BBC One: Day 15: 12.15-14.30 Olympics


BBC One: Day 15: 12.15-14.30

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

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day with more medals up for grabs than any other. And this is where

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they can be won. We are heading to the Essex countryside as the bikes

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head for the hills. Annie Last goes for Team GB at 12:30pm.

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Can Brazil win their first Olympic medal? It is a 3pm kick-off at

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Wembley as they take on Mexico. You can see that on BBC One.

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Great Britain's men need to pick themselves up, they are playing for

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the bronze today. But it will be tough against Australia. That is on

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BBC Three at 3:30pm. At 7:30pm, Mo Farah will become the

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first man to try and win the 10,000m and the 5,000-metre there

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at the same Olympic Games. Ken Usain Bolt make it a triple to

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make a fitting finale to the athletics competition.

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Let's get it you up-to-date with what has been going on. A fantastic

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day 15. The headlines: it all got off to a perfect start for a gold

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medal for Ed McKeever in the sprint can move. It is now 26 gold medals

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for Great Britain. It was a bronze for Britain

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indicate to race, Liam Heath and Jon Schofield finishing third

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behind an impressive Russian crew. Tom Daley is through to the ten-

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metre platform diving final after an excellent performance in the

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aquatic centre. He qualified in fourth place.

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The men's modern pentathlon is under way, Samuel Weale and Nick

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Woodbridge are both in 14th place. Next will be the 200m freestyle

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swim. What a morning, and with a total of

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11 medals on wheels, Great Britain have had more success than any

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other nation at these Olympics. After glory on the track and road,

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will the momentum continue? It is time to go Wrobel crunching.

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Mountain bike. Mountain biking was developed in California in the

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1970s and made its Olympic debut in 1996. The Olympic event is a cross-

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country discipline in which riders won the goes CA's a rough and hilly

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course with obstacles and technical challenges. Bikes are built for

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speed, durability and comfort with either full suspension or front

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suspension. In total, 80 athletes will compete for two gold medals.

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And there are 50 riders in the men's event and 30 in the women's.

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Each event begins with a mass start with starting positions been

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predetermined by world ranking. The first across the line wins the gold

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medal. Each lap of the course is 4.7 kilometres long, with each race

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taking a minimum of 90 minutes to complete. During the race, the

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riders are presented with optional routes. The more direct and

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dangerous, or the safer but slower the route. In total, riders will

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climb 1204 metres in the men's race, and 1032 metres in the MEN --

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women's. If you have liked to get involved

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in a Olympic sport. Today it is the women's race. There

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are no heats are semi-finals, it is the first one over the line. 21-

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year-old Annie Last is the first British woman to qualify for 12

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years. Let's find out more about her.

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This is the hardest cycling discipline for me. You have to have

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the ability to focus for one hour and 45 minutes, beat yourself up

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for an extended period of time and have the technical skill not to

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make a mistake. You have to have the physical skill of the track

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athletes. Then you have to put it all together in the race and cope

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with the Olympic Games. Is it true you on this bike because of a dare

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with your brother? Yes. My brother always used to do crossed races. I

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used to get dragged along to his races, but I liked horse riding. He

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said to me, if you do a cross race, I will ride a horse. I said, OK

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then. It was a 10 minute race, then you get a good deed bag, some

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freebies. I thought, I will do this again. Who are you looking out bar?

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He will you be thinking you need to beat? You have Catherine Pendle.

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And the winner of the last World Cup. The she is in her Fortes isn't

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she? Yes, quite a bit older than me. You are 21, so this is a sport

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where you can spend years picking up skill and nerve? Especially in

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the women's field, there are a few older athletes who are exceptional.

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The last a Olympic champion, Sabine Spitz was 37 when she won in

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Beijing. You are going in on good form? He has come I will be on the

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front line. The it is an advantage, but you have to keep up there?

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has come here get placed according to your world ranking. I and 4th on

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the grid. But then, you have to look after your position and go

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around this loop to get onto the single track. It is going to be

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hard for everyone. Come on, you can do it. I believe in you! It is a

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massive victory she has made in the Olympics. It is the first British

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woman to be placed in 12 years. Not only has she qualified, she has

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worked the hardest I have ever seen in the last 12 months, and she is

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in a great place. We have come to one of the trickiest parts, the

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rock garden. It is a key part of the course, it could make or break

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you raise? It is technical exception and it is moving into a

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long climb, which is towards the back end of the course as well. If

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you are behind someone, you might overtake them, so in this narrow

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section you are in front of them. So to overtake on that, it is

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tricky? It is. She is a phenomenal athlete, she is on form, she is fit,

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will she be on the podium? My guess is, she will do the best she can do

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and get the country behind her. Everybody who has seen on met her,

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will be rooting for her. From the Olympic Park, we're off to

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a rare breeds farm, run by the Salvation Army to see how the mind

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to in biker can cope with the Essex coast. -- mountain biker. Helen

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Skelton is down with Chris Boardman. Someone else who is handy on a bike.

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I am concerned about the offshore wind, you can see how close it is

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to the course. We heard the canoeists talking about the extra

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challenge of the head wind. Will this be an issue? It shouldn't be,

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because it is different. The canoeists are going in one

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direction. On this course, riders are constantly changing position,

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on they Chris? It is unusual, but because it is a natural

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amphitheatre, and they are constantly changing direction, it

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shouldn't have a bearing on the race. Essex is not known for its

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gradients, but this course does take all the boxes... The guys have

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done a fantastic job. It is an interesting course, it is a new

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style and made it much smaller. Five kilometres in length so the

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spectators get to see more. Because it is open, it is great for the

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spectators because you can see right across the course. Annie Last,

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it is not unrealistic to say she might be on the podium is it?

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just a couple of weeks ago she was third in the World Cup and that is

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her best result. She was only just behind the French goal, but it is

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will be about the start, she needs to get off quick. She needs to

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master the technical bits. The only way I can compare it is it is like

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a staircase made of rocks. That is my mitigation and bear to mind as I

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try to prove to you how tricky it That is its, pedal, pedal, pedal.

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Just go over there, and stop. It is quite a drop. It is unbelievable.

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You have a bit of a jump up on your left. It is horrendous. I dine out

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on the fact I am hard. It is a fear factor. You start to shake a little

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bit. They are scary obstacles, it is a tough sport. A imagine that is

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why it is addictive, because of the agenda run? You do get a kick.

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adrenalin. Come and aim towards the outside of this. Are you

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comfortable? I am going off this bit, this sharp rock. The feeling

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you have got now is nothing towards what the athletes are feeling. You

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need to let that the bike ride. Imagine a roller-coaster, it never

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quite stops, it is always flowing. Oh OK, let's do this. Poor your

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brakes a bit. -- Paul your brakes. Let it roll in. I you're OK? Yes.

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Are you sure? Yes, we got over it. I want to do it again because I

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want to get it right. I am my own worst enemy. Get your sleeves down,

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to protect your arms. Are you all right? I am, yes. What am I doing?!

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Relax. Does that count as a success? A counts as finished.

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you just saying that to stop me? it counts. You have done well, it

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really well. I have been in the velodrome, I have ridden a road

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bike plenty of times, and I have done things similar to that. I say

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similar, never as intimidating as that. Prospector! Well done. --

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respect. I wanted to carry on but Phil was on the verge of a heart

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attack. He said, you have done your best. Hopefully we won't see any

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accidents, there are plenty of medics around the course. It is

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almost time for Annie Last to go for the gold medal. The first woman

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to qualify for this mountain bike events the 12 years. It is time to

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just seen the reigning Olympic champion. Julia press-out, who is

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tipped to do well. Annie Last of Great Britain. How do you rate her

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chances, Chris? She has a great chance, she was third in the World

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Cup. She is looking to improve. She has ridden this course more than

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any other rider, she has done more than 100 laps in training. We are

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expecting good things. If it is a very close field here at Hadleigh

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Farm. The start will be important. Technically Annie Last is great,

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but she needs to get literally into the first corner first. If she can

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do that she will have a great shot up at getting a medal. Three rows

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watch? She managed to get into the first corner, they will do this

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start a look before they go ensued the technical sections. Her coach,

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Phil Dixon said he is expecting some crashes on the first technical

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unforgiving. Most of them are using carbon fibre, which is the super-

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strong, but if it falls sideways on to prop, it will crack. Annie, just

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as they hit the first climb. Annie Last will be happy, this is exactly

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the start she wanted, to get into this technical section, probably

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the best technical Rivett in this field. Not physically the best. She

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will expect to get caught back on the climb. The first crash there in

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the middle section. She has survived getting hit by anybody

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else. You can see how nasty it is. The field is spaced out so nicely.

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You can see how they control does crashers, pushing the weight on to

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the back wheel, trying to control it. Annie Last in front, looking

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comfortable. The more technical, went down. There are several routes,

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and easier route which is harder -- longer. The harder it is not for

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the paint -- the paint heart it. That was the Polish Rider.

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Dawidowicz. Straight back up. of different choices. You have to

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hit that with speed, if you do not commit, it will be messy. All of

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these riders will have trained harder on this course, it is so

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quick and fast, these technical, hard sections, then a hard climb.

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Just over one minute and 15, that will be the toughest part. They

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will do almost one chronometer. It should be about one hour and 45

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minutes. Some of the hardest raising you'll see in the mountain

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bike. Some of the heart rate profiles go up to the threshold and

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it stays there. It is not like a road race where you rest in the

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slipstream. All the resistance from a mountain bike race is from the

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ground. We have perfect weather, looking out over the Thames estuary.

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But we have quite a lot of wind, 6.1 metres per second. It is easily

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18 miles an hour, will that make a lot of difference? The nice thing

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about this course, it is exposed, because it is set in this

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amphitheatre, you thought the winds might allow a bit of a slipstream.

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They are constantly changing direction. I don't they it will

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have as much an effect as in a time trial or road race. Let us run

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through the format. They have the six laps. One technical section.

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One feed station. If they get a puncture, even 20 metres past the

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technical section, they cannot turn round and go back. They have to do

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another half a lap to get back there. Whether they run their bike

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or ride it with a flat tyre, that is the rule. That is the only place

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you can get technical help. They carry with them a small canister to

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inflate tyres if they had a puncture, that will get them to the

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finish area. Fundamentally, they have to sort it out themselves.

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They are running the suspension four very hard today because of the

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very rocky nature of this course. Such hard impact. You can be thrown

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overt the top so they are running them harder than normally. They

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Arif few people are running for suspension bikes.

