Manuel Fumic and Henrique Avancini are back for this year’s Cape Epic from March 19 to 26.
The German/Brazilian duo lit up last year’s race with a thrilling win on the Grand Finale – the prestigious final stage.
“The Cape Epic is my main focus for 2017, so our ambition is to fight for the win at the GC,” said Avancini.
“We had a different approach in 2016. We had some goals and we achieved them all.”
The Cannondale Factory Racing pairing finished fourth overall last year and steadily clawed their way through the field after a disappointing 10th place on stage one. They finished second on stage six before their Grand Finale triumph.
Fumic, a former U23 world champion, is a legend on the international cross-country circuit and often near the front in the World Cup series races.
“For sure we want stage wins, but we’re also targeting a good result in the overall classification,” said Fumic.
Meanwhile, German pairing Martin Gluth and Julian Schelb (Silverback OMX) have confirmed they will also be on the starting line when the prologue kicks off at Meerendal Wine Estate.
Gluth rode the Cape Epic for the first time last year with another German, Sascha Weber, and finished 11th overall.