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Round 8 – 29–30 September 2018, Finale Ligure, Italy

 

    2 October, 2018 - 0:00:23
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    30 September, 2018 - 16:57:39
    What a day, what a race, what a year!

    What an incredible race! And what a season it’s been! Thanks to all our organisers, hosts, riders, teams and volunteers!

    That’s it for 2018, now it’s time to podium and party in beautiful Finale.

    We’ll be back next year where we’ll have 8 incredible rounds for you – and then back to Finale for the all new Trophy of Nations. We can’t wait!

    Until then, arrivederci!!!

    30 September, 2018 - 16:51:07
    What a race!

    That’s the first time any man has won every stage in an EWS race – go Richie! Great race win from him and a great season from Hill to take the 2018 title again!

    30 September, 2018 - 16:49:27
    Hill is the champ!

    Sam Hill is once more your World Champion – he takes the title for the second year in a row!

     

    30 September, 2018 - 16:48:15
    Top 3

    After all 4 stages your top 3 men are:

    1 Richie Rude

    2 Damien Oton

    3 Kevin Miquel

    30 September, 2018 - 16:47:18
    Total stage domination!
    30 September, 2018 - 16:41:46
    Richie wins the race!

    He wins stage 4 and the race!!!!

    30 September, 2018 - 16:39:02
    Hill

    Sam has been riding conservatively all day, keeping that championship safe. We’d say he’s more likely to put on a show for the crowd on stage 4 then [ut down a blistering time – and we know the crowd will love it!

    30 September, 2018 - 16:37:13
    Rude goes into lead on 4!

    He’s 3 seconds up! Can anyone go faster than this man?! We’ll know very, very soon!

    30 September, 2018 - 16:36:25
    Borges goes faster!

    Jose goes faster! Miquel back to 2nd

    30 September, 2018 - 16:35:28
    DH Men

    Last year it was Martin Maes who won DH Men here in Finale, but sadly that won’t happen this year as he’s retired with an injured hand

    30 September, 2018 - 16:33:47
    And now for the men…

    The men are on course now and it’s Kevin Miquel who once more is leading the stage at this point in the stage – still some fast men to come through though, including race leader Rude and series leader Hill!

    30 September, 2018 - 16:28:51
    Cecile Ravanel – your champion!

    30 September, 2018 - 16:26:52
    Women’s overall

    That’s it for the women’s racing this year! So the (provisional) results after all 4 stages is:

    1 Cecile Ravanel

    2 Isabeau Courdurier

    3 Andreane Lanthier Nadeau

    4 Anita Gehrig

    5 Bex Baraona

    30 September, 2018 - 16:23:19
    Cecile wins!

    Cecile wins stage 4, beating Isabeau back into 2nd place in the overall. Cecile wins by 6 seconds and so takes every win this year! She has won more EWS races than any other rider and she does it again! A 3rd world championship title to her name

    30 September, 2018 - 16:20:56
    Cecile wins the stage! And the RACE! AND THE CHAMPIONSHIP!

    LEGEND!!!

    30 September, 2018 - 16:19:57
    Isabeau goes 3rd!

    Just Cecile left to come!

    30 September, 2018 - 16:16:51
    ALN

    Andreane is having a great race – she goes into the lead on 4 – but everyone is now watching to see what Isabeau and Cecile can do! What a race – it all comes down to the final stage for these 2!!

    30 September, 2018 - 16:13:00
    Miller leads

    Former downhill world champ Miranda Miller is leading s4 right now – but the top 10 women will be right behind her

    30 September, 2018 - 16:09:05
    Stage 4

    Isabeau won this stage last year, although it was Cecile who took the race. But with a 7 second lead and a stage she knows and does well on, Isabeau could well be on for her second ever EWS victory.

     

    Although Cecile did win it in 2016 – it’s too close to call right now!

    30 September, 2018 - 16:06:19
    Women on stage 4 now

    The women are starting to come down stage 4 now and they’re being greeted by a wall of sound – there’s a huge crowd lining the track above Varigotti village – and like us they all want to know, can Cecile claw back 7 seconds from Isabeau to take her first perfect season of winning every race?

    30 September, 2018 - 16:00:46
    DH Men

    What can you say about DH Men that hasn’t been said before?! It’s finished the season every and is one of the most famous stages in the World. That steep, rough descent towards the Mediterranean is a sight to behold and a crowd favourite

    30 September, 2018 - 15:29:08
    We’ll be back at 16:00 CET

    While the riders liaise to the famous DH Men, the very last stage of the year, we’re going to scour the pits for some info.

