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1 200 cyclists take on the Cape Epic

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Sergio Paz Rabaina during the Prologue of the 2014 Absa Cape Epic Mountain Bike stage race held at Meerendal Wine Estate in Durbanville outside Cape Town, South Africa on the 23 March 2014

Photo by Karin Schermbrucker/Cape Epic/SPORTZPICSHannele Steyn(front) Heletje van Staden(rear) during the Prologue of the 2014 Absa Cape Epic Mountain Bike stage race held at Meerendal Wine Estate in Durbanville outside Cape Town, South Africa on the 23 March 2014

Photo by Sam Clark/Cape Epic/SPORTZPICSMEERENDAL 23 MARCH 2014 - John Smit & Christopher Chorley of Barney's Army during the Prologue of the 2014 Absa Cape Epic Mountain Bike stage race held at Meerendal Wine Estate in Durbanville outside Cape Town, South Africa on the 23 March 2014

Photo by Gary Perkin/Cape Epic/SPORTZPICSHermias Niewhoudt makes his way through the single track during the Prologue of the 2014 Absa Cape Epic Mountain Bike stage race held at Meerendal Wine Estate in Durbanville outside Cape Town, South Africa on the 23 March 2014

Photo by Karin Schermbrucker/Cape Epic/SPORTZPICSAlbert Anneler during the Prologue of the 2014 Absa Cape Epic Mountain Bike stage race held at Meerendal Wine Estate in Durbanville outside Cape Town, South Africa on the 23 March 2014

Photo by Sam Clark/Cape Epic/SPORTZPICS

The first stage of the Absa Cape Epic began with about 1 200 competitors cycling 23km through farmland in Durbanville. José Hermida of Spain and Rudi van Houts of the Netherlands won the men’s event prologue, which began at Meerendal Wine Estate. Ariane Kleinhans, from Switzerland, and Danish cyclist Annika Langvad clinched the orange jersey in the women’s race. The 11th edition of the race will have cyclists spending the rest of the week on the saddle, touring 718km of Western Cape trails and tracks. Predictions are that the cyclists will face some wet days as they make their way through Robertson, Greyton and Elgin before finishing on Sunday at Lourensford Wine Estate in Somerset West.

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