MTB World Cup: Blood, guts and cross-country glory

Photographic highlights of the fourth round of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in La Bresse, France
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French flavour
La Bresse XCE race
French flavour La Bresse, a town in the Lorraine region in the north-eastern part of France, hosted the fourth round of the MTB World Cup. © © Maasewerd/Martin
Four to the floor
La Bresse XCE Beerten, Moseley, Woodruff and Petterson
Four to the floor Anneke Beerten, Tracy Moseley, Chloe Woodruff and Joanna Petterson compete in the women's XCE sprint eliminator. © © Maasewerd/Martin
La Bresse XCE Luthi wins
Winner Swiss rider Patrik Luthi crosses the finish line first ahead of countryman Stefan Peter in the men's XCE eliminator final on Friday. © © Maasewerd/Martin
Swiss joy
La Bresse XCE Mens podium
Swiss joy 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. © © Maasewerd/Martin
Triumphant trio
La Bresse XCE Engen, Rissveds and Stirnemann
Triumphant trio Alexandra Engen, Jenny Rissveds and Kathrin Stirnemann embrace at the end of Friday's XCE. © © Maasewerd/Martin
Spinning Jenny
La Bresse XCE womens podium
Spinning Jenny 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. © © Maasewerd/Martin
Riders ready
La Bresse XC U-23 mens start
Riders ready The view from the start of the men's XC U-23 World Cup. © © Maasewerd/Martin
Young and hungry
La Bresse XC Under-23 men's World Cup
Young and hungry 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. © © Maasewerd/Martin
Spilling blood for the cause
La Bresse XC U-23 injury
Spilling blood for the cause Another gruelling weekend of mountain bike racing produced a series of scrapes. This bloody knee belongs to Austrian Lisa Mitterbauer. © © Maasewerd/Martin
Man to beat
La Bresse XC Julien Absalon
Man to beat 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. © © Maasewerd/Martin
Home advantage
La Bresse XC Absalon in action
Home advantage 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. © © Maasewerd/Martin
Crowd favourite
La Bresse XC Absalon
Crowd favourite Julien Absalon won the elite men's cross country World Cup in front of a home crowd in La Bresse. © © Maasewerd/Martin
Chasing hard
La Bresse XC view of the course
Chasing hard 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. © © Maasewerd/Martin
Photo finish
La Bresse XC mens podium
Photo finish The press and fans, alike, snap the top riders following the men's XC World Cup race. © © Maasewerd/Martin
Mother's Day
La Bresse XC Dahle Flesjaa
Mother's Day 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. © © Maasewerd/Martin
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