Silverback Fairtree’s Mariske Strauss and Jennie Stenerehag went full gas through out the 111km first stage of the Cape Epic which ended at Hermanus High School Today.

It was a solid GC result for Silverback race teams despite setbacks on Stage 1.

“It was a tough day and we were fighting. I felt okey and strong but took a tumble at 95km and needed 2 stitches in my elbow,” says Stenerhag.

“Jennie was an absolute machine and we managed to hang in there,” adds Mariske while having a massage.

Today’s stage saw the ABSA Cape Epic 1’s of old and the Hemel en Aarde Valley with relentless ascents before the first spectator point. The final sting of this stage is designed to bring a tear to the eye of those who failed to prepare.

Our UCI Men was unlucky today. Team Silverback SBC, Nicola Rohrbach and Konny Looser ran into a mechanical 35km in. 

Switzerland rider, “just after the hotspot, on the downhill I had a sidewall cut on my front tire from a stone. We plugged it and had to refill it twice,” says Nicola.

“This all happened at a bad time because we lost both groups and we had open roads for about 25km. We were riding alone and had no other teams to help us,” adds Nicola.

“The last 25km we were able to catch up to like 10 teams again and finished 11thplace”

Team Silverback SBC feels if it was not for their bad luck during this stage, they would of finished in the Top 10.

Tomorrow teams will need to put in more work to close all the gaps on Tuesday’s Stage 2 with 90KM and 2250m of climbing. This stage is packed with challenge after challenge.

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