Bluegrass EWS Finale Race Preview

25 September 2020

The Enduro World Series (EWS) will once again conclude its season in Italy, with the Bluegrass EWS Finale and Rider Trophy this Saturday. 

Finale is the only venue to have featured on the EWS calendar every year without fail

The Series’ spiritual home will host the final round of the 2020 season, as riders line up to take on one of Europe’s most iconic trail networks in a big day of racing. Featuring four stages and nearly 60km of pedalling, the race promises a huge day of racing to see out the season in style. 

Melanie Pugin on her way to winning in Pietra last week

In the women’s race 2019 Champion Isabeau Courdurier (Lapierre Zipp Collective) will not take the start due to an ankle injury, leaving the women's race wide open. Melanie Pugin, will be charging hard for three wins out of three; having won the EWS-E in Zermatt at round one followed the Vittoria EWS Pietra Ligure last weekend. Trying hard to stop her will be the newly crowned French Champion Morgane Charre (Pivot Factory Racing). Her toughest competition is likely to come from her fellow country women Estelle Charles, Morgane Jonnier (Team Peugeot Cycles) and Julie Duvert (Theory Global Enduro Team).

However, there’s a slew of fast women ready to take on the challenge, with Andreane Lanthier Nadeau (Rocky Mountain Race Face Enduro Team), Noga Korem (GT Factory Racing) and Katy Winton (Trek Factory Racing) all looking to make their mark on the podium before the season is out.

Dailly remains the man to beat this weekend

Adrien Dailly (Lapierre Zipp Collective) will start the race as the favourite for the win after his impressive performance in Pietra last weekend - finishing the day 20 seconds clear of the rest of the field. Chasing him down will be Florian Nicolai (Trek Factory Racing), team mates Jack Moir and Dimitri Tordo (Canyon Collective) and Jesse Melamed (Rocky Mountain Race Face Enduro Team).

No man has ever won the Finale round of the EWS twice, but if Martin Maes (GT Factory Racing) takes to the start on Saturday he’ll be the only man who can try. Maes took his first EWS win in Finale in 2016, but a crash in Pietra last weekend has left him with stitches in both his knee and wrist so whether he’ll race remains to be seen. 

With no individual series titles on offer this year, it’s the teams that are battling it out for the championship this season. Heading up the charge will be Pivot Factory Racing who lead the points, but not far behind are Rocky Mountain Race Face Enduro Team and Trek Factory Racing who are currently tied on 1620 points. 

Live timing and race feed for Bluegrass EWS Finale Ligure will be available on on Saturday, September 26th.