Matt Baker and Helen Skelton present coverage of the women's cross-country mountain bike event at Hadleigh Park, Essex. With commentary by Ed Leigh and Chris Boardman.
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Welcome to the penultimate day of action from London 2012. It is the
day with more medals up for grabs than any other. And this is where
they can be won. We are heading to the Essex countryside as the bikes
head for the hills. Annie Last goes for Team GB at 12:30pm.
Can Brazil win their first Olympic medal? It is a 3pm kick-off at
Wembley as they take on Mexico. You can see that on BBC One.
Great Britain's men need to pick themselves up, they are playing for
the bronze today. But it will be tough against Australia. That is on
BBC Three at 3:30pm. At 7:30pm, Mo Farah will become the
first man to try and win the 10,000m and the 5,000-metre there
at the same Olympic Games. Ken Usain Bolt make it a triple to
make a fitting finale to the athletics competition.
Let's get it you up-to-date with what has been going on. A fantastic
day 15. The headlines: it all got off to a perfect start for a gold
medal for Ed McKeever in the sprint can move. It is now 26 gold medals
for Great Britain. It was a bronze for Britain
indicate to race, Liam Heath and Jon Schofield finishing third
behind an impressive Russian crew. Tom Daley is through to the ten-
metre platform diving final after an excellent performance in the
aquatic centre. He qualified in fourth place.
The men's modern pentathlon is under way, Samuel Weale and Nick
Woodbridge are both in 14th place. Next will be the 200m freestyle
swim. What a morning, and with a total of
11 medals on wheels, Great Britain have had more success than any
other nation at these Olympics. After glory on the track and road,
will the momentum continue? It is time to go Wrobel crunching.
Mountain bike. Mountain biking was developed in California in the
1970s and made its Olympic debut in 1996. The Olympic event is a cross-
country discipline in which riders won the goes CA's a rough and hilly
course with obstacles and technical challenges. Bikes are built for
speed, durability and comfort with either full suspension or front
suspension. In total, 80 athletes will compete for two gold medals.
And there are 50 riders in the men's event and 30 in the women's.
Each event begins with a mass start with starting positions been
predetermined by world ranking. The first across the line wins the gold
medal. Each lap of the course is 4.7 kilometres long, with each race
taking a minimum of 90 minutes to complete. During the race, the
riders are presented with optional routes. The more direct and
dangerous, or the safer but slower the route. In total, riders will
climb 1204 metres in the men's race, and 1032 metres in the MEN --
women's. If you have liked to get involved
in a Olympic sport. Today it is the women's race. There
are no heats are semi-finals, it is the first one over the line. 21-
year-old Annie Last is the first British woman to qualify for 12
years. Let's find out more about her.
This is the hardest cycling discipline for me. You have to have
the ability to focus for one hour and 45 minutes, beat yourself up
for an extended period of time and have the technical skill not to
make a mistake. You have to have the physical skill of the track
athletes. Then you have to put it all together in the race and cope
with the Olympic Games. Is it true you on this bike because of a dare
with your brother? Yes. My brother always used to do crossed races. I
used to get dragged along to his races, but I liked horse riding. He
said to me, if you do a cross race, I will ride a horse. I said, OK
then. It was a 10 minute race, then you get a good deed bag, some
freebies. I thought, I will do this again. Who are you looking out bar?
He will you be thinking you need to beat? You have Catherine Pendle.
And the winner of the last World Cup. The she is in her Fortes isn't
she? Yes, quite a bit older than me. You are 21, so this is a sport
where you can spend years picking up skill and nerve? Especially in
the women's field, there are a few older athletes who are exceptional.
The last a Olympic champion, Sabine Spitz was 37 when she won in
Beijing. You are going in on good form? He has come I will be on the
front line. The it is an advantage, but you have to keep up there?
has come here get placed according to your world ranking. I and 4th on
the grid. But then, you have to look after your position and go
around this loop to get onto the single track. It is going to be
hard for everyone. Come on, you can do it. I believe in you! It is a
massive victory she has made in the Olympics. It is the first British
woman to be placed in 12 years. Not only has she qualified, she has
worked the hardest I have ever seen in the last 12 months, and she is
in a great place. We have come to one of the trickiest parts, the
rock garden. It is a key part of the course, it could make or break
you raise? It is technical exception and it is moving into a
long climb, which is towards the back end of the course as well. If
you are behind someone, you might overtake them, so in this narrow
section you are in front of them. So to overtake on that, it is
tricky? It is. She is a phenomenal athlete, she is on form, she is fit,
will she be on the podium? My guess is, she will do the best she can do
and get the country behind her. Everybody who has seen on met her,
will be rooting for her. From the Olympic Park, we're off to
a rare breeds farm, run by the Salvation Army to see how the mind
to in biker can cope with the Essex coast. -- mountain biker. Helen
Skelton is down with Chris Boardman. Someone else who is handy on a bike.
I am concerned about the offshore wind, you can see how close it is
to the course. We heard the canoeists talking about the extra
challenge of the head wind. Will this be an issue? It shouldn't be,
because it is different. The canoeists are going in one
direction. On this course, riders are constantly changing position,
on they Chris? It is unusual, but because it is a natural
amphitheatre, and they are constantly changing direction, it
shouldn't have a bearing on the race. Essex is not known for its
gradients, but this course does take all the boxes... The guys have
done a fantastic job. It is an interesting course, it is a new
style and made it much smaller. Five kilometres in length so the
spectators get to see more. Because it is open, it is great for the
spectators because you can see right across the course. Annie Last,
it is not unrealistic to say she might be on the podium is it?
just a couple of weeks ago she was third in the World Cup and that is
her best result. She was only just behind the French goal, but it is
will be about the start, she needs to get off quick. She needs to
master the technical bits. The only way I can compare it is it is like
a staircase made of rocks. That is my mitigation and bear to mind as I
try to prove to you how tricky it That is its, pedal, pedal, pedal.
Just go over there, and stop. It is quite a drop. It is unbelievable.
You have a bit of a jump up on your left. It is horrendous. I dine out
on the fact I am hard. It is a fear factor. You start to shake a little
bit. They are scary obstacles, it is a tough sport. A imagine that is
why it is addictive, because of the agenda run? You do get a kick.
adrenalin. Come and aim towards the outside of this. Are you
comfortable? I am going off this bit, this sharp rock. The feeling
you have got now is nothing towards what the athletes are feeling. You
need to let that the bike ride. Imagine a roller-coaster, it never
quite stops, it is always flowing. Oh OK, let's do this. Poor your
brakes a bit. -- Paul your brakes. Let it roll in. I you're OK? Yes.
Are you sure? Yes, we got over it. I want to do it again because I
want to get it right. I am my own worst enemy. Get your sleeves down,
to protect your arms. Are you all right? I am, yes. What am I doing?!
Relax. Does that count as a success? A counts as finished.
you just saying that to stop me? it counts. You have done well, it
really well. I have been in the velodrome, I have ridden a road
bike plenty of times, and I have done things similar to that. I say
similar, never as intimidating as that. Prospector! Well done. --
respect. I wanted to carry on but Phil was on the verge of a heart
attack. He said, you have done your best. Hopefully we won't see any
accidents, there are plenty of medics around the course. It is
almost time for Annie Last to go for the gold medal. The first woman
to qualify for this mountain bike events the 12 years. It is time to
just seen the reigning Olympic champion. Julia press-out, who is
tipped to do well. Annie Last of Great Britain. How do you rate her
chances, Chris? She has a great chance, she was third in the World
Cup. She is looking to improve. She has ridden this course more than
any other rider, she has done more than 100 laps in training. We are
expecting good things. If it is a very close field here at Hadleigh
Farm. The start will be important. Technically Annie Last is great,
but she needs to get literally into the first corner first. If she can
do that she will have a great shot up at getting a medal. Three rows
watch? She managed to get into the first corner, they will do this
start a look before they go ensued the technical sections. Her coach,
Phil Dixon said he is expecting some crashes on the first technical
unforgiving. Most of them are using carbon fibre, which is the super-
strong, but if it falls sideways on to prop, it will crack. Annie, just
as they hit the first climb. Annie Last will be happy, this is exactly
the start she wanted, to get into this technical section, probably
the best technical Rivett in this field. Not physically the best. She
will expect to get caught back on the climb. The first crash there in
the middle section. She has survived getting hit by anybody
else. You can see how nasty it is. The field is spaced out so nicely.
