Eyring & Kaufmann win opening time trial

Several racers crash on technical prologue course

On paper, the six-day Claro Brasil Ride's stage 1 prologue time trial didn't look like a major difference maker. It was just 13km, included a pair of paved sections - and didn't start until noon, meaning racers could sleep in.

But in between time on tarmac were two testing - and often technical - stretches of dirt, rock and sandy trail that established the race's initial pecking order, and took its tool on dozens of scraped elbows, hips and knees.

Tops on the survivor's list were Andy Eyring and Lukas Kaufmann (Team European Youngsters), who stopped the clock in 31:07. That gave the Swiss-German duo an 18-second lead on second-placed Martin Gujan and Christof Bischof (Swiss Machine) in the men's open division. The Czech duo of Robert Novotny and Kristian Heynek (Free Cycling) snagged third, at 1:23.

Gujan and Bischof entered the day as favorites, but the 32-year-old Bischof crashed hard early on, costing the pair a chance at the stage win. "It was a pretty big crash in one of the fast sections," said Bischof, who had bloody scrapes on both his knee and elbow. "Fortunately I only lost some skin."

Eyring called the course "very" slippery, adding that "you had to be careful all the time".

It was a mantra the American duo of Jeff Kerkove and Sonya Looney (Topeak-Ergon) had intended to follow, but things didn't work out quite as planned. A bout of chainsuck (Kerkove) and a crash (Looney) cost the favored pair any chance at the stage win. Instead they ended up third, 1:30 behind Jenny and Brian Smith, a husband and wife duo who specialize in Xterra triathlons and stopped the clock in 37:22.

The Swiss pair of Renata Bucher and Damian Perrin (Zaboo Free) were second, just 20 seconds back.

Kerkove and Looney started a minute in front of Team Smith, but were reeled in midway through their ride after Looney's crash. Fortunately she suffered just a some mild abrasions on her hip and said she'd be fine for Monday's monster stage 2, a 86-mile trek from Mucuge to Rio de Contas.

"I think with all the people pre-riding, a lot of sand got dragged up onto the rocks and made things really slippery," said Looney, who along with Kerkove and the Smiths, lives in Colorado. "But I liked the course. It was really technical. You don't always get that at these kind of races. We definitely didn't ride everything. The consequences are too great. You could gain 30 seconds or you could crash and be out of the race."

Indeed, the hallmark of the day's track was a mix of high-speed double track and narrow, often ledged singletrack that required deft bike handling - or the common sense to get off and run.

Where sand wasn't present, traction was sound, owing mostly to grippy sandstone that's not unlike what you see on the trails around Moab. But sand on top of rock made traction fleeting at best.

In the seven-team women's competition, former German Olympian Ivonne Kraft and Portugal's Celina Carpinteiro carded a day's best 41:42, 1:32 better than the Italian/Portuguese duo of Lorenza Menapace and Sandra Araujo (Round the Clock).

The Brazilian duo of Janildes Fernandes Silva and Julyana Rodrigues (Jaju) were third at 3:09.

Monday the real action begins at 6:00 am with what's arguably the event's hardest day. According to the race bible, total climbing will exceed 11,000 feet. Ascending is spread equally across a knife-edged profile that's almost never flat. To add to the pain, wake-up alarms will be set for 4:00 am giving riders as much time as possible to avoid being derailed by the 11-hour cut off time.

All told, 104 teams of two are taking on Claro Ride Brazil's 565km with over 33,000 feet of climbing, all of it in the western interior of Bahia, a sprawling state in northeastern Brazil.