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It is a hard, compact race with obstacles. Despite those nasty

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technical sections, it will be fast. A little bit of they pile up on one

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of the switchbacks. A decent amount paper, is Catharine Pendrel. She is

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having a good race at the moment. World champion and World Cup

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champion, forced back in Beijing. She was bitterly disappointed,

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desperately wants to win today. So, I think we will be watching her in

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the mix. Annie still holding on to that lead at the moment. We can

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expect them to take a little under 20 minutes for these lapse. The

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first lap a bit longer because of this stopped loop. -- start loop.

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Going through the feed sown. Starting to stretch out a lot.

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Annie. Just behind Julie Bresset who leads. A group of six forming,

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it was predicted it would quickly break. There is a little bit of

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shelter. We just saw Catharine Pendrel down in about 10th position

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coming through the first half lap split. Catharine Pendrel, right

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down intend position at the moment. She has got herself caught up.

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think she is getting back in touch with this group. The problem is in

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passing. There are sections of this course which are narrow. Passing on

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a climb, as we can see, it is energy expensive. Once you lose

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your place, or make a mistake, it can be extremely costly. Beautiful

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shops from out aerial camera. bunching up a little bit. --

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beautiful shots. Julie Bresset was one of the favourites. Having a

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chat with the British coach to see who is on form. She was second at

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the recent World Cup, just in front of Annie Last. It is interesting to

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see the age come down. Both very young. Put that in comparison with

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Sabine Spitz who is 40 years old. This is the leap of faith they're

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coming down here. That is a nasty section, you cannot believe

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somebody will write down it. If you think the rocks don't look native

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to Essex, they have imported 500 tons of Derbyshire of grit stone

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and 3,000 tonnes of crushed rock to build this course. There are no

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boggy sections, it is a hard and quick draining course. It is mostly

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gravel and rock. This is not what Annie Last was expecting, she is

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stretching them out on the physical section. That is a real surprise.

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She was expected to excel in the technical section and be overhauled

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on the climb. You can see here, we have a problem. Julie Bresset, she

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just swerved over. Julie Bresset has got back on her bike. She knew

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that Annie Last had a chance to get away. You can see what it costs on

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that Klein, physically very demanding. This need is paying off.

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She is staying clear of the traffic. Not getting caught up with any of

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the other riders. Her technical ability is well suited to Racal's

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matches, she has ridden well over 100 laps of this circuit in

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training, in all weathers. She knows this course better than the

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back of her hand and it is paying off. It is only early days. Annie

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Last will be happy with this start. An hour and a half of racing is

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long. Julie Bresset getting caught on a fence and cutting everyone off

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by -- there. They had a test event here last

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year and a lot of the riders asked for the course to be widened.

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they did change the course and made it wider in sections. They also

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gave more options on the technical section because everyone was

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following the same line. These two are clear. There are some trials

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bikes tracking them up hill. child's bike with the green

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indicates how many laps far left. - the trials bike.

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You can see the experience of those three. Nobody ready to push on,

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working hard up this climb, happy to hold position. Nobody will go

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around this course faster than Annie Last, she has already created

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a gap. That is her strategy, forced the others to catch up. There isn't

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really any slipstream. They have to concentrate so hard. Lose rock,

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gravel, in the turns. The body is constantly taking a pummelling.

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They are basing their muscles against the vibration all of the

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time. They are so demanding. You can see it in the pulse rate. It

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stays high it all of the way. You can see now the latter riders

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struggling through those technical sections. This field is really

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stretching out now. Well into their first lap as they go through the

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technical zone for the second time. They will start to take bottles on

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the next lap rather than carried it because weight is so important in

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mountain-biking. Their air resistance is such a small part but

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wait is critical. They will do anything including not putting

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paint on the frame, to save weight. How much weight would you really

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save without paint? It is about 60 grams. It depends on your colour

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scheme, but Red Ed is heavier! Coming up, this is the final major

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climb. Quite a short one, but it is a very steep descent which will

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carry them round in to a very tight chicane littered with rocks.

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usually goes according to the gridding. It becomes very clear who

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is on top. Reflective of who is on form at the moment. Catharine

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Pendrel just coming through. Annie Last has led. Apart from the end of

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the start, where Julie Bresset came back on. That is a reasonable

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margin. Catharine Pendrel, maybe 100 metres, she can close this gap,

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the Canadian, desperately wants a result here. But how many times can

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she keep closing the gap? Annie Last is not as physically capable

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as the Canadian, but technically these gaps, physically? Sprinting

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into that it will kill her, she needs to develop a rhythm. It means

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they are not fully recovered at all when they climb. Coming through...

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Starting the second lap, Julie Bresset Ertel in front. Catherine

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Pendrel, and Sabine Spitz. Very little, separating the top five.

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Sabine Spitz is the defending Olympic champion. She knows how to

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deal with those pressures. It is a select group forming. There are

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some others trying to get on terms. Unless they can get in front, which

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I don't think is possible, eventually they will peel away from

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the front group. It will swell on to this part of the course, about

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10 riders keeping in touch. Annie Last taking matter very nicely.

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was a fast first lap as well, considering they have the start

:31:59.:32:05.

loop in there. They will and force the 80% rules. They don't want back

:32:05.:32:10.

markers interfering with the race. After the first lap, they time it.

:32:10.:32:16.

If anybody gets 80% behind, they will take them out as they come

:32:16.:32:21.

through the finish area. If it takes 10 minutes to do a lap, as

:32:21.:32:29.

soon as they are doing... Eight minutes back, they are out. I am

:32:29.:32:39.
:32:39.:32:40.

good at mathematics. Not really, I am glad you chose 10 minutes. They

:32:40.:32:44.

know how important positioning is so they go into the red in the

:32:44.:32:52.

first lap to get themselves in the right place on the course. You can

:32:52.:32:58.

see the arms working down. So technical. The riders can get up on

:32:58.:33:08.

the rocks if they want to a round the corner. It is Julie Bresset

:33:08.:33:14.

still leading. In second we have Catherine Pendrel and Annie Last is

:33:14.:33:19.

in third. Sabine Spitz, reigning a lot -- Olympic champion, opting to

:33:19.:33:26.

go round the outside of the tree rather than the jump. The cameraman

:33:26.:33:31.

could not decide which way to go. They are coming thick and fast

:33:31.:33:39.

either side of him. This is a great course. What I like about it, and

:33:39.:33:45.

risky sections of the course will reward with speed. If you are

:33:45.:33:49.

prepared to take the jump over the rocks, it is faster than going

:33:50.:33:55.

round the outside of the hill. risk, reward ratio, there is a

:33:55.:34:01.

couple of options on every technical section. The higher skill

:34:01.:34:08.

factor, the riskiest way is the shortest. Some of the big news at

:34:08.:34:18.

the moment is one of the favourites, 39-year-old Norwegian, Dahle is in

:34:18.:34:23.

20th place. She could have moved up a little bit, but that is the kind

:34:23.:34:29.

of deficit you cannot get back against talent like this. It is so

:34:29.:34:35.

costly to have to get back. There is no let up. Those graphics are

:34:35.:34:41.

wrong, and the last is back out in front. Followed by Julie Bresset.

:34:41.:34:47.

Catherine Pendrel just behind. Sabine Spitz coming into the frame.

:34:47.:34:55.

Most of the favourites are where we expected them to beat. Katerina

:34:55.:35:02.

Nash is giving a great ride. But they are closing up. A lot of

:35:02.:35:09.

people had speculated it would form into tight groups early on. They

:35:09.:35:13.

are basically stretching out and then coming back, stretching out

:35:13.:35:19.

and coming back. But it is the same names. We are having to use the

:35:19.:35:26.

same sections the from group are using to break a -- take a breather.

:35:26.:35:30.

Then they get the next hard section they are out of breath. It will

:35:30.:35:35.

catch up with you. You'll probably get away with it once or twice.

:35:35.:35:42.

That is probably about 10 seconds now. Just coming to the bottom of

:35:42.:35:49.

snake Hill. An evil little section of the course. Lots of switchbacks.

:35:49.:35:54.

The rock across the course, forcing the riders to concentrate and think

:35:54.:36:01.

about it were they are breaking. One set of rocks at just ice sex at

:36:01.:36:07.

the middle of the course, so you have to go five-a-side of it. It

:36:07.:36:11.

was one of the things they added, a couple of good over taking

:36:11.:36:16.

positions. What a shot that is as they go up this long as climb on

:36:16.:36:26.
:36:26.:36:28.

the course. Just over a minute long. These four are stretching away.

:36:28.:36:34.

Riders could physically bridge back up, then lose it again on the

:36:34.:36:39.

descent. I think we are seeing the four riders who will be fighting it

:36:39.:36:45.

out. You will be certain are one of them has gone off too hard and well

:36:45.:36:50.

paid the price. Heat will be a factor today as well. The winds

:36:50.:36:57.

keeping the temperature down slightly. 21 degrees already.

:36:57.:37:03.

Another piece of information on the British rider, Annie Last. They

:37:03.:37:10.

have just been in the Alps and have been doing a lot of downhill

:37:10.:37:14.

training on a mountain bike with no rear suspension, to put the body

:37:14.:37:23.

through its paces the the kind of battering they get off these rocks.

:37:23.:37:28.

It may pay dividends later. There is a lot of pressure on these

:37:28.:37:34.

riders. In this group, they cannot afford to make a mistake. The

:37:34.:37:39.

smallest mistake will cost them so dearly if they dropped back. They

:37:39.:37:43.

are all together at the front, the ones we expected, Annie Last is

:37:43.:37:50.

still in touch. Catherine Pendrel is where she needs to be. They

:37:50.:37:56.

won't be making a break, they will be happy to stay in this group. You

:37:56.:38:01.

saw them take a bottle through the technical zone. They will take

:38:01.:38:06.

maybe half a bottle. Because they go through it so frequently, they

:38:06.:38:10.

will keep it on the bike and then drink it over the top of the small

:38:10.:38:15.

climb. They will constantly take on bottles so they are not carrying

:38:15.:38:21.

the weight of the water with them. We have a little game of mountain

:38:21.:38:25.

bike musical chairs. Another group of three have just pulled

:38:25.:38:31.

themselves up. One person makes a mistake and you can see the damage

:38:31.:38:36.

will stop suddenly losing 30 metres. The second group of three riders

:38:36.:38:41.

decided to sprint up and almost piled into the back of the leading

:38:41.:38:51.

group. And what happens at the back, they will catch up, but we did see

:38:51.:38:56.

before when Julie Bresset tried to pass. It is too narrow. They will

:38:56.:39:00.

be happy to stay on the wheel. And they are not technically as good,

:39:00.:39:06.

and they will lose the distance. Eventually they would just fall a

:39:06.:39:11.

way. Every time a very hard training when they do those sprints.