You can see how they control does crashers, pushing the weight on to
the back wheel, trying to control it. Annie Last in front, looking
comfortable. The more technical, went down. There are several routes,
and easier route which is harder -- longer. The harder it is not for
the paint -- the paint heart it. That was the Polish Rider.
Dawidowicz. Straight back up. of different choices. You have to
hit that with speed, if you do not commit, it will be messy. All of
these riders will have trained harder on this course, it is so
quick and fast, these technical, hard sections, then a hard climb.
Just over one minute and 15, that will be the toughest part. They
will do almost one chronometer. It should be about one hour and 45
minutes. Some of the hardest raising you'll see in the mountain
bike. Some of the heart rate profiles go up to the threshold and
it stays there. It is not like a road race where you rest in the
slipstream. All the resistance from a mountain bike race is from the
ground. We have perfect weather, looking out over the Thames estuary.
But we have quite a lot of wind, 6.1 metres per second. It is easily
18 miles an hour, will that make a lot of difference? The nice thing
about this course, it is exposed, because it is set in this
amphitheatre, you thought the winds might allow a bit of a slipstream.
They are constantly changing direction. I don't they it will
have as much an effect as in a time trial or road race. Let us run
through the format. They have the six laps. One technical section.
One feed station. If they get a puncture, even 20 metres past the
technical section, they cannot turn round and go back. They have to do
another half a lap to get back there. Whether they run their bike
or ride it with a flat tyre, that is the rule. That is the only place
you can get technical help. They carry with them a small canister to
inflate tyres if they had a puncture, that will get them to the
finish area. Fundamentally, they have to sort it out themselves.
They are running the suspension four very hard today because of the
very rocky nature of this course. Such hard impact. You can be thrown
overt the top so they are running them harder than normally. They
Arif few people are running for suspension bikes.
It is a hard, compact race with obstacles. Despite those nasty
technical sections, it will be fast. A little bit of they pile up on one
of the switchbacks. A decent amount paper, is Catharine Pendrel. She is
having a good race at the moment. World champion and World Cup
champion, forced back in Beijing. She was bitterly disappointed,
desperately wants to win today. So, I think we will be watching her in
the mix. Annie still holding on to that lead at the moment. We can
expect them to take a little under 20 minutes for these lapse. The
first lap a bit longer because of this stopped loop. -- start loop.
Going through the feed sown. Starting to stretch out a lot.
Annie. Just behind Julie Bresset who leads. A group of six forming,
it was predicted it would quickly break. There is a little bit of
shelter. We just saw Catharine Pendrel down in about 10th position
coming through the first half lap split. Catharine Pendrel, right
down intend position at the moment. She has got herself caught up.
think she is getting back in touch with this group. The problem is in
passing. There are sections of this course which are narrow. Passing on
a climb, as we can see, it is energy expensive. Once you lose
your place, or make a mistake, it can be extremely costly. Beautiful
shops from out aerial camera. bunching up a little bit. --
beautiful shots. Julie Bresset was one of the favourites. Having a
chat with the British coach to see who is on form. She was second at
the recent World Cup, just in front of Annie Last. It is interesting to
see the age come down. Both very young. Put that in comparison with
Sabine Spitz who is 40 years old. This is the leap of faith they're
coming down here. That is a nasty section, you cannot believe
somebody will write down it. If you think the rocks don't look native
to Essex, they have imported 500 tons of Derbyshire of grit stone
and 3,000 tonnes of crushed rock to build this course. There are no
boggy sections, it is a hard and quick draining course. It is mostly
gravel and rock. This is not what Annie Last was expecting, she is
stretching them out on the physical section. That is a real surprise.
She was expected to excel in the technical section and be overhauled
on the climb. You can see here, we have a problem. Julie Bresset, she
just swerved over. Julie Bresset has got back on her bike. She knew
that Annie Last had a chance to get away. You can see what it costs on
that Klein, physically very demanding. This need is paying off.
She is staying clear of the traffic. Not getting caught up with any of
the other riders. Her technical ability is well suited to Racal's
matches, she has ridden well over 100 laps of this circuit in
training, in all weathers. She knows this course better than the
back of her hand and it is paying off. It is only early days. Annie
Last will be happy with this start. An hour and a half of racing is
long. Julie Bresset getting caught on a fence and cutting everyone off
by -- there. They had a test event here last
year and a lot of the riders asked for the course to be widened.
they did change the course and made it wider in sections. They also
gave more options on the technical section because everyone was
following the same line. These two are clear. There are some trials
bikes tracking them up hill. child's bike with the green
indicates how many laps far left. - the trials bike.
You can see the experience of those three. Nobody ready to push on,
working hard up this climb, happy to hold position. Nobody will go
around this course faster than Annie Last, she has already created
a gap. That is her strategy, forced the others to catch up. There isn't
really any slipstream. They have to concentrate so hard. Lose rock,
gravel, in the turns. The body is constantly taking a pummelling.
They are basing their muscles against the vibration all of the
time. They are so demanding. You can see it in the pulse rate. It
stays high it all of the way. You can see now the latter riders
struggling through those technical sections. This field is really
stretching out now. Well into their first lap as they go through the
technical zone for the second time. They will start to take bottles on
the next lap rather than carried it because weight is so important in
mountain-biking. Their air resistance is such a small part but
wait is critical. They will do anything including not putting
paint on the frame, to save weight. How much weight would you really
save without paint? It is about 60 grams. It depends on your colour
scheme, but Red Ed is heavier! Coming up, this is the final major
climb. Quite a short one, but it is a very steep descent which will
carry them round in to a very tight chicane littered with rocks.
usually goes according to the gridding. It becomes very clear who
is on top. Reflective of who is on form at the moment. Catharine
Pendrel just coming through. Annie Last has led. Apart from the end of
the start, where Julie Bresset came back on. That is a reasonable
margin. Catharine Pendrel, maybe 100 metres, she can close this gap,
the Canadian, desperately wants a result here. But how many times can
she keep closing the gap? Annie Last is not as physically capable
as the Canadian, but technically these gaps, physically? Sprinting
into that it will kill her, she needs to develop a rhythm. It means
they are not fully recovered at all when they climb. Coming through...
Starting the second lap, Julie Bresset Ertel in front. Catherine
Pendrel, and Sabine Spitz. Very little, separating the top five.
Sabine Spitz is the defending Olympic champion. She knows how to
deal with those pressures. It is a select group forming. There are
some others trying to get on terms. Unless they can get in front, which
I don't think is possible, eventually they will peel away from
the front group. It will swell on to this part of the course, about
10 riders keeping in touch. Annie Last taking matter very nicely.
was a fast first lap as well, considering they have the start
loop in there. They will and force the 80% rules. They don't want back
markers interfering with the race. After the first lap, they time it.
