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March 19, 2013

Cape Epic cyclist gets hit by a buck: video

The 2013 Absa Cape Epic, one of the world's most extreme cycling races, had its first casualty yesterday when German-born cyclist Robert Mennen was struck by a duiker in Citrusdal. Mennen, of Team Topeak-Ergon, broke his collarbone when he collided with the buck. People took to Twitter to wish Mennen well following his accident, but the cyclist has not sent out a tweet since then.

This highlights of the day video contains a slow motion clip of the incident. 

This year's race, which started on Sunday, is wide open with every leg having been won by a different cyclist. It ends at the Lourensford Wine Estate in Somerset West on Sunday.

Last year Evan van der Spuy, of Team Jeep, was taken out of the race when he was sideswiped by a buck.

The Absa Cape Epic stretches over 800km of unspoilt nature in the Western Cape and includes approximately 15 000m of climbing over some of the most magnificent passes in South Africa.

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