:39:11.:39:18.

They get you out of your comfort zone. That looks like Julie Bresset

:39:18.:39:24.

Air France pushing. She was the favourite of the British coach when

:39:24.:39:30.

I was talking to him yesterday. He said she is the one pushing at the

:39:30.:39:40.
:39:40.:39:44.

moment. It look slight Sabine Spitz, Catherine Pendrel and then followed

:39:44.:39:54.
:39:54.:39:55.

very closely by Katerina Nash and then the Russians. Rather than any

:39:55.:40:03.

long, driving climbs they are very short climbs. It keeps their heart

:40:03.:40:10.

rate absolutely Max out for the duration. Julie Bresset out in

:40:10.:40:16.

front. Sabine Spitz is there. Be looks like Catherine Pendrel going

:40:16.:40:22.

round the outside. She wants her taste of the lead. The Russian is

:40:23.:40:29.

getting back on terms as well, she is a former bronze-medallist. Also

:40:29.:40:37.

flag as an outsider. Paying a price for the very hard opening lap. But

:40:37.:40:44.

she is still in touch. Sabine Spitz has taken the lead. And the last is

:40:44.:40:50.

in 4th. They come down this a very, deceptively fast section 4 how

:40:50.:40:55.

rough it is. You cannot afford to make a single mistake on surfaces

:40:55.:41:02.

like this. So impressive. Sabine Spitz are opting to go round the

:41:02.:41:09.

outside of the Little Rock Garden. Would you say, climbing is not

:41:09.:41:14.

Annie Last's strong point? I was out on the bike with her this year,

:41:14.:41:23.

and it was bad for my ego. Technically, she made me cry! She

:41:23.:41:28.

is phenomenal. Technically she is good, there are stronger riders on

:41:28.:41:34.

the climbs and it will be one skill verses another. Sabine Spitz wants

:41:34.:41:39.

to thin this out as quickly as possible. She was looking for the

:41:39.:41:44.

easiest sections through the rocks. A couple of times we saw Julie

:41:44.:41:50.

Bresset on her tail while Sabine Spitz was looking around the side.

:41:50.:41:55.

That is the choice you make. The technical sections are harder on

:41:55.:42:01.

the body. You can see the tyre pressure being used. Catherine

:42:01.:42:07.

Pendrel has opted for a softer pressure. It is slightly smoother

:42:07.:42:13.

over the rocks. They cannot have them too soft or they can suffer an

:42:13.:42:20.

impact punctured. What pressure, in range? Probably around five bar

:42:20.:42:28.

maximum here, but more likely 3.5. It is a tubular tyres so there is

:42:28.:42:32.

no in the Tube, it is encased in a circular section and they are glued

:42:32.:42:39.

on to the rim. It gives you a faster ride. It is a very good view

:42:39.:42:47.

of how soft it is. Annie Last is in 4th position, just in touch. She is

:42:47.:42:54.

about to come into one of the sections that plays to her stance.

:42:54.:42:58.

Catherine Pendrel and Sabine Spitz the leading down this section.

:42:58.:43:06.

There is no let up at all. technical section again for the

:43:07.:43:16.

second time on this lap. Then they have won, short, steep climb after

:43:16.:43:21.

this and then they will come through for their second lap. Very,

:43:21.:43:27.

very interesting race so far. will also see a difference in their

:43:27.:43:36.

bikes. Some of them are using 29 inch wheels and the standard is 26.

:43:36.:43:42.

The larger wheels roll faster and smooth out a lot of bumps, but

:43:42.:43:49.

there is a higher rate penalty. They also added a rotational rates,

:43:49.:43:55.

which is a disadvantage. So the bigger wheel does not get caught in

:43:55.:44:01.

the small gaps? Riders can roll over the top of them. Does it

:44:01.:44:06.

change manoeuvrability? It slows the handlebars down, I have been

:44:06.:44:15.

out on both types. For you and I, 29 Inch would smooth it out. It

:44:15.:44:25.
:44:25.:44:28.

depends on your size as well. Also they have very small head tubes and

:44:28.:44:35.

sloping down stems that to get over the fact the wheels are so big.

:44:35.:44:40.

that to do with your riding position? Yes, they are still

:44:40.:44:50.
:44:50.:44:58.

deciding at the moment. Julie Bresset has signed a two year

:44:58.:45:04.

contract with an elite sporting programme. France only give 10 of

:45:04.:45:11.

those out a year. Under 23 champion last year. She is one of the

:45:11.:45:17.

youngest. She is pulling away. Julie best setter with almost 30

:45:17.:45:23.

metres gap, back down to Catherine Pendrel. Sabine Spitz is right on

:45:23.:45:33.
:45:33.:45:41.

through that section. She did what she needed to do, on that opening

:45:41.:45:47.

lap. Perhaps paying a price that as everyone settles into their place.

:45:47.:45:52.

The American, Georgia Gould, making a play here. I think she may have

:45:53.:45:59.

come up, past Annie. Julie Bresset comes through first. Sabine Spitz

:45:59.:46:09.
:46:09.:46:12.

in the second,... She has really come through. Annie Last his 5th. -

:46:12.:46:22.
:46:22.:46:23.

- is fifth. A definite group of six which has broken out. Apart from

:46:23.:46:30.

Dahle Flesjaa, all of the favourites are there. Everybody

:46:30.:46:36.

taking a drink as they come through. You feel you need to keep the

:46:36.:46:40.

pressure on but if you neglect taking a drink, you'll pay a

:46:40.:46:47.

serious price later on. The slower speed is they don't get the cooling

:46:47.:46:54.

effect of a road race. Russell temperature is so high in this race.

:46:54.:47:04.

-- muscle temperature. She needs to take a breather. She

:47:04.:47:12.

had a great start. Punchy slightly above her weight on the climb. --

:47:12.:47:22.
:47:22.:47:29.

Annie Last, straight down the middle. Kalentieva doing the same.

:47:29.:47:37.

It is a lot easier following. But if the rider in front has a problem,

:47:37.:47:46.

there is no way to stop. Georgia Gould, taking Catharine Pendrel.

:47:46.:47:52.

Julie Bresset, in control. Sabine Spitz going with her. She has

:47:52.:47:58.

certainly stretch the lead in those technical sections. Georgia Gould,

:47:58.:48:08.
:48:08.:48:21.

back in 5th. Julie Bresset is the key very comfortable in front.

:48:21.:48:28.

is a very open course, unusual for him mountain-bike course. For the

:48:28.:48:32.

spectators and out aerial cameras, it is making a difference. We can

:48:32.:48:40.

follow all of the action in this race. A fantastic design. The site

:48:40.:48:48.

is 122 years old. First bought by William Booth, the founder of the

:48:48.:48:55.

Salvation Army, he turned 900 acres into his vision, helping unemployed

:48:55.:49:00.

and marginalised people, getting back into the work force. It still

:49:00.:49:04.

trains to hundred people a week out here. A beautiful piece of

:49:04.:49:10.

countryside, been put to good use. I understand this will be open to

:49:10.:49:20.
:49:20.:49:22.

the public after the Olympics. idea is to add an awful lot more of

:49:22.:49:29.

bike trails. It will be something to ride on the mountain bike

:49:29.:49:39.
:49:39.:49:40.

Olympic course. A definite bunching again of the top four. Julie

:49:40.:49:45.

Bresset. Sabine Spitz. Georgia Gould has had a fantastic charge

:49:45.:49:50.

from the end of the second lapse macro, now pushing hard. Catharine

:49:50.:49:57.

Pendrel pushing hard. Annie Last has dropped back to sit position.

:49:57.:50:05.

We have seen this group changing positions. In the next 10 minutes,

:50:05.:50:10.

we will see the group which will contest the medals. Not necessarily

:50:10.:50:16.

the ones who have been strong so far, it is about pacing your effort.

:50:16.:50:23.

Sabine Spitz. She looks like she is in a good position. You can see it

:50:23.:50:28.

in the body language, who is working harder. Who is waiting.

:50:28.:50:33.

Sabine Spitz is not leading the race but she is constantly in touch.

:50:33.:50:38.

She seems to have a little bit left in reserve. Julie Bresset will know

:50:38.:50:45.

that. She looks good, the French rider. Riding with a lot of

:50:45.:50:53.

experience for someone of such a young age. It comes with confidence.

:50:53.:50:58.

With such a consistent season under your belt, she knows on paper she

:50:58.:51:04.

has this in about, if she can write to her strengths. Sabine Spitz is

:51:04.:51:10.

in her 4th Olympics. Georgia Gould has done a good job, benefiting

:51:10.:51:16.

from being careful at the start, not going with that early charge

:51:16.:51:22.

led by Annie Last. Riding her own race. She has bought herself up. It

:51:22.:51:28.

is like a time trial, you are constantly on the limit. If you

:51:28.:51:35.

overcook it, there is no way to recover. If you did go up harder on

:51:35.:51:40.

the first lap, it will take a long time to recover the effort made.

:51:40.:51:47.

Those six are pulling away. Two groups of three. Georgia Gould was

:51:47.:51:52.

8th in Beijing, a little bit of the Olympic experience. Basic Olympic

:51:52.:51:59.

disappointment goes a long way, a good motivator. Stretching out.

:51:59.:52:09.
:52:09.:52:15.

Julie Bresset of France seems to be Quebec this year. She got a third

:52:15.:52:20.

place, just after that. She certainly has form, not the same we

:52:20.:52:28.

have seen from Julie Bresset. She is looking comfortable. A long way

:52:28.:52:38.

to go at the moment. The Julie Bresset, from France. I had a nasty

:52:38.:52:43.

crash in the Tour de France. have seen physically mountain

:52:43.:52:46.

bikers crossing over to road racing, it isn't something that will become

:52:46.:52:54.

more prevalent? They tend to be very goodbye handlers when they

:52:55.:53:01.

come across to the road. They often use it as a way of getting physical

:53:01.:53:08.

conditioning, without actually doing the damage. Stretching out

:53:08.:53:14.

now. Annie Last of Great Britain was leading for all of the first

:53:14.:53:23.

lap, now 40 seconds in arrears. A good shot of Julie Bresset. On

:53:23.:53:33.
:53:33.:53:40.

