Nico Lau wins Trans Provence 2013

by Dave Anderson 0

News just in!

In a race to the finishing line, Nico Lau wins Trans Provence after six days of racing by 1 second! And Anka Martin wins the Women’s!

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Day 6 Mavic® Trans-Provence 2013

Sospel -> Menton

The final day. A day of reckoning.

It’s actually a relatively short one by Mavic® Trans-Provence standards. A mere 40km long but it still manages to throw in nearly 1000m of climbing just when the riders’ legs could do without it.


For many riders, just hanging on to make it until the last day is enough. Many will have just come to compete with themselves. To see if they could finish. Others with grander expectations are now – due to a mechanical or a couple of wrong turns early on in the week – riding with altered intentions. Contenders become riders.


In this year’s Mavic® Trans-Provence what’s incredible is the closeness of the racing. After six days and more than 300km of mountain biking (with just over two hours of timed racing) at the start of this final morning there is only four seconds splitting the top two riders. Between third and fourth there’s only nine seconds.


Four seconds. That’s one slightly misjudged switchback. Or braking a couple of times a little harder than you needed to. Bare in mind that if Fabien Barel hadn’t had a mechanical on Day 4 he would have no doubt been within seconds of the first two today.


To race at this pace, at the top of the game, is about control. Taking calculated risks. Not pinch flatting. Conserving your bike (a brand new bike feels pretty old after a week here). Not to mention being fit enough to ride at your maximum every single day.


This applies to the mid-pack tussles further down the rider list with the more mortal riders that are still here to race each other. There’s almost certainly someone above you in the list that you can beat today. There’s also someone below you that can that can take back those precious seconds that you gained over them. It might only be a race between you and one other rider but after six days it seems vital.


Behind all this racing are the Mavic® Trans-Provence crew. The whole motley bunch of them. The drivers for the uplifts and for moving bikes.The campsite crew who make sure that when riders get to the camp at night the tents are ready, there’s chairs to sit in and the beers are on ice. An amazing team of chefs and helpers makes sure that everyone is fed three times a day. There’s a three course meal every night. There’s mountain staff that operate the timing devices at the bottom of stages and make sure that people get off the mountain safely every day and no one is left behind.


Our timing people that turn the data from the timing chips into numbers on the screen, there’s the lonely sweeper picking up every last route marker and bundling up the course tape. Once they’ve passed through there’s minimal sign that we’ve travelled through the country around us. And of course there’s the small army of camera wielding media types trying to make sure you get your daily online fix of Mavic® Trans-Provence by proxy.


The whole thing wouldn’t wouldn’t be possible without the Mastermind/Madman of it all: Ash Smith. Ash and his family. His partner Melissa helping out behind the scenes. His omnipresent father (and provider of “useful tips” to many a pro racer). Without those people the event would never happen at all.


We hope you’ve enjoyed this years coverage, keep your eye out for the highlights video over the next week, if you’ve enjoyed and you think your up to it why not apply when the entries open for next years event.


This Press Release isn’t going to tell you the results. Check the video. Enjoy the last day’s racing. You never know, there could have been a major upset today.

Until next year. À bientôt.

