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31st July 2:30PM:
World Cup #5 Val di Sole (ITA)

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Pierre-Geoffroy Plantet, the MTBiker
A home race full of regrets PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 25 May 2010 08:53

It could have been the first top 20 of his carreer... if it hadn't been for this technical problem in the 4th lap, which makes him lose some precious minutes and more than 15 places.

Almost at home this weekend (he lives in Germany now), Pierre-Jo was in big shape on Sunday. "I was really well, it was a good day. I made a good start, then I came up until around 20th. When JC (Peraud) joined me, I managed to stay with him. It was really pleasant to ride like this, like some Sunday sport with friends. The only difference was that we were riding with the 20 best riders in the world. I was feeling quite well in my small group, didn't fell like I was going to lose power later. I was really enjoying my ride." Until the 4th lap, when both of his tyres completely loose grip on a sharp bend on the road and make him fall. "I had never tested those tyres during a race, but I had no choice. The wheels I had prepared had a problem just before the start. I preferred not to take any risks and I changed them with those. I didn't know if those tyres would fit for me, now I know... that they don't..."

In his fall (no physical injuries, luckily for him!), his chain gets twisted. "I've spent more than a minute to put it back, but one link still remained twisted. During the whole uphill portion, my chain wouldn't stop coming off, it was driving me crazy. I was very close to abandoning the race, but then I thought about the great supporters that I was having (that doesn't happen every weekend!), so I went on."

He ends up in 35th place. No sooner than last year in April, it would have been his best result. Now that's a good sign of progress !

 
Pierre-Geo's double life PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 15 May 2010 14:22

Deep down inside of you, you've always known that Pierre-Jo was leading a double life... Now you really have the proof: www.pgplantet.com. For the first time ever, both of his lifes on the same website. Enjoy !

 
World Cup, episode 2 : raining Houffalize PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 03 May 2010 00:00

It was one of those ugly, rainy days that Pierre-Jo really doesn't like (despite his Normand origins...). But his race was pretty satisfactory: very regular from one lap to another, he dealt really well with his material and his energy, which led him to a nice 29th place. The rainy-races-that-never-work-well myth is about to die...

"I was blocked at the start -as many other competitors- by a fall on the first line. Then I was a bit slowed down by some not very technical bikers. But it turned out that I lost less places than I initially thought, and, as I was physically well, I started to come back up. Without exhausting myself for no reason either, because the new track doesn't let you escape with such mistakes. The uphill portions are so steep that you have no chance to recover between the laps. I didn't want to take any risk, neither physical nor mechanical".

After the first half of the race, he was even 23rd. But the track started to dry under the few sunrays that suddenly appeared ; he would then have to cope with his tyres that weren't fit for this type of terrain any more. "Before the start, I've chosen the mud tyres. It was perfect for the first half of the race, but afterwards I would really have liked to have others. I think that's what people call a compromise."

As for his shape at the moment, he is mostly optimistic : "I have less boost than last year at the same period, but I feel it's progressing and, most important, that I have really strong bases. I feel that this year the shape is here to stay, and that makes me confident about the rest of the season."

 
Graz, Austria PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 10 May 2010 00:00

What was supposed to be a nice, quiet weekend at home has turned into Pierre-Jo's first podium of the year...

It was a last minute decision: after talking to his trainer, they have decided that a small race at three hours drive from home would do him good at this stage of the season.

And there he goes for a day return. At Graz, a pretty short circuit is waiting or Pierre-Jo (11 laps for 1 hour 40 minutes), but with a "funny" uphill portion and a nice technical downhill. "Luckily the circuit wasn't a highway, because I think that for 11 laps I would have gone crazy. Even like this, I was a bit dizzy when I crossed the finish line" says Pierre-Jo laughing.

On the start line, no famous international riders. The first eight laps, Pierre-Jo is leading the race together with Uwe Hochenwarter. "I wasn't really focused on the race. I was preparing myself to have a rest this weekend." At one minute behind them, Gerard Burgsteiner runs alone. Until the 9th lap, when he accelerates, catches up with his two predecessors, leaves them behind and installs himself at the top of the race with a 50 seconds advantage, that he would maintain until the end. "He passed us like a motorbike. We didn't really understand what happened..."

In the uphill of the last lap, Pierre-Jo accelerates and goes for the 2nd place. "I didn't feel like it was my best shape ever, but it's also true that I didn't really pushed myself like in the big races. Anyway, a podium without any stress can sometimes be quite fun."

 
Live : WC#1 Dalby Forest Results PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 25 April 2010 16:31

Pierre-Jo finishes 42, after being 34th at around half of the race. More comments to come...

 
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31st July 2:30PM:
World Cup #5 Val di Sole (ITA)

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