If anybody gets 80% behind, they will take them out as they come
through the finish area. If it takes 10 minutes to do a lap, as
soon as they are doing... Eight minutes back, they are out. I am
good at mathematics. Not really, I am glad you chose 10 minutes. They
know how important positioning is so they go into the red in the
first lap to get themselves in the right place on the course. You can
see the arms working down. So technical. The riders can get up on
the rocks if they want to a round the corner. It is Julie Bresset
still leading. In second we have Catherine Pendrel and Annie Last is
in third. Sabine Spitz, reigning a lot -- Olympic champion, opting to
go round the outside of the tree rather than the jump. The cameraman
could not decide which way to go. They are coming thick and fast
either side of him. This is a great course. What I like about it, and
risky sections of the course will reward with speed. If you are
prepared to take the jump over the rocks, it is faster than going
round the outside of the hill. risk, reward ratio, there is a
couple of options on every technical section. The higher skill
factor, the riskiest way is the shortest. Some of the big news at
the moment is one of the favourites, 39-year-old Norwegian, Dahle is in
20th place. She could have moved up a little bit, but that is the kind
of deficit you cannot get back against talent like this. It is so
costly to have to get back. There is no let up. Those graphics are
wrong, and the last is back out in front. Followed by Julie Bresset.
Catherine Pendrel just behind. Sabine Spitz coming into the frame.
Most of the favourites are where we expected them to beat. Katerina
Nash is giving a great ride. But they are closing up. A lot of
people had speculated it would form into tight groups early on. They
are basically stretching out and then coming back, stretching out
and coming back. But it is the same names. We are having to use the
same sections the from group are using to break a -- take a breather.
Then they get the next hard section they are out of breath. It will
catch up with you. You'll probably get away with it once or twice.
That is probably about 10 seconds now. Just coming to the bottom of
snake Hill. An evil little section of the course. Lots of switchbacks.
The rock across the course, forcing the riders to concentrate and think
about it were they are breaking. One set of rocks at just ice sex at
the middle of the course, so you have to go five-a-side of it. It
was one of the things they added, a couple of good over taking
positions. What a shot that is as they go up this long as climb on
the course. Just over a minute long. These four are stretching away.
Riders could physically bridge back up, then lose it again on the
descent. I think we are seeing the four riders who will be fighting it
out. You will be certain are one of them has gone off too hard and well
paid the price. Heat will be a factor today as well. The winds
keeping the temperature down slightly. 21 degrees already.
Another piece of information on the British rider, Annie Last. They
have just been in the Alps and have been doing a lot of downhill
training on a mountain bike with no rear suspension, to put the body
through its paces the the kind of battering they get off these rocks.
It may pay dividends later. There is a lot of pressure on these
riders. In this group, they cannot afford to make a mistake. The
smallest mistake will cost them so dearly if they dropped back. They
are all together at the front, the ones we expected, Annie Last is
still in touch. Catherine Pendrel is where she needs to be. They
won't be making a break, they will be happy to stay in this group. You
saw them take a bottle through the technical zone. They will take
maybe half a bottle. Because they go through it so frequently, they
will keep it on the bike and then drink it over the top of the small
climb. They will constantly take on bottles so they are not carrying
the weight of the water with them. We have a little game of mountain
bike musical chairs. Another group of three have just pulled
themselves up. One person makes a mistake and you can see the damage
will stop suddenly losing 30 metres. The second group of three riders
decided to sprint up and almost piled into the back of the leading
group. And what happens at the back, they will catch up, but we did see
before when Julie Bresset tried to pass. It is too narrow. They will
be happy to stay on the wheel. And they are not technically as good,
and they will lose the distance. Eventually they would just fall a
way. Every time a very hard training when they do those sprints.
They get you out of your comfort zone. That looks like Julie Bresset
Air France pushing. She was the favourite of the British coach when
I was talking to him yesterday. He said she is the one pushing at the
moment. It look slight Sabine Spitz, Catherine Pendrel and then followed
very closely by Katerina Nash and then the Russians. Rather than any
long, driving climbs they are very short climbs. It keeps their heart
rate absolutely Max out for the duration. Julie Bresset out in
front. Sabine Spitz is there. Be looks like Catherine Pendrel going
round the outside. She wants her taste of the lead. The Russian is
getting back on terms as well, she is a former bronze-medallist. Also
flag as an outsider. Paying a price for the very hard opening lap. But
she is still in touch. Sabine Spitz has taken the lead. And the last is
in 4th. They come down this a very, deceptively fast section 4 how
rough it is. You cannot afford to make a single mistake on surfaces
like this. So impressive. Sabine Spitz are opting to go round the
outside of the Little Rock Garden. Would you say, climbing is not
Annie Last's strong point? I was out on the bike with her this year,
and it was bad for my ego. Technically, she made me cry! She
is phenomenal. Technically she is good, there are stronger riders on
the climbs and it will be one skill verses another. Sabine Spitz wants
to thin this out as quickly as possible. She was looking for the
easiest sections through the rocks. A couple of times we saw Julie
Bresset on her tail while Sabine Spitz was looking around the side.
That is the choice you make. The technical sections are harder on
the body. You can see the tyre pressure being used. Catherine
Pendrel has opted for a softer pressure. It is slightly smoother
over the rocks. They cannot have them too soft or they can suffer an
impact punctured. What pressure, in range? Probably around five bar
maximum here, but more likely 3.5. It is a tubular tyres so there is
no in the Tube, it is encased in a circular section and they are glued
on to the rim. It gives you a faster ride. It is a very good view
of how soft it is. Annie Last is in 4th position, just in touch. She is
about to come into one of the sections that plays to her stance.
Catherine Pendrel and Sabine Spitz the leading down this section.
There is no let up at all. technical section again for the
second time on this lap. Then they have won, short, steep climb after
this and then they will come through for their second lap. Very,
very interesting race so far. will also see a difference in their
bikes. Some of them are using 29 inch wheels and the standard is 26.
The larger wheels roll faster and smooth out a lot of bumps, but
there is a higher rate penalty. They also added a rotational rates,
which is a disadvantage. So the bigger wheel does not get caught in
the small gaps? Riders can roll over the top of them. Does it
change manoeuvrability? It slows the handlebars down, I have been
out on both types. For you and I, 29 Inch would smooth it out. It
depends on your size as well. Also they have very small head tubes and
sloping down stems that to get over the fact the wheels are so big.
that to do with your riding position? Yes, they are still
deciding at the moment. Julie Bresset has signed a two year
contract with an elite sporting programme. France only give 10 of
those out a year. Under 23 champion last year. She is one of the
youngest. She is pulling away. Julie best setter with almost 30
metres gap, back down to Catherine Pendrel. Sabine Spitz is right on
through that section. She did what she needed to do, on that opening
lap. Perhaps paying a price that as everyone settles into their place.
The American, Georgia Gould, making a play here. I think she may have
come up, past Annie. Julie Bresset comes through first. Sabine Spitz
in the second,... She has really come through. Annie Last his 5th. -
- is fifth. A definite group of six which has broken out. Apart from
Dahle Flesjaa, all of the favourites are there. Everybody
taking a drink as they come through. You feel you need to keep the
pressure on but if you neglect taking a drink, you'll pay a
serious price later on. The slower speed is they don't get the cooling
effect of a road race. Russell temperature is so high in this race.
-- muscle temperature. She needs to take a breather. She
had a great start. Punchy slightly above her weight on the climb. --
Annie Last, straight down the middle. Kalentieva doing the same.
It is a lot easier following. But if the rider in front has a problem,
there is no way to stop. Georgia Gould, taking Catharine Pendrel.
Julie Bresset, in control. Sabine Spitz going with her. She has
certainly stretch the lead in those technical sections. Georgia Gould,
back in 5th. Julie Bresset is the key very comfortable in front.
is a very open course, unusual for him mountain-bike course. For the
spectators and out aerial cameras, it is making a difference. We can
follow all of the action in this race. A fantastic design. The site
is 122 years old. First bought by William Booth, the founder of the
Salvation Army, he turned 900 acres into his vision, helping unemployed
and marginalised people, getting back into the work force. It still
trains to hundred people a week out here. A beautiful piece of
countryside, been put to good use. I understand this will be open to
the public after the Olympics. idea is to add an awful lot more of
bike trails. It will be something to ride on the mountain bike
Olympic course. A definite bunching again of the top four. Julie
Bresset. Sabine Spitz. Georgia Gould has had a fantastic charge
from the end of the second lapse macro, now pushing hard. Catharine
Pendrel pushing hard. Annie Last has dropped back to sit position.