The Mavic® Trans-Provence Crew

NameTeamCategorySpecial Stage 21Special Stage 22Special Stage 23Special Stage 24Overall
BAREL FabienCanyon Factory Enduro Team / MAVICPRO00:05:01 (2nd)00:06:43 (2nd)00:08:32 (1st)00:03:35 (3rd=)00:23:51 (1st)
LAU NicolasCube Action TeamPRO00:05:02 (3rd)00:06:52 (4th)00:08:36 (2nd)00:03:32 (1st=)00:24:02 (2nd)
CLEMENTZ JérômeCannondale Overmountain / MavicPRO00:04:59 (1st)00:06:41 (1st)00:08:52 (5th)00:03:35 (3rd=)00:24:07 (3rd=)
BAILLY-MAITRE FrançoisBMC TrailcrewPRO00:05:05 (4th)00:06:44 (3rd)00:08:46 (3rd)00:03:32 (1st=)00:24:07 (3rd=)
KABUSH GeoffScott-3Rox RacingPRO00:05:10 (8th)00:06:53 (5th)00:08:57 (7th)00:03:42 (7th=)00:24:42 (5th)
COOPER AntonCannondale Factory RacingPRO00:05:15 (9th)00:07:03 (6th)00:08:50 (4th)00:03:39 (6th)00:24:47 (6th)
FUMIC ManuelCannondale Factory RacingPRO00:05:06 (5th)00:07:07 (8th)00:08:54 (6th)00:03:42 (7th=)00:24:49 (7th)
NICOLL JamieSanta Cruz BicyclesPRO00:05:07 (6th)00:07:06 (7th)00:09:11 (10th)00:03:37 (5th)00:25:01 (8th)
CRUZ BenCannondale Overmountain / WTBPRO00:05:09 (7th)00:07:16 (11th)00:09:12 (11th)00:03:54 (11th=)00:25:31 (9th)
CRAIG AdamGiant Factory Off-Road TeamPRO00:05:28 (15th)00:07:20 (12th)00:09:09 (8th)00:03:47 (10th)00:25:44 (10th)
BALL ChrisAM00:05:30 (19th)00:07:15 (10th)00:09:15 (12th)00:03:46 (9th)00:25:46 (11th)
GOLAY FlorianBMC TrailcrewPRO00:05:23 (12th)00:07:10 (9th)00:09:28 (14th)00:03:57 (15th)00:25:58 (12th)
WEIR MarkCannondale Overmountain / WTBPRO00:05:20 (10th=)00:07:32 (15th)00:09:10 (9th)00:04:01 (17th)00:26:03 (13th)
STOCK AlexKonaPRO00:05:20 (10th=)00:07:33 (16th)00:09:30 (15th=)00:03:56 (13th=)00:26:19 (14th)
DICKERHOFF MaxiCanyon Factory Enduro TeamPRO00:05:25 (14th)00:07:31 (14th)00:09:32 (18th)00:04:03 (18th=)00:26:31 (15th=)
FARIN GuillaumeBMC TrailcrewPRO00:05:29 (16th=)00:07:28 (13th)00:09:36 (19th)00:03:58 (16th)00:26:31 (15th=)
PRUDENCIO NicoTeam Giant ChilePRO00:05:29 (16th=)00:07:48 (24th)00:09:21 (13th)00:03:56 (13th=)00:26:34 (17th)
KUPIAINEN MikkoAM00:05:33 (22nd=)00:07:35 (17th)00:09:30 (15th=)00:04:06 (22nd)00:26:44 (18th)
MARTIN SvenSanta Cruz BicyclesM4000:05:24 (13th)00:07:41 (19th)00:09:46 (24th)00:03:54 (11th=)00:26:45 (19th)
GIBSON NickAM00:05:29 (16th=)00:07:44 (21st)00:09:31 (17th)00:04:03 (18th=)00:26:47 (20th)
DOLA Françoisla Roue LibreM4000:05:39 (24th)00:07:36 (18th)00:09:39 (20th)00:04:07 (23rd=)00:27:01 (21st)
SOHKANEN SimoAM00:05:31 (20th=)00:07:46 (22nd=)00:09:43 (22nd)00:04:12 (25th=)00:27:12 (22nd)
THOMSON StuMTB Cut / OrangeAM00:05:40 (25th=)00:07:46 (22nd=)00:09:45 (23rd)00:04:03 (18th=)00:27:14 (23rd=)
FAGERLI Ole ChristianAM00:05:46 (28th=)00:07:42 (20th)00:09:41 (21st)00:04:05 (21st)00:27:14 (23rd=)
FERREIRA AfonsoAM00:05:31 (20th=)00:08:05 (25th)00:09:51 (25th)00:04:07 (23rd=)00:27:34 (25th)
SCHWAB TilmannAM00:05:40 (25th=)00:08:18 (28th)00:09:57 (26th)00:04:12 (25th=)00:28:07 (26th)
HAUKOM TomAM00:05:33 (22nd=)00:08:13 (27th)00:10:16 (29th=)00:04:20 (31st=)00:28:22 (27th)
BOWMAN JoeAM00:05:59 (37th=)00:08:11 (26th)00:10:11 (28th)00:04:16 (27th)00:28:37 (28th)
KUENZLI OthmarM4000:05:58 (36th)00:08:23 (31st=)00:10:16 (29th=)00:04:18 (30th)00:28:55 (29th)
RIEBL JohannesOrbea Enduro CrewAM00:05:43 (27th)00:08:27 (34th=)00:10:22 (32nd)00:04:28 (40th=)00:29:00 (30th)
ANGUS PaulAM00:06:01 (42nd=)00:08:23 (31st=)00:10:18 (31st)00:04:24 (35th=)00:29:06 (31st)
OCKELTON WillSanta Cruz BicyclesAM00:05:49 (31st)00:08:29 (37th)00:10:41 (39th=)00:04:17 (28th=)00:29:16 (32nd)
