Trans Provence 2013: Day Five Report

by Dave Anderson 1

Just four seconds now between first and second overall and Anka Martin has a near five minute lead, it’s going to be a hell of a last day…

Trans Provence 2013: Day Four Report

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St-Dalmas -Valdeblore to Sospel

Just in case riders haven’t had enough of on sight big mountain riding, not enough huge road cols and haven’t pushed and dragged their bikes enough along tiny hiking trails; Day 5 is guaranteed to make sure they’re full to the brim of all of the above, sating them before the final day and the ride into Menton tomorrow.

Monochrome camp
Monochrome camp

There was 66Km on today’s menu, with a height gain of 2012m, but you do get 3348m of descent with the bus uplift at the end of the day. The traditional 3 hour haul at the start of the day. Pedalling and pushing to reach the top of Special Stage 17 is as stunning as it is arduous. If you can have any doubt in the high Maritime Alps, the traverse from the Col high above the previous night’s camp, and the traverse across to the start of the Stage leaves you in no doubt. Some of the best views of the week (except for seeing the coast on the last day of course) as valley after valley open up around you.

It's all in the traverse
It’s all in the traverse

Special Stage 17 and 18 are really one and the same, or at least part of the same; a huge descent down to Lantosque, with 1200m between them dropped! Split in the middle by a grassy knoll, the top half of the mountain being made up of pine forest covered rock strewn trails with steep switch backs, before hitting stage two which feels more desert like at the top, before hitting a hard to navigate bottom section that is more reminiscent of the North of England than the sunny South of France.

The green green rocks of home
The green, green rocks of home

From Lantosque another big road climb took riders to Special Stage 19. A trail that feels more Mediterranean; rockier and steeper, with gullies and loose rocks to attend to before hitting the final climb of the day – thankfully by bus.

Sadly we had another injury today with Oliver Munnik taking a high speed pedal strike that threw him over the bars, smashing his helmet and damaging his shoulder badly, which led to him being helicoptered off. A special mention must be made to competitors who made sure he was being looked after and Mavic® Trans-Provence mountain staff who made sure he got off the hill safely. Our best wishes go out to Oliver, we hope he’ll be back to finish next year.

Dry and dusty service resumed
Dry and dusty service resumed

Traditionally we’d now tell you about the old Special Stage, as described by Mark Weir as “above his pay grade”, hard to ride, hard to navigate and cleaned by only a few.

This year Special Stage 20 has moved across into a much faster ridge line trail that sweeps back and forth across the hillside before punishing switchbacks pop you back out at the end of the stage and into a river side trail that is equally as challenging as much of the rest of the riding this week.

By the end of five days racing we’re down to 4 seconds between the top 2 and less than 6 minutes between the top 4. But really tomorrow is about Lau and Clementz for the top spot, but don’t forget amongst the rest of the field there are battles between every place, and some people will be happy just to arrive at Menton tomorrow with friends.

Either way it’s going to be exciting tomorrow .

Day 5 Results

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

Comments (1)

  1. My mate sitting in 7th! Go Jamie!

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