Full Results - stage 1

Men duo
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Andy Eyring & Lukas Kaufmann (Ger) European Youngsters Trek-Brentjens0:31:07 
2Martin Gujan & Bischof Christof (Swi) Swiss Machine0:00:18 
3Robert Novotny & Kristian Hynek (Cze) Free Cycling/Factor Bike0:01:23 
4Odair Pereira & Edivando Cruz (Bra) Scott/Proshock/Vzan/Santa Rita0:02:16 
5Ricardo Pscheidt & Gilberto Gois (Bra) James Crank Brother0:03:22 
6Horak Martins & Spolc Milan (Cze) Ked Eleven0:03:59 
7Raphael Mesquita Mendes & Cícero Silva (Bra) Moda Cup0:05:27 
8Alexandre Sousa & Mauricio Pereira (Bra) Terra Chapada Diamante0:05:51 
9Marcelo Sampaio & Ulisses Valarelli (Bra) Dental Power0:07:48 
10Ryan Draper & Michael Buxton (Can) 29er Canada0:08:09 
11Richard Silva & Felipe Moraes (Bra) Harpia Adventure Race0:09:09 
12Reginaldo Mariano & João Pereira (Bra) Tropical Auto Posto0:09:13 
13João Marinho & Valério Ferreira (Por) Rocky Mountain Portugal0:09:45 
14Heliesse Santos & Edimilson Santos (Bra) Terra Chapada Ouro  
15Alexandre Manzan & Bruno Dornelas (Bra) Scott Tri0:10:52 
16Rodrigo Gouvea & Denis Yoshio (Bra) Adriana Nascimento II0:11:39 
17Francisco Junior & Luis Carvalho (Bra) Bruttus0:12:21 
18Helder Carvalho & Pedro Araujo (Por) Rocky Mountain Onbike Portugal0:12:37 
19Paulo Dias & Tiago Rossi (Bra) Ciclovece Reynold's0:13:06 
20Gustavo Astolphi & Giulliano Mendes (Bra) Pedal Urbano0:13:13 
21Fernando Fernandes & Edson Oliveira (Bra) Herbie 530:13:18 
22Rafael Alves & Filipe Xavier (Bra) Brazil Re-Cycling0:13:35 
23Bruno Lopes & Leonardo Parada (Bra) Tche Poronpa0:13:36 
24Denis Martins & João Almeida (Bra) Zeromeiaum.net  
25Juliano Nunes & Andre Lima (Bra) Tche Bike-RS/Coroas Do Cerrado0:13:55 
26Rogério Moda & Fabio Ferreira (Bra) Beep Beep0:14:22 
27Alfredo Montenegro & Carlos Lopes (Bra) Savana Bike Shop0:14:30 
28José Festugatto & Fábio Festugatto (Bra) Twin Brothers  
29Fábio Lôbo & Sérgio Lemos (Bra) Casa Do Ciclista0:14:59 
30Alexandre Hadade & Carlos Fonseca (Bra) Selva  
31Weimar Pettengill & Alberto Jara (Bra) Ice Global/Desbrava.com0:15:12 
32Plínio Junior & Tadeu Malavazzi (Bra) Clube Do Pedal Team0:15:22 
33Fouad Artigas & Carlos Carvalho (Bra) Riobici0:15:47 
34Alessandro Romano & Amauri Costa (Bra) Harpia Iana0:16:00 
35Wallace Brito & Geraldo Moraes (Bra) Devassa0:16:28 
36Nuno Duarte & João Elvas (Por) Team Acreditar Portugal0:16:43 
37Luzo Passos & Marcos Abitante (Bra) Os Mantiqueira II0:17:09 
38Marcelo Dias & João Dias (Bra) Urban Brother0:17:16 
39Denio Franco & Felipe Comini (Bra) Libertas Todos Os Santos0:17:30 
40Raphael Chaves & Jânio Oliveira (Bra) Clã Selvagem0:17:43 
41Alex Constâncio & Marcello Cenci (Bra) Webike/Magura0:18:17 
42Humberto Luis & Tiago Branco (Por) Ami Portugal0:18:41 
43Antonio Filho & Sergio Dourado (Bra) Terra Chapada Cristal0:18:45 
44Carlos Antunes & Giancarlo Clini (Bra) Scott/Tap0:19:27 
45Alexandre Lima & Emmanuel Stroessner (Bra) Ale Lima Personal Trainer0:19:59 
46Osvaldo Martins & Marcelo Chinaglia (Bra) Letti/Cccp0:20:10 
47Guilherme Quissini & Rafael Capoani (Bra) Zero Grau0:20:19 
48Rodolfo Carvalho & Tiago Abati (Bra) Tia Do Batman0:21:49 
49Antonio Calmon & Diogo Rehder (Bra) Espinhaço Selva0:22:02 
50Ricardo Pupo & Santo Feltrin (Bra) Adriana Nascimento/Specialized0:22:15 
51Rodrigo Suriani & Alexandre Perez (Bra) Gillette/Duracell0:22:22 
52Sérgio Marques & Sidnei Marques (Bra) Marques Brother0:22:47 
