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Trans Provence 2013

Date range:
September 29 - October 4, 2013

October 02, Day 4: Guillaumes - St-Sauveur-sur-Tinée 43km

Lau and Martin win Trans-Provence day 4

By:
Cycling News
Published:
October 03, 2013, 15:13 BST,
Updated:
October 03, 2013, 16:49 BST

Clementz and Martin retain overall leads

A rider during day 4 of the Trans-Provence

A rider during day 4 of the Trans-Provence

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Nicolas Lau (Cube Action Team) and Anka Martin (Juliana Bicycles) won Day 4 of the Trans-Provence on Thursday in France.

In the men's category, Lau was just one second faster than runner-up Jérôme Clementz (Cannondale Overmountain / Mavic) and 1:38 quicker than François Bailly-Maitre (BMC Trailcrew). In the women's category, Martin topped the results, 1:22 ahead of Emily Horridge (Transition Bikes) and 1:34 ahead of Pauline Dieffenthaler (Cannondale / Mavic).

Clementz remains atop the overall standings by 21 seconds over Lau and 4:24 over Bailly-Matre. Martin also defended her lead over Emmett at 4:24 and Horridge at 5:03.

Pre-race favorite Fabien Barel (Canyon Factory Enduro Team) suffered a mechanical followed by a crash. As a result, his rear wheel could not turn, and he had to run down to the stage finish while carrying his bike. It cost him four minutes.

Day 4 brought the first-ever cable car uplift for the Trans-Provence race.

Organizer Ash Smith said, "Before you either smash your internet communication device in disgust that we've 'sold out', or whoop that we've finally caught up with the rest of the world; apart from a bit of uplift being replaced by a cable car over a van, today was everything that we've known to come and love about the Trans-Provence. With perhaps one of the longest, most technical, all natural, on sight trails that we've had since the inaugural event in 2009."

A few riders are recovering from injuries sustained during the race. Vadim Savelyev landed on his head today during one of the bike park special stages and was more than a little concussed, and Fay Cunningham broke her hand and is out for the rest of the race.

Special mention must also go to Mark Weir, who has also broken his hand, but has decided to carry because "it only really hurts on the downhill," he said.

The first half of today made use of two of last year's special stages, one as a timed stage and the second the stunning ravine that ends on a balcony trail high above the medieval town on Roubion.

From Roubion, riders made their way to the ski lifts, and to two special stages in the Roubion bike park built around the winter ski resort. Trans-Provence has chosen to use the more natural feeling trails, with only the bottom section of the third special stage of today using some of the bike parks step-downs and wooden booters.

After a third ride up, the lift riders traversed across the valley crossing high mountain passes; including incredibly fast "pick it and stick it", multi option sheep track at warp speed that would be dangerous if it was timed on a special stage, and short tech climbs before they reached the final special (special stage 16) of the day.

It's hard to describe in any sensible way, the length and the arduousness of the trail - losing over 1000m vertical, it involved being able to interpret the trail in front of you quickly, being able to understand route directions at break neck speeds, combined with some kind of telepathy to understand which way the trail was about to turn when hitting the ancient unused olive terraces that punctuate the top part of the trail.

It seems that not many of riders have the sixth sense, judging by the amount of them that were seen catapulting over various ancient walls and bushes.

Once past all that is ancient, the trail threw riders down increasingly steepening switchbacks until their brakes or upper body gave out; followed by combinations of wafer thin highly exposed singletrack or short bursts of very steep climbs, before finally finishing on a balustrade trail high above a river.

How big and hard is it? Clementz took 18.31 to finish the stage, with riders like Adam Craig taking 22 minutes, and he's no slouch.

Tomorrow's day 5 will be huge, with two new stages.

Check out the video from Day 4.

