Lau, Clementz and Kabush win special stages on day 3

Day 3's racing produced three different special stage winners: Nicolas Lau (Cube Action Team), Jérôme Clementz (Cannondale/Mavic) and Geoff Kabush (Scott-3Rox).

There were no changes in overall positions at the top spots in the standings in stage, although plenty more racing remains. Lau contines to lead Clementz and Nicolas Vouilloz (Lapierre). Among the women, former downhill star Anne-Caroline Chausson tops the standings.

The approach to the first special stage gave racers a chance to become more personally acquainted with their bikes. Yes, It was the first major carry of the Trans - Provence. A 500-metre carry, or push depending upon your persuasion, led to a col in the mountains and the start of the day's timed racing.

An equally steep descent balanced out the climb to the summit. Back on the valley floor, racers were onto a long liason stage, with a lengthy climb off the valley floor to the feed station.

Special stage 2 was especially brutal but the hard work uphill paid off with grins at the end of the descent.

Another long road section followed by the last fire road climb of the day leading to the final special stage. Fast traversing singletrack with plenty of exposure across desert-like hillside dropped riders into a wooded valley bottom and a final flat out pedalling across undulating (some of it very steeply undulating) singletrack .

Full Results

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Special stage 8
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Nicolas Lau (Cube Action Team) (Pro men)0:08:53
2Jérôme Clementz (Cannondale/Mavic) (Pro men)0:00:05
3Nicolas Vouilloz (Lapierre) (Pro men)0:00:08
4Fabien Barel (Mondraker) (Pro men)0:00:10
5Joe Barnes (MTBCut/Orange) (Pro men)0:00:13
6Mark Weir (WTB/Shimano/Cannondale) (Pro men)0:00:19
7Matti Lehikoinen (ChainReactionCycles/Nukeproof) (Pro men)0:00:23
8Ralph Näf (Merida) (Pro men)0:00:25
9Ben Cruz (WTB/Shimano/Cannondale) (Pro men)0:00:27
10Sven Martin (Amateurs)0:00:31
11Matt Simmonds (ChainReactionCycles/Nukeproof) (Pro men)0:00:36
12Florian Golay (Felt/Crossroad) (Pro men)0:00:40
13Matthew Slaven (Kona) (Pro men)0:00:46
14Chris Ball (Amateurs)0:00:50
15Adam Craig (Radobank/Giant) (Pro men)0:00:51
16Tobias Pantling (Amateurs)0:00:54
17Geoff Kabush (Scott-3Rox) (Pro men)0:00:55
18Gary Barnard (Amateurs)Row 17 - Cell 2
19Lars Sternberg (Transition Bikes) (Pro men)0:01:02
20Seb Kemp (Amateurs)0:01:07
21Joost Wichman (Pro men)0:01:08
22Anne-Caroline Chausson (Women)0:01:10
23Arno De Ruyver (Amateurs)0:01:11
24Evan Turpen (Pro men)0:01:12
25Petrik Brueckner (Pro men)0:01:17
