• Samara Sheppard out the front on stage 3 of the 2017 Cape to Cape (Travis Deane/Cape to Cape) (Travis Deane/Cape to Cape MTB)Source: Travis Deane/Cape to Cape MTB
Dan McConnell and Sam Sheppard lit up stage 3 of the Cape to Cape at Colonial Brewery, WA.
Cycling Central

22 Oct 2017 - 7:03 AM  UPDATED 22 Oct 2017 - 8:46 AM

McConnell and Sheppard ate up the the 56km stage, McConnell taking Paul Van Der Ploeg with him from the start, while roadie Chris Hamilton nipped at their heels. But the Sunweb debutante soon decided to wait for the cavalry in the form of the chasing group. 

"It was actually pretty fun," McConnell said. "Me, Vandy and Hamo got away literally off the gun we sort of just got a bit of a gap and through 'Middle Earth' we had a bit of fun." 

Despite finishing outside the top five on the stage, Brendan 'Trekky' Johnston still leads the men's GC. 

Sheppard also bossed the technical challenges that came her way, including what Flow Mountain Bike called ''dizzying singletrack" plus a "labyrinth of tight singletrack absolutely littered with hand-built features, jumps, berms log riders and slippery pea gravel." 

"I came into today with a pretty healthy lead on GC," Sheppard said. "But I can't help it! I just race as hard as I can. I'm really happy to go and do that again and have the other guys to push me and chase... it was a lot of fun!"

1. Samara Sheppard - 02:17:44
2. Renata Bucher - 02:24:27
3. Briony Mattocks - 02:27:23
4. Peta Mullens - 02:29:15
5. Jessica Simpson - 02:30:11

1. Samara Sheppard - 07:22:00
2. Peta Mullens - 07:38:14
3. Renata Bucher - 07:41:03
4. Jessica Simpson - 07:51:47
5. Briony Mattocks - 07:55:42

1. Dan McConnell - 02:09:18
2. Paul Van Der Ploeg - 02:10:59
3. Cameron Ivory - 02:11:39
4. Tasman Nankervis - 02:11:42
5. Andy Blair - 02:11:42

1. Brendan Johnston - 06:45:10
2. Tasman Nankervis - 06:47:38
3. Cameron Ivory - 06:49:56
4. Andy Blair - 06:50:43
5. Rohin Adams - 06:51:02

You can view Flow Mountain Bike's full gallery from stage 3 here

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