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A transition stage on the Absa Cape Epic – from one race village host town to another – is sometimes regarded as being easier, but Wednesday's 128km Stage 3 from Elgin Valley to Worcester was "very rough and really sandy", according to race leader Christoph Sauser. Riders further back in the field also spent several hours battling in baking heat as the temperature steadily ticked up towards the 30ºC mark.

Swiss Sauser and his Czech partner Jaroslav Kulhavy (Investec-Songo-Specialized) were again imperious at the front of the field, powering away on the last 15km to register a 25 second win and extend their overall lead to more than seven minutes. It was their third stage win in succession and Sauser looks increasingly likely to become the first person to win the event five times.