    See you in 30 mins as we wait to crown our 2018 Champions!

    30 September, 2018 - 15:24:45
    Men’s overall

    So with just one stage left, Richie Rude is extending his lead and is now 19 seconds ahead of Damien Oton in 2nd! Kevin Miquel is just a couple of seconds back in 3rd and 2 seconds back on him is Kevin Miquel in 4th!

    It’s tight out there! And now it all comes down to the final stage of the season…

    Watch this space!

    30 September, 2018 - 15:22:04
    Richie wins stage 3!

    Rude makes it a hat trick and wins stage 3! Melamed 2nd and Miquel 3rd, Sam Hill 4th

    30 September, 2018 - 15:20:11
    Oton into 4th

    Can Hill beat Rude’s time to take a stage win from the big American?

    30 September, 2018 - 15:18:57
    Melamed

    Jesse comes through 2nd, bumps Miquel into 3rd

    30 September, 2018 - 15:18:03
    stage 3

    Heading into stage 3 it was Rude in the lead, with Oton in 2nd and Florian Nicolai in 3rd – will that stand after the epic stage 3?!

    30 September, 2018 - 15:16:21
    Rude goes into lead on 3!

    Richie is 4 seconds up on Miquel and leads the stage! Ruaridh Cunningham in 3rd

    30 September, 2018 - 15:15:29
    Top men on 3

    The top men are starting to hit stage 3 now and it’s SUNN’s Kevin Miquel who is leading just now – he’s had a solid season and had a career best 4th place finish in Spain last weekend

    30 September, 2018 - 15:07:05
    U21 Women

    The U21 women are home and it’s Ella Conolly who takes the race win and the overall title – so much talent from this young Scottish rider. We’re predicting big things from her in the future!

    30 September, 2018 - 15:03:43
    With 1 stage left…

    Isabeau Courdurier leads the race! She’s 7 seconds up on Cecile and there’s only 1 stage left in this race, the inimitable DH Men!

    Andreane Lanthier Nadeau (ALN) lies in 3rd, with a 13 second lead over Bex Baraona in 4th, and Anita Gehrig 5th

    30 September, 2018 - 15:01:15
    Cecile wins stage 3!

    She’s back! Ravanel wins stage 3 by 9 seconds! Isabeau goes 2nd and Anita 3rd – so in the overall…

    30 September, 2018 - 14:59:17
    Ines

    Ines Thoma had a terrible crash before practice started in Whistler – ut she’s back racing today and we are so pleased to see her back to health and as smiley as ever!

    30 September, 2018 - 14:58:03
    ALN

    Andreane goes into 2nd – less than half a second behind Anita!

    30 September, 2018 - 14:57:26
    Anita leads 3!

    Anita Gehrig is leading stage 3 (for now!)

    30 September, 2018 - 14:56:39
    Women on 3 now

    Can Cecile claw back time from race leader Isabeau on stage 3? We’ll find out very soon!

    30 September, 2018 - 14:52:30
    Today’s stages

    And don’t forget you can see all of today’s stages on our course preview video

    30 September, 2018 - 14:50:09
    Women on stage 3 now

    The women are on stage 3 now – a stunning trail that follows a ridge line above the ocean and was made famous by Kranked 2. Riders then get to drop into this feed station on the beach before they climb back for the famous DH Men, the last stage of the year!

     

    30 September, 2018 - 14:45:36
    Master Women

    Louise Paulin wins the race! She won every stage today and finishes over a minute up on competitors Mary Mconnelloug and Melissa Newell in 2nd and 3rd!

    We’re going to do some quick maths to see if it’s Mary or Melissa who takes the title – in the Master and U21 categories it’s the best 5 results that count – standby!

    30 September, 2018 - 14:35:12
    Master Men

    And the Master Men have finished stage 4  – and it’s Italian Martino Fruet who wins the race! Fellow Italian Bruno Zanchi is 2nd and Florian Golay of Switzerland 3rd!

    But it’s Karim Amour who is your new World Champion!

    30 September, 2018 - 14:31:54
    Crowds

    Shout out to the crowds here in Finale who have turned out in their thousands. Even stage 1, which requires a good few hours of hiking and a very early start is lined with fans – that’s devotion!

    Stage 4, the famous DH Men, is already packed out with fans, even though it’s a couple of hours before we’ll see the top riders on that

    30 September, 2018 - 14:10:42
    U21 Men

    Elliott Heap is crushing the U21 competition – after 3 stages he’s got an 8 second lead! Theotim Trabac has moved up to 2nd pushing Louis Jeandel back to 3rd.

