The Danish sisters Kristine and Anna-Sofie Noergaard (team Rothaus-CUBE) finished in 37:31.03,3 and won their category, having also taken top honours in five of the eight stages in this year’s race. In second place overall in this category were Hannele Steyn-Kotze and Ivonne Kraft (Team Sludge Ladies) in a time of 38:01.15,6 and in third place were Giuliana Vitali and Tamara Horn (team bike2help.ch – Big Tree) in 41:10.43,9.
Says Anna-Sofie Noergaard of team Rothaus-CUBE: “It was great to win. Today we rode carefully and safely as we didn’t want to take any chances. The other ladies really fought for a stage win and deserved it. Now I can’t wait to join my family and see my son again. It’s been a long week away from them, but I enjoyed the race very much.” Adds her sister Kristine: “It feels fantastic to finish the race and also to have won. South Africa and its people have been fantastic. The course this year was great – still tough but not as bad as we expected. Tonight we really want to celebrate and hope we still have some energy to do so.”
Says Hannele Steyn-Kotze of the Sludge Ladies (sponsored by bike shoes): “This is my home town and it was really nice to finish first. We knew it would take a lot but I so wanted to thank my family and friends for their support by winning this stage. Today I rode with my heart. This was my seventh Absa Cape Epic, but next time I’ll be doing it just for fun, and without the pain.” Adds Ivonne Kraft: “It’s great to be finished. We’re very happy. It was a fair race against the Danish sisters and we won. It’s great to know we’re done and that we’ve finished together. This was my fourth Absa Cape Epic and from experience I know that if you’re still friends with your partner, you’ve done well.”