Full Results

Elite men Day 4
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Nicolas Lau (Cube Action Team) 0:29:44  
2 Jérôme Clementz (Cannondale Overmountain / Mavic) 0:00:01  
3 François Bailly-Maitre (BMC Trailcrew) 0:01:38  
4 Jamie Nicoll (Santa Cruz Bicycles)    
5 Anton Cooper (Cannondale Factory Racing) 0:02:00  
6 Geoff Kabush (Scott-3Rox Racing) 0:02:06  
7 Florian Golay (BMC Trailcrew) 0:02:10  
8 Mark Weir (Cannondale Overmountain / WTB) 0:02:43  
9 Alex Stock (Kona) 0:02:46  
10 Ben Cruz (Cannondale Overmountain / WTB) 0:03:19  
11 Nico Prudencio (Team Giant Chile) 0:03:20  
12 Manuel Fumic (Cannondale Factory Racing) 0:03:42  
13 Fabien Barel (Canyon Factory Enduro Team / Mavic) 0:03:55  
14 Maxi Dickerhoff (Canyon Factory Enduro Team) 0:04:05  
15 Guillaume Farin (BMC Trailcrew) 0:04:26  
16 Adam Craig (Giant Factory Off-Road Team) 0:05:50  
Women Day 4
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Anka Martin (Juliana Bicycles) 0:36:50  
2 Emily Horridge (Transition Bikes) 0:01:22  
3 Pauline Dieffenthaler (Cannondale / Mavic) 0:01:34  
4 Kelli Emmett (Giant Factory Off-Road Team) 0:02:32  
5 Nadine Sapin (la Roue Libre/Scott Contessa) 0:07:16  
6 Mary-Anne Hunter (Juliana Bicycles) 0:08:26  
7 Catherine West 0:21:14  
Amateurs day 4
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Chris Ball 0:31:47  
2 Oliver Munnik 0:00:29  
3 Stu Thomson (MTB Cut / Orange) 0:01:43  
4 Afonso Ferreira 0:03:02  
5 Joe Bowman 0:03:14  
6 Simo Sohkanen    
7 Tilmann Schwab 0:03:17  
8 Mikko Kupiainen 0:03:36  
9 Matt Patterson 0:03:46  
10 Paul Smail 0:03:54  
11 Paul Angus 0:04:01  
12 Ole Christian Fagerli 0:04:11  
13 Tom Haukom 0:04:56  
14 Øyvind Aas 0:04:58  
15 Johannes Riebl (Orbea Enduro Crew) 0:05:31  
16 Will Ockelton (Santa Cruz Bicycles) 0:05:38  
17 Kevin Moran 0:06:02  
18 Jon Cancellier (SRAM) 0:06:06  
19 Jon Stevens 0:06:26  
20 Mickey Fan 0:06:32  
21 Tim Kelton 0:06:53  
22 Tony Gjessvag 0:08:38  
23 Gaute Reitan 0:09:54  
24 Ben Macinnis 0:11:16  
25 Helmar Jungfer 0:12:56  
26 Jeff Calam 0:13:10  
27 Guti Martin 0:13:53  
28 Lester Perry 0:16:43  
29 Paul Tiffin 0:16:50  
30 Lee Jordan 0:17:24  
31 Todd Seplavy 0:17:37  
32 Andy Waterman 0:21:21  
33 Nick Gibson 0:37:32  
Masters day 4
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Sven Martin (Santa Cruz Bicycles) 0:33:21  
2 François Dola (la Roue Libre) 0:00:26  
3 Othmar Kuenzli 0:03:07  
4 Seb Ramsay 0:03:14  
5 Rodrigo Cabello 0:03:46  
6 Raphael Imbs (TannenBike) 0:03:49  
7 Jonny Waghorn 0:04:11  
8 Björn Becker 0:06:53  
9 Plons Racing 0:07:29  
10 Jörg Schueller 0:09:18  
11 Tomas Ljungdahl 0:09:52  
12 Cooper Fowler 0:24:36  
13 Luke Harrison 0:31:25  
Elite men general classification after day 4
