2017 EWS Finals: Finale Ligure, Italy - Race Day 2 Photo Epic

Oct 2, 2017
by Matthew DeLorme  







The Enduro World Series has reached its conclusion for the fifth time in Finale Ligure, this one was a real nail-biter right down to the end. What we witnessed on the ancient trails of Finale was history in the making and the return of the People's Champion to the top spot. Sam Hill has now proven to be the most well-rounded rider in the world, transcending disciplines, and adding another title to an already legendary career. Round eight has a massive turnout with 500 riders undertaking two days of riding that took them over 100 kilometers from the highest peak in Liguria all the way to the blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea.

With such tight racing all season and things coming close to the wire all eyes were on the battle for the Men's title. Sam Hill and Frenchman Adrien Dailly were locked in an epic battle for the top spot, and in the end, it would come down to a matter of mere seconds. Sam came out with a lead on day one, but Adrien was hot on his heels - at one point just three seconds separated the pair. In the end, Sam would hold it together on the brutal tracks of Finale to keep the third position in the race and secure his first Enduro World Champion title.

Despite their best efforts, neither Hill or Dailly could keep pace with Frenchman Damien Oton this weekend, who was absolutely flying and would take the race win. For Oton, it was his first win since La Thuile in 2014. After a race-ending crash in Whistler during round seven, Martin Maes had a brilliant ride here in Finale to finish in second place.

Reigning World Champion Cecile Ravanel would once again prove to be unstoppable on the tracks of Finale, making sure she finished the season with the race win as well as the Championship title. Isabeau Courdurier and Katy Winton were locked in a heated battle and finished the weekend and the season with Isabeau in second and Katy in Third.

Killian Callaghan had the U21 Men Championship sewn up coming into this race, and took it easy this weekend to finish in seventh place. Whistler local Rhys Verner stormed to victory in this weekend's race - giving a time that would have put him in the top 20 of the senior men. It was a similar story in the U21 Women as Martha Gill's consistent season meant she was already World Champion as she left the start gate on Saturday. British newcomer Ella Conolly made quite the EWS debut, winning this weekend's race. In the team competition Ibis Cycles Enduro Race Team are the new World Champions, Rocky Mountain Urge bp are second and Canyon Factory Enduro Team third.

What a way to finish what has been an utterly spectacular season. We have once again witnessed history in the making, and while it's bittersweet to put the season behind us now, there is comfort in knowing that next year has the potential to be even more epic.


Until next time Finale Ciao
Another beautiful day at the perfect venue. What a way to close out the most difficult EWS season ever.

2017 EWS Finals Finale Ligure Italy
The start of what will feel like the longest day in the world for this man.

Noga was out with a broken hand and found herself on a squid bus. Some of us didn t know what to make of that.
Noga Korem was out with a broken hand and found herself on a Media Squid bus while running the official EWS social media feed for the day.

Ride of the weekend from Yoan Deniaud The young Frenchman took some big scalps and ended up 12th.
Ride of the weekend from Yoan Deniaud? The young Frenchman took some big scalps and ended up 12th.

Remi Gauvin finished the season strong with another strong top 10 result.
Remi Gauvin finished the season strong with another top 10 result.

Jared Graves bounced back from disappointment on day one to go 2 1 5 on the final three stages of day two.
Jared Graves bounced back from disappointment on day one to go 2, 1, 5 on the final three stages of day two.

Despite having the series locked up Cecile Ravanel was on a charge all day long to take her seventh win of the season.
Despite having the series locked up, Cecile Ravanel was on a charge all day long to take her seventh win of the season.

Not the season many had hoped two time Champ Richie Rude would have. Can he get his grove back next year
Not the season many had hoped two-time Champ Richie Rude would have. Can he get his groove back next year?

Despite trials and tribulations Lewis Buchanan has shown tremendous promise this season.
Despite trials and tribulations, Lewis Buchanan has shown tremendous promise this season.

