- Bike Checks
After the drama of day 2 (when heavy thunderstorms caused electrical problems with the chairlifts forcing the cancellation of the last stage of the day), the start of day 3's only stage 5 was lowered to avoid riders having to climb too high above the only working chairlift available.
Jerome Clementz came into the last day with a big lead, which effectively meant that only a crash or mechanical could stop him. Thankfully he enjoyed a clean run, and found himself on the top step of an EWS podium for the second straight race. Nicolas Vouilloz and Fabien Barel joined him on the box. Cali boy Aaron Bradford made a big move into 4th overall, with Joey Schusler dropping back to 6th after the last stage. Jared Graves continued to dominate the stages, taking stage 5 by 13 seconds to make it 3 stage wins and and 1 second place out of 5 stages - without his mechanical on stage 2, he would have most likely been too strong this race. Better luck next time!
In the women's, Tracy Moseley's 40 second lead meant she could cruise home, but as the racer she is, she still finished 2nd on the stage only a few hundredths back from Anne-Caro Chausson. Anne-Caro finished 2nd with Anneke Beerten holding onto her third place and getting on the podium!
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