first_imgWho says a hotel heiress known mostly for her ability to smile can’t design? Apparently, no one. On Wednesday, Paris Hilton launched her new juniors clothing line. Cappuccino-armed buyers and junior-wear enthusiasts gathered in the downtown L.A. Fashion District’s California Market Center to get a look at Hilton and her sportswear line, which, (un)surprisingly, is not very sporty. Apparently, that’s a minor detail in the world of Paris, who opened the show with a decidedly rehearsed welcome/thank you to the Dollhouse clothing brand — creators of her line — for allowing her to put her stamp of approval (i.e. her logo) on whatever they ultimately came up with — more or less. What was paraded on the runway turned out to be pretty similar to the current trends of the tween/teen generation. It stayed mostly in the range of bright pinks and greens, with low-cut baby-doll dresses paired with interminable black leggings, and large sequin-adorned tops. Hilton closed the show with a stroll down the runway, wearing metallic white jeans and a gold sequined tank, presumably from her own line. Camera flashes assailed the space around Hilton’s grinning face — a face that said, “Get a good look, because you’ll probably never see me wearing low-end denim again … ever.” Sentiments around the refreshments table? One middle-age buyer described the line as “horrible.” Nevertheless, teen girls around the globe are probably placing early orders for their Paris-approved cotton-blend frocks, like, yesterday. Hilton’s sportswear — for those who care — will be available in department stores this fall.last_img read more

first_imgReal, the two-time defending European champions and 12-time winners overall, came second behind Tottenham Hotspur in their group and will host PSG in the Spanish capital in the first leg on February 14.“I don’t think it’s the worst draw possible. I think we are of a level where we can play against Real Madrid,” said Emery.“If you want to do something big in the Champions League you have to play against the best sides.“I think these matches will be the centre of the footballing world when they come around.”Bayern were rewarded for finishing behind PSG with a tie against Besiktas, the Turkish champions, while the French club will once again have to overcome one of the Spanish giants.Last season Paris faced Barcelona in the last 16 and were eliminated in extraordinary fashion, winning 4-0 at home in the first leg only to lose 6-1 in the return at the Camp Nou.In that match, Barcelona needed to score three times from the 88th minute onwards and did so.But since then PSG have strengthened, signing Neymar for a world record 222 million euros ($264 million) from Barca and beating Madrid to the signature of Kylian Mbappe from Monaco.The tie will be the first meeting of the sides since the 2015-16 group stage, when Madrid won 1-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu after a 0-0 draw in Paris.“I have lots of friends in Madrid, I know Real Madrid well too, having watched a lot of their matches. I know what the atmosphere is like there,” said Spaniard Emery.“It is a wonderful opportunity for us. I am sure the team will be in perfect shape when the tie comes around.”Meanwhile, Emery admitted that he has allowed Neymar to return to his native Brazil to deal with a family matter.The 25-year-old was suspended for Saturday’s 3-1 win over Lille in Ligue 1 anyway, and now looks likely to miss Wednesday’s League Cup tie at Strasbourg, where Paris lost 2-1 only 10 days ago.“Neymar called me on Saturday. He said to me he had a family issue and wanted to know if the club and I would allow him to go to Brazil to deal with the problem,” said Emery.“The person comes first, then the footballer. We gave him permission to make the trip. I hope he’ll be back in three or four days, but I don’t know if he’ll be back for Wednesday’s match.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Paris Saint-Germain head coach Unai Emery pictured during a press conference ahead of the UEFA Champions League Group B match against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena in Munich, southern Germany, on December 4, 2017 © AFP/File / Guenter SCHIFFMANNPARIS, France, Dec 11 – Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery is confident his side have what it takes to get the better of title holders Real Madrid after the teams were drawn together in the Champions League on Monday.The sides will meet in the last 16, surely not the tie PSG would have wanted after winning their group ahead of Bayern Munich.last_img read more