    Heap is on course to be crowned the U21 Champion if he can conquer stage 4 next!

    30 September, 2018 - 14:07:58
    Master Women

    The Master women have just come through stage 3 and it’s still Louise Paulin out front. But there is an epic battle shaping up behind her in 2nd and 3rd.

    The only two championship contenders for the overall are reigning champ Mary Mcconneloug and Kiwi newcomer Melissa Newell – and they are going into the last stage of the day, on the last race of the year with just one second separating them!

    Meliisa is just 1 second ahead of Mary and all that stands between her and the title is one of the most famous stages of all, DH Men and a very determined Mary – watch this space!

    30 September, 2018 - 14:03:20
    Rude’s lead

    Rude has built up nearly an 11 second lead over Oton in 2nd place. Oton won here last year though and with 2 stages to go, this ain’t over until it’s over.

    Oton needs to be careful of Callaghan in 3rd too – Greg is just 6 seconds back and with 2 stages to go a lot can happen.

    And in 4th place Borges is on the same second as Greg – it’s tight at the top!

    30 September, 2018 - 13:58:03
    Martin Maes

    Poor Martin Maes – we can’t see him on the stage 2 results so it’s likely that hand injury has forced him to pull out the race

    30 September, 2018 - 13:56:25
    Top 3 men

    So at the halfway point with 2 stages left, the top 3 in the men is now

    1 Richie Rude

    2 Damien Oton

    3 Gregory Callaghan

    30 September, 2018 - 13:54:34
    Hill into 8th!

    Sam comes through stage 2 in 8th – Richie still leads the race!

    30 September, 2018 - 13:53:24
    Oton into 2nd!

    Damien goes 2nd – what can last man down Hill do?

    30 September, 2018 - 13:52:00
    Martin in pain on 2

    Martin is clearly in pain as he cruises down stage 2, he’s looking cautious and that hand injury is causing him problems

    30 September, 2018 - 13:50:29
    Rude leads stage 2!

    Richie goes into the lead on stage 2 by 6 seconds!

    30 September, 2018 - 13:48:38
    Jose Borges

    Jose Borges takes the lead on 2!

    30 September, 2018 - 13:46:34
    Ruaridh flats!

    Cunningham rear flats on stage 2 – he’s pretty upset. He had a pretty devastating flat in Ainsa last weekend that his mechanic stayed up all night to fix – poor guy

    30 September, 2018 - 13:43:07
    Barelli

    Yoann crashes on stage 2! Costs him time but seems to be ok

    30 September, 2018 - 13:40:24
    Top 30 men on s2 next

    Next up it’s the top 30 men on stage 2. Alex Cure currently leads, but his time won’t stand once the likes of Richie, Sam and Damien start charging down.

    Richie goes into stage 2 with just a 1 second lead over Martin, but with Martin picking up that hand injury on stage 1 things could be about to change. Martin left the end of stage 1 with an ice pack on his hand unsure if we could continue the race

    30 September, 2018 - 13:36:46
    Tight racing

    This is some of the tightest racing we’ve seen in the women’s race all season. At the halfway point of the race just 42 seconds separate the top 6 women.

    The top 6 is currently:

    1. Isabeau Courdurier
    2. Cecile Ravanel
    3. Andreane Lanthier Nadeau
    4. Bex Bex Baraona
    5. Anita Gehrig
    6. Katy Winton
    30 September, 2018 - 13:32:40
    Isabeau leads the race!

    Isabeau still leads the race after 2 stages! She’s 16 seconds up on Cecile Ravanel in 2nd and 19 seconds up on Andreane Lanthier Nadeau.

    The last race of the year is like a pressure cooker and this year is no different!

    30 September, 2018 - 13:30:57
    Isabeau wins the stage!

    Isabeau wins stage 2! ALN 2nd and Cecile goes 3rd!

    30 September, 2018 - 13:29:58
    Cecile crashes on stage 2!

    Cecile crashes on stage 2 – loses more than 10 secs according to spectators! Is this stage now Isabeau’s too?!

    30 September, 2018 - 13:27:23
    ALN leads 2!

    Andreane is leading stage 2 – she was 3rd going into it. But there are some fast women behind her – a blistering time from her though!

