Round two of the EWS-E, Bluegrass EWS-E Finale presented by Vittoria, ended much as it began - with Laura Charles and Nico Vouilloz the series leaders.
Fabien Barel took to the start line for his first EWS-E of the year
Finale is perhaps the most iconic enduro destination on the planet, and today’s race more than lived up to its reputation. Featuring no less than 12 stages across three loops, the course took in over 70km and 3000 metres of elevation, providing the ultimate test for both body and bike.
Laura Charles dominated the women’s race once again
In the women’s race Laura Charles (Orbea Fox Enduro Team) took the gruelling course in her stride, controlling the race from the start. The round one winner showed last week’s performance in her debut EWS-E was nothing to do with beginner’s luck, she won ten of the 12 stages. Three times EWS Champion Tracy Moseley was able to take one stage from her, but it didn’t come close to overcoming Charles’ dominance, with Moseley finishing in second place and over a minute back. Reigning E-MTB World Champion Nicole Goldi rounded out the top three after she put down consistent performances on every stage.
Adrien Dailly made quite the EWS-E debut with a podium finish
It was a different story in the men’s race, with Adrien Dailly (Lapierre Zipp Collective) making his mark on his EWS-E debut. Vouilloz (Lapierre Overvolt Team) took the early lead, but Dailly pushed his former mentor all day, and for a while led the race. However, Vouilloz proved too strong and won his second EWS-E race of the year. Dailly came a very respectable second place and in third was Vouilloz’s Lapierre Overvolt teammate Kevin Marry.
Vouilloz’s win helped ensure his team Lapierre Overvolt lead the rankings with just one race left this season
Orbea Fox Enduro Team were Team of the day, with Lapierre Overvolt in second and E-Team Moustache Bike in third. Lapierre Overvolt still lead the rankings heading into the final race of the series, Vittoria EWS-E Tweed Valley in Scotland in just two weeks time.