We have seen this group changing positions. In the next 10 minutes,
we will see the group which will contest the medals. Not necessarily
the ones who have been strong so far, it is about pacing your effort.
Sabine Spitz. She looks like she is in a good position. You can see it
in the body language, who is working harder. Who is waiting.
Sabine Spitz is not leading the race but she is constantly in touch.
She seems to have a little bit left in reserve. Julie Bresset will know
that. She looks good, the French rider. Riding with a lot of
experience for someone of such a young age. It comes with confidence.
With such a consistent season under your belt, she knows on paper she
has this in about, if she can write to her strengths. Sabine Spitz is
in her 4th Olympics. Georgia Gould has done a good job, benefiting
from being careful at the start, not going with that early charge
led by Annie Last. Riding her own race. She has bought herself up. It
is like a time trial, you are constantly on the limit. If you
overcook it, there is no way to recover. If you did go up harder on
the first lap, it will take a long time to recover the effort made.
Those six are pulling away. Two groups of three. Georgia Gould was
8th in Beijing, a little bit of the Olympic experience. Basic Olympic
disappointment goes a long way, a good motivator. Stretching out.
Julie Bresset of France seems to be Quebec this year. She got a third
place, just after that. She certainly has form, not the same we
have seen from Julie Bresset. She is looking comfortable. A long way
to go at the moment. The Julie Bresset, from France. I had a nasty
crash in the Tour de France. have seen physically mountain
bikers crossing over to road racing, it isn't something that will become
more prevalent? They tend to be very goodbye handlers when they
come across to the road. They often use it as a way of getting physical
conditioning, without actually doing the damage. Stretching out
now. Annie Last of Great Britain was leading for all of the first
lap, now 40 seconds in arrears. A good shot of Julie Bresset. On
Annie Last is sitting in 6th, at the end of that top group. Suddenly,
it's not just Sabine Spitz put in the pressure on Julie Bresset. More
pressure from Georgia Gould behind her. There bunching up on the climb,
Julie Bresset staying in charge in the technical section. Just to go
back, she is the dark horse, she hasn't been put dissipating in a
lot of the World Cups. Form is there. Starting to see those first
three stretch out. As we look at the aerial view. A good 10 seconds
to the next three. Still plenty of racing to go. Probably about 45
the right lines, it is different about race pace. You can train and
Chen but, when racing, it is not always the same. You can see them
slide the rear wheel, to line it up. To use the groove that is
developing on the course. Using the bombs to slow down and control
their descent. Very difficult for their road rider to come across to
mountain-biking. If you slide on a road bike it normally means it is
over. Here, it is a matter of course, for the wheels to be
constantly moving on the descent. Grinding their way. Another of
these punishing a sense -- ascents. Julie Bresset, reluctant to let
anyone else take the lead. Interestingly, these are very
slight riders because the power to rate is -- weight, is critical. But
they are on a par with track sprinters who are about power. They
don't have the sprint -- sustainability. Some of these girls
are 5 ft 3, 46: -- 46 kgs. They have to mix so many abilities. The
technical aspect of a motocross rider. Super efficient. The front
of a climber to get themselves over these climbs. It is like coming out
of the blocks as a 100-metre runner. An incredible mix of abilities.
Some beautiful slow-motion showing how hard these bikes are working.
full suspension but would give them a lot more control, but it soaks up
looking very smooth, and still very comfortable, she is not puffing at
all. Sabine Spitz is on Hotel, that group of three you can see -- on
her tail. Annie Last is back up into 4th place. She drove back
first lap so she didn't get caught in the traffic. She said she wanted
to be into the first bend, technically superb, leading the
field. She paid the price. She has had the confidence to back off and
let herself get back on terms. Now, starting to ride effectively a time
trial, moving back towards this front group. That is great, some
experienced choices. She will make it up on the technical sections.
She is on the back foot now, rather than resting on the flatter
sections, she will have to keep the pressure on, to close that gap.
Just coming round into the incredible pace. She has eased off
slightly, settling into the middle of the race. That puts them on the
front foot, if anyone is coming back, they have to drive hard,
whereas they have had a rest. It will be difficult for anybody, even
if they can make contact with these three. Julie Bresset keeps
producing daylight all the time, not technically a good climber.
Keeping a self in control. The others are using their slightly
superior physical ability to close gaps rather than make gaps. This
last vicious little climb before they drop down into the finish
arena. A short steep climb, then dropping off the back, on to the
rocks. Then, a little climb. And back through the finish. Julie
Bresset is making more of a gap now, pushing on again. She has sensed a
bit of daylight. They have a 20 one-second gap between the chasing
group, stretching it out. Georgia Gould is having a great ride.
timed that perfectly. Not one of the favourites here. But she has
ridden a very canny race. Not going Sabine Spitz closing it down. If
they get to the next technical section she might be able to
stretch that out a bit. She isn't puffing that much, she looks so
comfortable at the moment. Five or six seconds, we will get a clear
look enough. There is proper daylight. Julie Bresset, 45.46 is
her time. Then Sabine Spitz. Georgia Gould, the American. A big
gap going to Irina Kalentieva. An average of 30 miles an hour.
wall of attrition is taking its toll. We are an a hard way. -- war
of attrition. If Julie Bresset can hold this pace, it will be a very
fast time. It is a brutal first half of the race for stomp we can
expect them to back off slightly. Their bodies have taken such a
pounding over this time. So they're just coming through Deanes Drop.
Julie Bresset enjoying the isolation of being in front. Most
of these riders choosing two chain rings. We have a crash. She has
block Georgia Gould. We talked about this by the fact that Sabine
Spitz was not comfortable on the technical sections. Whilst it is in
great news for Sabine Spitz or Georgia Gould. It is no soft
landing. Georgia Gould did not try to pass or push on, she waited.
Dahle having a terrible ride, already in trouble. She has a
puncture and she has to get the bike round to the technical section.
They do carry a self inflating canister on their bikes. If she has
had more than one puncture, she may have used it. She might have to
abandon the race, she will be so disappointed. Be to is so sad to
see this legendary rider because it will probably be her last. She was
one of the favourites, she has just won the World Cup. She rode it on
experience, but she will be disappointed. She won the gold
medal in Athens in 2004, but missed out in Atlanta by one place. But
Sabine Spitz, she has got a lot of work to do now. She has got to
catch up. Close the gap on Julie Bresset. Georgia Gould, she is
having a fantastic day out. She was not one of the names, you spoke to
anyone around here, any of the pundits and people in the know, she
was not a name that it was mentioned. If you are going to
produce personal best performances, this is the time to do it. She is
driving on, she wants to go through. Sabine Spitz is slowing down.
think she knows she is not that good at the technical sections and
does not want to end up over the handlebars again. A lot of the
riders running harder pressure. They can press by about three to
four macro inches. If you are hitting some of those rocks, that
could be enough to see you go over the tops. And the last did a great
ride earlier on, but perhaps paying the price now. She is still in
touch. They will know that Sabine Spitz is there for the taking.
Esther Suss from Switzerland. What has happened to Catherine Pendrel,
she has dropped away? In such a hot day, and no cover, if you go off
really hard, you pay a terrible price. And I think that is what has
happened to Catherine Pendrel. It has not happened to Julie Bresset,
she is away. And driving home that advantage. She now has a very clear
view, backed down these switchbacks, just how much of the lead she has
extended. Georgia Gould almost a mirroring her. And then Sabine
Spitz coming round the switch back now. I think she is starting to
slow down, losing pace all of the time. Just starting the bottom of
this Snake Hill, you can see and there last -- Annie Last. Then you
have Sabine Spitz and Georgia Gould. Be Julie Bresset exiting the top of
Snake Hill. The first six or seven riders spread over an entire
hillside. I think we can expect in the next lap or so, they will apply
the 80% rule and start to take out the back markers. It will be
between three and four minutes, I will have to go to a calculator to
tell exactly. But three of four minutes behind the leading rider,
you will be pulled out of this race. The don't want any interference
from the back markers, they don't want them getting in the way. A
little bit more over the top, and throw the bottle away. A great
souvenir for a spectator. It will be three minutes, I think, looking
at it. It is not much when you see the gaps appearing between the
front riders will stop I can see less than 15 riders being able to
complete this race. You can see the pounding on the muscles as they
come down these rocky sections. Georgia Gould in second place.