Annie Last is sitting in 6th, at the end of that top group. Suddenly,

:53:40.:53:47.

it's not just Sabine Spitz put in the pressure on Julie Bresset. More

:53:47.:53:54.

pressure from Georgia Gould behind her. There bunching up on the climb,

:53:54.:53:58.

Julie Bresset staying in charge in the technical section. Just to go

:53:58.:54:06.

back, she is the dark horse, she hasn't been put dissipating in a

:54:06.:54:14.

lot of the World Cups. Form is there. Starting to see those first

:54:15.:54:21.

three stretch out. As we look at the aerial view. A good 10 seconds

:54:21.:54:29.

to the next three. Still plenty of racing to go. Probably about 45

:54:29.:54:39.
:54:39.:54:42.

the right lines, it is different about race pace. You can train and

:54:42.:54:52.
:54:52.:54:53.

Chen but, when racing, it is not always the same. You can see them

:54:53.:55:02.

slide the rear wheel, to line it up. To use the groove that is

:55:02.:55:08.

developing on the course. Using the bombs to slow down and control

:55:08.:55:13.

their descent. Very difficult for their road rider to come across to

:55:13.:55:17.

mountain-biking. If you slide on a road bike it normally means it is

:55:17.:55:22.

over. Here, it is a matter of course, for the wheels to be

:55:22.:55:30.

constantly moving on the descent. Grinding their way. Another of

:55:30.:55:39.

these punishing a sense -- ascents. Julie Bresset, reluctant to let

:55:39.:55:45.

anyone else take the lead. Interestingly, these are very

:55:45.:55:53.

slight riders because the power to rate is -- weight, is critical. But

:55:53.:55:57.

they are on a par with track sprinters who are about power. They

:55:57.:56:07.
:56:07.:56:10.

don't have the sprint -- sustainability. Some of these girls

:56:10.:56:20.
:56:20.:56:22.

are 5 ft 3, 46: -- 46 kgs. They have to mix so many abilities. The

:56:22.:56:28.

technical aspect of a motocross rider. Super efficient. The front

:56:28.:56:36.

of a climber to get themselves over these climbs. It is like coming out

:56:36.:56:44.

of the blocks as a 100-metre runner. An incredible mix of abilities.

:56:44.:56:54.
:56:54.:56:56.

Some beautiful slow-motion showing how hard these bikes are working.

:56:56.:57:00.

full suspension but would give them a lot more control, but it soaks up

:57:00.:57:10.
:57:10.:57:16.

looking very smooth, and still very comfortable, she is not puffing at

:57:16.:57:26.
:57:26.:57:26.

all. Sabine Spitz is on Hotel, that group of three you can see -- on

:57:27.:57:35.

her tail. Annie Last is back up into 4th place. She drove back

:57:35.:57:39.

first lap so she didn't get caught in the traffic. She said she wanted

:57:39.:57:43.

to be into the first bend, technically superb, leading the

:57:43.:57:49.

field. She paid the price. She has had the confidence to back off and

:57:49.:57:55.

let herself get back on terms. Now, starting to ride effectively a time

:57:55.:58:03.

trial, moving back towards this front group. That is great, some

:58:03.:58:07.

experienced choices. She will make it up on the technical sections.

:58:07.:58:11.

She is on the back foot now, rather than resting on the flatter

:58:11.:58:18.

sections, she will have to keep the pressure on, to close that gap.

:58:18.:58:28.
:58:28.:58:48.

Just coming round into the incredible pace. She has eased off

:58:48.:58:55.

slightly, settling into the middle of the race. That puts them on the

:58:56.:59:00.

front foot, if anyone is coming back, they have to drive hard,

:59:00.:59:04.

whereas they have had a rest. It will be difficult for anybody, even

:59:04.:59:14.

if they can make contact with these three. Julie Bresset keeps

:59:14.:59:18.

producing daylight all the time, not technically a good climber.

:59:18.:59:22.

Keeping a self in control. The others are using their slightly

:59:22.:59:28.

superior physical ability to close gaps rather than make gaps. This

:59:28.:59:33.

last vicious little climb before they drop down into the finish

:59:33.:59:42.

arena. A short steep climb, then dropping off the back, on to the

:59:42.:59:47.

rocks. Then, a little climb. And back through the finish. Julie

:59:47.:59:53.

Bresset is making more of a gap now, pushing on again. She has sensed a

:59:53.:00:00.

bit of daylight. They have a 20 one-second gap between the chasing

:00:00.:00:06.

group, stretching it out. Georgia Gould is having a great ride.

:00:06.:00:15.

timed that perfectly. Not one of the favourites here. But she has

:00:15.:00:25.
:00:25.:00:41.

ridden a very canny race. Not going Sabine Spitz closing it down. If

:00:41.:00:45.

they get to the next technical section she might be able to

:00:45.:00:50.

stretch that out a bit. She isn't puffing that much, she looks so

:00:50.:00:57.

comfortable at the moment. Five or six seconds, we will get a clear

:00:58.:01:05.

look enough. There is proper daylight. Julie Bresset, 45.46 is

:01:05.:01:15.
:01:15.:01:27.

her time. Then Sabine Spitz. Georgia Gould, the American. A big

:01:27.:01:37.
:01:37.:01:48.

gap going to Irina Kalentieva. An average of 30 miles an hour.

:01:48.:01:57.

wall of attrition is taking its toll. We are an a hard way. -- war

:01:57.:02:05.

of attrition. If Julie Bresset can hold this pace, it will be a very

:02:05.:02:10.

fast time. It is a brutal first half of the race for stomp we can

:02:10.:02:20.
:02:20.:02:23.

expect them to back off slightly. Their bodies have taken such a

:02:23.:02:33.
:02:33.:02:43.

pounding over this time. So they're just coming through Deanes Drop.

:02:43.:02:50.

Julie Bresset enjoying the isolation of being in front. Most

:02:50.:03:00.
:03:00.:03:01.

of these riders choosing two chain rings. We have a crash. She has

:03:01.:03:07.

block Georgia Gould. We talked about this by the fact that Sabine

:03:07.:03:13.

Spitz was not comfortable on the technical sections. Whilst it is in

:03:13.:03:18.

great news for Sabine Spitz or Georgia Gould. It is no soft

:03:18.:03:26.

landing. Georgia Gould did not try to pass or push on, she waited.

:03:26.:03:32.

Dahle having a terrible ride, already in trouble. She has a

:03:32.:03:37.

puncture and she has to get the bike round to the technical section.

:03:37.:03:42.

They do carry a self inflating canister on their bikes. If she has

:03:42.:03:50.

had more than one puncture, she may have used it. She might have to

:03:50.:03:54.

abandon the race, she will be so disappointed. Be to is so sad to

:03:54.:03:59.

see this legendary rider because it will probably be her last. She was

:03:59.:04:05.

one of the favourites, she has just won the World Cup. She rode it on

:04:05.:04:09.

experience, but she will be disappointed. She won the gold

:04:09.:04:17.

medal in Athens in 2004, but missed out in Atlanta by one place. But

:04:17.:04:23.

Sabine Spitz, she has got a lot of work to do now. She has got to

:04:23.:04:30.

catch up. Close the gap on Julie Bresset. Georgia Gould, she is

:04:30.:04:35.

having a fantastic day out. She was not one of the names, you spoke to

:04:35.:04:39.

anyone around here, any of the pundits and people in the know, she

:04:39.:04:44.

was not a name that it was mentioned. If you are going to

:04:44.:04:49.

produce personal best performances, this is the time to do it. She is

:04:49.:04:55.

driving on, she wants to go through. Sabine Spitz is slowing down.

:04:55.:04:59.

think she knows she is not that good at the technical sections and

:04:59.:05:07.

does not want to end up over the handlebars again. A lot of the

:05:07.:05:13.

riders running harder pressure. They can press by about three to

:05:13.:05:19.

four macro inches. If you are hitting some of those rocks, that

:05:19.:05:25.

could be enough to see you go over the tops. And the last did a great

:05:25.:05:30.

ride earlier on, but perhaps paying the price now. She is still in

:05:30.:05:40.
:05:40.:05:42.

touch. They will know that Sabine Spitz is there for the taking.

:05:42.:05:47.

Esther Suss from Switzerland. What has happened to Catherine Pendrel,

:05:47.:05:56.

she has dropped away? In such a hot day, and no cover, if you go off

:05:56.:06:02.

really hard, you pay a terrible price. And I think that is what has

:06:02.:06:05.

happened to Catherine Pendrel. It has not happened to Julie Bresset,

:06:06.:06:13.

she is away. And driving home that advantage. She now has a very clear

:06:13.:06:18.

view, backed down these switchbacks, just how much of the lead she has

:06:18.:06:24.

extended. Georgia Gould almost a mirroring her. And then Sabine

:06:24.:06:31.

Spitz coming round the switch back now. I think she is starting to

:06:31.:06:37.

slow down, losing pace all of the time. Just starting the bottom of

:06:37.:06:45.

this Snake Hill, you can see and there last -- Annie Last. Then you

:06:45.:06:51.

have Sabine Spitz and Georgia Gould. Be Julie Bresset exiting the top of

:06:51.:07:01.
:07:01.:07:01.

Snake Hill. The first six or seven riders spread over an entire

:07:01.:07:08.

hillside. I think we can expect in the next lap or so, they will apply

:07:08.:07:13.

the 80% rule and start to take out the back markers. It will be

:07:13.:07:16.

between three and four minutes, I will have to go to a calculator to

:07:16.:07:22.

tell exactly. But three of four minutes behind the leading rider,

:07:22.:07:26.

you will be pulled out of this race. The don't want any interference

:07:26.:07:32.

from the back markers, they don't want them getting in the way. A

:07:33.:07:37.

little bit more over the top, and throw the bottle away. A great

:07:37.:07:42.

souvenir for a spectator. It will be three minutes, I think, looking

:07:42.:07:47.

at it. It is not much when you see the gaps appearing between the

:07:47.:07:57.
:07:57.:07:57.

front riders will stop I can see less than 15 riders being able to

:07:57.:08:00.

complete this race. You can see the pounding on the muscles as they

:08:00.:08:10.

come down these rocky sections. Georgia Gould in second place.

:08:10.:08:20.
:08:20.:08:23.

