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Santa Cruz – Andes Pacifico – Day 5

Santa Cruz – Andes Pacifico – Day 5

15/02/2016
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15/02/2016

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Diego Podesta working on Florencia Espiñeiro’s bike at 1:30 AM.

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The calm before the storm. It is 7:00 AM and everyone is still sleeping.

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Charging batteries and organizing our bags so the organitzation can bring them up to Matanza where the race finishes.

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Milciades Jaque flying off that wood lip at the first stage, which was an old downhill track made by the locals.

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All the stages were intense but short.

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Here Nicolas Prudencio at the first stage called “El Peral”. He finished 6th.

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Josefina Gardulski walking her way up to “El Bus”. She is a well known racer on this type of events. She even participated in the Dakar a couple years ago.

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Tomas Baeza. In that exact moment we were at 35º outside and it wasn’t even mid day.

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Cristian Gomez Ribba.

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Santiago Perez accompained by Fernando Riquelme who tries to beat the heat with a t-shirt around his head.

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This is my favorite place. These are the bikes from the media guys – Gary Perkin, Sven Martin, Sam Needham, Claudio Olguín and Pablo Mora.

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Michael West from the US in Matanza. He placed 2nd behind Claus Plaut.

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Florencia Espiñeira did an amazing job and finished 2nd, close to Tracy Moseley.

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Full speed – Santiago Perez.

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Absolute leader, Jerome could have won the event if he hadn’t had a flat tire on the second day.

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Juan Hagn over the rocks.

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Tracy won four out of the five days, you couldn’t tell that she wasn’t comfortable riding on this terrain. Great job.

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Francois Bailly-Maitre about to finish the last stage of the day and win the 2016 Andes Pacifico.

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Light in the woods.

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This is where the finish lane was. Right in front of the Pacific Ocean.

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Francois about to know that he had won the event.

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Francois never won any of the 5 days, but he kept riding at his best staying up front with consistency and hard work. That’s how you win this type of event. Congratulations Francois!

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It has been a tough race/event, that’s for sure. Even for us, the photographers and media guys that have to cover all the action. But looking at this sunset makes me feel happy. I pedalled a lot, slept about 5h per day, and my body is beat, but I don’t regret anything. This has been my 3rd Andes Pacifico and I can’t wait for next year. – Claudio.

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Women podium.

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Master podium.

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Open podium: Mark Scott, Francois Bailly-Maitre y Jerome Clementz

Women Results

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Master Results

 

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Open Results

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Overall Results

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