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Push Through the Pain - Andes Pacifico Day 3 Race Action

<b>Darren Seeds and Lars Sternberg compare foliage scars in the shuttle to the start of Day 3 of the Andes Pacifico. #CheckTheGuns </b> -photo by Gary Perkin

<b>The weather was a bit inverted this morining with cool air and fog from the coast instead of the usual baking hot sun. #dirtywindshieldfilter</b> -Dave Trumpore

<b>Just to put the Andes Pacifico into context, in the background looms Aconcagua at 6962m above sea level. That's higher than anything in all of the Americas or Europe. #Elevation</b> -photo by Gary Perkin

<b>Mountains, hills, rocks, boulders, stone. Nate Hills of Keystone, Colorado gets to grips with the local geology on Stage 1 of Day 3. #StonesorStoners </b> -photo by Gary Perkin

<b>Martin Raffo squeezes between a rock and a scarred place. Stage 2 today has some extremely narrow passages through waist-deep rain ruts.</b> -Dave Trumpore

<b>Chilean photographer, Claudio Olguin, racing his way to the next photo stop here at #Andespacifico. Check his work out on Instagram - @Claudiolguinphoto</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Some people may be feeling a little green at Jerome Clementz's domination of the Andes Pacifico, but he leaves no stone unturned to get the jump on the competition. #AllezAllez</b> -photo by Gary Perkin

<b>Imagine being married to Sven Martin. Anka Martin must be between a rock and a hard place. #HappyValentinesDay #WeLoveSven</b> -photo by Gary Perkin

<b>Local bike shop owner and racing legend, Felipe Vasquez, has been putting it to some riders half his age all week. #respectyourelders</b> -Dave Trumpore

<b>With his XC lid secured in his pack, Chilean legend, Claus Plaut shreds the chutes and switchbacks of Stage 1 of day 3 of the Andes Pacifico. #RideDontSlide</b> -photo by Gary Perkin

<b>Imagine how bummed Chris Johnston is right now. Not only does he have a dislocated elbow, radius and ulna fractures, but he broke his iPhone in his Stage 1 crash! #HealUpBro #IsThereAnAppForThat</b> -photo by Gary Perkin

<b>Maxi Dikkerhof getting loose on Stage 2 today. The trails aren't made for bikes and sometimes that means akward layouts and obstacles, as Chris Johnston continues in the audio.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Joey Schusler scrubbing into the top of Stage 1 which was bitterly cut short after he impaled his shin with a overgrown stick. Off to the hospital for, just one part of his South American saga. You should hear the rest of it.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Oh to be a fly on the wall as Joey gets carted off. #PrettyFly #HealUpDude</b> -photo Gary Perkin

<b>Francios Dola from France is leading the Masters pretty convincingly here. Impressive 7th place overall today. </b> -Sven Martin

<b>I didn't get to ride in the heli today, but still managed to get above the clouds #birdistheword #kakaaah</b> -Dave Trumpore

<b>Many folks would have wined and dined their sweethearts today. Chris Ball dined and then whined about Jerome Clementz' reflected glory! #HappyValentinesDay #SausageFest </b> -photo by Gary Perkin

<b>We're all used to Chilean dust- and cactus-lined trails, so today's final stage ending in layers of forest really stood out. Jon Cancellier obliges with the skills. #ForestForTheTrees </b> -photo by Gary Perkin

<b>There's a right way and a wrong way. Who's got it figured out?</b> -Dave Trumpore

<b>Mary-Anne Hunter is used to crunching numbers at work at Santa Cruz Bicycles; a skill that comes in handy at the end of the day when comparing stage results! #MathOrMaths</b> -photo by Gary Perkin

<b>Big guy, big wheels, big win. Francois Bailly-Maitre showed just who is boss on the tightest, turniest trails of the Andes Pacifico so far! #WheelSizeDebateSucks #RunWhatYaBrung</b> -photo by Gary Perkin

<b>Martin Raffo from Argentina throwing up some roost in Stage 2 today. </b> -Sven Martin

<b>Imagine 1 million marbles rolling on top of a hard surface. That's what we rode today. But after the anti-grip of Day 1, it was actually easy to ride! #1millionlittlepieces</b> -photo by Gary Perkin

<b>Dave Trumpore on his way to finding his first photo spot on Stage 1 today above the inversion layer hiding the Pacific Ocean.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Gary Perkin looks like he stole my bike for this shot. But there are three subtle differences between our two bikes. Red vs Blue King headset. Easton vs Truvativ bars and WTB vs SDG saddle #weworkourassesoffforourfreeshitbro</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Not to be outdone by the Winter Olympics going on in Russia, Iago Galay drops into the Chilean Bobsled run at the bottom of Stage 1.</b> -Dave Trumpore

<b>Dylan Wolsky tucking under the oaks here in Chile. #Nomadictraveler</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Pedro Ferreira from Chile finished 3rd today and lies in 4th overall.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Nico Prudencio smashed the sandy and rutted corners on Stage 1 pulling himself to within one-second of 2nd place overall. #railingruts</b> -Dave Trumpore

<b>Always attacking to the very end #totalstagedomination</b> -Dave Trumpore

<b>After a few days in the high and desolate Andes, it was nice to see some forest and flowers today. Pauline Dieffenthaler dressed prepared.</b> -Dave Trumpore

<b>As the riders rode up the ridge in the foreground to reach the start of Stage 1 we waited at the top and enjoyed the view #mediashuttledoping</b> -Dave Trumpore

<b>Here at Andes Pacifico, it's every man for himself. No hotels, no masseurs, no mechanics. It's the real deal. Jerome cleans up after another day of cleaning up. (well almost, second on the day). Stay tuned for the final day on Vital tomorrow...if we survive!</b> -Sven Martin

Finally a break from the sun and some trees enter the epic adventure of the Andes Pacifico as riders suffer on towards the Pacific Ocean.

The official release from Montenbaik
Day Three of Andes Pacifico Rocked!
Frenchman and Enduro World Champ, Jerome Clementz , retains the lead for the third consecutive day of the first Andes Pacifico by Santa Cruz. The competition that began in La Parva links the Andes with the Pacific Ocean and will finish tomorrow in the town of Maitencillo, Chile.

This day began in Caleu when riders went up the slopes of Cerro El Roble to start the first special stage called "La Gozadora" . This stage was difficult as the trail was filled with rain ruts in the granitic sand. The ruts were so deep that pedals tend to touch on the sides and the tires were sunken halfway in the sand. This stage was won again by Jerome followed by François and Pedro Ferreira who had his best time of the day.

Stage 2 had a very similar terrain but this was located in "La Dormida" area. There, Francois made​the same time as the local Pedro Ferreira.

Stage 3 was a bit different than the first two. The terrain was flatter in the first half and had lots of rocks. In fact, there was a section that had to be walked because the stones were so large. Here again François used his speed and won by 6-seconds on Jerome Clementz and 8-seconds on Nico Prudencio .

Standings After 10 Stages
1. Jerome Clementz - 1h 53m 47s
2. Francois Bailly - Maitre - 1h 57m 21s
3. Nicolas Prudencio - 1h 57m 22s
4. Pedro Ferreira - 2h 00m 57s
5. Lars Sternberg, - 2h 01m 13s
6. Iago Garay - 2h 03m 20s

In the Master class the Frenchman Francois Dola, leads with 2h 07m 37s, while in Women's class, New Zealand's Anka Martin runs up front with 2h 28m 28s.

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Pictures by: Gary Perkin and Sven Martin Dave Trumpore

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