RACE FEED | LIVE RESULTS
Round 2 – 31 March–1 April 2018, Manizales, Colombia 2018
EWS – Alcaldia de Manizales – Mas oportunidades
- Cecile Ravanel
- Isabeau Courdurier
- Katy Winton
- Ines Thoma
- Noga Korem
- Sam Hill
- Marcello Gutierrez (+0:46.93s)
- Damien Oton (+1:08.43m)
It’s time for podiums here in Colombia, not to mention the afterparty…
But stay tuned for the one minute highlights tonight, the full highlights tomorrow and lots more content on our social channels.
We’ll be back for round 3 in France on May 12-13. Adios!
That was certainly one of the most challenging races to date – new venue, same old mud! We need to say a massive thank you to the city of Manizales and the organisers for such an incredible welcome. Two races in, two wins for our champs Sam and Cecile.
Can they keep it up?!
And so the provisional results are:
1 Sam Hill
2 Marcelo Gutierrez
3 Damien Oton
4 Youn Deniaud
5 Greg Callaghan
and he wins the race!
Sam Hill wheelies across the line and the fans love it! We’re trying to get him into the timing tent now to get his time!
The top men are being mobbed with interviews from reporters and we’re trying to get them to the timing tent!
The top men are dropping into a finish bowl to a hero’s welcome!
The top 5 women at the end of round 2 (provisionally) are;
cecile is hhanding in her timing chip and… SHE WINS THE STAGE AND THE RACE!
But Cecile and Isabeau still to come!
Hill comes in 13th! Sam still leads the overall by 50 seconds!
Florian moves into 2nd on stage 7! Chilean Pedro Burns in 3rd – what can Sam do?
Damien Oton is now leading 7! He’s having a great race !
is holding on stage 7 so far! Can he steal a stage win from Sam Hill?!
Marcelo’s still leading stage 7!
The women’s overall now looks like this:
1 Cecile Ravanel
2 Isabeau Courdurier
3 Katy Winton
4 Ines Thoma
5 Noga Korem
Ines Thoma wins stage 7! Cecile in 2nd and less than half a second behind!
The top women are on stage 7 now and we can’t wait to see Bex Baraona’s time – she’s really come into her own since she has signed with her new team Ibis
Gill leads stage 7 – she’s the reigning U21 champion and now that she’s moved into the senior category and has more than proved she can keep up with the top 10 girls
…is leading stage 7! Ruaridh Cunningham is 2nd currently – can any of the top 30 beat his time?
The pro women are heading to the penultimate stage of the day – there’s a savage punch climb in the middle of the stage as well as some rooty, technical stages – it’s going to be tough for sure!
Congratulations to Sam Hill’s team mate Elliot Heap who has taken the U21 win! It’s going to be a great day for Team Chain Reaction Cycles Mavic, although we hear rider and team manager Nigel Page has picked up a shoulder injury
Stage 6 was cancelled late last night thanks to some heavy rain – we’re not total sadists and didn’t want to destroy the rider’s morale. Although this is still a 7 stage race, with only 1 stage yesterday it’s still a big day in the saddle to do 6 stages in a single day
Hill has extended his lead in the overall to 53 seconds – Manizales legend Marcelo Gutierrez is in 2nd (not bad for his first EWS!) and Damien Oton is back in 3rd
Hill wins 5! Bryceland goes 2nd and Marcello goes 3rd on stage 5. What a top three that is right there!
Cecile Ravanel just handed her timing chip in so we could access her stage 2 time and, of course, she’s leading this race with a commanding lead! She’s 59 seconds up on Isabeau and Katy Winton is 1:32m back in 3rd, with Ines Thoma in 4th and Noga Korem in 5th!
Cecile is leading the race after 5!
Isabeau wins stage 5! Bex Baraona has a career best 2nd place and Cecile Ravanel foes 3rd!
The crowds are building in the race village as some of the categories finish the race completely, whilst the pros are due back soon for a time check after stage 5
The U21 women are home safe and it’s another win for Ella Conolly of the UK! This young rider under the tutorage of Tracy Moseley has now won every EWS race she’s entered. Keep an eye on her – she’s going places!