AAS ØyvindAM00:05:56 (34th=)00:08:53 (46th=)00:10:10 (27th)00:04:20 (31st=)00:29:19 (33rd)
PATTERSON MattAM00:05:51 (32nd)00:08:21 (29th)00:10:39 (37th=)00:04:30 (44th=)00:29:21 (34th)
RAMSAY SebM4000:06:06 (47th)00:08:22 (30th)00:10:30 (34th)00:04:25 (37th)00:29:23 (35th)
MORAN KevinAM00:06:01 (42nd=)00:08:31 (39th)00:10:35 (35th=)00:04:17 (28th=)00:29:24 (36th)
IMBS RaphaelTannenBikeM4000:05:59 (37th=)00:08:39 (42nd)00:10:26 (33rd)00:04:23 (34th)00:29:27 (37th)
WAGHORN JonnyM4000:05:56 (34th=)00:08:30 (38th)00:10:39 (37th=)00:04:24 (35th=)00:29:29 (38th)
REITAN GauteAM00:05:46 (28th=)00:08:36 (41st)00:10:44 (42nd=)00:04:30 (44th=)00:29:36 (39th)
SMAIL PaulAM00:05:47 (30th)00:08:28 (36th)00:10:56 (47th)00:04:27 (39th)00:29:38 (40th)
KELTON TimAM00:06:08 (48th)00:08:27 (34th=)00:10:35 (35th=)00:04:29 (42nd=)00:29:39 (41st)
STEVENS JonAM00:06:00 (40th=)00:08:23 (31st=)00:10:44 (42nd=)00:04:34 (46th)00:29:41 (42nd)
PERRY LesterAM00:06:00 (40th=)00:08:50 (44th)00:10:41 (39th=)00:04:28 (40th=)00:29:59 (43rd)
CANCELLIER JonSRAMAM00:06:04 (45th)00:08:52 (45th)00:10:41 (39th=)00:04:26 (38th)00:30:03 (44th)
MARTIN AnkaJuliana BicyclesWMN00:06:05 (46th)00:08:35 (40th)00:10:47 (45th)00:04:44 (49th)00:30:11 (45th)
CABELLO RodrigoM4000:06:03 (44th)00:09:16 (51st)00:10:45 (44th)00:04:22 (33rd)00:30:26 (46th)
EMMETT KelliGiant Factory Off-Road TeamWMN00:05:59 (37th=)00:08:40 (43rd)00:11:23 (51st=)00:04:48 (51st)00:30:50 (47th)
FAN MickeyAM00:06:22 (52nd)00:08:53 (46th=)00:11:13 (49th)00:04:35 (47th)00:31:03 (48th)
WATERMAN AndyAM00:06:21 (51st)00:09:34 (54th)00:11:01 (48th)00:04:29 (42nd=)00:31:25 (49th)
CALAM JeffAM00:06:18 (50th)00:09:03 (49th)00:11:23 (51st=)00:04:42 (48th)00:31:26 (50th)
HORRIDGE EmilyTransition BikesWMN00:05:54 (33rd)00:09:55 (58th)00:10:55 (46th)00:04:45 (50th)00:31:29 (51st)
HARRISON LukeM4000:06:10 (49th)00:09:01 (48th)00:11:25 (53rd)00:04:56 (52nd)00:31:32 (52nd)
RACING PlonsM4000:06:28 (53rd=)00:09:20 (52nd)00:11:26 (54th)00:05:16 (60th=)00:32:30 (53rd)
DIEFFENTHALER PaulineCannondale / MAVICWMN00:06:59 (62nd)00:09:11 (50th)00:11:18 (50th)00:05:09 (58th)00:32:37 (54th)
GJESSVAG TonyAM00:06:28 (53rd=)00:09:33 (53rd)00:11:48 (55th)00:04:58 (53rd)00:32:47 (55th)
BECKER BjörnM4000:06:42 (57th)00:09:40 (56th)00:11:57 (56th)00:05:00 (54th)00:33:19 (56th)
SAPIN Nadinela Roue Libre/Scott ContessaWMN00:06:49 (58th=)00:09:39 (55th)00:12:09 (57th)00:05:07 (56th=)00:33:44 (57th)
MACINNIS BenAM00:06:40 (56th)00:09:52 (57th)00:12:33 (59th)00:05:40 (63rd)00:34:45 (58th)
SCHUELLER JörgM4000:06:36 (55th)00:10:18 (59th)00:12:17 (58th)00:05:38 (62nd)00:34:49 (59th)
MARTIN GutiAM00:06:50 (60th)00:10:26 (62nd)00:13:04 (61st)00:05:05 (55th)00:35:25 (60th)
HUNTER Mary-AnneJuliana BicyclesWMN00:06:49 (58th=)00:10:23 (60th)00:13:39 (62nd)00:05:16 (60th=)00:36:07 (61st)
JUNGFER HelmarAM00:06:54 (61st)00:10:24 (61st)00:13:48 (63rd)00:05:14 (59th)00:36:20 (62nd)
FOWLER CooperM4000:07:05 (63rd)00:10:38 (64th)00:14:47 (65th)00:06:00 (64th)00:38:30 (63rd)
JORDAN LeeAM00:07:26 (65th)00:10:59 (65th)00:15:04 (66th)00:06:19 (65th)00:39:48 (64th)
TIFFIN PaulAM00:07:47 (66th)00:11:35 (66th)00:14:34 (64th)00:06:30 (66th)00:40:26 (65th)
SEPLAVY ToddAM00:07:07 (64th)00:12:26 (67th)00:15:22 (67th)00:06:53 (67th)00:41:48 (66th)
LJUNGDAHL TomasM4000:17:51 (68th)00:10:37 (63rd)00:12:56 (60th)00:05:07 (56th=)00:46:31 (67th)
WEST CatherineWMN00:08:09 (67th)00:13:05 (68th)00:18:13 (68th)00:07:30 (68th)00:46:57 (68th)