26Kieran Page (Amateurs)0:01:22
27Eirik Schulz (Amateurs)0:01:23
28Joe Rafferty (Amateurs)0:01:28
29Regis Daprela (Amateurs)0:01:33
30Anka Martin (Santa Cruz/SRAM) (Women)0:01:34
31Rúnar Theodórsson (Amateurs)0:01:38
32Peter Nilges (Amateurs)0:01:42
33Jon Cancellier (Amateurs)Row 32 - Cell 2
34Sam Pantling (Amateurs)0:01:43
35Andy Dapre (Amateurs)0:01:45
36Paul Smail (Amateurs)0:01:46
37Fabian Gleitsmann (Amateurs)0:01:48
38Plons Racing (Amateurs)0:01:51
39Rosara Joseph (Women)0:01:55
40Tim Kelton (Amateurs)0:01:59
41Amos Hockmeyer (Amateurs)0:02:11
42Jeff Calam (Amateurs)0:02:13
43Lee Carless (Amateurs)0:02:17
44Piet Weeghmans (Amateurs)0:02:26
45Denis Flury (Amateurs)0:02:28
46Bas Kwaaitaal (Amateurs)0:02:30
47Bas Rotgans (Amateurs)0:02:32
48Aimee Dix (Women)0:02:33
49Francois Blanc (Amateurs)0:02:34
50Chris Marquis (Amateurs)Row 49 - Cell 2
51Björn Becker (Amateurs)0:02:49
52Dave Freeman (Amateurs)0:03:01
53Hannah Barnes (MTBCut/Orange) (Women)0:03:23
54Tim Garrecht (Amateurs)0:03:31
55Martin Stefan (Amateurs)Row 54 - Cell 2
56Stéphane Amaudruz (Amateurs)0:03:48
57Fanny Paquette (Rocky Mountain Bikes) (Women)0:04:02
58Adrian Gidney (Amateurs)0:04:03
59Jörg Kröger (Amateurs)0:04:04
60Mike Ranft (Amateurs)0:04:07
61Hannah Thorne (Women)0:04:08
62Kenny Alexander (Amateurs)0:04:13
63Jean-Philippe Geudvert (Amateurs)0:04:15
64Liz Simmons (Women)0:04:19
65Guillaume Martin (Mavic) (Amateurs)0:04:28
66Tim Goodwin (Amateurs)0:04:47
67Charles Joris (Amateurs)0:04:57
68Andy Lombardini (Amateurs)0:05:18
69Jo Cardwell (Women)0:05:31
70Erik Nienhuis (Amateurs)0:05:54
71Jacqueline Marquis (Women)0:06:19
72Andy Foote (Amateurs)0:07:09
74Daniel Wood (Amateurs)0:12:16
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Special stage 9
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jérôme Clementz (Cannondale/Mavic) (Pro men)0:03:29
2Nicolas Lau (Cube Action Team) (Pro men)0:00:01
3Nicolas Vouilloz (Lapierre) (Pro men)0:00:05
4Matt Simmonds (ChainReactionCycles/Nukeproof) (Pro men)Row 3 - Cell 2
5Mark Weir (WTB/Shimano/Cannondale) (Pro men)0:00:08
6Ben Cruz (WTB/Shimano/Cannondale) (Pro men)Row 5 - Cell 2
7Fabien Barel (Mondraker) (Pro men)0:00:11
8Matti Lehikoinen (ChainReactionCycles/Nukeproof) (Pro men)Row 7 - Cell 2
9Sven Martin (Amateurs)0:00:16
10Matthew Slaven (Kona) (Pro men)0:00:17
11Florian Golay (Felt/Crossroad) (Pro men)0:00:18
12Petrik Brueckner (Pro men)Row 11 - Cell 2
13Chris Ball (Amateurs)0:00:19
14Ralph Näf (Merida) (Pro men)0:00:22
15Seb Kemp (Amateurs)Row 14 - Cell 2
16Joe Barnes (MTBCut/Orange) (Pro men)0:00:23
17Tobias Pantling (Amateurs)0:00:25