Going underneath the track. Over into the rabbit hole, as it is
known. If you have just joined us, this is the women's Olympic
mountain bike cross-country. Six laps, and we are just over halfway
through. Using the bankers -- banking root for start keeping the
momentum, it is much more important. Sabine Spitz is not giving up.
Sabine Spitz is in third place. The reigning Olympic champion, almost
41 years old. She is clinging to Georgia Gould, the American, who
was sat in the middle of the pack and caught up in traffic on the
first lap. But made a fantastic stride forward towards the end of
the second lap. She has been slowly reeling in Julie Bresset. But Julie
Bresset, making this looked very easy at the moment, looking very
comfortable. Very good, consistent all rounder. There is not one
section of her race which is weaker at the moment. The tyre choice, no
big knobbly tyres, you need more surface contact. They go for the
finer tread pattern to dig into the gravel. This course would have been
absolutely treacherous in the rain. You can see and bandage on Julie
Bresset's left-arm. Both of the French riders went down in practice
yesterday. So reminder of how treacherous it is. You can get skin
suits, it is a lighter way of of using clothing. No use for pockets
because they get regular feeding zones. And also there is
aerodynamics. Another great view of one of the technical sections as
Julie Bresset it drops into that. Picking her way through these it
may ease of boulders. Such sharp edges. If you go too hard, you miss
your line or put your tyre into one of those rocks, suddenly they huge
lead that Julie Bresset has extended, could be gone. You have
to remember, talking about Georgia Gould, she was second in the test
events on this course some time ago. Has been a little bit quiet since.
Competing largely in the US. That is why we have not seen too much of
her. Finishing very high in all of those events. As we go back to the
leader. How do you pick a line through that? Total commitment in
mountain biking. No hesitation. There is a line through the rocky
sections, but a few inches either side and you would be down. And if
you go down on there, the chances of the breaking bones is very high.
With Julie Bresset, you used to see a lot of riders getting over the
back wheel in those sections, but she committed a lot of her weight
forward to get the speed up? Yes, confidence, leaning forwards. They
are mock desperately steep, just a very rocky. -- not desperately
steep. Sabine Spitz has got back on terms. You can see in the styles,
Georgia Gould working hard just to stay in the wheel. It is not over,
you do see riders blowing in this race as you come to the second
third. Julie Bresset has set such an incredible pace. Without any one
pushing behind her, can she sustain it? Even when she was leading, she
was leading with maybe 5%, 10% left in the bank. Georgia Gould tried to
force on. She looks like she is puffing now. They is no where to
recover, there is no where to sit in the wheels. It is a visible
marker, the wheel in front but no shelter. She is struggling to stay
in touch. The heat will have an effect, they are sheltered in this
bit here. But such a low speeds, once you overheat, it is difficult
to recover. I think we will see some riders close to having heat
stroke before the day is out. Just over half-an-hour of racing. If you
are wearing lighter all whiter outfits. New talked about it with
some of the Italians are choosing to wear white instead of a
traditional blue-collar? The s, the simple white garment on a hot day
like this has got to be something of an advantage. Not much movement
at the top at the moment. Julie Bresset leads from Sabine Spitz.
Georgia Gould has had at fantastic couple of laps, but she is starting
to get tired. Camp Irina Kalentieva and Annie Last draw her in
question-marks Annie Last is nearly a minute behind Julie Bresset now.
I cannot see her getting back on terms. Julie Bresset looks in
control, her body language says, I am working hard but I am choosing
the pace I am riding at. We see Sabine Spitz, experienced rider,
did not panic or go with Georgia Gould, she just let the American
come back to her. Georgia Gould the dropping away, as the quadruple
Olympian, now she has made it to this London 2012 event. Sabine
Spitz is pulling away, a bit of a second wind for her. Julie Bresset,
coming down into this last little climb that carries her into the
finish straight. There is two laps to go from here and she has
reeled this in a little. She has been going OK in the World Cup. 6th
at Val d'Isere. In defending champion, she knows about pressure.
You can see Julie Bresset. At the top of the picture. I think Julie
Bresset is getting quicker. Another super-fast lapped. She is not
slowing at all. This gap is now becoming very serious. Sabine Spitz
is the most experienced defending champion, she knows about pressure.
There is nothing she can do about the young French woman. Over 30
seconds behind now. That is a big gap. Just over one hour and 40
seconds. Georgia Gould is tarring all the time. Kalentieva, she will
come through in 4th place. Sheikh is almost one minute off the pace.
Here is Annie Last entering the frame, really working hard. Gasping
for air. Esther Suss starting to close the gap, using Annie as a
marker. She has been during her in. pulling away. This course has found
everybody's their will. This one was a surprise, Catharine Pendrel
was the favourite for the event. She looked so dangers on the first
lap, then she has gently fallen down the pack. Unbelievably,
Dawidowicz, from Poland, who fell quite badly on the first lap in an
early section, has pulled herself back ahead of Catharine Pendrel.
She will be bitterly disappointed, reigning world champion. Recently
crowned 2012 World Cup champion. The favourite for the gold, well
down for a pack. Very wary of that section where she
fell. Nobody wants to go the easy but slower route. A lot of courage
to fall like that and persevere. In Russia and dealing with this level
of technical requirement on this descend with so much fatigue in
your legs, with more than one hour of racing behind you.
Your ability to concentrate as you become dehydrated becomes harder
and harder. Keeping your focus is a challenge. I don't think people
realise the demand on the muscles, it takes days to recover from a
race. The body takes such a pounding, as you try to hold the
bike rigid through all of those Rock Garden so. -- rock gardens.
Julie Bresset has had plenty of opportunity to see how much of a
lead she has stretched out over Sabine Spitz and Georgia Gould.
That second place in the World Cup in Val d'Isere, she was on the way
to form, it wasn't her peak. A performance of her lifetime here,
riding with the charity, she has paced her effort -- riding with
maturity. Waiting for some daylight to appear, she hasn't pushed
herself into the red at all. Technically, she has been good.
Physically, I think she seems to have the endurance. Sabine Spitz
and Georgia Gould had the edge in the opening three laps, but she
hasn't slowed done. Kalentieva. Very composed and focused, as she
drives up here. We really didn't know, having skipped several World
Cups, how the Russian would perform here. It is a solid performance.
Some big gaps are forming now. waiting to see if Annie Last has
held off Esther Suss. Esther Suss has come through. A fantastic start
from Annie. She is young. She has chosen to compete in all of the
senior World Cups to get experience. She could have ridden as an under
23. And walked away with that. She has ridden with the best in the
world. She doesn't want to be compared with the younger riders.
Ranked 5th in the world at the moment. Plenty of time for her to
develop. Technically, she is already possibly the best in the
world. She just needs to bring that physical ability up. Julie Bresset,
23, is all there. Then 40, 32, 34. Not a young woman's game.
endurance side of it, the physical aspect of mountain biking is what
you can see now, this wonderful shot we have of the climb. It takes
years to build up the muscle mass. Technical skill is the first thing.
Endurance, that comes with time. Julie Bresset is ahead of her time.
Just 23 years of age. Annie Last is the youngest rider in the top 15 by
some margin. Julie Bresset takes a bottle from her team. She makes her
way out of the technical station. She is going through the rabbit
hole, the track goes underneath itself.