first_imgThe Donegal-owned KN group is reportedly being readied for a sale.The Sunday Times this week reported that KN CEO Donagh Kelly, who hails from Frosses, has hired advisors to work on a sale or a recapitalisation with the company valued at up to €200m.KN are said to have appointed Clearwater to consider its strategic options. The Kn Group are leading providers to the Telecommunications, Transport Infrastructure and Power Sectors in Ireland, UK and internationally. The count the likes of Eir, Vodafone, BT, Virgin, ESB, Sky and the London Underground as customers.KN Group employs over 2,500 people and had sales of €231m in the year ending February 2017. Pre-tax profits in that accounting year stood at €10.4m, a rise of 31 per cent from the previous 12 months.Sources have told the Sunday Times that KN has resisted the possibility of a sale following interest from international private equity groups.Kelly owns 60 per cent of the company which is the main sponsors of Donegal GAA and Finn Harps.  Kelly is also one of Ireland’s leading rally drivers. Donegal-owned KN Group, valued at €200m, set to be sold was last modified: July 2nd, 2018 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_img“None of their players would make the England team!”@TheRealBozza and Ally McCoist are sure #ENG will beat #SWE on Saturday 👊📻 https://t.co/AYsRgJWZEr | #TSWorldCup pic.twitter.com/0IV51qwx3x— The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast (@SportsBreakfast) July 5, 2018 1 England manager Gareth Southgate celebrates against Tunisia. The Three Lions take on the stubborn Swedes for a place in the last-four on Saturday afternoon – and you can hear LIVE commentary of the game on talkSPORT!Gareth Southgate’s men are the overwhelming favourites ahead of the game, but history is not on their side.Out of eight meetings in tournaments and qualifiers, England have won just once – with five draws and two victories for the Scandinavians.But, looking at the two squads, McCoist can’t see anything other than an England triumph.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the Scottish football legend said: “I’ve got to say, as well organised and difficult to beat as Sweden are – and they are by the way – I’m not sure you’d have any of their players in the England team.“You could maybe argue one or two, but if you look at the bigger picture I don’t think there are too many Swedish players who would get into the English team.“But, they are supremely organised.“We’ve seen so many Scandinavian teams over the last 10 or 20 years, they play a solid 4-4-2 and work their socks off.“But I just think England will have too much for them on Saturday.” Ally McCoist can see only one outcome from England’s World Cup quarter-final against Sweden.last_img read more

first_imgIvan Cavaleiro looked off the pace as the Wolves forward struggled to get the ball under control on a handful of occasions. A change of boots midway through the first half did not help the Portuguese.For all Wolves’ dominance in possession, they created nothing in the first half and Huddersfield had chances to extend their lead before the break.Steve Mounie headed the ball straight at Patricio following a long throw-in into the penalty area from Phillip Billing. A speculative long-range shot from the same player appeared to move in the air and threaten to embarrass Patricio but the goalkeeper got his body behind it.Mounie was then denied a first goal of the season for the third time in quick succession