Rae Morrison just snuck into the top 10 with a 9th place finish in Finale.
Rae Morrison just snuck into the top 10 with a 9th place finish in Finale.

Oton blasting his way to his first win since 2014.
Oton blasting his way to his first win since 2014.

Try as he may Adrien Dailly couldn t over take Hill this weekend.
Try as he may, Adrien Dailly couldn't overtake Hill this weekend.

From tenth last year to third this year Katy Winton has arrived.
From tenth last year to third this year, Katy Winton has arrived.

5th place today for Caro Gehrig.
5th place today for Caro Gehrig.

Ratboy doing it for the fans on stage 4.
Ratboy doing it for the fans on stage 4.

After a disastrous opening round in Rotorua Isabeau Courdurier fought hard each and every round to finish the year second overall.
After a disastrous opening round in Rotorua, Isabeau Courdurier fought hard each and every round to finish the year second overall.

After her first round setback Isabeau has fought through the season and secured the 2017 runner up spot.
After her first round setback Isabeau has fought through the season and secured the 2017 runner-up spot.

Oton rode smart and consistent all weekend taking two stages wins on his way the victory.
Oton rode smart and consistent all weekend taking two stage wins on his way the victory.

Damien Oton built himself such a large lead over the first 5 stages that he was able to relax and cruise through his final few race runs to take a convincing win.
Damien Oton built himself such a large lead over the first five stages, that he was able to relax and cruise through his final few race runs to take a convincing win.

Randy sent it. Marco Osborne rode to 11th this weekend.
Randy sent it. Marco Osborne rode to 11th this weekend.

On the gas through ancient trails. Sam Hill keeps the pressure up on day two.
On the gas through ancient trails. Sam Hill keeps the pressure up on day two.

Florian Nicolai has had an up and down season but closed things out on a high note with a 7th in the final race of the year.
Florian Nicolai has had an up and down season but closed things out on a high note with a 7th in the final race of the year.

Adrien Dailly didn t have the speed to run at the front this weekend and spent day two riding a bit cautious to preserve his second spot in the overall ahead of a hard charging Greg Callaghan.
Adrien Dailly didn't have the speed to run at the front this weekend and spent day two riding a bit cautious to preserve his second spot in the overall ahead of a hard charging Greg Callaghan.

Jerome Clementz was Mr Consistent in 2017 giving him a strong footing in the overall.
Jerome Clementz was Mr. Consistent in 2017 giving him a strong footing in the overall.

One for the future. U21 winner Rhys Verner dominated the field with a time good enough for 13th in elites...
One for the future. U21 winner Rhys Verner dominated the field with a time good enough for 13th in elites...

Anita Gehrig not giving the unforgiving Finale rocks any quarter as she skims her way down 4.
Anita Gehrig not giving the unforgiving Finale rocks any quarter as she skims her way down 4.

Ibis Scandinavian duo went through the mill this weekend but still came out smiling. They ve both shown great pace this season.
Ibis' Scandinavian duo went through the mill this weekend but still came out smiling. They've both shown great pace this season.

Last year s winner Martin Maes started the day in 4th place. On Sunday he pushed even harder pulling himself onto the podium for 2nd place when all was said and done.
Last year's winner, Martin Maes, started the day in 4th place. On Sunday he pushed even harder, pulling himself onto the podium for 2nd place when all was said and done.

Casey Brown
Casey Brown would end the weekend in 6th

What a ride from Thomas Lapeyrie to take 5th at the final EWS race of the season.
What a ride from Thomas Lapeyrie to take 5th at the final EWS race of the season.

Sam Hill cracking a smile at the end of the rather brutal stage 6.
Sam Hill cracking a smile at the end of the rather brutal stage 6.

Flat pedals for life and another World Championship for a legendary racer.
Flat pedals for life, and another World Championship for a legendary racer.

As Sam Hill headed up to the final stage on the year the nerves were starting to take their toll. Even with a healthy lead in points and all his rivals behind him there s still so much that could go wrong over the final four minutes of the season.
As Sam Hill headed up to the final stage on the year the nerves were starting to take their toll. Even with a healthy lead in points, and all his rivals behind him, there's still so much that could go wrong over the final four minutes of the season.

