After struggling on the rough terrain of Stage 1 on their hardtails the Estonian pairing of Peeter Pruus and Peeter Tarvis reveled on the smooth gravel roads of Stage 2 as they raced to stage victory. In so doing reduced their deficit to the NAD Pro MTB team of Nico Bell and Gawie Combrink. Stage 3 meanwhile played out in a dramatically different fashion as Erik Kleinhans overcame two poor performances as he struggled with a stomach complaint to race to stage victory alongside Matt Beers.