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by Caley Fretz
March 24, 2018
In today’s Daily News Digest: Terpstra takes a solo win at E3 Harelbeke; Pantano wins stage 5 of the Volta a Catalunya; Cavendish out of Commonwealth Games; First rider reaches halfway point in Australia crossing; Luca Pacioni wins again in Langkawi; Bont’s premium Helix now ready for sale; Leads consolidated in Cape Epic TT; Gracie Elvin living the Ronde like a local; How to make a hamburger with Jasper Stuyven
The men’s and women’s Songo Specialized teams consolidated their leads in the stage five time trial at Cape Epic. Annika Langvad and Kate Courtney now lead Mariske Straus and Annie Last (Silverback-KMC) by 35’27” while Jaraslav Kulhavy and Howard Grotts lead the Canyon-Topeak duo of Alban Lakata and Kristian Hynek by 7’15”.
Only two stages remain, making the Specialized teams’ lead feel increasingly unassailable. But anything can happen in the heat of Africa.
“The time-trial is a different challenge,” Courtney said. “Everything is tough in its own way out here at the Absa Cape Epic. I think today was hard after a long day yesterday, but we were able to ride in control and especially on the descents, where there were a lot of rocky and sandy corners, and we were able to pull back and avoid having any big mishaps.”
Cannondale was the big loser on the men’s side, finishing fifth 3’10” back.
“We rode really hard and took some risks,” said Cannondale’s Henrique Avancini. “We gave it a shot but had no legs … it is what it is.”