Sunday, March 22, 2009
Absa Cape Epic Stage 2
Felt international MTB Team 3rd
The second stage of the most beautiful MTB race in the world started at 7am when it was still dark and with 76& humidity!!!!!! The murderous second stage was of 112 km and with the highest altitude gain of the whole event.
At the starting line Felt Team #2 decided to try to gain some precious minutes in the overall standings and attack right at the starting gun.......with them went a few of the best riders of the event, among them Brentjens, Lindgren, Sauser, Fluckinger, Leuchs, Uber Urs, Platt, Hermida, Ditch and Kass. The Trek Team of Bart Brentjens managed to break away as the other riders started to suffer the heat.
Unfortunately after only one hour of racing Paolo Alberati had a nasty crash. With the immediate help of his Teammate Kashi Leuchs, the Umbrian Paolo was transported to the closest hospital. The diagnosis is a broken collarbone and scapular.
In the mean time the race became exciting with Sauser and Satander who tried to rein in the the escape but were finally joined by Energade, Felt Team 2 and Bulls with Karl Platt.
The final was electrifying, FELT and Energade tried to reel in the fugitives but Energade paid the extra effort and lost contact. When the second position seemed a sure thing, FELT flatted and BULLS managed to beat FELT in a sprint finish.
A perfect third place and podium for Felt!!!!!!