Frenchman Jerome Clementz, the current Enduro world champion, continues to lead for the third consecutive day in the first version of the Andes Pacifico by Santa Cruz! The race that began in La Parva and links the Andes with the Pacific Ocean, finishes tomorrow in the town of Maitencillo! Will Jeromes lead be insurmountable?.
The day began in Caleu with riders shuttling up the slopes of Cerro El Roble to start the first special stage called “La Gozadora”. This special stage had a very high difficulty level. The trail was criss-crossed with deep ruts, with granite sides and deep sand making the riding very technical. Riders had to worry about pedals clipping the sides, and sinking tires in the deep sand. This special stage was won again by Jerome followed by François and Pedro Ferreira who had his best time of the day.
The second special stage was very similar, this time located in “La Dormida” area! Francois had to settle with a joint fastest time with local Pedro Ferreira, with Jerome Clementz proving that he is ‘almost’ human coming in a close 9 seconds behind.
The third special stage was a bit different than the other two. The terrain had changed, it was flater in the first half with lots of rocks, in fact, there was a section that needed to be walked or ran because the stones were so big. Here again François was on form and won with a lead of six seconds over Jerome Clementz and 8 seconds over Nico Prudencio.
After ten special stages, the unstoppable French rider, Jerome accumulated a time of 1:53’47 “, just ahead of his compatriot Francois Bailly- Maitre , sitting at 1:57 ’21 “. Nicolas Prudencio , is also right on pace with 1:57 ’22 “. Fourth is 2012 Chilean National champion, Pedro Ferreira, with a time of 2:00 ’57 “, U.S rider Lars Sternberg follows with a time of 2:01 ’13 “, while in sixth is the Spanish Open winner Iago Garay with 2:03 ’20 “.
In the Master class the Frenchman Francois Dola, leads with a time of 2:07 ’37”. In the womens category, New Zealand Anka Martin has developed a good lead with a time of 2:28’28”.
Pictures by: Gary Perkin and Sven Martin, Dave Trumpore and Claudio Olguin.
Results in : http://montenbaik.com/Resultados/
Words: Eduardo de Solminihac, Director, MontenBaik.com