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Four Cross

Telluride 360 Adventure Festival, USA , July 12, 2002

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Jonnier and Carter win; Lopes and Chausson crash

Both of the World Cup leaders crashed heavily and out of contention at the Tissot World Cup Four Cross, held at the Telluride 360 ° Adventure Presented by Subaru. 2001 USA mountain cross national champion Eric Carter (Mongoose) rode brilliantly to score the men's victory while the rising French star, Sabrina Jonnier (Intense), rode through a crash to win the women's event.

World Cup leader and World Champion Anne-Caroline Chausson collided with Katrina Miller (Jamis) in the finals and both women went down hard. Through the wreckage raced Jonnier and April Lawyer (Maxxis) to claim first and second places. Chausson was taken first to a local hospital and then to Montrose, where she was examined for a multitude of minor bone injuries. Her condition was not clear on Saturday evening.

In the men's division, World Cup leader and World Champion Brian Lopes (GT/Fox) found himself behind in the semi-finals. He made a spectacular charge to qualify for the finals, passing Cedric Gracia (Volvo/Cannondale) in the air off a final jump. He landed wrong, however, and crashed right into the finish line. Gracia landed the jump and then jumped his bike over Lopes to qualify.

In unfamiliar dry, dusty conditions, crashes were the story of the day. The sport's best went down at many different points of the course. Wade Bootes (Trek/Volkswagen) and Mike King (Haro/Lee Dungarees) went down in the dust. Tara Llanes (Yeti/Pearl Izumi) also went down hard in the semis of the women's race. Both Llanes and Lopes managed to repair themselves just enough to return to the start house, race, and win the "little finals," the consolation race for fifth place.

That fifth place proved crucial for Lopes, who held on to the World Cup lead. Gracia moved into a second overall in the Tissot-UCI World Cup series, with Carter a very close third. Even without finishing, Chausson held her overall series lead over Jonnier.



1 Sabrina Jonnier (Fra)
2 April Lawyer (Usa)
3 Katrina Miller (Aus)
4 Anne-Caroline Chausson (Fra) Volvo-Cannondale
5 Tara Llanes (Usa)
6 Celine Gros (Fra) Morzine-Avoriaz
7 Jamie Lilly (Usa)
8 Kathy Pruitt (Usa)
9 Mio Suemasa (Jpn) Trek Volkswagen
10 Melissa Buhl (Usa)
11 Diana Marggraff (Ecu)
12 Lisa Sher (Usa)
13 Gale Dahlager (Usa)

1 Eric Carter (Usa) Mongoose Hyundai
2 Cedric Gracia (Fra) Volvo-Cannondale
3 Greg Minnaar (Rsa) Global Racing
4 Nathan Rennie (Aus)
5 Brian Lopes (Usa) Gt Bicycles
6 Brian Schmith (Usa) Mongoose Hyundai
7 Sean Mccarroll (Aus) Global Racing
8 Will Longden (Gbr)
9 Wade Bootes (Aus) Trek Volkswagen
10 Robin Baloochi (Usa)
11 Todd Leduc (Usa)
12 Jared Rando (Aus)
13 Mike King (Usa) Haro Lee Dungaree
14 Dale Holmes (Gbr)
15 Michal Marosi (Cze)
16 Jeff Evans (Usa)
17 Rich Houseman (Usa)
18 John Waddell (Aus)
19 Thomas Allier (Fra)
20 Michal Prokop (Cze) Team Be One
21 Jiro Nakamura (Usa)
22 Caile Noble (Usa)
23 Jamas Stiber (Usa)
24 Kyle Ebbett (Usa)
25 Alex Morgan (Usa)
26 Kenji Takamatsu (Jpn)
27 Lars Tribus (Usa)
28 Dave Ziegman (Usa)
29 Matthew Thompson (Usa)
30 Chris O'driscoll (Usa)

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