18Lars Sternberg (Transition Bikes) (Pro men)Row 17 - Cell 2
19Gary Barnard (Amateurs)0:00:26
20Joost Wichman (Pro men)0:00:28
21Geoff Kabush (Scott-3Rox) (Pro men)0:00:32
22Adam Craig (Radobank/Giant) (Pro men)0:00:33
23Anne-Caroline Chausson (Women)Row 22 - Cell 2
24Evan Turpen (Pro men)0:00:38
25Kieran Page (Amateurs)Row 24 - Cell 2
26Arno De Ruyver (Amateurs)0:00:40
27Peter Nilges (Amateurs)Row 26 - Cell 2
28Paul Smail (Amateurs)0:00:44
29Eirik Schulz (Amateurs)0:00:45
30Jon Cancellier (Amateurs)Row 29 - Cell 2
31Joe Rafferty (Amateurs)0:00:47
32Rúnar Theodórsson (Amateurs)0:00:48
33Plons Racing (Amateurs)0:00:51
34Andy Dapre (Amateurs)Row 33 - Cell 2
35Regis Daprela (Amateurs)0:00:52
36Jeff Calam (Amateurs)0:00:54
37Sam Pantling (Amateurs)0:00:56
38Anka Martin (Santa Cruz/SRAM) (Women)Row 37 - Cell 2
39Francois Blanc (Amateurs)0:00:57
40Amos Hockmeyer (Amateurs)0:00:59
41Tim Kelton (Amateurs)0:01:02
42Rosara Joseph (Women)0:01:03
43Bas Rotgans (Amateurs)Row 42 - Cell 2
44Lee Carless (Amateurs)0:01:05
45Denis Flury (Amateurs)0:01:07
46Fabian Gleitsmann (Amateurs)0:01:09
47Aimee Dix (Women)0:01:13
48Dave Freeman (Amateurs)0:01:19
49Björn Becker (Amateurs)0:01:21
50Chris Marquis (Amateurs)0:01:24
51Bas Kwaaitaal (Amateurs)0:01:28
52Piet Weeghmans (Amateurs)0:01:33
53Tim Goodwin (Amateurs)0:01:41
54Jörg Kröger (Amateurs)0:01:43
55Daniel Wood (Amateurs)Row 54 - Cell 2
56Hannah Barnes (MTBCut/Orange) (Women)0:01:44
57Jean-Philippe Geudvert (Amateurs)0:01:47
58Charles Joris (Amateurs)0:01:50
59Martin Stefan (Amateurs)0:01:51
60Tim Garrecht (Amateurs)0:01:52
61Adrian Gidney (Amateurs)0:01:55
62Kenny Alexander (Amateurs)Row 61 - Cell 2
63Stéphane Amaudruz (Amateurs)Row 62 - Cell 2
64Liz Simmons (Women)0:01:57
65Jo Cardwell (Women)Row 64 - Cell 2
66Fanny Paquette (Rocky Mountain Bikes) (Women)0:02:07
67Andy Lombardini (Amateurs)Row 66 - Cell 2
68Mike Ranft (Amateurs)0:02:08
69Hannah Thorne (Women)0:02:33
70Erik Nienhuis (Amateurs)0:02:40
71Jacqueline Marquis (Women)0:02:41
72Guillaume Martin (Mavic) (Amateurs)0:02:42
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Special stage 10
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Geoff Kabush (Scott-3Rox) (Pro men)0:07:03
2Nicolas Lau (Cube Action Team) (Pro men)0:00:04
3Jérôme Clementz (Cannondale/Mavic) (Pro men)Row 2 - Cell 2
4Nicolas Vouilloz (Lapierre) (Pro men)0:00:14
5Ralph Näf (Merida) (Pro men)Row 4 - Cell 2
6Mark Weir (WTB/Shimano/Cannondale) (Pro men)0:00:22
7Adam Craig (Radobank/Giant) (Pro men)0:00:25
8Ben Cruz (WTB/Shimano/Cannondale) (Pro men)0:00:37
9Joe Barnes (MTBCut/Orange) (Pro men)0:00:39
10Fabien Barel (Mondraker) (Pro men)0:00:40
