The Investec-Songo-Specialized combination of Christoph Sauser and Jaroslav Kulhavy claimed their fourth stage victory of the 2015 Absa Cape Epic during stage five from Worcester to Wellington on Friday.
The duo now have an overall lead of more than 10 minutes, strengthening Sauser’s chances of winning the race for a fifth time.
By the time they crossed the finish line the Swiss/Czech team were almost a minute ahead of the chasing Team Bulls, Germany’s Karl Platt and Swiss Urs Huber.
The winning duo ran into some trouble when Kulhavy damaged his rear derailleur when a branch got tangled in his rear wheel halfway through the ride.
Sauser feared his Cape Epic might be over when he saw Kulhavy was not behind him.
“I was so relieved to see the yellow zebra jersey coming up the hill.”
South Africans Darren Lill and Waylon Woolcock (RED-E Blend) had a brilliant ride to finish third and snatch the red Absa African special jersey from Scott Factory Racing’s Philip Buys and Matthys Beukes, who won Thursday’s Stage four.
Saturday’s Stage six is a looped 72km course starting and finishing in Worcester, including more than 30km of singletrack and numerous sharp climbs.