when his header from Mooy’s corner was blocked and scrambled clear by Wolves. REVEALED RANKED Mooy’s double was the first time Huddersfield had scored twice in a game this season and their second win of the campaign lifted David Wagner’s team up to 14th in the table. Wolves are now without a win in five Premier League matches, losing four.The game started at a frantic pace, with Wolves doing much of the attacking. But it was Huddersfield who took the lead after six minutes.Uncharacteristically, Matt Doherty failed to track his man, allowing Erik Durm to get in behind the Wolves defence on the left. His low cross was perfectly into the path of Mooy, whose measured side-foot finish flew into the bottom corner of the net giving goalkeeper Rui Patricio no chance.Despite the setback, Wolves tried to assert themselves again but they struggled to get their slick passing game going against a Huddersfield team which was well organised and worked hard to shut down the space in midfield. It was no surprise to see Cavaleiro replaced at half-time as Nuno Espirito Santo made two changes. Joao Moutinho also made way, with Morgan Gibbs-White and Adama Traore introduced.Traore caused Huddersfield problems straight away with his pace as Wolves adopted a more direct approach.Only a superb goal-line clearance from Billing denied Wolves an equalising goal after 56 minutes as Raul Jimenez’s far-post header from Traore’s cross was somehow kept out. At the other end, Billing flashed a 20-yard shot narrowly wide shortly afterwards. Two goals from the excellent Aaron Mooy helped Huddersfield rise off the bottom to 14th spot in the Premier League with a 2-0 win at Wolves.The Terriers took the lead on six minutes when Mooy’s low effort found the net before his curling free-kick in the second-half squirmed under Rui Patricio to earn a second win in three matches for David Wagner’s men. Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card MONEY Mooy is now Huddersfield’s top scorer this season with these two goals Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won 4 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade ADVICE Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 4 Billing remarkably hooked away Raul Jiminez’s header off the line when the score was 1-0 center_img REVEALED huge blow 4 Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Mooy almost got his second goal of the game when Patricio pushed away his shot after a lovely flowing passing move from Huddersfield.The Australian was not to be denied much longer, however. He extended the lead after 74 minutes with a wonderful curling free-kick, bending the ball around the outside of the defensive wall and beating Patricio down by the post. Wolves were in trouble.Nuno played his final card, replacing Helder Costa with Diogo Jota, but the writing was on the wall for the hosts.Jota brought a decent save from Jonas Lossl after weaving his way into a shooting position but it was clear it would not be Wolves’ day when Jimenez made a mess of his finish with just the goalkeeper to beat. Wolves were way off the pace Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Latest Football News 4 BEST OF no dice Huddersfield celebrate their win as they begin to string some results togetherlast_img read more

first_imgDonegal have failed in their attempt to get promoted to Division 2B of the Allianz National Hurling League.Despite a spirited display, Ray Durack’s side simply didn’t have enough in the tank for a lively Fingal side at Kingspan Breffni Park in Cavan.Not even the fact that Fingal were reduced to 14 men, the Dublin outfit eventually came out 1-9 to 1-5 winners. Some fine displays by full back Joe Boyle and forward Ronan McDermott was still not enough to overcome a valiant team effort by Fingal.Ray Durack should be satisfied at his team’s league campaign and they can build from here for next season. DONEGAL HURLERS FALL AT FINAL HURDLE AGAINST FINGAL was last modified: April 13th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalFingalHURLINGlast_img read more