11Joe Rafferty (Amateurs)Row 10 - Cell 2
12Seb Kemp (Amateurs)0:00:49
13Florian Golay (Felt/Crossroad) (Pro men)0:00:54
14Matthew Slaven (Kona) (Pro men)0:00:55
15Tobias Pantling (Amateurs)0:00:58
16Petrik Brueckner (Pro men)Row 15 - Cell 2
17Sven Martin (Amateurs)0:00:59
18Francois Blanc (Amateurs)0:01:03
19Chris Ball (Amateurs)0:01:04
20Kieran Page (Amateurs)0:01:07
21Evan Turpen (Pro men)0:01:09
22Joost Wichman (Pro men)0:01:10
23Eirik Schulz (Amateurs)0:01:15
24Matti Lehikoinen (ChainReactionCycles/Nukeproof) (Pro men)0:01:17
25Lars Sternberg (Transition Bikes) (Pro men)0:01:18
26Peter Nilges (Amateurs)Row 25 - Cell 2
27Matt Simmonds (ChainReactionCycles/Nukeproof) (Pro men)0:01:21
28Rosara Joseph (Women)0:01:23
29Sam Pantling (Amateurs)0:01:31
30Arno De Ruyver (Amateurs)0:01:34
31Jon Cancellier (Amateurs)Row 30 - Cell 2
32Gary Barnard (Amateurs)0:01:39
33Rúnar Theodórsson (Amateurs)0:01:40
34Plons Racing (Amateurs)0:01:49
35Tim Kelton (Amateurs)Row 34 - Cell 2
36Amos Hockmeyer (Amateurs)0:01:55
37Fabian Gleitsmann (Amateurs)0:01:57
38Bas Rotgans (Amateurs)0:02:01
39Paul Smail (Amateurs)0:02:02
40Chris Marquis (Amateurs)0:02:03
41Anne-Caroline Chausson (Women)0:02:06
42Jeff Calam (Amateurs)0:02:09
43Jörg Kröger (Amateurs)0:02:18
44Andy Dapre (Amateurs)0:02:20
45Piet Weeghmans (Amateurs)0:02:24
46Denis Flury (Amateurs)0:02:25
47Anka Martin (Santa Cruz/SRAM) (Women)0:02:26
48Tim Garrecht (Amateurs)0:02:27
49Lee Carless (Amateurs)0:02:30
50Aimee Dix (Women)0:02:35
51Regis Daprela (Amateurs)0:02:45
52Martin Stefan (Amateurs)0:02:50
53Bas Kwaaitaal (Amateurs)0:02:53
54Daniel Wood (Amateurs)0:02:54
55Hannah Barnes (MTBCut/Orange) (Women)0:02:55
56Charles Joris (Amateurs)0:03:22
57Dave Freeman (Amateurs)0:03:25
58Björn Becker (Amateurs)0:03:32
59Adrian Gidney (Amateurs)0:03:39
60Kenny Alexander (Amateurs)0:03:43
61Mike Ranft (Amateurs)Row 60 - Cell 2
62Erik Nienhuis (Amateurs)Row 61 - Cell 2
63Hannah Thorne (Women)0:03:46
64Jean-Philippe Geudvert (Amateurs)0:03:56
65Guillaume Martin (Mavic) (Amateurs)0:04:11
66Andy Lombardini (Amateurs)0:04:14
67Stéphane Amaudruz (Amateurs)0:04:15
68Fanny Paquette (Rocky Mountain Bikes) (Women)Row 67 - Cell 2
69Liz Simmons (Women)0:04:38
70Tim Goodwin (Amateurs)0:05:18
71Jacqueline Marquis (Women)Row 70 - Cell 2
72Jo Cardwell (Women)0:06:03
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Day 3 totals
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Nicolas Lau (Cube Action Team) (Pro men)0:19:30
2Jérôme Clementz (Cannondale/Mavic) (Pro men)0:00:04
3Nicolas Vouilloz (Lapierre) (Pro men)0:00:22
4Mark Weir (WTB/Shimano/Cannondale) (Pro men)0:00:44