53Rodrigo Mariotoni & Adriano Seabra (Bra) Xterra Pro Runner0:23:14 
54Roberto Souto & Carlos Esteves (Bra) IBS0:25:00 
55Ricardo Roldão & Guilherme Rodrigues (Bra) Roldão0:28:22 
56Romeu Franciosi & Anderson Oliveira (Bra) Dague Paia0:29:42 
57Francisco Filho & Plauto Angelo (Bra) Endurance Ii0:31:17 
58Fernando Toigo & Denilson Postai (Bra) Zeromeiaum0:37:34 
Women duo
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ivonne Kraft & Celina Carpinteiro (Por) Bionicon Loule0:41:52 
2Sandra Araujo & Lorenza Menapace (Ita) Round The Clock0:01:32 
3Janildes Fernandes Silva & Julyana Rodrigues (Bra) Jaju0:03:09 
4Erika Gramiscelli & Raquel Queiroz (Bra) Circuit KHS Pro Ladies0:03:17 
5Andrea Estevam & Silvia Guimaraes (Bra) Atenah/Go Outside0:08:50 
6Luciana Cox & Adriana Boccia (Bra) Flower People Rocky Mountain0:13:21 
7Carla Plens & Carolina Hess (Bra) Adriana Nascimento/Limiar0:16:02 
Mixed duo
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jennifer Hopkinson-Smith & Brian Smith (USA) To Be Decided0:37:22 
2Renata Bucher & Damian Perrin (Swi) Team Zaboo Free - Mountain0:00:20 
3Jeff Kerkove & Sonya Looney (USA) Topeak-Ergon0:01:30 
4Paul Romero & Karen Lundgren (USA) Sole Ellsworth0:02:54 
5Adriana Nascimento & Rogério Pires (Bra) Brasil Soul0:04:38 
6Alexandre Teles & Mariza Souza (Bra) Trotamundo0:09:37 
7Flavia Dall Acqua & Mateus Gil (Bra) Bike Na Midia Team0:11:20 
8Sabrina Gobbo & João Junior (Bra) Webike0:11:30 
9Orlando Alves & Roberta Santiago (Bra) Ciclo Ravena - Marin0:11:34 
10Joana Nobrega & Felipe Rodrigues (Bra) Endurance0:15:52 
11Reginaldo Oliveira & Katia Gomes (Bra) Jundiaí Pró Team0:16:30 
12Murilo Sella & Juliana Sella (Bra) Jura VRC0:27:42 
13Raquel Gontijo & Antonio Barbanti (Bra) Espn-BH0:31:40 
14Alain Haessflinger & Paola Geronimi (Fra) Tecnoval Laminados0:33:12 
15Daniela Lemke & Adauto Belli (Bra) DV Na Trilha0:43:49 
Masters duo
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Abraão Azevedo & Plínio Souza (Bra) AZ Masters0:38:05 
2Eduardo Soares & Jayme Filho (Bra) Os Mantiqueira I0:01:50 
3Cesar Almeida & Paulo Freitas (Bra) Leite Piracanjuba-Tigre Rolamentos0:02:57 
4Gonzalo Ceballos & Pedro Prats (Spa) Titan Desert0:04:42 
5Rodrigo Silva & Enrico Favilla (Bra) Caliandra Oz0:07:36 
6Rudney Villanova & Alberto Geronimi (Fra) Tecnoval0:08:15 
7Santiago Gonzales & Juan Lopez (Col) Trope Shago0:09:00 
8Marcos Soares & Francis Hudson (Bra) Movimec - Soca Bota0:09:04 
9Sandro Bernardoni & Gerson Doll (Bra) D&B Ride0:09:49 
10Luis Pato & Carlos Reino (Bra) Pcdf/Zero Meia Um0:10:08 
11José Verçosa & Mauricio Goncalves (Bra) Coroas Do Cerrado 010:10:48 
12Pedro Neto & Luiz Filho (Bra) Adriana Nascimento I0:11:05 
13Sergio Silva & Dorivaldo Abreu (Bra) Aky Veiculos Vitoria Da Conquista-Ba0:13:09 
14José Jorqueira & Fernando Kfouri (Bra) Epicos0:13:30 
15Oton Souto & Neuseli Sampaio (Bra) Papaléguas Do Cerrado0:14:10 
16Sérgio Sá (Zolino) & Pedro Morganti (Bra) Adventure Camp0:14:19 
17Robert Schneider & Claudio Van Damme (Bra) Coroas Do Cerrado0:16:16 
18Alexandre Boccia & Marcio Lima (Bra) Goiabada Power0:16:31 
19Antonio Rodrigues & Marcos Dias (Bra) Tia Sônia0:18:25 
20Rodrigo Andrade & José Ambrosio (Bra) Juncambrosio0:19:37 
21Aluizio Maia & Sérgio Silva (Bra) Calaroti0:25:08 
22Rondon Pinto & Mauro Filho (Bra) Oce Master0:25:37 
23Carlos Perpetuo & Claudio Kligerman (Bra) Jabuteam0:27:28 
24Irineu Masiero & Rogério Gomes (Bra) Joel Bikes - Oceano0:39:44 