first_imgMore than 170 runners turned up at the Finn Valley Centre today for the Our Lady’s Hospital 5k 2014.The Finn Valley trackThe race was won by Finn Valley athlete Shane McNulty in a time of 18.00 pipping his fellow club athlete Shane Gallagher by just one second at the finish line.Here is a list of all the runners who took part in what was a very worthy cause. Well done to all who took part.Place Race No. Time FirstName Surname Category Club1 201 18.00 Shane McNulty M35 Finn Valley A C2 263 18.01 Gallagher Shane SM Finn Valley A C 3 226 18.05 Bannon Ciaran SM LAC4 229 19.51 Gallen Eugene SM AgyarranRunners5 264 20.05 Gallagher Barry SM Finn Valley A C6 341 20.45 Kelly Gary SM KCR 7 211 21.02 McGill Eoin SM KCR8 227 21.22 Mackey Sarina W40 24/7 Triathlon9 274 21.25 O’Donnell Maurice SM Individual10 231 21.33 Hegarty Martina SM Finn Valley A C 11 204 21.33 Catterson Alan M40 Finn Valley A C12 207 21.54 Bonner Noreen W55 Finn Valley A C13 259 22.00 Kenny Sinead SW Finn Valley A C14 210 22.05 Leighton Andrew M40 Individual15 214 22.13 McMenamin Peter SM Individual16 262 22.22 Bonner Miriam W40 Finn Valley A C17 336 22.24 McGlynn Shaun SM Individual18 232 22.47 Gallen Joe M55 Lifford A C19 285 22.48 McBrearty Amanda SW CastlefinnRunners20 202 22.52 Byrne Pat M50 Killybegs A C21 258 22.53 McGuire James SM Individual22 300 22.55 Maguire Carol W40 Finn Valley A C23 205 22.56 Anderson Martin M45 Finn Valley A C24 293 23.03 Patterson Lisa SW KCR25 253 23.40 McGahern Denise SW Finn Valley A C26 339 23.47 Connolly Seamus SM Individual27 235 23.48 McBrde Carmel SW KCR28 290 23.48 Conlin Kiera Master Finn Valley A C29 296 23.52 Campbell Joanne SW Finn Valley A C30 255 23.57 McColgan Marie SW Finn Valley A C31 273 24.04 McNulty Tony SM Individual32 218 24.13 Kelly Eamon SM KCR33 328 24.35 O’Donnell Sean SM Lifford A C34 301 24.51 Goudie Wendie SW Individual35 221 24.58 Mc Bride Danny SM Individual36 254 25.07 Doherty Lisa SW Individual37 215 25.21 McMenamin Josh JM Individual38 251 25.30 Carroll Clara SW Finn Valley A C39 208 25.47 Connolly Giselda FVI Finn Valley A C40 269 26.01 McLaughlin Aine SW Individual41 236 26.06 McGrath Amanda SW Individual42 275 26.07 Rushe Stephanie SW Finn Valley A C43 212 26.12 Nash Jim M45 Finn Valley A C44 237 26.18 O’Donnell Grace SW Convoy45 353 26.27 Gallinagh Noelle SW Individual46 321 26.28 Finn Paul SM Finn Valley A C47 206 26.28 Bogle Enda SM Individual48 314 26.29 O’Leary Joey M45 CastlefinnRunners49 228 26.40 Kilpatrick Veronica W40 Convoy50 239 26.46 Harvey Cora SW Finn Valley A C51 270 27.00 Callaghan Louise SW Individual52 331 27.07 Pearson Jennifer SW Individual53 294 27.11 Duffy Lisa SW Individual54 320 27.14 Gallen Elin JW Finn Valley A C55 297 27.19 Scanlon Wendy Walker Individual56 360 27.23 McMenamin Bernie SW AgyarranRunners57 303 27.43 O’Hagen Breeda Walker Individual58 213 27.47 Kee Nicola W40 KCR59 276 27.50 O’Hara Brenda SW Individual60 359 27.54 Doherty Margaret SW Individual61 217 28.00 Neeson Kieran SM KCR62 266 28.03 McBrearty Maureen SW Individual63 323 28.13 McGuire Nicky SM Individual64 209 28.24 Chambers Donna SW KCR65 261 28.28 Gallen Eirinn JW Finn Valley A C66 265 28.29 Gallagher Mary SW KCR67 278 28.38 McGlinchey Roisin SW Individual68 224 28.39 McGinty Sharon SW Finn Valley A C69 225 28.41 Dinnion Roisin SW Finn Valley A C70 317 29.04 Gallagher Marie SW Finn Valley A C71 216 29.21 Neeson Sharon SW Finn Valley A C72 332 29.25 Pearson Hillary SW Individual73 327 29.32 Mailey John SM Convoy74 252 29.43 Gordon Aishlin SW Individual75 257 29.54 Given Gary JM Individual76 256 29.54 Given Thomas SM Individual77 246 30.01 Ronaghan Julie SW Convoy78 267 30.16 McBrearty Mary SW Individual79 230 30.21 Gallen Bridgeen SW Individual80 238 30.28 McHugh Kevin SM AgyarranRunners81 329 30.33 O’Brien Coleen SW KCR82 333 30.47 Lynch Rosaleen SW Individual83 312 30.53 Doran Mattheww Walker Individual84 386 30.58 Patton Laura JW Individual85 385 30.59 Patton Terence M40 Individual86 311 31.03 Doran Mia Walker Individual87 309 31.03 