Copyright: Gustav Klotz/Cape Epic
After eight days of brutal stage racing, Scott Sram MTB Racing's Lars Forster and Nino Schurter have won the overall of the legendary Cape Epic. On the last stage from South Africa's trail mekka Stellenbosch to Val de Vie, the European Champion and the World Champion managed to get through the remaining 70 km and 1800 m of vertical ascent without any problems. Coming in in 14th at the last stage, Forster and Schurter simply kept an eye on securing the overall, staying close to their main rivals, team Cannondale with Marathon World Champion Henrique Avancini and Manuel Fumic. With more than 7 min ahead of Avancini and Fumic, the Scott-Sram MTB Racing Team winner team finally proofed to be the dominant team over the past eight days.
«The most brutal race in the world»
«This year's Cape Epic once again proved to be the most brutal race in the world. I'm super proud of my entire team including all staff members and the support crew. Without their efforts night and day during that week, it would have not been possible for us to perform at our best and to finally win it», Nino Schurter said in the finish area at the Val de Vie estate.