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Relive the action as the best in the world battled it out for line honours and overall victory. Watch the broadcast from every stage of the 2019 Absa Cape Epic. 



In 2019 Cape Town’s most iconic landmark, Table Mountain National Park, played host for the fifth time, to the inaugural stage of the Absa Cape Epic. For most, surviving the Prologue unscathed was the aim for the day – the race really began on Monday in Hermanus.



 Stage 1 

Stage 1 of the 2019 Absa Cape Epic was relentless. Attritional. And returned to the Hemel en Aarde Valley in Hermanus. Riders were tested to their limits as the race opened with a 100+ kilometres stage that brought a tear to the eye of those who failed to prepare.



Stage 2 

A teaspoon of cement was in order for the first move day of the 2019 Absa Cape Epic, as it packed challenge after challenge into its relatively brief 86 kilometres. Tyre choice and pressure were decisive on Stage 2 where 10 arduous kilometres within the first half of the day proved definitive. 



Stage 3 

The Emerald Princess. No Absa Cape Epic sojourn in Elgin would be complete without an assault on Groenlandberg. But in 2019 the famed emerald mountain, though the highest point of the route, did not earn the honour of being titled the Queen Stage. Overshadowed, slightly, by Stage 5 it still provided a stern test. 



Stage 4 

The Time Trial. After three marathon stages the 2019 Absa Cape Epic route provided some relief in terms of distance, but the singletrack filled race against the clock certainly did not ease up on the difficulty. The allure was rather one of a shorter day in the saddle with more recovery time. 



Stage 5 

Newton’s Queen. Overcoming gravity and fighting to maintain momentum were the orders of the day on the Queen Stage of the 2019 Absa Cape Epic. Though similar statistically to Stage 3, in reality Stage 5 was by a considerable distance the toughest stage of the race. Rugged terrain and brutally steep climbs ensured it had the topography to prove decisive in the battles to be crowned Kings and Queens of the Absa Cape Epic. 



Stage 6 

Death, Taxes, Singletracks & Vineyard Climbs. The old saying goes that there are only two certainties in life: death and taxes. When mountain biking in Stellenbosch another two can be added: singletracks and vineyard climbs. Play day, or earn the right to play day; Stage 6 of the 2019 Absa Cape Epic started with Heart Break Hill inside the first kilometre. 



Grand Finale

With 70km and 1 800m of vertical gain standing between the leaders of the race and overall victory on the Champs-Élysées of mountain biking at Val de Vie Estate, you could’ve forgiven the leaders for playing it safe and cruising to the finish. 


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