General classification after stage 1

Men duo general classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Andy Eyring & Lukas Kaufmann (Ger) European Youngsters Trek-Brentjens0:31:07 
2Martin Gujan & Bischof Christof (Swi) Swiss Machine0:00:18 
3Robert Novotny & Kristian Hynek (Cze) Free Cycling/Factor Bike0:01:23 
4Odair Pereira & Edivando Cruz (Bra) Scott/Proshock/Vzan/Santa Rita0:02:16 
5Ricardo Pscheidt & Gilberto Gois (Bra) James Crank Brother0:03:22 
6Horak Martins & Spolc Milan (Cze) Ked Eleven0:03:59 
7Raphael Mesquita Mendes & Cícero Silva (Bra) Moda Cup0:05:27 
8Alexandre Sousa & Mauricio Pereira (Bra) Terra Chapada Diamante0:05:51 
9Marcelo Sampaio & Ulisses Valarelli (Bra) Dental Power0:07:48 
10Ryan Draper & Michael Buxton (Can) 29er Canada0:08:09 
11Richard Silva & Felipe Moraes (Bra) Harpia Adventure Race0:09:09 
12Reginaldo Mariano & João Pereira (Bra) Tropical Auto Posto0:09:13 
13João Marinho & Valério Ferreira (Por) Rocky Mountain Portugal0:09:45 
14Heliesse Santos & Edimilson Santos (Bra) Terra Chapada Ouro  
15Alexandre Manzan & Bruno Dornelas (Bra) Scott Tri0:10:52 
16Rodrigo Gouvea & Denis Yoshio (Bra) Adriana Nascimento II0:11:39 
17Francisco Junior & Luis Carvalho (Bra) Bruttus0:12:21 
18Helder Carvalho & Pedro Araujo (Por) Rocky Mountain Onbike Portugal0:12:37 
19Paulo Dias & Tiago Rossi (Bra) Ciclovece Reynold's0:13:06 
20Gustavo Astolphi & Giulliano Mendes (Bra) Pedal Urbano0:13:13 
21Fernando Fernandes & Edson Oliveira (Bra) Herbie 530:13:18 
22Rafael Alves & Filipe Xavier (Bra) Brazil Re-Cycling0:13:35 
23Bruno Lopes & Leonardo Parada (Bra) Tche Poronpa0:13:36 
24Denis Martins & João Almeida (Bra) Zeromeiaum.net  
25Juliano Nunes & Andre Lima (Bra) Tche Bike-RS/Coroas Do Cerrado0:13:55 
26Rogério Moda & Fabio Ferreira (Bra) Beep Beep0:14:22 
27Alfredo Montenegro & Carlos Lopes (Bra) Savana Bike Shop0:14:30 
28José Festugatto & Fábio Festugatto (Bra) Twin Brothers  
29Fábio Lôbo & Sérgio Lemos (Bra) Casa Do Ciclista0:14:59 
30Alexandre Hadade & Carlos Fonseca (Bra) Selva  
31Weimar Pettengill & Alberto Jara (Bra) Ice Global/Desbrava.com0:15:12 
32Plínio Junior & Tadeu Malavazzi (Bra) Clube Do Pedal Team0:15:22 
33Fouad Artigas & Carlos Carvalho (Bra) Riobici0:15:47 
34Alessandro Romano & Amauri Costa (Bra) Harpia Iana0:16:00 
35Wallace Brito & Geraldo Moraes (Bra) Devassa0:16:28 
