Riders negotiate the 100m long extraordinary thirstiwater floating bridge during Sunday’s prologue in the Lourensford Dam. Picture: Supplied Cape Town – Defending Absa Cape Epic Champion Matt Beers, racing with American debutant Christopher Blevins for team Toyota-NinetyOne-Specialized, romped home in a time 58:06,7 to claim the first yellow leader jerseys of the event.
They blitzed out of the start chute at the 2022 Prologue and tore into the hot, dry trails of Lourensford Wine Estate on the 24km day of racing on Sunday.
Second place on the Prologue went to German newcomers Georg Egger and Lukas Baum (Speed Company Racing), while Andreas Seewald and Martin Stošek (Canyon Northwave MTB) finished third.
Beers and Blevins, despite the fine performance of Egger and Baum, had it all their own way thanks to the perfect execution of their gameplan and determination to nab the yellow jersey at the Prologue.
"This was a good Prologue for us," said Blevins. "We planned to go out there and chase the yellow jersey. We wanted that wind in our sails going into stage 1. We were highly motivated right from the start, and it all came together."
In the women’s prologue, debutant Pauline Ferrand-Prévot of France and South African partner Robyn de Groot (BMC MTB Racing) won with a commanding performance.
Ferrand-Prévot, a multi-discipline World Champion in road racing, cyclocross, and XCO (her last MTB World Championship title coming in 2020), set the pace on the 24km prologue and De Groot followed.The South African rider matched her partner where it mattered most […]