Going underneath the track. Over into the rabbit hole, as it is

:08:23.:08:29.

known. If you have just joined us, this is the women's Olympic

:08:29.:08:34.

mountain bike cross-country. Six laps, and we are just over halfway

:08:34.:08:44.

through. Using the bankers -- banking root for start keeping the

:08:44.:08:54.
:08:54.:08:55.

momentum, it is much more important. Sabine Spitz is not giving up.

:08:55.:09:01.

Sabine Spitz is in third place. The reigning Olympic champion, almost

:09:01.:09:09.

41 years old. She is clinging to Georgia Gould, the American, who

:09:09.:09:13.

was sat in the middle of the pack and caught up in traffic on the

:09:13.:09:17.

first lap. But made a fantastic stride forward towards the end of

:09:17.:09:24.

the second lap. She has been slowly reeling in Julie Bresset. But Julie

:09:24.:09:28.

Bresset, making this looked very easy at the moment, looking very

:09:28.:09:35.

comfortable. Very good, consistent all rounder. There is not one

:09:35.:09:42.

section of her race which is weaker at the moment. The tyre choice, no

:09:42.:09:49.

big knobbly tyres, you need more surface contact. They go for the

:09:49.:09:55.

finer tread pattern to dig into the gravel. This course would have been

:09:55.:10:02.

absolutely treacherous in the rain. You can see and bandage on Julie

:10:02.:10:07.

Bresset's left-arm. Both of the French riders went down in practice

:10:07.:10:15.

yesterday. So reminder of how treacherous it is. You can get skin

:10:15.:10:25.
:10:25.:10:26.

suits, it is a lighter way of of using clothing. No use for pockets

:10:27.:10:33.

because they get regular feeding zones. And also there is

:10:33.:10:39.

aerodynamics. Another great view of one of the technical sections as

:10:39.:10:45.

Julie Bresset it drops into that. Picking her way through these it

:10:45.:10:53.

may ease of boulders. Such sharp edges. If you go too hard, you miss

:10:53.:10:58.

your line or put your tyre into one of those rocks, suddenly they huge

:10:58.:11:03.

lead that Julie Bresset has extended, could be gone. You have

:11:03.:11:08.

to remember, talking about Georgia Gould, she was second in the test

:11:08.:11:15.

events on this course some time ago. Has been a little bit quiet since.

:11:15.:11:21.

Competing largely in the US. That is why we have not seen too much of

:11:21.:11:29.

her. Finishing very high in all of those events. As we go back to the

:11:29.:11:35.

leader. How do you pick a line through that? Total commitment in

:11:35.:11:41.

mountain biking. No hesitation. There is a line through the rocky

:11:41.:11:46.

sections, but a few inches either side and you would be down. And if

:11:46.:11:52.

you go down on there, the chances of the breaking bones is very high.

:11:52.:11:56.

With Julie Bresset, you used to see a lot of riders getting over the

:11:56.:12:01.

back wheel in those sections, but she committed a lot of her weight

:12:01.:12:07.

forward to get the speed up? Yes, confidence, leaning forwards. They

:12:07.:12:14.

are mock desperately steep, just a very rocky. -- not desperately

:12:14.:12:22.

steep. Sabine Spitz has got back on terms. You can see in the styles,

:12:22.:12:28.

Georgia Gould working hard just to stay in the wheel. It is not over,

:12:28.:12:32.

you do see riders blowing in this race as you come to the second

:12:32.:12:39.

third. Julie Bresset has set such an incredible pace. Without any one

:12:39.:12:44.

pushing behind her, can she sustain it? Even when she was leading, she

:12:44.:12:52.

was leading with maybe 5%, 10% left in the bank. Georgia Gould tried to

:12:52.:12:56.

force on. She looks like she is puffing now. They is no where to

:12:56.:13:02.

recover, there is no where to sit in the wheels. It is a visible

:13:02.:13:05.

marker, the wheel in front but no shelter. She is struggling to stay

:13:05.:13:12.

in touch. The heat will have an effect, they are sheltered in this

:13:12.:13:17.

bit here. But such a low speeds, once you overheat, it is difficult

:13:18.:13:23.

to recover. I think we will see some riders close to having heat

:13:23.:13:29.

stroke before the day is out. Just over half-an-hour of racing. If you

:13:29.:13:34.

are wearing lighter all whiter outfits. New talked about it with

:13:34.:13:41.

some of the Italians are choosing to wear white instead of a

:13:41.:13:46.

traditional blue-collar? The s, the simple white garment on a hot day

:13:46.:13:56.
:13:56.:13:59.

like this has got to be something of an advantage. Not much movement

:13:59.:14:03.

at the top at the moment. Julie Bresset leads from Sabine Spitz.

:14:03.:14:09.

Georgia Gould has had at fantastic couple of laps, but she is starting

:14:09.:14:19.
:14:19.:14:20.

to get tired. Camp Irina Kalentieva and Annie Last draw her in

:14:20.:14:24.

question-marks Annie Last is nearly a minute behind Julie Bresset now.

:14:24.:14:28.

I cannot see her getting back on terms. Julie Bresset looks in

:14:28.:14:34.

control, her body language says, I am working hard but I am choosing

:14:34.:14:41.

the pace I am riding at. We see Sabine Spitz, experienced rider,

:14:41.:14:46.

did not panic or go with Georgia Gould, she just let the American

:14:46.:14:54.

come back to her. Georgia Gould the dropping away, as the quadruple

:14:54.:15:00.

Olympian, now she has made it to this London 2012 event. Sabine

:15:00.:15:07.

Spitz is pulling away, a bit of a second wind for her. Julie Bresset,

:15:07.:15:12.

coming down into this last little climb that carries her into the

:15:12.:15:18.

finish straight. There is two laps to go from here and she has

:15:18.:15:28.
:15:28.:15:41.

reeled this in a little. She has been going OK in the World Cup. 6th

:15:41.:15:48.

at Val d'Isere. In defending champion, she knows about pressure.

:15:48.:15:58.

You can see Julie Bresset. At the top of the picture. I think Julie

:15:58.:16:05.

Bresset is getting quicker. Another super-fast lapped. She is not

:16:05.:16:14.

slowing at all. This gap is now becoming very serious. Sabine Spitz

:16:14.:16:19.

is the most experienced defending champion, she knows about pressure.

:16:19.:16:25.

There is nothing she can do about the young French woman. Over 30

:16:25.:16:33.

seconds behind now. That is a big gap. Just over one hour and 40

:16:33.:16:43.
:16:43.:16:44.

seconds. Georgia Gould is tarring all the time. Kalentieva, she will

:16:44.:16:54.
:16:54.:16:56.

come through in 4th place. Sheikh is almost one minute off the pace.

:16:57.:17:02.

Here is Annie Last entering the frame, really working hard. Gasping

:17:02.:17:11.

for air. Esther Suss starting to close the gap, using Annie as a

:17:11.:17:21.
:17:21.:17:30.

marker. She has been during her in. pulling away. This course has found

:17:30.:17:35.

everybody's their will. This one was a surprise, Catharine Pendrel

:17:35.:17:41.

was the favourite for the event. She looked so dangers on the first

:17:41.:17:49.

lap, then she has gently fallen down the pack. Unbelievably,

:17:49.:17:55.

Dawidowicz, from Poland, who fell quite badly on the first lap in an

:17:55.:18:02.

early section, has pulled herself back ahead of Catharine Pendrel.

:18:02.:18:08.

She will be bitterly disappointed, reigning world champion. Recently

:18:08.:18:11.

crowned 2012 World Cup champion. The favourite for the gold, well

:18:11.:18:19.

down for a pack. Very wary of that section where she

:18:19.:18:29.

fell. Nobody wants to go the easy but slower route. A lot of courage

:18:29.:18:37.

to fall like that and persevere. In Russia and dealing with this level

:18:37.:18:41.

of technical requirement on this descend with so much fatigue in

:18:41.:18:45.

your legs, with more than one hour of racing behind you.

:18:45.:18:50.

Your ability to concentrate as you become dehydrated becomes harder

:18:50.:18:58.

and harder. Keeping your focus is a challenge. I don't think people

:18:58.:19:02.

realise the demand on the muscles, it takes days to recover from a

:19:02.:19:08.

race. The body takes such a pounding, as you try to hold the

:19:08.:19:18.
:19:18.:19:19.

bike rigid through all of those Rock Garden so. -- rock gardens.

:19:19.:19:24.

Julie Bresset has had plenty of opportunity to see how much of a

:19:24.:19:31.

lead she has stretched out over Sabine Spitz and Georgia Gould.

:19:31.:19:36.

That second place in the World Cup in Val d'Isere, she was on the way

:19:36.:19:42.

to form, it wasn't her peak. A performance of her lifetime here,

:19:42.:19:50.

riding with the charity, she has paced her effort -- riding with

:19:50.:19:57.

maturity. Waiting for some daylight to appear, she hasn't pushed

:19:57.:20:03.

herself into the red at all. Technically, she has been good.

:20:03.:20:10.

Physically, I think she seems to have the endurance. Sabine Spitz

:20:10.:20:17.

and Georgia Gould had the edge in the opening three laps, but she

:20:17.:20:27.
:20:27.:20:32.

hasn't slowed done. Kalentieva. Very composed and focused, as she

:20:32.:20:40.

drives up here. We really didn't know, having skipped several World

:20:41.:20:46.

Cups, how the Russian would perform here. It is a solid performance.

:20:46.:20:51.

Some big gaps are forming now. waiting to see if Annie Last has

:20:51.:21:01.

held off Esther Suss. Esther Suss has come through. A fantastic start

:21:01.:21:08.

from Annie. She is young. She has chosen to compete in all of the

:21:08.:21:14.

senior World Cups to get experience. She could have ridden as an under

:21:14.:21:19.

23. And walked away with that. She has ridden with the best in the

:21:19.:21:24.

world. She doesn't want to be compared with the younger riders.

:21:24.:21:29.

Ranked 5th in the world at the moment. Plenty of time for her to

:21:29.:21:33.

develop. Technically, she is already possibly the best in the

:21:33.:21:39.

world. She just needs to bring that physical ability up. Julie Bresset,

:21:39.:21:49.
:21:49.:21:51.

23, is all there. Then 40, 32, 34. Not a young woman's game.

:21:51.:21:55.

endurance side of it, the physical aspect of mountain biking is what

:21:55.:22:02.

you can see now, this wonderful shot we have of the climb. It takes

:22:02.:22:10.

years to build up the muscle mass. Technical skill is the first thing.

:22:10.:22:19.

Endurance, that comes with time. Julie Bresset is ahead of her time.

