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Unlike the Women's race, the Men's was plaqued by crashes and traffic jams. The wet, muddy course was much more difficult to negotiate than the dry one that the women faced. Or perhaps the cameramen didn't want to show bloodied women stuck under their bicycles. Alexander Gehbauer (Austria) got his front wheel caught as he descended the steep stepped logs after a fast twisting downhill section. This was his second crash in about a half of a mile. The first had him landing on sharp boulders, at least this landing pad was mud and grass. Small favors.