Doran Angela Walker Individual88 250 31.05 Neely Edel SW Finn Valley A C89 203 31.05 Martin Mary w60 Finn Valley A C90 243 31.27 Parkinson Hannah JW Convoy91 242 31.30 Parkinson Rosemary SW Convoy92 349 31.31 Kenny Stephen SM Finn Valley A C93 233 31.36 Whelan Noleen SW KCR94 260 31.38 Gallen Betty SW Finn Valley A C95 334 32.44 Lynch Gary SM Individual96 335 32.56 Wallace Eithne SW Individual97 222 33.46 McBride Emily JW Individual98 298 34.15 Scanlon Daithi Walker Individual99 287 34.34 Gallen Mairead SW Individual100 268 35.19 McGroarty Pauric SM Individual101 299 35.19 Scanlon Ruairi Walker Individual102 304 35.45 O’Hagen Caitlin Walker Individual103 277 36.16 O’Hara Joey JM Individual104 340 37.08 Ruddy Ronan SM Finn Valley A C105 352 37.08 Speight James SM Finn Valley A C106 302 37.18 Dohert Oisin Walker Individual107 280 40.00 Harrold B Local Individual108 305 40.33 Doherty Amy Walker Individual109 350 42.04 Bradley Shay JM Individual110 330 42.40 O’Brien Patricia SW KCR111 356 42.40 McIntyre Bernie SW Individual112 272 42.40 Walsh John SM Individual113 271 42.40 Walsh Ann Marie SW Individual114 306 43.05 Brennan Conal Walker Individual115 362 43.05 Bradley James SM Individual116 245 43.21 Melaugh Teresa SW Individual117 361 43.40 Bradley Annette SW Individual118 244 43.40 McGahern Bernie JW Individual119 283 44.58 Kildea Heather SW Individual120 284 44.59 Kildea Joe SM Individual121 219 45.01 Lawerence Emma SW Individual122 367 45.09 Doherty Ethan Walker Individual123 364 45.09 Doherty Barry SM Individual124 234 45.32 McGahern Sandra SW Individual125 223 45.32 McGahern Anne SW Individual126 357 46.01 McIntyre Alan SM Individual127 358 46.05 Deery Vivienne SW Individual128 351 46.05 Deery Shane Walker CastlefinnRunners129 369 46.05 Mongan Cormac Walker Individual130 325 46.26 Wilson Frances SW KCR131 326 46.26 Wilson Marty SM KCR132 342 46.39 McGinty Rylie Walker Individual133 348 46.42 O’Mairtin Cruher SM Individual134 347 46.47 O’Loughlin Marie Walker Individual135 355 46.47 O;Laughlin Brigid SW Individual136 282 47.06 O’Brien Marie SW Individual137 366 47.06 Doherty Mary Walker Individual138 365 47.06 Doherty Fiona SW Individual139 281 47.06 O’Brien Kay SW Individual140 313 47.12 Doran Adam Walker Individual141 310 47.12 Doran Martin Walker Individual142 319 47.17 Kelly Jeneen Walker Individual143 381 47.17 Kelly Tanya Walker Individual144 343 47.17 McGinty Laura Walker Individual145 308 48.20 Wright Damien Walker KCR146 307 48.20 Wright Rith Walker KCR147 318 48.35 Kelly John Walker Individual148 241 48.54 Gallen Annice JW Finn Valley A C149 354 49.42 McGinty Greta SW Individual150 240 49.45 Harvey Niamh JW Finn Valley A C151 368 49.46 Murray Joanne Walker Individual152 324 51.15 Doherty Joanne SW Individual153 220 51.15 McGinty Catriona SW Individual154 383 51.19 Gallagher Michael Walker Individual155 384 51.19 Gallagher Louise Walker Individual156 288 51.25 Browne Ian SM Individual157 247 51.26 Ronaghan Adrian SM Convoy158 322 51.27 Gillespie Leah SW Individual159 292 51.31 Kelly Geraldine Walker Individual160 291 51.31 McKane John Walker Individual161 279 51.32 Harrold Joe M35 Individual162 345 53.30 Duffy PJ Walker Individual163 248 53.41 Gillespie Olive SW Individual164 249 53.41 Gillespie Ken SM Individual165 316 54.01 Murphy Gerri Walker Individual166 344 54.12 Kelly Emma Walker Finn Valley A C167 346 54.12 Kelly Matthew Walker Finn Valley A C168 363 56.07 Boyle Amanda Walker Individual169 315 56.07 Murphy Patricia Walker Individual170 338 57.18 Gallagher Leanne SW Individual171 337 57.18 McConalogue Mary SW IndividualTotal Runners: 171MORE THAN 170 TURN OUT FOR OUR LADY’S HOSPITAL 5K – WHERE DID YOU COME? was last modified: July 13th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:5kdonegalfinn valleylast_img read more

