Team dormakaba’s Candice Lill and Amy Beth Mcdougall won the inaugural African women’s special jersey after the final Cape Epic stage finished at Val de Vie today.
The pair finished second on the last stage and fourth overall with a total time of 31:48:17.
Nolands Spar Ladies’ Hannele Steyn and Jeanie Dreyer placed second in this category, while Western girls’ Nadia Visser and Katie Lennard claimed third.
After yesterday’s stage Lill and Mcdougall were over two hours ahead of Steyn and Dreyer, which put them in a comfortable position for the jersey.
“The first few days for us were challenging, because Amy had a stomach bug just before the prologue. We had four really long stages that she suffered through, and I did my best to help her,” said Lill.
“It’s amazing to win the jersey throughout and to be the first wearers of it. I hope it inspires many African women to come and compete in this category.”
McDougall added that is was a real honour to wear the jersey.
“We are super proud. It’s been a battle, but Candice has been amazing – pushing when I needed to be pushed, and pulling when I needed to be pulled.”
Top three African women’s special jersey results:
1. Candice Lill & Amy Beth Mcdougall (dormakaba) 31:48:17
2. Hannele Steyn & Jeanie Dreyer (Nolands Spar Ladies +02:53:17
3. Nadia Visser & Katie Lennard (Western girls) +03:38:26
View more Cape Epic results here.