Cannondale’s and Northwave’s terrific start at Absa Cape Epic, in South Africa, continues. After the win in the opening prologue, on Monday March 20th, German Manuel Fumic and Brazilian Henrique Avancini claimed a strong success in the stage 1 (Hermanus - Hermanus 101 Km).
Cannondale Factory Racing’s pair, equipped with Northwave Extreme XC shoes, crossed the finish line with 54 seconds on Swiss Christopher Sauser and Czech Jaroslav Kulhavy, whilst another Northwave's duo, formed by Germans Jochen Kauss and Markus Kaufmann (Centurion Vaude), completed the day’s podium.
In the overall standings, Fumic and Avancini lead with 2’41” on Sauser-Kulhavy and 5’24” on Swiss Nino Schurter and Matthias Stirnemann.
In the Women’s race, Sabine Spitz, prologue’s winner together with teammate Robyn de Groot, claimed the second place, as Swiss Esther Suss and Swede Jennie Stenerhag conquered the stage win and the overall leadership.