Sabine Spitz is chasing had done. Is the deficit to great? I think
the results are solidifying now. That is the split time. If Julie
Bresset does that at all, the German will be on top of her. This
race isn't over. We have seen with one mistake how much time you can
lose. I have seen it in World Cups this year. The lead changing hands
at the last moment, because of a crash. Even if it is not a mistake
from Julie Bresset. Mechanical malfunction, a puncture, anything.
Absolutely. Julie Bresset does have a good cushion. Potentially, to
deal with something like that. is exactly what she wants. She
could get away with that. A lot of riders are starting to experiment
with courses flight is using a single chain ring at the front,
selecting the right sprocket at the back. Most of choosing to go with
tulle -- dual chain rings. It saves on weight. It makes for faster
changes as well. And you are getting rid of an extra bit of
equipment. There's less debate about. One hand to change gear.
That is it. She is well into the closing stages of this race.
Probably about 20 minutes to go. You can see from her attacking
style, she is sensing, I can become Olympic champion, I can start to
push it home. That is a huge lead. A glimpse of that aerial view, she
is starting to drive that right. -- bike. There is hardly any rest
on this course. You are bouncing off the rocks, sticking to the line
you have seen in training. Or you are climbing hard up the banks. You
can see the wind in the grass. That is probably quite well from --
welcome. She is not slowing down, look how
quickly she has taken that on. great line through the rocks. You
cannot see unless you have a head on shot, there is a correct line
through, you have to be millimetre perfect or you get in trouble.
Using the berms which have built up on the corners. So far, close to
immaculate performance from Julie Bresset of France. The battle is
still not finished behind. Silver and bronze. Sabine Spitz. She hates,
she is not as comfortable on these sections as his Julie Bresset or
Georgia Gould just behind her. Quite unusual on this course. That
is a great shot taking the line through the rocks. A lot of this
course, you can see how open it is. There are pink tassels at the end
of the road, they must stay within them. Normally there are barriers
or tape but they wanted to keep it open for these 20,000 spectators.
They decided to mark the edge of the course, they cannot pass
outside or they will be disqualified. Here is Sabine Spitz
going through the leap of faith, that big downhill section letters
with rocks. We have seen their take some would-be easy routes come up
on the side of the course -- some of the easy routes. She is using
traditional 26 inch wheels, sharing that the jury is still out between
the 29th and 26 inch wheels. It is all about the legs.
Will we get a glimpse of the Russian, Kalentieva? She is behind
these two. Has she managed to reel them in at all? A battle for the
bronze medal. At the moment, certainly, the top three are very
settled. Just a glimpse, at the very back, Kalentieva of Russia.
Who knows now how far away she is from a medal. Sabine Spitz,
comfortably in silver. There is the New Zealand SAT test, Karen Hanlen,
stopping to jump off her bike and running through that section.
specifically this year. It is all about this one. Nothing about World
Cup, she has focused all her efforts on these Olympic Games, her
very first Olympic Games. It is not a bad one, really, is it? As good a
debut as you can get. You start to get the sensation now that it would
take an awful lot of bad luck to be able to slow her down even down to
arms and her knees. She has come so far since the bronze medal in the
under 23 race in 2009! She has romped through the field, what such
a mature experience, you would think she had been doing it for 20
years. There is an experienced rider, Emily Batty. And other rider
expected to become testing at least the top five and we have not seen
an awful lot of her. At the moment she is one of the few riders who
might have got into some technical difficulty at the start. She is in
25th out of the 30 that started. The judge shows you how hard this
course is. We have been looking at this woman here. Julie Bresset, lap
No. 5 and she is flying, one hour and 15 minutes, 45 seconds. She is
doing well. Holding the pace at 15 minutes a lap. She looks like she
is working harder, but that fatigue. It is affecting everybody. It is
all about consistency, mountain biking. She is maintaining the pace,
that is the incredible thing. waiting for Georgia Gould to
explode. She won't give in. An experienced Sabine Spitz in front
of her. I am wondering if it will come down to a sprint between those
two. Julie Bresset will have around a minute's lead. Julia best set is
out of the lead. The battle now is for bronze and silver as Irina
Kalentieva makes her way down. Not too far off the pace but she does
have a lot of work to do. She is finishing well. As she comes round
this corner she will be able to seize Sabine Spitz and Georgia
Gould on the hill in front of her. That is not an insurmountable
challenge. It will depend on Sabine Spitz and Georgia Gould, maybe the
fight between them will take its toll and allow the Russians to get
back on terms. But she will have to do something special with just over
15 minutes of racing left. Esther Suss coming round that corner. One
lap remains. And the bell is ringing. Esther Suss, has taken the
5th. Julie Bresset already on the descent. A welcome bit of shade in
the trees. Just a few minutes, if she can keep it together, between
her and the Olympic title. Struggling a little bit on these
technical sessions and then grinding her way back to the German.
She will have to find something special. Julia prese leading,
Sabine Spitz, over a minute off the pace. Georgia Gould in third, Irina
Kalentieva enforced. Annie Last is in 7th. Alexandra Engen from Sweden
has made a huge surge at the last four Stock and then Tanja Zac will
-- coasting along the top of the rich as they drop into the trees.
It is almost 75% of this course is open. It is very different to
normal cross-country courses. is the leader, still looking well
on top a bit, showing no signs of cracking. Working hard but very
much in control. The cameraman and looking hopefully for another rider
behind her and then realising nobody was in sight. Georgia Gould,
such a good challenge for start she has to make the decision - that
does she have it in her to catch Sabine Spitz? I think if anything,
for the last few hundred metres, Georgia Gould has started to real
Sabine Spitz in false start she can smell a silver medal here at
Hadleigh Farm. I think it will come down to a sprint, perhaps? Working
hard now. They are both suffering, everybody is suffering at this
stage. Just a few minutes left. Can the American, Georgia Gould changed
the colour of the medal she is on course for. She is trying, she is
on the wheel of the American. driving so hard, you can see the
pain and determination on her face. Has been racing in America mostly
this year. But she wasn't on the list of favourites, so she is
excelling. You get the sense Sabine Spitz probably heard her breathing
down her neck and decided it was time to dig in and get going again?
A lot of the riders will have people from their country around
the course telling them what is going on. You will see boards at
the side of the track, showing them the information they need to know.
So, Georgia Gould is desperately trying to reel in Sabine Spitz. She
is making this look easy, isn't she? Nobody is going to touch this
23-year-old now. She stayed with the group and did not do anything
clever. Went to the front, took control and got the measure of them.
And then waited until it was the right time. Tested them a couple of
times up this climb. Sensed there was daylight and pushed on a bit
harder and nobody could respond. She just eased away, metronomic
lead. She has been so even paced on such a hard to rain. Such an
incredible skill. Julie Bresset concentrating, keeping her focus.
Dropping one bottle and keeping up the next. -- picking up the next.
She has had an almost perfect race, this 23-year-old? She has made no
mistakes we have been able to see. The battle for the bronze medal is
more in contention, but it is stretching out now. It has always
been Sabine Spitz putting the pressure on. Georgia Gould tried it
two laps to make a charge, but the German real had back in. Georgia
Gould will have to try something special if she wants that silver
medal. I think we saw they used her last reserves in that last lap.
