Photo Epic presented by ODI
After a few days of sunshine, racing got underway in Tasmania on a drizzly Saturday afternoon. Just one stage, the longest of the weekend, would sort out the field before the big effort of five additional stages on Sunday. Things would start just as they ended in Rotorua with Martin Maes and Isabeau Courdurier taking the win in their respective categories and with it some added confidence.
Sunday would be back to normal with dry and dusty dirt, warm sunshine and of course the massive Tassie crowds that came to party all day long as the best in the world tackled their local trails.
For the men, it would be Martin Maes taking the driver's seat all day long as he built upon his lead stage after stage. He would win the first three before conceding stage four to Frenchman Kevin Miquel. Behind Martin, the podium positions flip-flopped all day long and heading into the final stage of the day positions 2-4 were still all just within seconds of each other. Connor Fearon, Kevin Miquel, and Remi Gauvin all in a battle for the final podium spots. While in the women's race there would be a different winner on each of the first three stages, and while Isabeau was able to keep it consistent enough to build a lead she was challenged by Jill Kintner and Morgane Charre every step of the way.
With the final stage of the day just above town and filled to capacity with spectators, the stage was set for a dramatic end to the day. With every second counting and podium positions on the line, it was still very much anyone's race.
In the end, Isabeau would walk away unchallenged for the win as she stretched her lead over first time EWS racer Jill Kintner and local Rowena Fry. Just off the podium would be Noga Korem and Andreane Lanthier Nadeau. Unfortunately, a crash from Morgane Charre would push her back to 7th
In the men's race, Martin Maes won all but two of the day's stages to back up his win from last week and head into the break with the maximum points haul thus far in the season. Also backing up his result from a week ago was Florian Nicolai in second who has started his season with strength and consistency heading into the European rounds. Keeping with the theme of new faces on the podium this season, third place would go to Aussie Connor Fearon just ahead of Remi Gauvin and Kevin Miquel.
The EWS will now take a six-week break before picking up again at the iconic and picturesque island venue of Madeira.Previously:
• Final Results: EWS Tasmania 2019
• Day 1 Results: EWS Tasmania 2019
• Practice Photo Epic: (Tas) - MANIA - EWS Tasmania 2019
• Course Preview: Ride The Tassy Tiger - EWS Tasmania 2019
• 3 Pro Bikes from EWS Tasmania 2019
• Video: Course Preview - EWS Tasmania 2019