Photographic highlights of the fourth round of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in La Bresse, France
La Bresse, a town in the Lorraine region in the north-eastern part of France, hosted the fourth round of the MTB World Cup.
Anneke Beerten, Tracy Moseley, Chloe Woodruff and Joanna Petterson compete in the women's XCE sprint eliminator.
Swiss rider Patrik Luthi crosses the finish line first ahead of countryman Stefan Peter in the men's XCE eliminator final on Friday.
Swiss Patrik Luthi topped the men’s XCE race ahead of his compatriot Stefan Peter and American Brian Lopes . Slovenian Miha Halzer came in fourth, while Frenchman Alexis Vuillermoz , the winner of the small final, completed the top five.
Alexandra Engen, Jenny Rissveds and Kathrin Stirnemann embrace at the end of Friday's XCE.
Jenny Rissveds, from Sweden, won the elite women’s sprint eliminator World Cup competition in La Bresse ahead of her compatriot Alexandra Engen and Swiss Kathrin Stirnemann.
The view from the start of the men's XC U-23 World Cup.
In-form Austrian Alexander Gehbauer won the men's XC U-23 World Cup race in La Bresse to follow up his third-placed finish at Nove Mesto, in the Czech Republic, the week before.
Another gruelling weekend of mountain bike racing produced a series of scrapes. This bloody knee belongs to Austrian Lisa Mitterbauer.
Frenchman Julien Absalon, of the Orbea Racing Team, won the race with a time of 1:37:33 - seven seconds ahead of his closest challenger, 2011 champion Jaroslav Kulhavy.
Julien Absalon, who lives about 10km away from the course in La Bresse, rode a smart race tactically in the Men's XC Elite and managed to escape the bad luck which affected some of the other favourites.
Julien Absalon won the elite men's cross country World Cup in front of a home crowd in La Bresse.
Czech Jaroslav Kulhavy, the leading rider in this trio, almost caught Julien Absalon following a fall by the Frenchman on the final lap but in the end had to settle for second.
The press and fans, alike, snap the top riders following the men's XC World Cup race.
Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa celebrates her first World Cup win since having a baby. Dahle Flesjaa took the lead on the final descent of an exciting women's XC race in La Bresse which featured a technical course and regular lead changes.