:22:19.:22:26.

Just 23 years of age. Annie Last is the youngest rider in the top 15 by

:22:26.:22:35.

some margin. Julie Bresset takes a bottle from her team. She makes her

:22:35.:22:42.

way out of the technical station. She is going through the rabbit

:22:42.:22:51.

hole, the track goes underneath itself.

:22:51.:23:00.

Sabine Spitz is chasing had done. Is the deficit to great? I think

:23:00.:23:10.
:23:10.:23:17.

the results are solidifying now. That is the split time. If Julie

:23:17.:23:21.

Bresset does that at all, the German will be on top of her. This

:23:21.:23:26.

race isn't over. We have seen with one mistake how much time you can

:23:26.:23:32.

lose. I have seen it in World Cups this year. The lead changing hands

:23:32.:23:38.

at the last moment, because of a crash. Even if it is not a mistake

:23:38.:23:44.

from Julie Bresset. Mechanical malfunction, a puncture, anything.

:23:44.:23:51.

Absolutely. Julie Bresset does have a good cushion. Potentially, to

:23:51.:23:55.

deal with something like that. is exactly what she wants. She

:23:55.:24:05.
:24:05.:24:06.

could get away with that. A lot of riders are starting to experiment

:24:06.:24:13.

with courses flight is using a single chain ring at the front,

:24:14.:24:23.
:24:24.:24:24.

selecting the right sprocket at the back. Most of choosing to go with

:24:24.:24:33.

tulle -- dual chain rings. It saves on weight. It makes for faster

:24:33.:24:38.

changes as well. And you are getting rid of an extra bit of

:24:38.:24:43.

equipment. There's less debate about. One hand to change gear.

:24:43.:24:53.
:24:53.:24:54.

That is it. She is well into the closing stages of this race.

:24:54.:24:59.

Probably about 20 minutes to go. You can see from her attacking

:24:59.:25:03.

style, she is sensing, I can become Olympic champion, I can start to

:25:03.:25:11.

push it home. That is a huge lead. A glimpse of that aerial view, she

:25:11.:25:21.
:25:21.:25:22.

is starting to drive that right. -- bike. There is hardly any rest

:25:22.:25:27.

on this course. You are bouncing off the rocks, sticking to the line

:25:27.:25:32.

you have seen in training. Or you are climbing hard up the banks. You

:25:32.:25:42.

can see the wind in the grass. That is probably quite well from --

:25:42.:25:46.

welcome. She is not slowing down, look how

:25:46.:25:54.

quickly she has taken that on. great line through the rocks. You

:25:54.:26:00.

cannot see unless you have a head on shot, there is a correct line

:26:00.:26:05.

through, you have to be millimetre perfect or you get in trouble.

:26:05.:26:14.

Using the berms which have built up on the corners. So far, close to

:26:14.:26:18.

immaculate performance from Julie Bresset of France. The battle is

:26:18.:26:27.

still not finished behind. Silver and bronze. Sabine Spitz. She hates,

:26:27.:26:33.

she is not as comfortable on these sections as his Julie Bresset or

:26:33.:26:40.

Georgia Gould just behind her. Quite unusual on this course. That

:26:40.:26:46.

is a great shot taking the line through the rocks. A lot of this

:26:46.:26:50.

course, you can see how open it is. There are pink tassels at the end

:26:50.:26:56.

of the road, they must stay within them. Normally there are barriers

:26:56.:27:01.

or tape but they wanted to keep it open for these 20,000 spectators.

:27:01.:27:06.

They decided to mark the edge of the course, they cannot pass

:27:06.:27:10.

outside or they will be disqualified. Here is Sabine Spitz

:27:10.:27:15.

going through the leap of faith, that big downhill section letters

:27:15.:27:20.

with rocks. We have seen their take some would-be easy routes come up

:27:20.:27:30.
:27:30.:27:30.

on the side of the course -- some of the easy routes. She is using

:27:30.:27:40.
:27:40.:27:52.

traditional 26 inch wheels, sharing that the jury is still out between

:27:52.:28:01.

the 29th and 26 inch wheels. It is all about the legs.

:28:01.:28:07.

Will we get a glimpse of the Russian, Kalentieva? She is behind

:28:07.:28:17.
:28:17.:28:17.

these two. Has she managed to reel them in at all? A battle for the

:28:17.:28:22.

bronze medal. At the moment, certainly, the top three are very

:28:22.:28:29.

settled. Just a glimpse, at the very back, Kalentieva of Russia.

:28:29.:28:34.

Who knows now how far away she is from a medal. Sabine Spitz,

:28:34.:28:44.
:28:44.:28:49.

comfortably in silver. There is the New Zealand SAT test, Karen Hanlen,

:28:49.:28:53.

stopping to jump off her bike and running through that section.

:28:53.:29:03.
:29:03.:29:12.

specifically this year. It is all about this one. Nothing about World

:29:12.:29:16.

Cup, she has focused all her efforts on these Olympic Games, her

:29:16.:29:23.

very first Olympic Games. It is not a bad one, really, is it? As good a

:29:24.:29:28.

debut as you can get. You start to get the sensation now that it would

:29:28.:29:38.
:29:38.:29:39.

take an awful lot of bad luck to be able to slow her down even down to

:29:39.:29:49.
:29:49.:29:59.

arms and her knees. She has come so far since the bronze medal in the

:29:59.:30:08.

under 23 race in 2009! She has romped through the field, what such

:30:08.:30:12.

a mature experience, you would think she had been doing it for 20

:30:12.:30:20.

years. There is an experienced rider, Emily Batty. And other rider

:30:20.:30:23.

expected to become testing at least the top five and we have not seen

:30:23.:30:33.
:30:33.:30:37.

an awful lot of her. At the moment she is one of the few riders who

:30:37.:30:44.

might have got into some technical difficulty at the start. She is in

:30:44.:30:49.

25th out of the 30 that started. The judge shows you how hard this

:30:49.:30:59.
:30:59.:31:03.

course is. We have been looking at this woman here. Julie Bresset, lap

:31:03.:31:10.

No. 5 and she is flying, one hour and 15 minutes, 45 seconds. She is

:31:11.:31:17.

doing well. Holding the pace at 15 minutes a lap. She looks like she

:31:17.:31:24.

is working harder, but that fatigue. It is affecting everybody. It is

:31:24.:31:30.

all about consistency, mountain biking. She is maintaining the pace,

:31:30.:31:37.

that is the incredible thing. waiting for Georgia Gould to

:31:37.:31:44.

explode. She won't give in. An experienced Sabine Spitz in front

:31:44.:31:49.

of her. I am wondering if it will come down to a sprint between those

:31:49.:31:59.

two. Julie Bresset will have around a minute's lead. Julia best set is

:31:59.:32:05.

out of the lead. The battle now is for bronze and silver as Irina

:32:05.:32:09.

Kalentieva makes her way down. Not too far off the pace but she does

:32:09.:32:16.

have a lot of work to do. She is finishing well. As she comes round

:32:16.:32:20.

this corner she will be able to seize Sabine Spitz and Georgia

:32:20.:32:25.

Gould on the hill in front of her. That is not an insurmountable

:32:25.:32:31.

challenge. It will depend on Sabine Spitz and Georgia Gould, maybe the

:32:32.:32:35.

fight between them will take its toll and allow the Russians to get

:32:35.:32:42.

back on terms. But she will have to do something special with just over

:32:42.:32:51.

15 minutes of racing left. Esther Suss coming round that corner. One

:32:51.:33:01.
:33:01.:33:06.

lap remains. And the bell is ringing. Esther Suss, has taken the

:33:06.:33:16.
:33:16.:33:16.

5th. Julie Bresset already on the descent. A welcome bit of shade in

:33:16.:33:21.

the trees. Just a few minutes, if she can keep it together, between

:33:21.:33:29.

her and the Olympic title. Struggling a little bit on these

:33:29.:33:33.

technical sessions and then grinding her way back to the German.

:33:33.:33:41.

She will have to find something special. Julia prese leading,

:33:41.:33:51.
:33:51.:33:51.

Sabine Spitz, over a minute off the pace. Georgia Gould in third, Irina

:33:51.:33:57.

Kalentieva enforced. Annie Last is in 7th. Alexandra Engen from Sweden

:33:57.:34:07.

has made a huge surge at the last four Stock and then Tanja Zac will

:34:07.:34:17.
:34:17.:34:28.

-- coasting along the top of the rich as they drop into the trees.

:34:28.:34:36.

It is almost 75% of this course is open. It is very different to

:34:36.:34:43.

normal cross-country courses. is the leader, still looking well

:34:43.:34:48.

on top a bit, showing no signs of cracking. Working hard but very

:34:48.:34:54.

much in control. The cameraman and looking hopefully for another rider

:34:54.:35:02.

behind her and then realising nobody was in sight. Georgia Gould,

:35:02.:35:06.

such a good challenge for start she has to make the decision - that

:35:06.:35:11.

does she have it in her to catch Sabine Spitz? I think if anything,

:35:11.:35:18.

for the last few hundred metres, Georgia Gould has started to real

:35:18.:35:21.

Sabine Spitz in false start she can smell a silver medal here at

:35:21.:35:27.

Hadleigh Farm. I think it will come down to a sprint, perhaps? Working

:35:27.:35:33.

hard now. They are both suffering, everybody is suffering at this

:35:33.:35:39.

stage. Just a few minutes left. Can the American, Georgia Gould changed

:35:39.:35:45.

the colour of the medal she is on course for. She is trying, she is

:35:45.:35:50.

on the wheel of the American. driving so hard, you can see the

:35:50.:35:56.

pain and determination on her face. Has been racing in America mostly

:35:56.:36:01.

this year. But she wasn't on the list of favourites, so she is

:36:01.:36:08.

excelling. You get the sense Sabine Spitz probably heard her breathing

:36:08.:36:13.

down her neck and decided it was time to dig in and get going again?

:36:13.:36:18.

A lot of the riders will have people from their country around

:36:19.:36:23.

the course telling them what is going on. You will see boards at

:36:23.:36:33.
:36:33.:36:34.

the side of the track, showing them the information they need to know.

:36:34.:36:44.
:36:44.:36:46.

So, Georgia Gould is desperately trying to reel in Sabine Spitz. She

:36:46.:36:51.

is making this look easy, isn't she? Nobody is going to touch this

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23-year-old now. She stayed with the group and did not do anything

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clever. Went to the front, took control and got the measure of them.

