It was another dramatic day at the Absa Cape Epic. Stage 4 was marred with the withdrawals of four-times champion Karl Platt and second-place mixed racer Cherise Stander. Team Bulls’ Platt from Germany has finished all 10 previous editions of the Cape Epic, but was left with no choice but to withdraw from the race because of a knee injury suffered during Stage 2. Stander, who partnered with Theo Blignaut for Team RECM in the mixed race and won Stage 3, had to stop because of breathing difficulties.

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