5Ralph Näf (Merida) (Pro men)0:00:56
6Fabien Barel (Mondraker) (Pro men)Row 5 - Cell 2
7Ben Cruz (WTB/Shimano/Cannondale) (Pro men)0:01:07
8Joe Barnes (MTBCut/Orange) (Pro men)0:01:10
9Geoff Kabush (Scott-3Rox) (Pro men)0:01:22
10Sven Martin (Amateurs)0:01:41
11Adam Craig (Radobank/Giant) (Pro men)0:01:44
12Matti Lehikoinen (ChainReactionCycles/Nukeproof) (Pro men)0:01:46
13Florian Golay (Felt/Crossroad) (Pro men)0:01:47
14Matthew Slaven (Kona) (Pro men)0:01:53
15Matt Simmonds (ChainReactionCycles/Nukeproof) (Pro men)0:01:57
16Chris Ball (Amateurs)0:02:08
17Tobias Pantling (Amateurs)0:02:12
18Seb Kemp (Amateurs)0:02:13
19Petrik Brueckner (Pro men)0:02:28
20Lars Sternberg (Transition Bikes) (Pro men)0:02:40
21Joost Wichman (Pro men)0:02:41
22Joe Rafferty (Amateurs)0:02:50
23Evan Turpen (Pro men)0:02:54
24Gary Barnard (Amateurs)0:02:55
25Kieran Page (Amateurs)0:03:02
26Eirik Schulz (Amateurs)0:03:18
27Arno De Ruyver (Amateurs)0:03:20
28Peter Nilges (Amateurs)0:03:35
29Anne-Caroline Chausson (Women)0:03:44
30Jon Cancellier (Amateurs)0:03:56
31Rúnar Theodórsson (Amateurs)0:04:01
32Sam Pantling (Amateurs)0:04:05
33Rosara Joseph (Women)0:04:16
34Plons Racing (Amateurs)0:04:26
35Paul Smail (Amateurs)0:04:27
36Francois Blanc (Amateurs)0:04:29
37Tim Kelton (Amateurs)0:04:45
38Fabian Gleitsmann (Amateurs)0:04:49
39Anka Martin (Santa Cruz/SRAM) (Women)0:04:51
40Andy Dapre (Amateurs)Row 39 - Cell 2
41Amos Hockmeyer (Amateurs)0:05:00
42Regis Daprela (Amateurs)0:05:05
43Jeff Calam (Amateurs)0:05:11
44Bas Rotgans (Amateurs)0:05:31
45Lee Carless (Amateurs)0:05:47
46Denis Flury (Amateurs)0:05:55
47Chris Marquis (Amateurs)0:05:56
48Aimee Dix (Women)0:06:16
49Piet Weeghmans (Amateurs)0:06:18
50Bas Kwaaitaal (Amateurs)0:06:46
51Björn Becker (Amateurs)0:07:37
52Dave Freeman (Amateurs)0:07:40
53Tim Garrecht (Amateurs)0:07:45
54Hannah Barnes (MTBCut/Orange) (Women)0:07:57
55Jörg Kröger (Amateurs)0:08:00
56Martin Stefan (Amateurs)0:08:07
57Adrian Gidney (Amateurs)0:09:32
58Kenny Alexander (Amateurs)0:09:46
59Jean-Philippe Geudvert (Amateurs)0:09:53
60Mike Ranft (Amateurs)Row 59 - Cell 2
61Stéphane Amaudruz (Amateurs)Row 60 - Cell 2
62Charles Joris (Amateurs)0:10:04
63Fanny Paquette (Rocky Mountain Bikes) (Women)0:10:19
64Hannah Thorne (Women)0:10:22
65Liz Simmons (Women)0:10:49
66Guillaume Martin (Mavic) (Amateurs)0:11:16
67Andy Lombardini (Amateurs)0:11:34
68Tim Goodwin (Amateurs)0:11:41
69Erik Nienhuis (Amateurs)0:12:12
70Jo Cardwell (Women)0:13:26
71Jacqueline Marquis (Women)0:14:13
72Daniel Wood (Amateurs)0:16:48
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General classification after day 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Nicolas Lau (Cube Action Team) (Pro men)1:08:13