Sabine Spitz sensed it coming and you don't do three Olympics and not
know how to deal with the pressure. She gritted her teeth, strengthened
her resolve and got stuck in. I think Sabine Spitz is desperate to
claim the silver medal. They are at the same pace for travelling, just
a 15 second gap between them. Sabine Spitz is putting on the
pressure. She does not want this to come down to a sprint. This is the
moment she is choosing to drive on. It is working. Georgia Gould will
know eight minutes of pain could be the difference for her between
bronze and silver. Mentally, she has got to dig deep and start
driving on these climbs. Been some real surprises, with Dahle not
being in the running, Catherine Pendrel, the favourites, not here
at all. She is the way down at the moment. And it wasn't through any
kind of mechanical problem, just off the pace. That was the surprise
for everybody. Irina Kalentieva almost 30 seconds off Georgia Gould
now. The medals seems safe, we know who is going to be in there. We are
just deciding who will take the silver and who will take the bronze
medal. Because this woman, has been emphatic. For almost an hour and a
half now, she has dominated this race. She let Annie Last set the
pace for the first lap. And then slowly started to assert herself,
pulling these three riders away. This Sabine Spitz and Georgia Gould
and then just a relentless pace she set at the front has seen her
extend. The last real, hard climb for her now. She knows when she
gets on the top, it is mostly running down to the finish. She can
afford to be careful and not take any chances. She can choose any way
through now, if she wants for star we can see a few of the coaches in
the finish area. A couple of them are starting to dance. Looking a
little bit nervous. It is going to be a charge for the minor places.
Everyone has enjoyed the day out. Beautiful Sunshine, a cool breeze
off the sea. Fantastic scenery. And in means you can see almost all the
way round for the five kilometres of this course. I imagine there
will be a large party preparing to get going in France. A two year
elite contract for Julie Bresset, and they will be immensely proud
with what she has done. Georgia Gould choosing be easier line, and
then switching back. I think she has conceded a shot at the silver
medal by making that choice. Not happy to take the hardest route,
and that probably cost two seconds which could be critical. The shot
of the rail camera, set up on the climb. We have had some fantastic
imagery. This is the best imagery we have seen off a mountain bike
race. Tracking the riders through the most critical climbs and
descents false start here is Julie Bresset, up the Breath Taker. She
is just going to Crest, then she has a winding descent that leads
her down through the technical zone for the last time. She will be
sensing of there is only two climbs to go. Coasting down 4 star Kishi
is still pushing on, you can see the wheels sliding into these
grooves false start you almost sense she is enjoying the descent.
For me, don't take any risks, you have got this in the bag. But she
is not taking her thoughts of the pressure. Georgia Gould a thumping
at the pedals. I think she has done the right of her life, the young
American. She just refuses to give in. Made a mistake when she chose
the easier line through the last rock section. Considering the form
she came in here on, she has done fantastically well. At 40 years old,
Sabine Spitz is an inspiration. To anyone who thought her elite level
sport was confined to people in their 20s and 30s! Julie Bresset
coming round. This is the last climb, a short, steep climb. Very
technical, those hairpin bends. It is a tight circle on which to turn
the bike. Some very evil tree roots. They are treacherous when it is wet.
They forced Samuel Weale to slide sideways. In these dry conditions,
not too bad. -- your wheel. This would have been different in the
rain forced on she has not let up, look how hard she is driving.
promise of an Olympic gold medal spurring her arm up this hill.
Along with the crowds at Hadleigh Farm. Already celebrating, a little
wave to the camera. She knows she has a big gap, she will have been
told by her team at the side of the road. How could that would have
helped. She is coming into the now. What a ride for the 23-year-
old, her first Olympic Games, and she will get a gold medal, that is
about as good as it gets. Enjoying this lap, effectively a lap of
honour, waving to the crowd. She knows she has time to spare.
Tactically and physically, the perfect race for Julie Bresset.
Around this last corner in front of the 20,000 strong crowd. She is
Bresset of France the gold medal. Here, at the mountain bike cross-
country. She is absolutely delighted. Such a consistent ride,
she didn't put a foot wrong the entire day. Moving up to the big
league. Watching her here, she barely looks like she is heaving.
Just behind, the silver and bronze medal race has been settled. Sabine
Spitz, the defending champion, showing as decency -- consistency.
Georgia Gould had pressured her but Sabine Spitz responded and got
stuck into this flat. She is happy with that, she knows she couldn't
have done anything else. Georgia Gould, also, she excelled today.
She showed real spirit. She didn't settle for a bronze medal, she
tried for silver. Worthy medalists, all three, well clear of the field.
A fantastic performance from Julie Bresset, Sabine Spitz and Georgia
Gould. The other riders are starting to make their way around
now. The Russian, colander macro, taking 4th position. And a
fantastic race from Esther Suss. She didn't start that well. She did
ever so well in the middle of that race, she reeled in back-to-front
pack. You can hear from the cheers that British rider Annie Last is in
the finishing area as well. Not quite getting herself into 6th
position. That goes to the Swedish everybody saluting the crowd. In
road racing, it is only the weather. They have been through such a
gladiatorial experience. Annie Last, coming into the finishing straight.
The first British rider since Caroline Alexander to qualify for
an Olympic spot. A fantastic race for the 21-year-old. She could have
stuck in the under 23 category but she stepped up. Riding with the
best in the world in the senior category to gain experience and
stretch herself. We will be hearing a lot more about Annie Last.
fantastic course. If you have enjoyed watching this, then
Hadleigh Farm will be open to the public, so make your way down here
and enjoy some mountain biking. 9th place for the Canadian.
favourite, finishing 3 1/2 minutes in arrears. One of the most
weather. The wind has kept it caught enough but the summer has
brought out the crowds. The atmosphere has been absolutely
fantastic. If it had gone the other way, it would have been a rough day.
20,000 tickets were sold, sold out. What a day out, largely because of
the weather, fantastic competition, a beautiful course they can see in
all directions. Davison takes 11th Annie, you powered through that
first lap, how much did that affect the rest of the race? I wanted to
get a good start, to make sure I got here on the first lap. -- got
clear. So that I didn't get stuck. Towards the end of the race, I
started to slip back a little bit. But I came today to get the best
out of myself. That is what I have done, I am really happy. Great to
finish smiling. How do feel when you see the field opening up, at
the end? There is so much to think about. You are thinking about where
you are putting your wheels, power, you are racing, try to stay with
them. It is about focusing on yourself and make yourself go as
fast as possible. You are 21, one of the youngest in the field, do
take some reassurance from that? Obviously. Julie Bresset is an
amazing rider. A lot of the top riders are a bit older. I have done
anything I can, I am in my best shape. I still have a long way to
go. I am looking forward to moving on and up words in the next few
years. You have earned herself a lot of fans. The family lived close
by, what is it like to ride it in front of them? This crowd,
unbelievable. To have that much support out there is incredible.
They have been great, an amazing experience. Congratulations, Annie.
I am certain this is not the last we will see of Annie Last. Fair
play to Annie. She finished smiling and had a lovely chat to us. A
great race. We will be back there tomorrow for
the men's race. Julie Bresset, such thing for an hour and a half in
that heat, then to lift her bike above her head. The new Olympic
champion. The Modern Pentathlon, the 200
metres swim. Those who achieve the time of 2 1/2 minutes will get
their points. After the fencing, willing macro and Nicholas
Woodbridge work in the 30th place. heat. That was a flying start in
for three hours. They are not coming in to this soaring event
Egyptians are strong in the swimming, as we will sit in the
now. He is third from the top in from Russia is coming back as well.
Sam will hopefully use Aleksander Lesun to drive him down this. They
behind him, the roar of the crowd, quite unfamiliar for Modern
Pentathlon eats. Samuel Weale, best time over the past 12 months.
He looks pleased with that. That will certainly help his position.
It is all about the time. That will give him a real feel-good factor it
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touch over Aleksander Lesun as he crowd in the Aquatics Centre.
final heat. Picturing the fastest heat. Looking out for Nicholas
Woodbridge in the centre of the picture. He turns in first place
after the first 50m. Being chased all the way. He will be aware of
who is on his shoulder, right beside him. He has got to make this
building up in here, as they approach the end of the third
turn him under one minute 30. This could be a new Olympic record.
Nicholas Woodbridge has now left him too much to do to get back.
He had swum under that Olympic time in the last 12 months, so it was on
the cards. We have seen an Olympic record equalled in the fencing and
beaten in the swimming. The Egyptian. He has broken his own
Olympic record he set in Beijing in 2008. A good start off the blocks
from Nick Woodbridge. There is the Egyptian driving through the water.