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And then waited until it was the right time. Tested them a couple of

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times up this climb. Sensed there was daylight and pushed on a bit

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harder and nobody could respond. She just eased away, metronomic

:37:18.:37:28.
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lead. She has been so even paced on such a hard to rain. Such an

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incredible skill. Julie Bresset concentrating, keeping her focus.

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Dropping one bottle and keeping up the next. -- picking up the next.

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She has had an almost perfect race, this 23-year-old? She has made no

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mistakes we have been able to see. The battle for the bronze medal is

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more in contention, but it is stretching out now. It has always

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been Sabine Spitz putting the pressure on. Georgia Gould tried it

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two laps to make a charge, but the German real had back in. Georgia

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Gould will have to try something special if she wants that silver

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medal. I think we saw they used her last reserves in that last lap.

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Sabine Spitz sensed it coming and you don't do three Olympics and not

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know how to deal with the pressure. She gritted her teeth, strengthened

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her resolve and got stuck in. I think Sabine Spitz is desperate to

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claim the silver medal. They are at the same pace for travelling, just

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a 15 second gap between them. Sabine Spitz is putting on the

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pressure. She does not want this to come down to a sprint. This is the

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moment she is choosing to drive on. It is working. Georgia Gould will

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know eight minutes of pain could be the difference for her between

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bronze and silver. Mentally, she has got to dig deep and start

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driving on these climbs. Been some real surprises, with Dahle not

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being in the running, Catherine Pendrel, the favourites, not here

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at all. She is the way down at the moment. And it wasn't through any

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kind of mechanical problem, just off the pace. That was the surprise

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for everybody. Irina Kalentieva almost 30 seconds off Georgia Gould

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now. The medals seems safe, we know who is going to be in there. We are

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just deciding who will take the silver and who will take the bronze

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medal. Because this woman, has been emphatic. For almost an hour and a

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half now, she has dominated this race. She let Annie Last set the

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pace for the first lap. And then slowly started to assert herself,

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pulling these three riders away. This Sabine Spitz and Georgia Gould

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and then just a relentless pace she set at the front has seen her

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extend. The last real, hard climb for her now. She knows when she

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gets on the top, it is mostly running down to the finish. She can

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afford to be careful and not take any chances. She can choose any way

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through now, if she wants for star we can see a few of the coaches in

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the finish area. A couple of them are starting to dance. Looking a

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little bit nervous. It is going to be a charge for the minor places.

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Everyone has enjoyed the day out. Beautiful Sunshine, a cool breeze

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off the sea. Fantastic scenery. And in means you can see almost all the

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way round for the five kilometres of this course. I imagine there

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will be a large party preparing to get going in France. A two year

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elite contract for Julie Bresset, and they will be immensely proud

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with what she has done. Georgia Gould choosing be easier line, and

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then switching back. I think she has conceded a shot at the silver

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medal by making that choice. Not happy to take the hardest route,

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and that probably cost two seconds which could be critical. The shot

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of the rail camera, set up on the climb. We have had some fantastic

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imagery. This is the best imagery we have seen off a mountain bike

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race. Tracking the riders through the most critical climbs and

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descents false start here is Julie Bresset, up the Breath Taker. She

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is just going to Crest, then she has a winding descent that leads

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her down through the technical zone for the last time. She will be

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sensing of there is only two climbs to go. Coasting down 4 star Kishi

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is still pushing on, you can see the wheels sliding into these

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grooves false start you almost sense she is enjoying the descent.

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For me, don't take any risks, you have got this in the bag. But she

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is not taking her thoughts of the pressure. Georgia Gould a thumping

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at the pedals. I think she has done the right of her life, the young

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American. She just refuses to give in. Made a mistake when she chose

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the easier line through the last rock section. Considering the form

:43:34.:43:44.
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she came in here on, she has done fantastically well. At 40 years old,

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Sabine Spitz is an inspiration. To anyone who thought her elite level

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sport was confined to people in their 20s and 30s! Julie Bresset

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coming round. This is the last climb, a short, steep climb. Very

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technical, those hairpin bends. It is a tight circle on which to turn

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the bike. Some very evil tree roots. They are treacherous when it is wet.

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They forced Samuel Weale to slide sideways. In these dry conditions,

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not too bad. -- your wheel. This would have been different in the

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rain forced on she has not let up, look how hard she is driving.

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promise of an Olympic gold medal spurring her arm up this hill.

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Along with the crowds at Hadleigh Farm. Already celebrating, a little

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wave to the camera. She knows she has a big gap, she will have been

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told by her team at the side of the road. How could that would have

:45:07.:45:17.
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helped. She is coming into the now. What a ride for the 23-year-

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old, her first Olympic Games, and she will get a gold medal, that is

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about as good as it gets. Enjoying this lap, effectively a lap of

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honour, waving to the crowd. She knows she has time to spare.

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Tactically and physically, the perfect race for Julie Bresset.

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Around this last corner in front of the 20,000 strong crowd. She is

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Bresset of France the gold medal. Here, at the mountain bike cross-

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country. She is absolutely delighted. Such a consistent ride,

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she didn't put a foot wrong the entire day. Moving up to the big

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league. Watching her here, she barely looks like she is heaving.

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Just behind, the silver and bronze medal race has been settled. Sabine

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Spitz, the defending champion, showing as decency -- consistency.

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Georgia Gould had pressured her but Sabine Spitz responded and got

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stuck into this flat. She is happy with that, she knows she couldn't

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have done anything else. Georgia Gould, also, she excelled today.

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She showed real spirit. She didn't settle for a bronze medal, she

:47:20.:47:30.
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tried for silver. Worthy medalists, all three, well clear of the field.

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A fantastic performance from Julie Bresset, Sabine Spitz and Georgia

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Gould. The other riders are starting to make their way around

:47:39.:47:49.
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now. The Russian, colander macro, taking 4th position. And a

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fantastic race from Esther Suss. She didn't start that well. She did

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ever so well in the middle of that race, she reeled in back-to-front

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pack. You can hear from the cheers that British rider Annie Last is in

:48:15.:48:20.

the finishing area as well. Not quite getting herself into 6th

:48:20.:48:30.
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position. That goes to the Swedish everybody saluting the crowd. In

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road racing, it is only the weather. They have been through such a

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gladiatorial experience. Annie Last, coming into the finishing straight.

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The first British rider since Caroline Alexander to qualify for

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an Olympic spot. A fantastic race for the 21-year-old. She could have

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stuck in the under 23 category but she stepped up. Riding with the

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best in the world in the senior category to gain experience and

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stretch herself. We will be hearing a lot more about Annie Last.

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fantastic course. If you have enjoyed watching this, then

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Hadleigh Farm will be open to the public, so make your way down here

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and enjoy some mountain biking. 9th place for the Canadian.

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favourite, finishing 3 1/2 minutes in arrears. One of the most

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weather. The wind has kept it caught enough but the summer has

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brought out the crowds. The atmosphere has been absolutely

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fantastic. If it had gone the other way, it would have been a rough day.

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20,000 tickets were sold, sold out. What a day out, largely because of

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the weather, fantastic competition, a beautiful course they can see in

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all directions. Davison takes 11th Annie, you powered through that

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first lap, how much did that affect the rest of the race? I wanted to

:51:20.:51:30.
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get a good start, to make sure I got here on the first lap. -- got

:51:30.:51:40.
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clear. So that I didn't get stuck. Towards the end of the race, I

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started to slip back a little bit. But I came today to get the best

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out of myself. That is what I have done, I am really happy. Great to

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finish smiling. How do feel when you see the field opening up, at

:52:01.:52:11.
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the end? There is so much to think about. You are thinking about where

:52:13.:52:20.

you are putting your wheels, power, you are racing, try to stay with

:52:20.:52:25.

them. It is about focusing on yourself and make yourself go as

:52:26.:52:32.

fast as possible. You are 21, one of the youngest in the field, do

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take some reassurance from that? Obviously. Julie Bresset is an

:52:39.:52:44.

amazing rider. A lot of the top riders are a bit older. I have done

:52:44.:52:49.

anything I can, I am in my best shape. I still have a long way to

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go. I am looking forward to moving on and up words in the next few

:52:55.:53:00.

years. You have earned herself a lot of fans. The family lived close

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by, what is it like to ride it in front of them? This crowd,

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unbelievable. To have that much support out there is incredible.

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They have been great, an amazing experience. Congratulations, Annie.

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I am certain this is not the last we will see of Annie Last. Fair

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play to Annie. She finished smiling and had a lovely chat to us. A

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great race. We will be back there tomorrow for

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the men's race. Julie Bresset, such thing for an hour and a half in

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that heat, then to lift her bike above her head. The new Olympic

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champion. The Modern Pentathlon, the 200

:54:00.:54:10.
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metres swim. Those who achieve the time of 2 1/2 minutes will get

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their points. After the fencing, willing macro and Nicholas

:54:21.:54:31.
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Woodbridge work in the 30th place. heat. That was a flying start in

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for three hours. They are not coming in to this soaring event

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Egyptians are strong in the swimming, as we will sit in the

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now. He is third from the top in from Russia is coming back as well.

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Sam will hopefully use Aleksander Lesun to drive him down this. They

:56:27.:56:37.
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behind him, the roar of the crowd, quite unfamiliar for Modern

:56:41.:56:51.
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Pentathlon eats. Samuel Weale, best time over the past 12 months.

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He looks pleased with that. That will certainly help his position.

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It is all about the time. That will give him a real feel-good factor it

:57:16.:57:26.
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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 41 seconds

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touch over Aleksander Lesun as he crowd in the Aquatics Centre.

:58:07.:58:17.
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final heat. Picturing the fastest heat. Looking out for Nicholas

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Woodbridge in the centre of the picture. He turns in first place

:58:56.:59:06.
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after the first 50m. Being chased all the way. He will be aware of

:59:11.:59:16.

who is on his shoulder, right beside him. He has got to make this

:59:16.:59:26.
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building up in here, as they approach the end of the third

:59:35.:59:45.
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turn him under one minute 30. This could be a new Olympic record.

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Nicholas Woodbridge has now left him too much to do to get back.

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He had swum under that Olympic time in the last 12 months, so it was on

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the cards. We have seen an Olympic record equalled in the fencing and

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beaten in the swimming. The Egyptian. He has broken his own

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Olympic record he set in Beijing in 2008. A good start off the blocks

:00:55.:01:05.

from Nick Woodbridge. There is the Egyptian driving through the water.

