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Carter surprises ’em in WC four-cross; Chausson does as expected

Anne-Caroline Chausson took her second World Cup victory of the day,and Eric Carter was the surprise men's winner at the Mont Sainte-Anne WorldCup four-Cross, held Saturday evening.  Chausson and Brian Lopes bothextended their leads in the overall standings.From the start, the course drops from the ramp into a large left handberm. The strategy for the majority of the winners was to be the firstinto this turn. It also meant several crashes as riders jockeyed to bethat first person. From here there was the first of several double jumps,more berms and then a huge double jump where the better

Mont Sainte-Anne World Cup four-Cross

By Robert Jones, VeloNews Correspondent

Anne-Caroline Chausson took her second World Cup victory of the day,and Eric Carter was the surprise men’s winner at the Mont Sainte-Anne WorldCup four-Cross, held Saturday evening.  Chausson and Brian Lopes bothextended their leads in the overall standings.From the start, the course drops from the ramp into a large left handberm. The strategy for the majority of the winners was to be the firstinto this turn. It also meant several crashes as riders jockeyed to bethat first person. From here there was the first of several double jumps,more berms and then a huge double jump where the better riders were severalmetres in the air. In the early rounds Cedric Gracia (Volvo-Cannondale)was high enough to have time to turn his front wheel completely backwardsand then back again before landing. The crowd went nuts at this display.Further down the course was the most difficult portion. From a doublejump there was a big sweeping left berm with a nasty transition into aright berm. The transition was very tight and there were several crashesand also lots of rider contact. Yet another jump led into the short sprintfor the finish.Through the preliminary rounds the strong riders were Gracia, Brian Lopes, Mike King, Eric Carter and Wade Bootes. For the women Anne-CarolineChausson and Sabrina Jonnier were the dominant riders.Gracia sailed through the first two rounds, but in the semi’s he crashedwhen trying to catch up to the very fast Lopes and Wade Bootes (Trek-Volkswagen).Carter won the other semi with Michal Prokop (Team Be One) in second. Thefinal was a very tight race with Carter pulling off a fine holeshot forthe win.”I always like to put on a good show at Mont Sainte Anne. This is aprime event so I’m very motivated here. The course was really tight atthe first turn so I wanted to make sure that I was in there first. Evenat that there was more passing than I anticipated.”The surprising Michal Prokop was second, with Lopes in 3rd and Bootesin fourth. Lopes was disappointed with the course, “Not that great, butI haven’t liked any of them yet. They just don’t listen to the riders.I don’t even care any more. Nothing ever changes.” As for the race itself,”Eric got a really good start. I dropped in behind him then I clipped outof my pedal and lost second as well.”For Chausson it was yet another race win. “I had very good race. Itwas a very fast course and I was able to ride smoothly.” Miller was happyto take second. “It was good. I had fun racing. It was a challenging course.In the final Anne just snapped me out of the gate. Once she gets a lengthon you, that’s it. She’s just too strong. There’s no catching Anne, butI’ll settle for second.”

Results

Men

1. Eric Carter (USA) Mongoose

2. Michal Prokop (Cze) Be-One

3. Brian Lopes (USA) GT

4. Wade Bootes (Aus) Trek VW

Overall

1. Lopes  100 points

2. Bootes  69

3. Mike King (USA) Haro-Lee Dungarees  68

4. Cedric Gracia (Fra)  Volvo-Cannondale  66

5. Michal Prokop (Cze) Team Be-One  57

Women

1. Anne-Caroline Chausson (Fra) Volvo Cannondale

2. Katrina Miller (Aus)

3. Sabrina Jonnier (Fra)

4. Lisa Sher (USA)

Overall

1. Chausson  150 point

2. Jonnier  100

3. Miller  95

4. Tara Llanes (USA) 55

5. Celine Gros (Fra)  Morzine  55