36Nuno Duarte & João Elvas (Por) Team Acreditar Portugal0:16:43 
37Luzo Passos & Marcos Abitante (Bra) Os Mantiqueira II0:17:09 
38Marcelo Dias & João Dias (Bra) Urban Brother0:17:16 
39Denio Franco & Felipe Comini (Bra) Libertas Todos Os Santos0:17:30 
40Raphael Chaves & Jânio Oliveira (Bra) Clã Selvagem0:17:43 
41Alex Constâncio & Marcello Cenci (Bra) Webike/Magura0:18:17 
42Humberto Luis & Tiago Branco (Por) Ami Portugal0:18:41 
43Antonio Filho & Sergio Dourado (Bra) Terra Chapada Cristal0:18:45 
44Carlos Antunes & Giancarlo Clini (Bra) Scott/Tap0:19:27 
45Alexandre Lima & Emmanuel Stroessner (Bra) Ale Lima Personal Trainer0:19:59 
46Osvaldo Martins & Marcelo Chinaglia (Bra) Letti/Cccp0:20:10 
47Guilherme Quissini & Rafael Capoani (Bra) Zero Grau0:20:19 
48Rodolfo Carvalho & Tiago Abati (Bra) Tia Do Batman0:21:49 
49Antonio Calmon & Diogo Rehder (Bra) Espinhaço Selva0:22:02 
50Ricardo Pupo & Santo Feltrin (Bra) Adriana Nascimento/Specialized0:22:15 
51Rodrigo Suriani & Alexandre Perez (Bra) Gillette/Duracell0:22:22 
52Sérgio Marques & Sidnei Marques (Bra) Marques Brother0:22:47 
53Rodrigo Mariotoni & Adriano Seabra (Bra) Xterra Pro Runner0:23:14 
54Roberto Souto & Carlos Esteves (Bra) IBS0:25:00 
55Ricardo Roldão & Guilherme Rodrigues (Bra) Roldão0:28:22 
56Romeu Franciosi & Anderson Oliveira (Bra) Dague Paia0:29:42 
57Francisco Filho & Plauto Angelo (Bra) Endurance Ii0:31:17 
58Fernando Toigo & Denilson Postai (Bra) Zeromeiaum0:37:34 
Women duo general classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ivonne Kraft & Celina Carpinteiro (Por) Bionicon Loule0:41:52 
2Sandra Araujo & Lorenza Menapace (Ita) Round The Clock0:01:32 
3Janildes Fernandes Silva & Julyana Rodrigues (Bra) Jaju0:03:09 
4Erika Gramiscelli & Raquel Queiroz (Bra) Circuit KHS Pro Ladies0:03:17 
5Andrea Estevam & Silvia Guimaraes (Bra) Atenah/Go Outside0:08:50 
6Luciana Cox & Adriana Boccia (Bra) Flower People Rocky Mountain0:13:21 
7Carla Plens & Carolina Hess (Bra) Adriana Nascimento/Limiar0:16:02 
Mixed duo general classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jennifer Hopkinson-Smith & Brian Smith (USA) To Be Decided0:37:22 
2Renata Bucher & Damian Perrin (Swi) Team Zaboo Free - Mountain0:00:20 
3Jeff Kerkove & Sonya Looney (USA) Topeak-Ergon0:01:30 
4Paul Romero & Karen Lundgren (USA) Sole Ellsworth0:02:54 
