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Let’s hope this final EWS race of the season in Finale Ligure, Italy, closes the shortest season we will ever see in the sport. After two notably wet events, the race in Finale Ligure rolled out on the best dirt possible. Heavy autumn rain in the evenings leading up to the race meant minimal dust and maximum grip.
The elite women’s field was running slim, with only 23 athletes on the start list, two in the U21 race, and a lone masters rider. France’s Morgane Charre won the first two stages and took second on the other pair to win the overall, followed by last weekend’s champ, Melanie Pugin, who went fastest on stages three and four. Estelle Charles moved up in the overall with a smashing third place finish, and UK-based Katy Winton went from 15th to 4th place overall between the two weekends. Norco’s Anita Gehrig had a consistent day to complete the podium in fifth, while Rocky Mountain/Race Face rider Andreane Lanthier Nadeau fought hard and landed just off the celebration platform.
Jesse Melamed shifted into turbo for a repeat of his performance in Zermatt, winning three of the four stages in Finale Ligure. Florian Nocolai matched his second place finish from last weekend, as did Australian Jack Moir, finishing in third for two consecutive weeks. Theo Galy pushed the pace to fourth place, with New Zealand’s Eddie Masters in fifth and Charles Murray just off the step.
It’s time for all of these folks to enjoy a margarita pizza or cocktail by the sea before returning to the gym, and we hope to see a lot more of each of them in 2021.
That’s a wrap. Hopefully next season brings demonstrably less mayhem, and more fun mountain biking. The Enduro World Series team and individual event organizers took on heaps of risk and responsibility to have a few races this year, and they did a fantastic job. Thanks again y’all!