Your Essential Guide to EWS Finale Ligure 2018
The traditional EWS final in Finale is nearly upon us. To top what has been an incredible season of racing, riders are faced with four stages in one day, starting at Border Line, to Rocche Gianche, to Mao Crest, and finishing up on the 3km double-black diamond DH Men track. Expect the unexpected here in the sleepy Italian coastal town of Finale Ligure; the sum of their efforts from the training in the off season to the seven races prior to this one comes to a conclusion. Time to go full out flat out… time for EWS Finale Ligure.
What Happened At The Last Round
Top five individual rider points are awarded as follows. A full rundown of points is available in the EWS Rulebook. • 1st = 500 points (Men) // 400 points (Women) • 2nd = 450 points (Men) // 350 points (Women) • 3rd = 420 points (Men) // 320 points (Women) • 4th = 400 points (Men) // 300 points (Women) • 5th = 390 points (Men) // 290 points (Women) they can to protect a lead, it messes with their heads. Imagine riding with "don’t crash" looping in your head, I’m pretty sure I would end up in the first ditch. Hill only needs 10 points to secure the title, 89th, which for him is basically not crashing and I don’t think anyone doubts that will manage that, but it’s worth keeping this perspective in mind that no matter what his final spot on Sunday, there is a lot more that will go into his ride this weekend than we will see on the surface.As for the rest of the podium this weekend, I think Oton and Maes are solid bets. They took second and third in Ainsa and have both won this race (Maes '16, Oton '17), so form is definitely on their side. I reckon when it comes down to it, the young Belgian will have the speed to hold off the Catalan Eagle.My math was out last time and it turns out Cecile still needs 50 points from Finale to wrap up the title. I think we are at a point where the points awarded should be re-considered. Don’t get me wrong, Courdurier has had an impressive season, but she has consistently been second to Ravanel. The way things break down, if Cecile were to DNF, then Isabeau would take the title, if she won, and that somehow doesn’t seem like a great way to win a world title. If you win 7 out of 8 rounds, you should probably get the title. However, with the title still on the line, I would expect Ravanel and Courdurier to carry on with business as usual, taking the first and second spots. I actually think the more interesting betting is on Ravanel and what she plans to do next year. After all, she is the same age as Minnaar, but, much like him, she is showing little sign of slowing down and the question is not whether she is going to take up a comfy chair and relax, but if she wins three titles is she going to focus on a new challenge, like World Cup DH and Crankworx events.For the third step of the women’s podium, I think we will see a battle between Katy Winton who is trying to hold onto third in the series, Noga Korem, Anita Gehrig and Andreane Lanthier-Nadeau, who will all be looking for a strong finish to the year. If I had to call it, I think Korem and Gehrig are not quite consistent with their pace, Winton seems to have peaked at the beginning of the season, but Lanthier-Nadeau seems to be on a rising tide, with ever-improving results since her return from injury and the confidence of a podium one week earlier.”
What Happened Here Last Time Round?
Previous Winners In Finale Ligure
Must Know, Must See, Must Do
Friday 28 September • 08:00-11:00 // Training - Stage 1 • 09:30-13:00 // Training - Stage 2 • 11:00-14:30 // Training - Stage 3 • 12:00-16:00 // Training - Stage 4
Saturday 29 September• No main EWS events scheduled
Sunday 30 September• 07:30-17:30 // Race - Stages 1-4 • TBC // Pasta Party • TBC // Awards • TBC // Closing PartyIt’s one last grab to get that killer shot for our team of photographers and videographers covering the Enduro World Series for this year. For all the latest news, including results and stories from the mountainside, keep your eyes peeled on Pinkbike over the weekend.
You can also catch the all the riders’ times as they progress through the stages on both days via the EWS live timing feature.
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