Anyone have a Camera We can t resist a selfie opp of the Squid Squad.
Anyone have a camera? We can't resist a selfie opp of the Squid Squad. These are the hard-working folks who bring the Enduro World Series to the world all season long

All the squids packed in tight on the last corner.
All packed in tight like sardines on the last corner. It's not easy finding a photo spot when you arrive three hours behind a few thousand spectators and need to make your way to the front line for all the action. No matter what there always seems to be room for one more.

One stage to go in the race to the sea.
One stage to go in the race to the sea.

Saving the best for last the finale stage of the season saw some close calls in front of a record crowd.
Saving the best for last, the final stage of the season saw some close calls in front of a record crowd.

The big man bringing it home. The end was clearly in sight. After two hard days of riding the new king was about to be crowned.
The big man, bringing it home. The end was clearly in sight. After two hard days of riding the new king was about to be crowned.

When regular noise makers won t do scuba fins will.
When regular noisemakers won't do, scuba fins will.

Cecile brings it home on stage seven.
Cecile brings it home on stage seven.

Greg Callaghan started the season on top but found out first hand how hard it is to keep that momentum up for an entire season. A slump in the middle coast him the tittle but a strong finish here in Finale landed him on the podium for the series championship in 3rd.
Greg Callaghan started the season on top but found out first hand how hard it is to keep that momentum up for an entire season. A slump in the middle cost him the title, but a strong finish here in Finale landed him on the podium for the series championship in 3rd.

Off season mode engaged.
Off season mode engaged.

Tuto everyday. Yoann hangs with the squids during awards.
Tuto everyday. Yoann enjoying the award ceremony.

Three Winton couldn t believe it was real.
Three! Winton couldn't believe it was real.

Justin Leov signed out from EWS racing with a dunk in the sea with his Canyon teammates.
Justin Leov signed out from EWS racing with a dunk in the sea with his Canyon teammates.

A tough season done and dusted for outgoing two time World Champion. Roll on to 2018 for the man who s powerful and usually dominating presence amongst the front runners was missed this season.
A tough season done and dusted for outgoing two-time World Champion. Roll on to 2018 for the man who's powerful and usually dominating presence amongst the front-runners was missed this season.

With the fight for the overall championship dominating much of the commentary this weekend let s not forget who took top honors in the season s final battle. Damien Oton flanked by Martin Maes and Sam Hill in Finale.
With the fight for the overall championship dominating much of the commentary this weekend, let's not forget who took top honors in the season's final battle. Damien Oton flanked by Martin Maes and Sam Hill in Finale.

Damien Oton enjoys the taste of gold after taking his second career EWS victory.
Damien Oton enjoys the taste of gold after taking his second career EWS victory.

What a weekend it was for Katy Martha and Abby.
What a weekend for Mathra and Abby. Three friends from the U.K. bringing home trophies in U21 and Pro Women.

Cecile took top honors once again this year while Isabeau and Katy fought a close battle just behind for second and third.
Cecile took top honors once again this year, while Isabeau and Katy fought a close battle just behind for second and third.

Sam Hill added to his legendary status this season with another World Championship title.
Sam Hill added to his legendary status this season with another World Championship title.

And so it ends Sam Hill and Cecile Ravanel your 2017 World Champions.
And so it ends, Sam Hill and Cecile Ravanel, your 2017 World Champions.

By the slimmest or margins and in a race the came down to the final stage of the last race Ibis Racing took home the title of fastest team in the world. Rocky Mountain would finish just behind with Canyon Factory in third.
By the slimmest of margins, and in a race that came down to the final stage of the last race, Ibis Racing took home the title of fastest team in the world. Rocky Mountain would finish just behind, with Canyon Factory in third.

Your 2017 EWS overall winners.
All your 2017 EWS overall winners share the stage to close out the night.

That s it... That s all...
That's it... That's all...