Melissa Newell has won the master’s women – that’s 2 wins out of 2 for her this season! It’s A Colombian 2nd and 3rd with Janys Estrada and Erika Sierra also on the podium
We’re getting into the sharp end of the men’s field out on stage 5 and it’s Josh out front! The top 30 men are still to come but it’s interesting to see him beat local legend Marcello – even if it’s by less than a half second!
As we’re still waiting for Cecile’s time on stage 2, we can’t confirm she’s leading the overall until she hands her chip in after stage 5, but word is she’s riding fast and smooth and has had no real problems today.
And here’s what stage 5 looks like (minus the mud)
And word from the mountains is that Sam Hill is the most relaxed looking man on course – with a 46 second lead going into stage 5 he can afford to be
Word on the hill from the media is that the conditions are looking a lot, lot better. Which is good news as this stage was a rider favourite during practice
Jesse Melamed says he’s had to run through a lot of sections, but when he’s on the bike he’s going super fast
Big Zakarias has destryed his derauiller on stage 4! He’s now running to stage 5!
The man are all on their way to stage 5 now, and currently the men’s overall is:
She does it again – she wins stage, Isabeau in 2nd and Winton 3rd!
We’ll be back with stage 4 results in 30 mins (13:00) – in the meantime check out the course preview to see what’s still to come!
How is the man from Western Australia doing so well in these conditions?!
He does it again, sam wins stage 3! He puts 4 seconds into Dailly and 7 into Callaghan who is in 3rd!
Dailly still leads stage 3 and there is only one man left on course – can Hill make it two in a row?!
Dailly is currently still leading stage 3, but with that 20 second penalty he picked up in practice for a rule violation, he’s going to pull something very special out the bag to do well in the points
Srtage 3 for the men is looking tight! Dailly leads the stage – but Sam Hill’s time is about to pop in any second…
Cecile wins stage 3! Courdurier 2nd and Winton 3rd! But without her time from stage 2, we can’t know for sure if she is leading the overall… Ooh it’s getting exciting!
Word from stage 2 is that the conditions at the top are crazy! Chris Ball said he would have described the top of stage 2 as unrideable if he hadn’t just seen Oton, Hill, Cunningham and Tordo ride it as if it was nothing
In the women’s race it’s Katy Winton leading, but in a plot twist Cecile’s time hasn’t come through and so we don’t know if Katy has beaten her or not?!
Local hero Marcelo Gutierrez is in 2nd and Oton 3rd!
Stage 2 is live and Sam Hill has just won the stage! By 25 seconds!!!
It sounds like there may be a course hold on stage 2 – we’ll try find out more
Sounds like Jared Graves broke his shifter right at the top of stage 2 – he was 2nd in yesterday’s downtown race and we hope he can get that fixed
Trek rider Rusraidh Cunningham had to sit out last weekend’s race in Chile because of a shoulder injury – but he’s back and found himself in a ditch on stage 2. But he says there was so much carnage around him he says he wasn’t sure if it’s a big deal or not
Our presenter Ric McLaughlin is at the bottom of stage 2 and reports back that Matt Stuttard said that stage was the hardest thing he’s ever had to do in his life
We just got this video from Sven Martin – it looks like stage 2 is seriously hard going in these conditions!
And here’s how the riders are approaching their set up for a wet race
Here’s a preview of what the riders are up against on stage 2
The pro women should be hitting stage two in about 10 minutes time. Anneke Beerten won the urban downhill stage yesterday – but with conditions so wet and muddy we have a sneaking suspicion that stage 2 could well belong to Scotland’s rising star Katy Winton
It’s a pretty tropical climate here in Manizales and so there’s been rain most days. It’s in stark contrast to the dust of the last round in Lo Barnechea in Chile. There could not be two more different places to ride, and the racers have had to change their set ups accordingly.
It may be warm and sunny in the race village now, but heavy rain after overnight and this morning has caused the cancellation of stage 6. So today they face 6 stages instead of 7 – and it’s going to be a wet and slippery day out there!
It’s the second day of racing and after the madness of yesterday’s prologue stage, it’s back to traditional singletrack. Or as traditional as singletrack can be when it’s through Colombian rainforests that encompasses bamboo bridges, river crossings and passes through the world’s most famous coffee plantations.
For 7 more stages!
