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Trans-Provence 2012 – Day #7 : Final Day!

…Sospel to Monte-Carlo!

 

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By Amah-Rose Abrams on 2 October 2012 in Mountain Bike Marathon

Nicolas Lau is the overall winner of the Trans Provence and the drama of the race continued

Trans Provence came to a close on Sunday and the winner was Nicolas Lau. Over the trails, through the rain, thunder and lightning and to the beach at Monaco the last day of the Trans Provence was an eventful one.

One rider, Sven Martin, broke his arm and had to be airlifted to hospital and despite this his wife Anka Martin finished the day.

There were two severe storms, which saw riders and mountain staff dodging lightning and the trails becoming even more perilous. Following the second storm there was a three-bike pile up but thankfully no more serious injuries.

So the final top three for the men’s race was Nicolas Lau in first, Nicolas Vouilloz in second and last year’s winner Jérôme Clementz came in third.

The women’s race was won by Anne-Caroline Chausson with Anka Martin in second and Rosara Joseph in third.

So a dramatic week at the Trans Provence, what excitements will next years race hold?

Results from Day 7

Overall standings after Day 7

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Trans-Provence 2012 – Day #6…

…St-Sauveur-sur-Tinée to Sospel

 

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Watch the latest update as Nicolas Lau extends his lead on Day 6 of the Trans Provence

But it wasn’t exactly easy going on the penultimate day of riding in the southeast of France. A substantial number of riders got lost among the huge number of trails between St-Dalmas-Valdeblore and Sospel and this threw up some surprising results.

Indeed, Jérôme Clementz was having a great day, taking third, first, and third in the first three stages of the day. But something went horribly wrong for the Frenchman on Stage 22 and the reigning champion ended up limping home in 19th place.

As you’d expect, the two Nicolases – Lau and Vouilloz – took major advantage of this. They both won two of the day’s four stages, sharing first place in the day’s opening stage, to stretch their overall lead over Clementz.

Lau is now 1min 38secs ahead of Vouilloz and 1min 51secs ahead of Clementz. But with a day of riding still to go, last year’s winner will be determined to mount a fightback.

In the women’s category, Nelson’s Anka Martin had a brilliant ride. The Scandinavian rider was able to claw back Rosara Joseph’s two-minute lead to put herself in second place behind Anne-Caroline Chausson.

It looks like it’ll go right down to the wire on Day 7 as the riders cycle from Sospel to Monte-Carlo. Come back to RedBull.com/bike for a full report.

Results from Day 6

Overall standings after Day 6

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Trans-Provence 2012 – Day #5…

…Guillaumes to St-Sauveur-sur-Tinée

 

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By Amah-Rose Abrams on 28 September 2012 in Mountain Bike Downhill

It’s day 5 at the Trans Provence, the sun is shining and the riders are smiling

It’s day 5 at the Trans Provence and there is a new leader in the men’s category in Nicolas Lau.

For the last two days it has been a contest between last year’s winner Jérôme Clementz and Nicolas Vouilloz. Clementz reclaimed first place yesterday after trailing in second for two consecutive days.

The smiles are back on the faces of the riders and the sun is shining again as the race gets well underway.

In this update from the South of France we also get to meet the mechanics that work keep the bikes running for the Elite and amateur riders.

Overall Classification results after day 5

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Trans-Provence 2012 – Day #4…

…Colmars-Guillaumes

 

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By Amah-Rose Abrams on 27 September 2012 in Mountain Bike Marathon

Here is the latest update from the French Alps as the crew and riders make their way to Monaco.

Day 4 was another hard day on the Trans Provence as the riders were really starting to feel the burn.

The route took the 70 riders through the Maritime Alps and was just under 30km long so slightly shorter than on other days in the weeklong race. This was compensated by a seriously intense climb and at some points a seemly impossible mountain pass.

Rider Seb Kemp said of the day “From wet and wild loamy Ubac to steep and technical Rochers De Bramus and even the lunar landscape of the infamous ‘grey earth’ stage, the riding couldn’t really be anymore varied than it has been. And this was just one day. With three more to come and Monte Carlo still feeling like a faraway land I feel like we may be distended from trail consumption by then.”

Jérôme Clementz reclaimed first place after taking second to Nicholas Vouilloz for the last two days leading with over a minute to spare.

Anne-Caroline Chausson is still leading the women’s race by a long way with Rosara Joseph still in second and Anka Martin maintaining third place.

Day 4 results

Overall clasification results after day 4

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Trans-Provence 2012 – Day #3…

…Villars-Colmars

 

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By Amah-Rose Abrams on 26 September 2012 in Mountain Bike Marathon

Check out the latest video update from Trans Provence as the riders make their way over the trails

It’s Day 3 of Trans-Provence and day 3 is the day that things got physical.

With a 500 metre carry as part of the first Special Stage the riders were most certainly being pushed to their limits as they either push or carry their bikes uphill.

The descent is no friendlier but speedier as the riders are almost fired onto the valley floor which is then followed by a road climb to the feed station, things only got more brutal from then on in.

Cube Action Team’s Nicholas Lau maintained his lead today with last years winner Jérôme Clementz keeping in hot pursuit in second coming in four seconds after Lau. Nicholas Vouilloz also stayed in the third place.

Ann-Caroline Chausson is leading the women’s race followed by Rosara Joseph and Anka Martin.

We also meet the mountain staff who enable the race to happen as they check the riders in and out at each stage, stay tuned for more action tomorrow with day 4.

Day 3 results

Overall Classification after Day 3

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Trans-Provence 2012 – Day #2…

…Clamensane – Digne-les-Bains

 

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By Redbull.com team on 25 September 2012 in Mountain Bike Marathon

A storm of biblical proportions greets riders on Day 2 of Mavic Trans-Provence

Trans-Provence is a pure test of endurance but it is also a test of commitment and so Day 2 proved to be for the 70 riders that set off from Clamensane to Digne-les-Bains.

Weather conditions were atrocious for the 57.6km of riding on Monday. Wind, rain sleet and hail made riding difficult at times. Special Stage 6 on Monday was cancelled for this very reason.

By early afternoon the storm had blown itself out and riders pedalled some warmth back into their bodies but all the participants warmly welcomed the end of a torrid day out on the trails.

Day 2 saw Nicolas Lau make a move into first place overall after being the fastest over the three Special Stages that did go ahead (4, 5 and 7) on Monday.

Fabien Barel was fastest over Special Stages 4 and 7 but was 11th fastest on Special Stage 5. Barel was absent on Day 1 of Trans-Provence so is already someway behind the leaders.

Jerome Clementz, who had been leading after the end of the first day, was third fastest on Day 2 but lost a minute and 14 seconds overall to Lau over today’s Special Stages.

Lau has an overall classification time of 48:43 after the end of Day 2. Jerome Clementz is second on 49:43 with Nicolas Vuilloz third on 50:22.

Caroline-Anne Chausson is still the leading woman with a time of 58.14 and is 23rd overall. MTB snapper Sven Martin is the leading amateur rider and occupies 12th place overall.

Day 2 results

Overall Classification after Day 2

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