5Adriana Nascimento & Rogério Pires (Bra) Brasil Soul0:04:38 
6Alexandre Teles & Mariza Souza (Bra) Trotamundo0:09:37 
7Flavia Dall Acqua & Mateus Gil (Bra) Bike Na Midia Team0:11:20 
8Sabrina Gobbo & João Junior (Bra) Webike0:11:30 
9Orlando Alves & Roberta Santiago (Bra) Ciclo Ravena - Marin0:11:34 
10Joana Nobrega & Felipe Rodrigues (Bra) Endurance0:15:52 
11Reginaldo Oliveira & Katia Gomes (Bra) Jundiaí Pró Team0:16:30 
12Murilo Sella & Juliana Sella (Bra) Jura VRC0:27:42 
13Raquel Gontijo & Antonio Barbanti (Bra) Espn-BH0:31:40 
14Alain Haessflinger & Paola Geronimi (Fra) Tecnoval Laminados0:33:12 
15Daniela Lemke & Adauto Belli (Bra) DV Na Trilha0:43:49 
Masters duo general classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Abraão Azevedo & Plínio Souza (Bra) AZ Masters0:38:05 
2Eduardo Soares & Jayme Filho (Bra) Os Mantiqueira I0:01:50 
3Cesar Almeida & Paulo Freitas (Bra) Leite Piracanjuba-Tigre Rolamentos0:02:57 
4Gonzalo Ceballos & Pedro Prats (Spa) Titan Desert0:04:42 
5Rodrigo Silva & Enrico Favilla (Bra) Caliandra Oz0:07:36 
6Rudney Villanova & Alberto Geronimi (Fra) Tecnoval0:08:15 
7Santiago Gonzales & Juan Lopez (Col) Trope Shago0:09:00 
8Marcos Soares & Francis Hudson (Bra) Movimec - Soca Bota0:09:04 
9Sandro Bernardoni & Gerson Doll (Bra) D&B Ride0:09:49 
10Luis Pato & Carlos Reino (Bra) Pcdf/Zero Meia Um0:10:08 
11José Verçosa & Mauricio Goncalves (Bra) Coroas Do Cerrado 010:10:48 
12Pedro Neto & Luiz Filho (Bra) Adriana Nascimento I0:11:05 
13Sergio Silva & Dorivaldo Abreu (Bra) Aky Veiculos Vitoria Da Conquista-Ba0:13:09 
14José Jorqueira & Fernando Kfouri (Bra) Epicos0:13:30 
15Oton Souto & Neuseli Sampaio (Bra) Papaléguas Do Cerrado0:14:10 
16Sérgio Sá (Zolino) & Pedro Morganti (Bra) Adventure Camp0:14:19 
17Robert Schneider & Claudio Van Damme (Bra) Coroas Do Cerrado0:16:16 
18Alexandre Boccia & Marcio Lima (Bra) Goiabada Power0:16:31 
19Antonio Rodrigues & Marcos Dias (Bra) Tia Sônia0:18:25 
20Rodrigo Andrade & José Ambrosio (Bra) Juncambrosio0:19:37 
21Aluizio Maia & Sérgio Silva (Bra) Calaroti0:25:08 
22Rondon Pinto & Mauro Filho (Bra) Oce Master0:25:37 
23Carlos Perpetuo & Claudio Kligerman (Bra) Jabuteam0:27:28 
24Irineu Masiero & Rogério Gomes (Bra) Joel Bikes - Oceano0:39:44 

 

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