MENTIONS: @EnduroWorldSeries / @mdelorme / @davetrumpore / @rossbellphoto




86 Comments

  • + 68
 So stoked for Miss Winton.
  • - 34
flag WAKIdesigns (Oct 2, 2017 at 4:36) (Below Threshold)
 #ilovekatywinton #katywintonisfast and #funny and #nice and #supercool and we can't be together but I would still love to #ridewithkatywinton. #notacreep
  • + 45
 @WAki: Dude...
  • + 5
 @BenPea: wha'?! I meant it with all the best intentions. She's freaking cool
  • + 6
 @WAKIdesigns: In 2017 men cannot say anything nice about women #menarecreeps. It may have made it through the PC filter if you left out the 'be together' part.
  • + 8
 @WAKIdesigns: have you Props WAKI. Everyone has dreams.
  • - 7
flag WAKIdesigns (Oct 2, 2017 at 11:08) (Below Threshold)
 @endlessblockades: I can see how being a White Knight seems like a tempting strategy to appear to women... it definitely requires less social skill and balls, than making a girl laugh or dancing with her. I just can't imagine a dude who is one of the guys, and who could make a pretty girl giggle, to go out and school other guys on how to treat women... I just can't...
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: this is pinkbike not tinder. Jizz all you want, just not here, it's embarrassing.
  • + 4
 @WAKIdesigns: I thought you had a hard on for Emily Batty
  • + 17
 @BenPea: what? Really? So you are one of those pathetic a-holes who read something that involves man-woman relation and you get on the high horse instantly? Whatever you are thinking of me in relation to those comments you are quite probably wrong. You must be fun at the parties... so awake man, so awake. Go witch hunt some misogynists, be careful it causes paranoia, one day you'll find one in the mirror. Whatever. It was a fkng light hearted joke you idiots. I have no idea how dumb one has to be to actually assume that I was trying to do... i can't even imagine what one could have achieved towards a girl/woman by writing hey you're hot on the net?! Are you that dumb people?! Are you that low to think so low of someone? Honestly... go fk yourselves, literally. You do need it.
  • - 6
flag BenPea (Oct 2, 2017 at 12:09) (Below Threshold)
 @WAKIdesigns: I am so f*cking fun at parties, you wouldn't believe. Ask my kids.
I'm not sure you're catching my drift. There's nothing wrong with being infatuated with a girl, but there's something weird about declaring it in the cheesiest way possible to a thousand strangers on a bike site. I don't know man, whatever floats your boat... You're the one I'm worried about, not her.
  • + 7
 @BenPea: because shouting "Sam Hill - Legend!" Or "Minnaar GOAT" is so much better... Jesus... don't worry about me, and if you do, please do consider the feeling of embarassment to be primarily a problem of the embarassed person
  • + 4
 @WAKIdesigns: fair enough, I think it may be a problem of chemistry...
  • + 9
 @BenPea: yes I can be acidic
  • + 4
 Lads, this is so cute. Your lovers tiff is clearly because BenPea has feelings for Waki, so he's jealous when he finds out that Waki is having a mid-life crisis and wants to go sell his old, wrinkled oats elsewhere. Just get a room together and be done with it... WakiPea ;-)
  • - 1
 @Deuce-DeuceAndAHalf: ha! love and hate are never far apart
  • + 15
 Can anybody explain me if and how time counts in the ranking system, or it's all about points ?

