Introduced back in 2019, the Enduro World Series Queen stage format rewards the winners (and only the winners!) of the toughest stage of the day with overall points. This season of course, things were slightly different with the points going to the only overall title slated to play for – the Teams title.
At Vittoria EWS Pietra Ligure, the stage in question was to be Hellboy, a freshly-revitalised combination of two of the areas most famous trails. Unlocking the fastest lines was made all the tougher by some changeable conditions but ultimately it was France’s Melanie Pugin Canada’s Rhys Verner (Kona Factory Team) who topped the time sheets, here’s how they did it:
For Melanie Pugin, that titanic effort was enough to turn her race around and put her into the lead of the overall, which she would control right up to her return to the towns stunning piazza to take the win. For Kona’s Rhys Verner a lack lustre ride on the next stage with a 22nd marred a superb set of stage results. The young pinner would still manage to finish his first European EWS race an impressive eleventh however. You can check out how the rest of the race unfolded, here:
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