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Taking over in the closing stages of the race. It was a beautifully

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:01:21.:01:22.

timed a swim. It is an Olympic record, it has just been confirmed.

:01:22.:01:26.

This was always on the cards that the Olympic record would be broken

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and that is the man who has done it. Interestingly, there are only three

:01:33.:01:39.

athletes that have dipped under the two-minute mark. That maybe

:01:39.:01:49.
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explains how much the fencing takes out of you. Nick Woodbridge will

:01:49.:01:59.
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Those standings could change. They now go to Greenwich Park for the

:02:30.:02:34.

equestrian. With the show jumping they have never seen the horse they

:02:34.:02:39.

are about to jump on. They draw lots, so it will be interesting to

:02:39.:02:45.

see what happens after the next round. With one more day to go of

:02:45.:02:48.

these Olympic Games, it seems incredible how they have flown back.

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But sometimes you have to slow things down to get a snapshot of

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the iconic moments we have all witnessed.

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What makes television at what it is, is its mastery of the moving

:03:06.:03:16.
:03:16.:03:18.

picture. But sometimes, what doesn't move at all can be moving.

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:03:28.:03:28.

Apology for the loss of subtitles for 41 seconds

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And again, the connection between the moving and the still. The

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fastest mover of them all taking the still. The captured instinct.

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Wasn't that beautiful? First thing this morning, just after 9:30am, Ed

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McKeever was poised in the Kayak single 200m final. He was in search

:05:11.:05:16.

of Great Britain's 26 gold medal of the Games. As the fastest qualifier,

:05:16.:05:22.

he was in a great position to propel himself ahead of the rest of

:05:22.:05:32.
:05:32.:05:42.

tension. Miklos Dudas, the giant Hungarian. Hungary have brought an

:05:42.:05:52.
:05:52.:05:53.

army of fans. And they have been so successful in this sport. There

:05:53.:06:00.

will be the customary during for the shortest man in the field. Ed

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McKeever. He won his heat, won his semi-final but what a challenge he

:06:05.:06:15.
:06:15.:06:19.

will face from the Canadian. Quickest in the semi-finals. Then

:06:19.:06:27.

we have the Surbean, the European champion. You know it is a good

:06:27.:06:37.
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race when Ronald rock only just tension. The waters of Eton Dorney

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rippling gently but about to be churned up by the quickest paddlers.

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The men's 200m individual kayak. The and as it is wonderful. Heavy

:06:58.:07:01.

with hope for Ed McKeever. Britain might have a gold medal to

:07:02.:07:11.
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is powering on. He has such great strength. Ed McKeever holding on at

:07:31.:07:37.

the moment as they come into the final 50m. He will have to work

:07:37.:07:46.

hard. Still holding on, it is gold for Ed McKeever and Great Britain.

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He becomes the Olympic champion. He went out fast and held on strong,

:07:55.:08:02.

he was uncatchable. He has the gold medal. Absolutely fantastic, he

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blew them away from the start as he powered away. Getting his stroke

:08:08.:08:14.

rate a nice and height. He left everybody else waiting to catch up.

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He will be absolutely delighted to top of what has been a fantastic

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three years of competition since this 200m race has come in.

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takes the acclaim from the crowd. Mark de Jonge comes home for the

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bronze medal. The man who thought he wouldn't be here in the Olympic

:08:38.:08:41.

Games after breaking his finger earlier this year. He takes the

:08:41.:08:47.

bronze for Canada. Max Beaumont just missing out for France. But

:08:47.:08:53.

they could not get near Ed McKeever. He had a comfortable lead and

:08:53.:09:01.

maintained it. It was incredible. This is the start he is renowned

:09:01.:09:06.

for, he just gets his top speed, arms propelling and using his

:09:06.:09:12.

upper-body. You can see the rotation through his shoulders. He

:09:12.:09:16.

uses his strength to drive those blades into the water. The focus

:09:16.:09:22.

this man has is incredible and the has not been fazed by anything

:09:22.:09:28.

during this Olympic competition. did not need a little surge because

:09:28.:09:33.

often these races are settled by inches and not feet. But that was a

:09:33.:09:43.
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Hansen victory. That is what it means to become Olympic champion. -

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- Hansen victory. What a performance from Ed McKeever. The

:09:52.:10:02.
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sprint King of Kayak. Ronald Rohr, who knows what it means to win at

:10:03.:10:13.
:10:13.:10:15.

the Olympic level. Confirmation of the result of. Mark de Jonge in the

:10:15.:10:25.
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bronze for Canada. Saul Rivero That is what is is all about, Ed

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McKeever, you have just been part of the medal ceremony, what was it

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like? You almost don't believe it into a you had your hands on it. I

:10:36.:10:40.

am not sure I will sleep tonight. When the anthem is being played,

:10:40.:10:47.

what things are you thinking about? Just trying to remember the words!

:10:47.:10:52.

An enormous sense of pride, so thankful I could do it in front of

:10:52.:10:57.

my home crowd. I imagine when an athlete is enjoying a moment like

:10:57.:11:03.

that they imagine all the things that made it happen. The fact he

:11:03.:11:09.

moved house, your parents support to do, your fiancee supporting you,

:11:09.:11:14.

and you moving house to be near the training centre. I don't want to

:11:14.:11:19.

disappoint you, I was just in the moment and enjoying it. You have

:11:19.:11:23.

been called the Usain Bolt of canoeing, he has got gold medals,

:11:23.:11:27.

you have got gold medals, what do you think of that? Just pleased I

:11:27.:11:33.

could follow him in that respect. What does the future hold? We be

:11:33.:11:37.

going to Rio? That is four years of training and pain. We will wait and

:11:37.:11:43.

see. I will take a break now for the next few weeks, probably six

:11:43.:11:50.

weeks up until my wedding. And then I will see how I feel. Some

:11:50.:11:56.

exciting times, you had just won the gold medal, your birthday in a

:11:56.:12:03.

couple of weeks and then your wedding. I am getting too old to

:12:03.:12:06.

celebrate birthdays, but the wedding will be a good one. I love

:12:07.:12:13.

the way you just keep touching it. I am making sure it is real. It is

:12:13.:12:17.

out of this world, all well done. I'm sure it will dawn on him very

:12:17.:12:23.

soon. Ed Nicky the getting the second Olympic gold medal in

:12:23.:12:30.

history, the first was Tim Brabants. Now we have Liam Heath and Jon

:12:30.:12:35.

Schofield pedaling over the same distance. Going into this race,

:12:35.:12:39.

they had picked up a medal in every final they have been in this year.

:12:39.:12:49.
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today. We are ready for the final the customary British Rohr. 5th

:13:24.:13:33.
:13:34.:13:38.

quickest coming into the final. This is the per to beat.

:13:38.:13:41.

Astonishingly powerful winning both the heat and semi-final by almost a

:13:41.:13:51.
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race in the 200m. It is very rare, might we have it here. In the heats

:14:15.:14:20.

and the semi-finals suggested the Russians are the strong favourites.

:14:20.:14:28.

Perhaps Belarus party fear as well. The lighter crew of Liam Heath and

:14:28.:14:33.

Jon Schofield. The French pair, the world champions in lane two. The

:14:33.:14:43.
:14:43.:15:12.

No one is going to catch them. It is Postrigay and Dyachenko. Heath

:15:12.:15:18.

and Schofield are just hanging on to silver. Great Britain get the

:15:18.:15:27.

bronze medal. A fine effort, but Postrigay and Dyachenko dominated

:15:27.:15:32.

the heats and a semi-final, and they have blown away the field in

:15:32.:15:39.

the final. Bella a skip the silver medal and Great Britain get the

:15:39.:15:45.

bronze. -- Belarus. They dominated through the heats and semi-finals,

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and I said they had more to give, which they'd just demonstrated.

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What a fantastic result for Great Britain. Jonnie Schofield's paddle

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has given up the ghost. But Russia, imperious. Just a few feet between

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Belarus and Great Britain. A great race from Heath and Schofield, we

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could not have expected much more than that. They executed the start

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really well, but here is the Russian crew. So powerful working

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so well together. They did not give away anything. They dominated it

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and they're really made sure the title was theirs. They have

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dominated the World Cup events, they have won two out of the last

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three. They were working in unison, they had a look across, then

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celebrated crossing the line. I think perhaps it is the most

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comprehensive victory we have seen in the can as sprinting. Absolutely.

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We kind of half-expected it during the early stages at Eton Dorney,

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but they did not give anyone else a chance. This is the confirmation of

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Huge congratulations to Liam Heath and Jon Schofield, wrapping things

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a beautifully at Eton Dorney. That takes her medal tally to 59. On to

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diving, and Tom Daley struggled in the prelims last night. He had a

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good night's sleep because this morning it was the 10m platform

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finals -- semi-finals. His aim was open better than he did last night.

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start we were hoping for, he was marginally short of vertical, but

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it is a step up from last night. He may get over 80 points. It depends

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how mean that judges are feeling. This is the second round dive. A

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nice solid start, as opposed to shout about! Beautiful entry into

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the water. There is still more to two and. -- two rounds. That is

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another good one for him. A little bit loose as he entered the water,

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but he keeps the splash down. Moving away from the diving board,

:19:37.:19:47.
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sneaking into the paid shape, -- bit low on the water, but he plays

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the waiting game. This was good last night and it is better today.

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He has been consistent. 81, 86, 84, this will be told that 85. -- will

:20:13.:20:23.
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Daley, the dive of the competition so far for this young man. This is

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question! Make no mistake, he has responded in exactly the way he

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needed to today. He went to bed last night, thinking, oh, My

:20:44.:20:51.

goodness, what is it like? Now he has responded. He will definitely

:20:51.:20:56.

be in the top five. It was a lot better than last night. I am

:20:56.:21:00.

getting sharper, and it is hard to compete in the pre-lunch and the

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semi-final when you know it does not count towards the medals, but

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you need to do enough to qualify. That is the hardest part done, and

:21:07.:21:17.
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now I have done that I will give it Jake Humphrey has arrived. You

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followed him yesterday, and he was looking shaky. Yes, it was strange

:21:27.:21:31.

because he was really struggling. Before he went off, Leon Taylor

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said he looks nervous up there. I am hoping that the fact he has had

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The women's mountain bike event at Hadleigh Park, Essex is the main focus on the penultimate lunchtime of the Games.

Cycling mountain bike: 12.30 Women's cross-country

Cycling mountain bike commentators: Ed Leigh Chris Boardman.


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