In the downhill section, Pendrel and Bresset both crashed heavily at the halfway point of the race, and were overtaken by Nash and Dahle Flesjaa. The top two ranked World Cup riders chased but were unable to rejoin the new race leaders. In the final lap, Nash gained a slight gap on Dahle Flesjaa, but then crashed herself, opening the way for the patient Norwegian to claim another World Cup win in her illustrious career.
After rain overnight made the downhills Black Nike Air Force 1 Low even muddier and slipperier, the riders were greeted with a hot sunny race day. The 4.8 kilometer circuit consisted of a long, steep singletrack climb and a technical downhill, so riders needed to be both skilled and very fit.
World Champion and 2011 World Cup Champion Jaroslav Kulhavy (Specialized), after a poor start, rode steadily through the field, and came within 20 seconds of the lead, but the day was Absalon's, as he rolled onto the main street of La Bresse in front of thousands of fans.
Dahle Flesjaa, who had not won a World Cup since 2008, led the women's race through the start loop and then stayed in touch with a changing set of leaders. Katerina Nash (Luna) took the lead on the first climb, and was joined by World Cup leader Julie Bresset (BH SR Suntour Peisey Vallandry). World Champion Catharine Pendrel (Luna) bridged up to them and attacked, with Nash dropping back to join Dahle Flesjaa.
For Absalon, this was a unique opportunity to race in front of his home crowd, since the two time Olympic Champion lives within 10 kilometers of La Bresse, and his brother helped design the course.
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"I was just focusing on not going over my limit because you need so much power and concentration on this course, said Dahle Flesjaa. course is great. It is tough up, it is tough down. It is just a little dream for me."
"It is maybe one of my best races," Absalon said. "It will be for sure extra special in my mind, first World Cup at home, that is a big honor for me. It was very hard. I was in good shape, but I was suffering a lot, and when I saw Jaroslav Nike Air Force 1 Grey Womens
The course in La Bresse, France, for round four of the cross country RockyRoads UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano had been described repeatedly as School. A couple of seasoned veterans clearly liked it, as Gunn Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Multivan Merida) took the 27th World Cup win of her career, and Julien Absalon (Orbea) his 25th before the biggest crowds of the season.
Swiss riders Ralph N (Multivan Merida) and Florian Vogel (Scott Swisspower), each vying for an Olympic spot, set the early fast pace, until Absalon bridged up on lap two of the six lap race. N dropped back first, and then Vogel, as they struggled to match the searing pace of the French champion.
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Bresset retains her lead in the World Cup, with 750 points to Pendrel's 690.
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Nino Schurter (Scott Swisspower), who did not start the race due to illness, remains the World Cup leader, with 700 points, followed Nike Air Force 1 Orange And Black
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