I see they keep track of overall times, but can't find out if there is an actual ranking purpose for it.
  • + 10
 No idea . But you got down voted for asking a serious question .
  • + 12
 Time only counts for the ranking within a single race. You get a number of points based a singe race result. The overall is determined by the total of all points gained from every race in the season.
  • + 2
 Fastest total time of the weekend wins the weekend and gets the most points. 2nd fastest time gets 2nd most points. Highest points after all weekends wins the championship. 2nd highest gets 2nd dot dot dot
  • + 1
 Does winning a stage give extra points, or is it all about overall time for the week end ?
  • + 6
 @evildos: Overall time. The only thing you get for winning a stage is a pat on the back and a bit more press - no points.
  • + 5
 Thanks a lot for the additional informations, people of pinkbike Wink
  • + 2
 @evildos: it would be interesting to compare overall time for the year wouldn't it? I wonder how it would correlate with the overall. Also it would be cool to see a table of the most stage wins, seconds and thirds. I wonder if that Dirtmag geek stats has it.
  • + 12
 I could be way off the mark here but as a big richie fan i get the feeling from what he posts on social that this year he has had less focus. His interactions with his girlfriend leave me feeling like she's got his heart a little bit more than racing this year. I obviously don't know the guy at all so hoping I'm so wrong but yea, everyones got an opinion i guess!
  • + 66
 Priorities. Sometimes the bike is not #1. That's ok.
  • + 22
 @vikb: Don't worry, he WILL be back. Once the new pu....err, bike smell wears off and she starts complaining about the way he leaves the toilet paper hanging and everything else under the sun then he will have no choice but to put his 100% back into racing. He will have no other escape. Trust me.
  • + 28
 Nice job figuring out his life and his priorities, based on reading a couple of tweets. I love the internet.
Just because someone isn’t afraid to express their feelings for someone in a public manner, it doesn’t prove anything about their devotion to their profession.
  • + 13
 @powaymatt: first of all i clearly said i may be wrong here. Secondly, no, you're wrong. It's not based on a couple of tweets. It's based on a comparison of this year against last and the numerous number of messages about wanting to go home and eat ice cream. What's your reasoning then? Did he just suddenly lose his motivation? Lose his skill? Everyone else but him up theirs? Again, it's ab observation. But thanks for your input. Clearly more valueable than mine.........
  • + 5
 Happened to David St Hubbins too.
  • + 9
 It's almost as if he started riding for Specialized....
  • + 0
 @MrsFunSocks: honestly, I’m not here to argue. My whole point is that none of us really know what’s going on with him. He hasn’t once said he would rather eat ice cream and snuggle with his lady than race his bike. He hasn’t once said he didn’t want to race. He’s just expressed another one of his interests and isn’t afraid to put it on a public forum for all to see.
Everyone is so eager to jump to conclusions, but maybe there isn’t one. Maybe he has had some bad luck? Maybe he has injury that we don’t know about? None of us know. I really doubt a girlfriend is the reason why he didn’t take the win this year though. You can keep your opinion, it’s good for you.
  • + 0
 "It's the power of the p.u.s.s.y" said someone, not me, I was just quoting.

It's true though @boardlife69

Real post!
  • + 2
 @Boardlife69 @jaame: This is straight up misogyny. Can't believe you guys are getting props for this sh•t. MTB is better for everyone when women feel welcome in the sport. Cave man attitudes such as your own do not do anything for this image. FWIW my wife does not ride but she also does not fit some stereotyped image where she is somehow preventing me from getting on my bike. My family will always come before my riding but I make these decisions myself, as a resposible adult. Grow up and get real.
  • + 1
 @DDB1: I was meaning more the part about dropping everything for a girl. Bikes are cool and everything, but if I could choose a girl or a bike ride I would choose the girl eight times out of ten.

Good on Richie for being an animal and following his instincts.

Does that qualify as misogyny?
  • + 3
 @jaame: I took something very different away from your initial comment. I don't know of any woman who would appreciate being spoken about that way. And I still maintain that Boardlife69's comment is derogatory towards women.
  • + 1
 @DDB1: There are only three females whose opinions matter to me. My wife, my mother and my boss.

It matters not to me if any other woman would appreciate my quoting lyrics from an R.Kelly song, which I think are amusing for their accuracy, in a comments section of an internet site used 99% by males.