first_imgThe family of a man only found out he may have died from the deadly Ebola virus after hearing the story on the RTE television news.The late Dessie Quinn.The heartbroken family of Dessie Quinn, 44, from Mountcharles, had presumed he died from malaria for which he was being treated since returning from Africa two weeks ago.But his family were shocked to discover that HSE officials were suspicious he may have contracted the disease. Local priest Fr Adrian Gavigan, told Donegal Daily that it was “very poor form” that the family had not been contacted.“The first they heard of it was when someone watched the six one news. Before that, they had just presumed that Dessie had died from malaria.“Nothing had suggested anything different and for his family to find out like this was very poor form in my opinion.“This is a small place and a phonecall to the family would have gone a long way. Instead they find out by watching the news on television,” he said. Fr Gavigan said he now hoped that Dessie was not suffering from the Ebola virus when he passed away.“I hope and pray for the family that this is not the case.“I’m not sure how this has all come about. Perhaps if this was a year ago and Ebola was not being talked about, then we would not have this situation now.“There was never any mention of Ebola and everyone just presumed that he was showing all the signs of malaria.“I’m not sure how this has come out or how the hospital have come to this conclusion. I just hope for the family’s sake that this is not the case,” he said. He added that there had been no isolation precautions erected at the man’s home.He added that the Quinn family are very well-known in the area and very well respected.“This has come as an awful shock to them. I genuinely hope that this is not confirmed,” he said.Meanwhile there have been no visiting restrictions at Letterkenny General Hospital despite scare. Mr Quinn’s remains have been sent to the hospital’s mortuary which has now been sealed off and will remain so overnight.The HSE is expected to release a statement on the results of tests carried out on the dead man later on today to determine the cause of death.FAMILY ONLY DISCOVERED MAN MAY HAVE DIED FROM EBOLA DISEASE AFTER WATCHING RTE NEWS REPORT was last modified: August 22nd, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Dessie QuinndonegalebolaFr Adrian GaviganHSEMOUNTCHARLESlast_img read more

first_imgALAMEDA — The next man up at quarterback for the Raiders is DeShone Kizer.The third-year player out of Notre Dame has jumped Mike Glennon on the depth chart and will suit up for his first regular-season game as a Raider on Sunday as the backup to Derek Carr against the Tennessee Titans at the Coliseum.“I was informed the other day I’d be given an opportunity to jump in and help the team,” Kizer said Thursday following practice.That doesn’t mean Kizer will play, given that Glennon has made …last_img read more

first_img2 April 2012South Africa’s Burry Stander and Swiss star Christoph Sauser successfully defended their Absa Cape Epic title in Lourensford in the Western Cape on Sunday after dominating the eight-day, seven-stage event from start to finish. The all-South African duo of Kevin Evans and David George placed second.Sunday’s final stage wasn’t the procession it was expected to be as the defending champions and overall leaders attacked their rivals on the 64km leg from Oak Valley to Lourensford to win their sixth out of seven stages.The 36One-Songo-Specialized pair broke clear of the lead group just before the Telkom Hot Spot, won the R10 000 cash prize for being first across the prime, and then continued to power away up the steep climb that followed.South African flagThey then carried a relentless pace to the finish, where Stander, on the final approach, grabbed a South African flag, which he carried proudly across the finish line.Second place on the day went to the Topeak Ergon duo of Alban Lakata (Aut) and Robert Mennen (Ger) who pipped Songo-Specialized’s Max Knox (RSA) and Kohei Yamamoto (Jpn) in the sprint for second place, just less than a minute down on Stander and Sauser.Stander and Sauser’s sixth stage win in eight days confirmed their dominance at the ninth edition of the world’s most prestigious mountain bike stage race.Third