Jose gets a penalty so Marcello wins!
And so Sam goes 19th! Provisional results at the moment – standby for final results!
and his time is…
And he’s looking fast and the crowd are going wild!
There’s just a few men left on course and the rain is starting to cone down…
We suspect a lot of the top guys are taking it easy on this short stage with their minds focused on tomorrow’s 7 stages – Callaghan sits in 20th
Steady ride from Richie to go into 13th
and looking tired but says he loved the crowds!
Greg on course now – looking fast!
Adrien goes 3rd, knocks Graves back to 4th
One of the best things about these short stages is how close the racing is – only 3 seconds separate the top 5 men
Jared comes through in 3rd
It’s Jose Borges from Miranda Racing leading the men – he put just half a second into Marcelo
The big screen just showed Alex Cure take a big crash on course – he won the only other EWS urban prologue all the way back in 2013 in Punta Ala
In the Master Men category it was Patricio Escobar from Colombia who won, beating reigning world champ Karim Amour by just half a second with Daniel Arrendondo in 3rd
The last men down the stage will be the top 30 men – first off the line will be Jose Borges followed by Jared Graves
Another great ride from Bex Baraona! She goes 4th and Cecile Ravanel finishes in an unusually low 5th place – possibly her worst stage finish ever. But with only 2 seconds between the top 6 it’s still all to play for on tomorrow’s 7 stages!
Anneke wins! Isabeau 2nd and Katy Winton 3rd!
Caro goes into second!
Anneke’s back! She puts in a blistering time of 1:19m!
Reigning U21 champ Martha Gill leads the women now!
KJ Sharp from the UK currently leads the women with a fast time of 1:27m!
That’s the women on course now – will it be Cecile who takes another stage win?! Or are there any girls out there that can challenge her now she’s not on her natural terrain?!
Cunningham goes into 2nd! Great to see the Trek rider back on the bike after sitting out Chile last week
Mitch has gone into 2nd! But is still 5 secs adrift of Marcello – can anyone beat his time?!
Josh goes into 39th, Josh Lewis 33rd and Iago 6th!
Team mates Josh Lewis, Iago Garay and Josh Bryceland are home safe – huge cheer for Bryceland!
Local hero Marcello Gutierrez just went into the lead and the crowd are stoked!
Josh Bryceland should be coming down pretty soon and we just know he’s going to put on a show for his fans – and there is a lot of them here!
The track is so short that the times here are really tight – Mexican rider Ricardo Francisco Peredo Torres is still leading with a time of 1:15m but the top 10 are only separated by 3 seconds!
To give you an idea of what the crowds are like here – here’s Jared Graves in practice earlier. There’s about three times as many people here now and they’re still arriving – this rain isn’t putting anyone off
Today’s stage is a short, sharp blast through downtown Manizales. It’s a mixture of straight tarmac and taped chicanes with a couple of staircases thrown in for good measure.
There was a slight delay getting going this morning, so if you’re looking at the start list just add 20 minutes to all published start times
The weather was holding and it was dry and warm, but it’s a tropical climate here and within the last couple of minutes the rain just started to come down here in Manizales
During practice earlier today Sam Hill was mobbed by fans – he can’t walk anywhere without being stopped for photos and autographs. We doubt it’ll phase him though – if he can handle an 11km stage in the Chilean anti-grip last we’re pretty sure he can handle some attention in the pits
The police have just now informed us there are 20,000 fans here watching! This may be a short stage but this must be one of our biggest crowds ever!
It’s a new concept for us and we’re excited – 450 of the world’s best riders racing through the streets of one of the most vibrant cities in South America!
Practice started at 8am and by 9am the streets were already lined with spectators. It’s safe to say this city loves cycling! Even during practice on the mountain stages yesterday there were hundreds of spectators lining the tracks. But today we are in for something even more spectacular…
Hola from Manziales in beautiful Colombia! It’s the first time the series has visited Colombia and do we have a race in store for you!
We’re starting with something completely different today – an urban downhill race as the first stage of the event!
Welcome to Colombia! An urban stage that’s the first of the day is just starting and we’ll be back at 15:00 COT to bring you all the action!
In the meantime here’s what you can expect from this weekend’s race in Colombia!