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Crash throws Burry off track
- Updated: March 26, 2009
Beijing Olympian Burry Stander, who led the Cape Epic with Swiss teammate Christoph Sauser (Songo.info) since day one, saw his hopes of victory take a severe knock when he crashed into a tree on the 114km fourth stage of the eight-day mountain bike marathon on Wednesday.
The KZN rider and Sauser had built up a lead of over six minutes after winning the first three stages and prologue, but saw that advantage wiped out after Stander collided with a tree and severely damaged his bike.
The pair were able to continue after fellow KZN rider Max Knox handed over his bike to Stander, leaving the Songo.info pair to lose 20 minutes and finish ninth. They drop to second place overall behind stage winners Karl Platt and Stefn Safm (The Bulls).
Platt and Sahm wore the yellow jersey for Thursday’s 111km stage from Greyton to Oak Valley, which involves a total of 2,233m of climbing.
Hanlie Booyens and Sharon Laws (Absa Ladies) continued to dominate he women’s event, making it five wins out of five (they also won the prologue). They finished the fourth stage stage in 5:57:08. They were again followed by Robyn Adendorff and Sarah van Heerden (WSP – Jeep Girls) in a time of 6:32:31.