Another epic day on the Trans Savoie tested riders in classic ski terrain, and slopes and steeps that rolled along under ominous peaks and ridges in the Three Valleys. Five stages, with almost an hour on the timing clock for the fastest riders included everything from steep, technical rock gardens and channels to pure singletrack ribbons in lush, lower forests. Stage 6, Loam Ranger, was universally praised by riders, with many claiming it as one of the best trails they had ever ridden - a continuos black thread of sinuous trail in untouched leaves and loam.
The overall leader, Jamie Nicoll, continued to dominate, starting to feel stronger after starting the week feeling a little off-color. The winner though were the trails themselves, with over 4,200 meters of descending.
The riding was simply awesome today.
Complete results can be found here: www.sportident.co.uk
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