Team Spur’s Ariane Lüthi and Githa Michiels were unfortunately forced to withdraw from the Absa Cape Epic on Thursday morning, 22 March. The pair were lying second overall, after four consecutive stage second places in the highly competitive women’s category.
The withdrawal was forced due to illness, with the tough Githa picking up a fever overnight and being advised not to start by the race medical staff. “Her high temperature was a big concern, but we thought maybe she would recover overnight,” Ariane said on Thursday morning. “However when she woke up this morning she was still not feeling good, so she went to go see the doctor and was advised not to start because of the potential dangers to her heart.”
“It’s hugely disappointing for both of us,” Ariane continued. “It felt like we could do really well – second place in this tough women’s field is a great accomplishment and if Githa would’ve been 100 percent we still would’ve been gunning for that top spot, because – as we all know – anything can happen in this race.”
Still managing to keep perspective and find some positives in the let-down, Ariane once again highlighted how good a partnership they managed to build in such a short space of time. And, under real pressure. “That definitely is not possible with everyone! We definitely had our challenges but we got around that very quickly and Githa learned so much so quickly. Thanks to everyone for the support during the race and today after the news, we really appreciate it and are proud of creating some excitement in the race. We’ll be back next year.”
Source: Team Spur