victoryIt was also Sauser’s third victory in the event, his other having come in 2006 with compatriot Silvio Bundi. Stander is the only South African to have won the overall Cape Epic title. His total of 20 career stage wins is second only to Sauser, who has 26 to his name.Nedbank 360Life’s Kevin Evans and David George were fifth on the final stage, but secured second place on the General Classification, the highest ever placing by a South African team in the event. They also won the Absa African Team competition. Hannes Genze (Ger) and Andreas Kugler (Sui) of Team Multivan Merida, were third overall.Unlike many of their rivals, Stander and Sauser had an incident-free eight days, which is virtually unheard of in a race that covers such rugged terrain and features such varied weather conditions as this year’s edition, which included intense heat, gale force winds and driving rain.Rode on the front’“We simply rode on the front for about 80% of the entire race and stayed out of trouble,” said Stander afterwards.“When you ride on the front you can pick your line and avoid possible problems. When you follow someone else, you can’t anticipate what’s coming. I felt so much more in control riding on the front more this year.“We worked hard for this stage and the overall,” he added. “We will never say no to the opportunity of winning a stage. Twenty-seven minutes is a big victory margin, but not only thanks to us. Our whole team and our equipment played a role.‘Nothing compares to it’“We learnt our lessons in previous years. The Absa Cape Epic is a story. Every day is a chapter and that makes it so amazing. Now we know the Yellow Jersey is ours. Until now it felt like we were borrowing it. Nothing compares to it.”The only other South Africans to win a category were the Team Contego 28E pairing of Erik and Ariane Kleinhans. The married couple won the Mixed category title overall and collected seven stage wins in the process.They were by far the most dominant Mixed team in the race with an eventual winning margin of two hours and seven minutes over runners up Udo Bolts (Ger) and Milena Landtwing (Sui) of Team Centurion Vaude. Bolts won the Master’s division last year and is a former top-10 finisher at the Tour de France.Masters winnersFormer World and Olympic champion and 2005 Cape Epic winner, Bart Brentjens (Ned) and his compatriot Jan Weevers of the World Bicycle Relief team won the Telkom Masters (over-40) category. They were followed by two all-South African teams – Delaney Impey and Adrian Enthoven (JAG Craft) and Scott McKenzie and Warren Squires (Complete Cyclist), in second and third respectively.The women’s division was dominated by the Wheels4Life team of Sally Bigham (GBR) and Esther Suss (Sui), who won all seven stages and the overall title. South African Theresa Ralph and her Norwegian partner Nina Gassler were second, while another South African, Karien van Jaarsveld, and her Swiss teammate, Jane Nuessli of Team MTN Qhubeka, were third.A total of 604 two-rider teams started the 781km, eight-day race, with 481 teams finishing and 93 solo riders completing the event after their partners withdrew.RESULTSMEN 1. Burry Stander (RSA)/Christoph Sauser (Sui) 36One-Songo-Specialized2. Kevin Evans (RSA)/David George (RSA) Nedbank 360Life3. Hannes Genze (Ger)/Andreas Kugler (Sui) Multivan Merida4. Thomas Dietsche (Fra)/Tim Boehme (Ger) Bulls 25. Alban Lakata (Aut)/Robert Mennen (Ger) Topeak Ergon WOMEN 1.Esther Suss (Sui)/Sally Bigham (GBR) Wheels4Life2. Theresa Ralph (RSA)/Nina Gassler (Nor) Biogen Britehouse3. Karien van Jaarsveld (RSA)/Jane Nuessli (Sui) MTN Qhubeka MASTERS 1. Bart Brentjens (Ned)/Jan Weevers (Ned) World Bicycle Relief2. Adrian Enthoven (RSA)/Delaney Impey (RSA) JAG Craft3. Warren Squires (RSA)/Scott McKenzie (RSA) Complete Cyclist MIXED 1. Erik Kleinhans (RSA)/Ariane Kleinhans (RSA) Contego 28E2. Udo Bolts (Ger)/Milena Landtwing (Sui) Centurion Vaude3 Klaas van Moortel (Bel)/Inne Gantois (Bel) BAIL Peak Performance Brugge SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more