    30 September, 2018 - 13:25:00
    Stage 2 women

    Cecile is on stage 2 – so that means we’ll know every soon if Isabeau can do it again or if Cecile will win the stage…

    30 September, 2018 - 13:15:00
    Stage 2

    We’re getting into the sharp end of the men’s field now on stage 2 and it’s Giant rider McKay Vezina out front ride now. The American rider told us this morning that he thinks it’s going to be a super tight race here today – maybe 20 minutes for the winning time

    30 September, 2018 - 13:00:28
    Update on Maes

    We’ve just had an update on that hand injury we reported Maes picked up on stage 1 – he clipped a tree and has hurt the outside of his hand. It sounds like he’s pretty hurt and is riding the liaison with an ice pack on his hand – he’ll decide whether he’ll carry on with the race when he gets to stage 2.

    Poor Martin, after his wins at EWS Whistler, then the La Bresse Downhill World Cup and then that 2nd place at the DH World Champs in Switzerland he’s been on a roll. We hope he can shake it off and finish the season, it would be heartbreaking for him to go out now

    30 September, 2018 - 12:30:36
    Back in 30 mins

    The top men and women are liaising to stage 2 now. We’ll be back at 13:00 CET (30 mins from now) to bring you all the action as the last race of the year heats up!

    In the meantime, here’s how the pros are planning on fuelling up this weekend as they tackle 50km of riding and 4 big stages.

     

    30 September, 2018 - 12:25:21
    Master Men

    The Master Men have had a shake up after stage 2 – Martino Fruet leads, Italian rider Bruno Zanchi goes up to 2nd and reigning Champ Karim Amour moves up 3 places to sit in 3rd

    30 September, 2018 - 12:23:36
    Maes injured?

    We just heard that Martin Maes may have picked up an injury to his hand on stage 1  – we don’t know much more than that but we’ll try and find out what happened. Doesn’t seem to have slowed him down much whatever happened – he’s less than a second behind race leader Richie Rude in 2nd place.

    30 September, 2018 - 12:20:43
    Master Women

    The Master women are through stage 2 now and Louise Paulin is smoking her competition. She may be Swedish, but Louise has lived in Finale for a long time and is a well known face around here, so the locals will be excited to see her lead by 21 secs after 2 stages

    In the Mcconneloug vs Newell showdown for the overall, Mcconneloug is leading currently, she’s 7 secs up on Newell. Still 2 stages to go though!

    30 September, 2018 - 12:17:31
    Meanwhile in the U21s

    It’s business as usual for Ella Conolly who takes the stage 2 win, and leads Leah Maunsell by 30 seconds

    In the U21 Men Elliot Heap leads the category after 2 stages – but he’s only 1 sec up on 2nd placed Louis Jeandel with Theotim Trabac in 3rd

    30 September, 2018 - 12:12:49
    Rude vs Maes

    This race could well be a repeat of last weekend – a Rude vs Maes showdown from start to finish. Rude leads Maes by less than a second – this race just very, very intense and we love it!

    30 September, 2018 - 12:11:43
    Rude wins stage 1!

    Richie wins stage 1! Maes 2nd, Callaghan 3rd and Hill goes 10th!

    30 September, 2018 - 12:10:01
    Rude leads 1!

    Richie is leading the men – more than 5 secs ahead of Greg Callaghan in 2nd and Kevin Miquel in 3rd!

    Last year’s Finale winner Damien Oton is back in 4th with Martin and Sam still to come through

    30 September, 2018 - 12:08:28
    Men’s times coming through

    and it’s currently SUNN rider Kevin Miquel who is leading stage 1!

    No Richie goes faster! Rude is leading right now!

    30 September, 2018 - 11:59:22
    Men up next

    The men are through stage 1, but the timing upload station is a 20 minute pedal away at the feed station. So we now face an agonising wait for their times.

    We hear Richie looked strong – he won last week in Ainsa and a confident Richie is a very dangerous thing. He may not be in contention for the overall, but he’s more than capable of winning this race and doing so convincingly

    30 September, 2018 - 11:55:51
    Isabeau

    That’s a great ride from Isabeau – not many people can put 8 seconds into Cecile! But Cecile does not like to lose, and she’ll be angry not to take that stage – and you know when Cecile rides really, really fast? When she’s angry…

    Isabeau has a fight on her hands to take this one from Cecile, but she’s the only woman racing here who has ever beaten Cecile – so if anyone can, Courdurier can!

    30 September, 2018 - 11:52:34
    Isabeau wins stage 1!

    Courdurier wins stage 1!!! Puts 8 seconds into Ravanel! ALN 3rd!

    30 September, 2018 - 11:51:20
    Isabeau goes way faster!

    Leads 1 by 11 secs! Just Ravanel left…

    30 September, 2018 - 11:49:29
    ALN goes faster!

    Andreane goes faster – can Cecile do better though?

