During a day where mountain bikers learned the hard way that sheep are certainly no pushover when it comes to sharing a dirt road it was Brandon Stewart and Jacques Janse van Rensburg (DCM) who had the strongest legs that enabled them to win the fifth stage of the DCM Cape Pioneer Trek in the Klein Karoo.
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Max Knox and Thomas Zahnd ensured that Ian van der Walt, owner of DCM, is a more than proud event-sponsor when they completed a hat trick of victories by also winning the fourth stage of the DCM Cape Pioneer Trek.
It is beginning to look more and more like the DCM-team will also win overall.
Evans crossed the line in fourth place which meant that the MTN-Energade team had to be satisfied with a second place finish. Knox and Zahnd finished third without losing time.
After three stages the DCM-team has an overall lead 5 minutes and 35 seconds on Evans/Niyonshuti. They are the only two teams who still are in contention for an overall victory. Brandon Stewart and Jacques Janse van Rensburg (DCM) who is currently the third placed team is now 37 minutes behind.
After stage two of the six day DCM Cape Pioneer Tour it is not a secret what Max Knox and Thomas Zahnd (DCM)’s favourite number is once they get onto their mountain bikes to race.
For the second consecutive day the riders from South Africa and Switzerland managed to outride their rivals when it mattered most. So it is only logical to conclude that their favourite number must definitely be number one.
Kevin Evans (MTN-Energade) proved today that he is human after all when he and Adrien Niyonshuti finished second in the first stage of the DCM Cape Pioneer Tour.
The stage from Oudtshoorn to Mosselbaai (135km) was won by Max Knox and Thomas Zahnd (DCM) in five hours 43 minutes. Evans/Niyonshuti crossed the finish line at Milkwood Primary School 3 minutes and 09 seconds later with Brandon Stewart and Jacques Janse van Rensburg (DCM) third another 1 minute 14 seconds behind.
Over the last four days it has been a case of different day, different province, different mountain bike tour and even different teammate.
The only constant seems to be Max Knox of DCM’s desire to “kill off” his rivals one by one with his cool and calculating hard riding.
Officially Switzerland’s former double world champion, Christoph Sauser, is on holiday and he will, therefore, ride the six-day DCM Cape Pioneer Tour that starts on Monday (18 October) for the sheer joy of it.
But South Africa’s top mountain bikers would be naive to believe that Sauser will merely be a fun rider during the six days of the tour.