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Jérôme Clementz (Cannondale Overmountain / Mavic) 1:48:36  
2 Nicolas Lau (Cube Action Team) 0:00:21  
3 François Bailly-Maitre (BMC Trailcrew) 0:04:24  
4 Geoff Kabush (Scott-3Rox Racing) 0:04:55  
5 Fabien Barel (Canyon Factory Enduro Team / Mavic) 0:05:23  
6 Jamie Nicoll (Santa Cruz Bicycles) 0:05:29  
7 Florian Golay (BMC Trailcrew) 0:08:11  
8 Anton Cooper (Cannondale Factory Racing) 0:08:15  
9 Mark Weir (Cannondale Overmountain / WTB) 0:08:49  
10 Manuel Fumic (Cannondale Factory Racing) 0:09:14  
11 Ben Cruz (Cannondale Overmountain / WTB) 0:09:47  
12 Adam Craig (Giant Factory Off-Road Team) 0:12:18  
13 Alex Stock (Kona) 0:12:46  
14 Maxi Dickerhoff (Canyon Factory Enduro Team) 0:14:18  
15 Guillaume Farin (BMC Trailcrew) 0:17:13  
16 Nico Prudencio (Team Giant Chile) 0:17:15  
Elite women general classification after Day 4
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Anka Martin (Juliana Bicycles) 2:16:11  
2 Kelli Emmett (Giant Factory Off-Road Team) 0:04:24  
3 Emily Horridge (Transition Bikes) 0:05:03  
4 Pauline Dieffenthaler (Cannondale / Mavic) 0:12:46  
5 Nadine Sapin (la Roue Libre/Scott Contessa) 0:27:14  
6 Mary-Anne Hunter (Juliana Bicycles) 0:40:17  
7 Catherine West 1:18:39  
Amateurs general classification after day 4
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Chris Ball 1:56:55  
2 Oliver Munnik 0:04:27  
3 Stu Thomson (MTB Cut / Orange) 0:08:23  
4 Mikko Kupiainen 0:12:39  
5 Tom Haukom 0:12:41  
6 Ole Christian Fagerli 0:13:39  
7 Matt Patterson 0:14:27  
8 Paul Smail 0:15:09  
9 Paul Angus 0:15:52  
10 Tilmann Schwab 0:16:05  
11 Joe Bowman 0:16:58  
12 Afonso Ferreira 0:17:19  
13 Simo Sohkanen 0:18:03  
14 Øyvind Aas 0:19:38  
15 Kevin Moran 0:20:50  
16 Gaute Reitan 0:22:28  
17 Jon Cancellier (SRAM) 0:23:35  
18 Will Ockelton (Santa Cruz Bicycles) 0:24:23  
19 Mickey Fan 0:25:43  
20 Jon Stevens 0:27:08  
21 Tim Kelton 0:28:36  
22 Jeff Calam 0:31:58  
23 Lester Perry 0:34:23  
24 Tony Gjessvag 0:38:30  
25 Nick Gibson 0:44:34  
26 Andy Waterman 0:44:46  
27 Johannes Riebl (Orbea Enduro Crew) 0:52:55  
28 Helmar Jungfer 0:54:08  
29 Guti Martin 0:56:23  
30 Ben Macinnis 0:56:51  
31 Lee Jordan 0:56:54  
32 Paul Tiffin 1:14:16  
33 Todd Seplavy 1:14:58  
Masters general classification after day 4
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Sven Martin (Santa Cruz Bicycles) 2:04:55  
2 François Dola (la Roue Libre) 0:01:42  
3 Othmar Kuenzli 0:11:33  
4 Seb Ramsay 0:12:32  
5 Jonny Waghorn 0:12:38  
6 Raphael Imbs (TannenBike) 0:14:56  
7 Plons Racing 0:16:48  
8 Rodrigo Cabello 0:21:28  
9 Björn Becker 0:29:40  
10 Jörg Schueller 0:34:28  
11 Tomas Ljungdahl 0:38:13  
12 Luke Harrison 0:47:50  
13 Cooper Fowler 1:17:29