The stage saw Christoph Sauser and Jaroslav Kulhavy secure victory in an Epic that will be remembered for sand and mechanical problems that had us all sitting on the edge of our seats the entire week and saw the swapping of yellow jersey in an unexpected, yet exciting fashion during the first few days.
Julian, my 9 year old, who is not particularly interested in cycling decided that he would try his hand at sports photography. And I am certain that everyone would agree the results of his labour can stand up there with some of the best I have seen. So I promised him that I would publish some of them here.
We were standing on the second to last climb of the day in the beautiful Tokara vineyards. The climb itself kicked up at the end much to the dismay of the riders. It was amazing to see the dominance of the Burry Stander - Songo team stamping their authority on the race.
Susi and Jaro
Tim Boehme and Thomas Dietche
Our boys (Phil and Matthys) charging up behind Bulls 3
Half beard the pirate (Jose Hermida) leading Merida and Cannodale up the climb
Buffy, the hill slayer
Urs Huber leading Karl Platt up the climb...
The best smile of the day came from the Kleinhans pairing of Erik and Ariane. I had just explained to my fellow spectators that the pair hail from Stellenbosch and were kind of riding home. The chap behind me, who happened to be the security chap for the Tokara wine estate hollered "go Stellenbosch" to which both riders grinned.
And I suppose that represents the culture and spirit of this great race. May it live long...