial

Annika Langvad and Kate Courtney (Investec Songo Specialized) finish stage 5 at Cape Epic

Yellow and Orange are increasingly beginning to look like gold as the men’s and women’s leader jersey wearers consolidated their leads in Friday’s Absa Cape Epic Stage 5 time-trial. With just two more stages to go the men’s and women’s Investec Songo Specialized teams have built up leads that they should defend comfortably barring serious health or mechanical setbacks. In a day of soaring temperatures, Czech Jaroslav Kulhavy and Howard Grotts of the USA tightened their hold on the Men’s category yellow jersey as they added another three minutes to their overall cushion. On paper the course, with an eye-watering 1,430m of vertical gain, looked to favour the cross-country specialists – more specifically the Cannondale Factory Racing team and prologue winners, Centurion Vaude. But Cannondale were the biggest losers of the day, a result of Thursday’s heroic efforts having caught up with them. German Manuel Fumic and Brazilian Henrique Avancini ...

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