EWS Finale Lingure in One Minute
The final round of the Enduro World Series went down in Finale Lingure this weekend, and was a fittingly dramatic end to the 2018 season. This year, the format was changed for the race in the Italian Riviera from a two-day event to one day of all-out racing. There was no holding back on the four brutal stages -- it was all or nothing.
In the women’s race, Isabeau Courdurier took the win on the first two stages of the day, but series leader Cecile Ravanel came back with a second-wind to sweep the field on the final two stages. Courdurier’s lead from the first half of the race wasn’t enough to hold back Ravanel, who made up enough time on the third and fourth stages to come out ahead and on top of the podium with Courdurier taking the second step and Andreane Lanthier Nadeau landing in third. Ravanel also cinched her overall title for the season, although after winning every round previous this year, it was never really in doubt who would take the Enduro World Champion title. Courdurier took the silver overall for the season, and Katy Winton came away with bronze.
The men’s field was dominated by the resurgent Richie Rude, who, for the first time in EWS history, took the win on every single stage in Finale. Damien Oton was was hot on Rude’s heels, and ended up second for the day. Kevin Miquel rounded out the podium in third with his best-ever career finish. Martin Maes clipped a tree with his hand in the second stage and was unable to finish the day -- a surely disappointing way for the Belgian to end an incredible season.
Of course, the man of the day was Sam Hill, who came into the final EWS round leading the series overall in points. Hill played it safe to avoid crashes or a mechanical, and his eventual ninth place finish was enough to secure him the overall title for the season. Read our full feature on Hill’s return to race domination here. Damien Oton has been extremely consistent all year, and earned the silver metal in the overall standings for his efforts. Florian Nicolai finished his season by taking home the bronze.