2Jérôme Clementz (Cannondale/Mavic) (Pro men)0:01:04
3Nicolas Vouilloz (Lapierre) (Pro men)0:02:01
4Mark Weir (WTB/Shimano/Cannondale) (Pro men)0:02:36
5Ralph Näf (Merida) (Pro men)0:03:23
6Joe Barnes (MTBCut/Orange) (Pro men)0:03:46
7Florian Golay (Felt/Crossroad) (Pro men)0:05:02
8Adam Craig (Radobank/Giant) (Pro men)0:05:31
9Geoff Kabush (Scott-3Rox) (Pro men)0:06:41
10Matt Simmonds (ChainReactionCycles/Nukeproof) (Pro men)0:07:07
11Matthew Slaven (Kona) (Pro men)0:07:27
12Sven Martin (Amateurs)0:07:32
13Chris Ball (Amateurs)0:08:08
14Matti Lehikoinen (ChainReactionCycles/Nukeproof) (Pro men)0:08:31
15Seb Kemp (Amateurs)0:09:04
16Tobias Pantling (Amateurs)0:09:21
17Petrik Brueckner (Pro men)0:09:44
18Joe Rafferty (Amateurs)0:09:56
19Peter Nilges (Amateurs)0:10:38
20Evan Turpen (Pro men)0:10:50
21Lars Sternberg (Transition Bikes) (Pro men)0:11:10
22Ben Cruz (WTB/Shimano/Cannondale) (Pro men)0:11:19
23Gary Barnard (Amateurs)0:11:39
24Anne-Caroline Chausson (Women)0:13:15
25Rúnar Theodórsson (Amateurs)0:13:57
26Eirik Schulz (Amateurs)0:14:28
27Kieran Page (Amateurs)0:14:50
28Fabian Gleitsmann (Amateurs)0:15:35
29Rosara Joseph (Women)0:16:09
30Joost Wichman (Pro men)0:16:22
31Jeff Calam (Amateurs)0:17:12
32Andy Dapre (Amateurs)0:17:13
33Paul Smail (Amateurs)0:18:01
34Plons Racing (Amateurs)0:18:07
35Arno De Ruyver (Amateurs)0:18:09
36Tim Kelton (Amateurs)0:18:25
37Denis Flury (Amateurs)0:18:49
38Sam Pantling (Amateurs)0:19:36
39Bas Rotgans (Amateurs)0:19:39
40Regis Daprela (Amateurs)0:19:41
41Anka Martin (Santa Cruz/SRAM) (Women)0:19:49
42Jon Cancellier (Amateurs)0:19:54
43Amos Hockmeyer (Amateurs)0:19:58
44Chris Marquis (Amateurs)0:21:20
45Lee Carless (Amateurs)0:21:32
46Piet Weeghmans (Amateurs)0:23:00
47Bas Kwaaitaal (Amateurs)0:23:21
48Dave Freeman (Amateurs)0:23:28
49Aimee Dix (Women)0:23:58
50Martin Stefan (Amateurs)0:27:53
51Tim Garrecht (Amateurs)0:33:17
52Hannah Barnes (MTBCut/Orange) (Women)0:33:44
53Björn Becker (Amateurs)0:35:32
54Stéphane Amaudruz (Amateurs)0:36:23
55Adrian Gidney (Amateurs)0:36:28
56Jean-Philippe Geudvert (Amateurs)0:37:16
57Kenny Alexander (Amateurs)0:38:14
58Daniel Wood (Amateurs)0:39:44
59Hannah Thorne (Women)0:39:48
60Erik Nienhuis (Amateurs)0:40:16
61Mike Ranft (Amateurs)0:40:18
62Liz Simmons (Women)0:40:37
63Fanny Paquette (Rocky Mountain Bikes) (Women)0:41:02
64Jörg Kröger (Amateurs)0:46:20
65Andy Lombardini (Amateurs)0:48:30
66Jo Cardwell (Women)0:58:36
67Jacqueline Marquis (Women)0:59:02
68Charles Joris (Amateurs)1:01:23

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