Before you call me a misogynist again for saying that, I should add that there are not many males whose opinions matter to me either. It's probably about two. Does that make me a man hater? Am I sexist because I don't care what many people think?
  • + 11
 Such an amazing year for EWS Congrats to all the racers for a hard fought season. And... Sam Hill you fucking legend! You just re-solidified your place in MTB history and set a new bar for all...
  • + 9
 Great coverage ass usual. Pretty sure that very 1st pic of Sam is post race...unless he cracks a beer to get things started in the am.
  • + 0
 @Dustfarter Just because it's a can, doesn't mean there's beer in it. Besides, his kit looks pretty clean and while beer's great, it sure doesn't sharpen the tools. Ask any DWI recipient.
  • + 2
 @CaptainSnappy: Oh come on! You should be a politician here in the US.
Anyway. Look at him on the podium. He's about as clean.

I wasn't at all assuming that he drinks beer before the race. I was half-jokingly pointing out that the photo is not congruent with it's caption... aka # fakenews
  • + 1
 Google Birra Moretti. It's a beer can alright.

It could also be from a mechanic or someone else in the team or it could be from a day before. Or it could be from a mechanic from a day before.

Or the photo could in fact actually be taken after the race. Though it says it was taken on 1. 10. 2017 at 8:25. So i guess we can conclude it was taken before the racing begun.
  • + 2
 @Dustfarter: and there's a clock behind him too showing either 4.45am or pm lol
  • + 1
 @sinki: LOL you're right. I stand corrected. What I'm going to take away from that then pic is that Hill wins EWS races on cold pizza and beer Smile
  • + 3
 Does anybody knows how Sam manages his hydration without bottle cage? And why do all the guys hide their hippacks/backpacks under jerseys and tuck them into the shorts? Looks very uncomfortable.
  • + 7
 The water is scared from Sam Hill
  • + 9
 Under jersey makes sense. Looks fly for photogs and makes sponsors happy. No issue grabbing a drink on the transfer stages.
  • + 2
 Water bottle in his bib pocket, he talks about his setup in an interview on vital I think
  • + 1
 Flat pedals win medals if a f**king legend is on them! Can't wait for next year, top ten men are crazy fast and with any luck winton and courdourier will push ravenell for top spot in the women's as well. What a season, proper mountain biking and proper racing!
  • + 2
 Congrats to Mr. Hill and to all the racers this year. Thanks to the Squid Squad and pinkbike for another season of coverage - even better than last year. Can’t wait to see what next year brings!!

Thanks all!
  • + 1
 Anybody know what the black bands are sitting at the top of the outer tubes on most of the Fox 36's?
Brake side could simply be a zip tie to hold the front brake line closer in, but there's always a matching band on the chain-side tube as well.
Edit: NeverMEEnd.
Just saw the front fenders
  • + 2
 Amazing Season... can't wait to follow the next one!! What will it be? The Return of the Living Rude? Or a Back to Back from the Legend?
  • + 4
 Excellent coverage as always PB, keep up the great work.
  • + 2
 How close was that battle for first between Ibis and Rocky?

Huge props to both teams!
  • + 2
 What a season! This has got be be better in the future in terms of "live-watchability"...
  • + 2
 No mention about Italy's sensation Marco Milivinti?
  • + 1
 I will be riding here in 2 weeks time. I'm pissing my pants with excitement!
  • + 2
 Stoked for Sam... and i think by now we all know he run flats!!!!!!!
  • + 3
 #FlatsForDays
  • + 1
 No 13 might be unlucky for some, but no Sam Hill, best bike handler in the world!
  • + 3
 Yeah Robin!
  • + 1
 I concur, but only cos that's exactly how my right arm ended up last time I was there....
  • + 2
 That new Spartan is SEXY!
  • + 2
 Sam Hill = GOAT!
  • + 1
 And thus the sun disappears and the dark age begins...once agains...
  • + 0
 I want one of those Hulky Mountains that Remi Gauvin rides.
  • + 1
 Terbaik!
  • + 1
 sudah makan belum
  • + 2
 Makan donuts dulu
  • + 1
 do you even skate bro
  • + 1
 Yeah Damian!
  • + 1
 Number six for Sam Hill?
  • - 2
 You Oton Live Twice
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