    30 September, 2018 - 11:47:10
    Anita!

    Anita Gehrig goes faster – currently leads stage 1 by 5 secs! Just the top 4 women left to drop in

    30 September, 2018 - 11:46:24
    Brown!

    Casey Brown has gone into the lead on stage 1, but there are more women still to come through. She announced this is her last EWS and we’ll be sad to see her go – she’s been a great addition to the series and we look forward to seeing what she does next. Good luck Casey, we’ll miss you!

    30 September, 2018 - 11:44:47
    Women’s field

    It’s great to see the women’s field growing year on year – today there are over 60 women racing – and we’ll know the top 30 women’s times any second now

    30 September, 2018 - 11:39:05
    Stage 1

    The women are mostly through stage 1 and are on their way to the time check at the feed zone – expect their times any second now.

    Stage 1 is tight, rocky and twisty – here’s Cecile making it look easy during practice

    30 September, 2018 - 11:30:54
    Stage 1

    Bar the top 30, the men are through stage 1 now and it’s currently the man with the greatest name in the series sitting at the top, Hugo Pigeon leads stage one! Still the top 30 to go though…

    Women on course next!

    30 September, 2018 - 11:25:05
    Master Men

    Karim Amour, the reigning champ is leading the Master Men’s category in the overall and has had another good season. However he came an uncharacteristic 6th on the first stage here today, with Italian Martin Fruet currently leading after stage 1

    30 September, 2018 - 11:22:37
    Master Women

    In the Master Women reigning champion Mary Mcconneloug is leading the points by the slimmest of margins over Kiwi Melissa Newell – just 30 points separate them.

    Whoever does better here will return home the champion!

    Swedish rider but Finale resident Louise Paulin is leading the Master Women after stage 1 – with Newell in 2nd and Mcconneloug just 1 second back in 3rd! Big battle coming up between these 2 today!

    30 September, 2018 - 11:18:15
    U21 Women

    Ella Conolly is leading the U21 women’s standings, having won every race of the year so far. She has the title all sewn up, but this young Scottish racer doesn’t do slow and will be pushing hard for the race win here in Finale as well.

    She’s just won stage 1 by over 25 seconds! Keep an eye on this rider’s times today – she’s posted a few times this year that would see her place top 10 in the women’s field. Let’s hope she gets snapped up by a team for next year!

    30 September, 2018 - 11:14:45
    U21 Men

    In the U21 men there is a three way fight for the title today. Hill’s young team mate Elliott Heap has the chance to make it 2 titles travelling home with the Chain Reaction Cycles Mavic Team, but standing in his way are Nathan Secondi of France and Cole Lucas from Cube Action Team.

    The U21s have just finished stage 1 and it’s currently privateer Louis Jeandel in the lead! This young Frenchie won in Spain last weekend, but isn’t in the running for the championship. Heap is sitting in 2nd and just over 1 sec back – behind him is Secondi and Lucas is back in 6th and 7 seconds back.

    Still 3 stages to go though!

    30 September, 2018 - 11:10:15
    Maes vs Hill

    Over in the men’s category it’s all about Sam Hill and Martin Maes. Hill is on course (literally!) for his second Championship title, and the only man that can stop that is Martin Maes. However, Hill is going to have to have a very bad day at the office for that to happen. For Maes to eclipse him in the points, Maes is going to have to win and Hill finish somewhere south of the top 40 – seems unlikely doesn’t it? But stranger things have happened, and when the stakes are as high as they are today, anything is possible

    30 September, 2018 - 11:01:07
    Ravanel

    In the women’s race, Cecile Ravanel is all but assured the title for the third year in a row. Only a DNF could see her stopped, and that’s just not her style. We know she’s gunning for the win here – it would see her take her first perfect season, winning every race.

    Last year Isabeau spoiled her fun at round 2 in Tasmania and in 2016 Tracy Moseley beat her in Ireland – so despite winning more EWS races than any other rider this would be the first season where she could win all eight races.

    30 September, 2018 - 10:59:12
    And so here we are…

    It’s the last race of the season. After 7 rounds in 6 countries across 3 continents it all comes down to this.

    Just four stages and one day of racing lie between now and the end of the season. And for a few riders, it’s also the difference between being crowned World Champion or settling for second place.

     

    29 September, 2018 - 10:50:32
    Ciao bellas!

    Welcome to the last race of the year coming from the beautiful Finale Ligure, Italy. It’s a one day race that gets underway on Sunday and it all comes down to this – we’re just one day and four big stages of racing away from crowning the 2018 World Champions!

    In the meantime, check out the course preview to see what awaits the riders on Sunday.

    See you from 11am CET on Sunday!


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