Taking over in the closing stages of the race. It was a beautifully
timed a swim. It is an Olympic record, it has just been confirmed.
This was always on the cards that the Olympic record would be broken
and that is the man who has done it. Interestingly, there are only three
athletes that have dipped under the two-minute mark. That maybe
explains how much the fencing takes out of you. Nick Woodbridge will
Those standings could change. They now go to Greenwich Park for the
equestrian. With the show jumping they have never seen the horse they
are about to jump on. They draw lots, so it will be interesting to
see what happens after the next round. With one more day to go of
these Olympic Games, it seems incredible how they have flown back.
But sometimes you have to slow things down to get a snapshot of
the iconic moments we have all witnessed.
What makes television at what it is, is its mastery of the moving
picture. But sometimes, what doesn't move at all can be moving.
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And again, the connection between the moving and the still. The
fastest mover of them all taking the still. The captured instinct.
Wasn't that beautiful? First thing this morning, just after 9:30am, Ed
McKeever was poised in the Kayak single 200m final. He was in search
of Great Britain's 26 gold medal of the Games. As the fastest qualifier,
he was in a great position to propel himself ahead of the rest of
tension. Miklos Dudas, the giant Hungarian. Hungary have brought an
army of fans. And they have been so successful in this sport. There
will be the customary during for the shortest man in the field. Ed
McKeever. He won his heat, won his semi-final but what a challenge he
will face from the Canadian. Quickest in the semi-finals. Then
we have the Surbean, the European champion. You know it is a good
race when Ronald rock only just tension. The waters of Eton Dorney
rippling gently but about to be churned up by the quickest paddlers.
The men's 200m individual kayak. The and as it is wonderful. Heavy
with hope for Ed McKeever. Britain might have a gold medal to
is powering on. He has such great strength. Ed McKeever holding on at
the moment as they come into the final 50m. He will have to work
hard. Still holding on, it is gold for Ed McKeever and Great Britain.
He becomes the Olympic champion. He went out fast and held on strong,
he was uncatchable. He has the gold medal. Absolutely fantastic, he
blew them away from the start as he powered away. Getting his stroke
rate a nice and height. He left everybody else waiting to catch up.
He will be absolutely delighted to top of what has been a fantastic
three years of competition since this 200m race has come in.
takes the acclaim from the crowd. Mark de Jonge comes home for the
bronze medal. The man who thought he wouldn't be here in the Olympic
Games after breaking his finger earlier this year. He takes the
bronze for Canada. Max Beaumont just missing out for France. But
they could not get near Ed McKeever. He had a comfortable lead and
maintained it. It was incredible. This is the start he is renowned
for, he just gets his top speed, arms propelling and using his
upper-body. You can see the rotation through his shoulders. He
uses his strength to drive those blades into the water. The focus
this man has is incredible and the has not been fazed by anything
during this Olympic competition. did not need a little surge because
often these races are settled by inches and not feet. But that was a
Hansen victory. That is what it means to become Olympic champion. -
- Hansen victory. What a performance from Ed McKeever. The
sprint King of Kayak. Ronald Rohr, who knows what it means to win at
the Olympic level. Confirmation of the result of. Mark de Jonge in the
bronze for Canada. Saul Rivero That is what is is all about, Ed
McKeever, you have just been part of the medal ceremony, what was it
like? You almost don't believe it into a you had your hands on it. I
am not sure I will sleep tonight. When the anthem is being played,
what things are you thinking about? Just trying to remember the words!
An enormous sense of pride, so thankful I could do it in front of
my home crowd. I imagine when an athlete is enjoying a moment like
that they imagine all the things that made it happen. The fact he
moved house, your parents support to do, your fiancee supporting you,
and you moving house to be near the training centre. I don't want to
disappoint you, I was just in the moment and enjoying it. You have
been called the Usain Bolt of canoeing, he has got gold medals,
you have got gold medals, what do you think of that? Just pleased I
could follow him in that respect. What does the future hold? We be
going to Rio? That is four years of training and pain. We will wait and
see. I will take a break now for the next few weeks, probably six
weeks up until my wedding. And then I will see how I feel. Some
exciting times, you had just won the gold medal, your birthday in a
couple of weeks and then your wedding. I am getting too old to
celebrate birthdays, but the wedding will be a good one. I love
the way you just keep touching it. I am making sure it is real. It is
out of this world, all well done. I'm sure it will dawn on him very
soon. Ed Nicky the getting the second Olympic gold medal in
history, the first was Tim Brabants. Now we have Liam Heath and Jon
Schofield pedaling over the same distance. Going into this race,
they had picked up a medal in every final they have been in this year.
today. We are ready for the final the customary British Rohr. 5th
quickest coming into the final. This is the per to beat.
Astonishingly powerful winning both the heat and semi-final by almost a
race in the 200m. It is very rare, might we have it here. In the heats
and the semi-finals suggested the Russians are the strong favourites.
Perhaps Belarus party fear as well. The lighter crew of Liam Heath and
Jon Schofield. The French pair, the world champions in lane two. The
No one is going to catch them. It is Postrigay and Dyachenko. Heath
and Schofield are just hanging on to silver. Great Britain get the
bronze medal. A fine effort, but Postrigay and Dyachenko dominated
the heats and a semi-final, and they have blown away the field in
the final. Bella a skip the silver medal and Great Britain get the
bronze. -- Belarus. They dominated through the heats and semi-finals,
and I said they had more to give, which they'd just demonstrated.
What a fantastic result for Great Britain. Jonnie Schofield's paddle
has given up the ghost. But Russia, imperious. Just a few feet between
Belarus and Great Britain. A great race from Heath and Schofield, we
could not have expected much more than that. They executed the start
really well, but here is the Russian crew. So powerful working
so well together. They did not give away anything. They dominated it
and they're really made sure the title was theirs. They have
dominated the World Cup events, they have won two out of the last
three. They were working in unison, they had a look across, then
celebrated crossing the line. I think perhaps it is the most
comprehensive victory we have seen in the can as sprinting. Absolutely.
We kind of half-expected it during the early stages at Eton Dorney,
but they did not give anyone else a chance. This is the confirmation of
Huge congratulations to Liam Heath and Jon Schofield, wrapping things
a beautifully at Eton Dorney. That takes her medal tally to 59. On to
diving, and Tom Daley struggled in the prelims last night. He had a
good night's sleep because this morning it was the 10m platform
finals -- semi-finals. His aim was open better than he did last night.
start we were hoping for, he was marginally short of vertical, but
it is a step up from last night. He may get over 80 points. It depends
how mean that judges are feeling. This is the second round dive. A
nice solid start, as opposed to shout about! Beautiful entry into
the water. There is still more to two and. -- two rounds. That is
another good one for him. A little bit loose as he entered the water,
but he keeps the splash down. Moving away from the diving board,
sneaking into the paid shape, -- bit low on the water, but he plays
the waiting game. This was good last night and it is better today.
He has been consistent. 81, 86, 84, this will be told that 85. -- will
Daley, the dive of the competition so far for this young man. This is
question! Make no mistake, he has responded in exactly the way he
needed to today. He went to bed last night, thinking, oh, My
goodness, what is it like? Now he has responded. He will definitely
be in the top five. It was a lot better than last night. I am
getting sharper, and it is hard to compete in the pre-lunch and the
semi-final when you know it does not count towards the medals, but
you need to do enough to qualify. That is the hardest part done, and
now I have done that I will give it Jake Humphrey has arrived. You
followed him yesterday, and he was looking shaky. Yes, it was strange
because he was really struggling. Before he went off, Leon Taylor
said he looks nervous up there. I am hoping that the fact he has had
The women's mountain bike event at Hadleigh Park, Essex is the main focus on the penultimate lunchtime of the Games.
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Cycling mountain bike commentators: Ed Leigh Chris Boardman.