Final Results: EWS La Thuile 2018

Jul 22, 2018
by Pinkbike Staff  

How loose is Stage 5

Highlights of day 2 in La Thuile included all sorts of bad luck for riders with enough punctures, destroyed wheels, and brake mishaps to go around. Starting off the day on stage 6, Ravanel continued her domination and Martin Maes took the stage win by 7 seconds over Sam Hill. Eddie Masters, who's having an epic weekend here in Italy, crossed in 3rd, but stayed 2nd overall headed into the next stage. Martin Maes took the win on stage 4 as well, bumping Eddie down to third in the overall. In the women's field, Cecile Ravanel took the stage 4 win. Less lucky was Melanie Pugin who walked away from a tough crash, but did not continue racing. For stage 5, concerns over weather prompted another course alteration and it became a 30-second sprint, which Veronika Bruchle and Matt Simmonds took the wins on. With just one stage left, the second round of stage 6, Cecil lead the overall by a massive margin, which she retained crossing the finish line to take the win. On the men's side, Maes won the stage while Hill won the race. Stay tuned for round 6 in Whistler in August!

Women's Results

1st Cecile RAVANEL 58:39.84
2nd Isabeau COURDURIER +1:39.35
3rd Ines THOMA +3:38.97
4th Anita GEHRIG +4:21.24
5th Katy WINTON +4:31.68
6th Andreane LANTHIER NADEAU +4:37.39
7th Noga KOREM +5:57.74
8th Becky COOK +6:03.53
9th Morgane CHARRE +6:11.90
10th Laura CHARLES +7:29.93
Men's Results

1st Samuel HILL 59:53.27
2nd Martin MAES +0:13.15
3rd Eddie MASTERS +0:40.58
4th Jesse MELAMED +1:20.32
5th Damien OTON +1:24.71
6th Thomas LAPEYRIE +1:25.56
7th Youn DENIAUD +1:37.65
8th Yoann BARELLI +1:43.03
9th Florian NICOLAI +1:44.90
10th Jose BORGES +1:47.33

Full results and race updates here.

MENTIONS: @EnduroWorldSeries


  • 240 1
 Eddie fucking Masters !!!!
  • 60 124
flag WAKIdesigns (Jul 22, 2018 at 8:31) (Below Threshold)
  • 20 4
 Eddie the eagle
  • 15 2
 Eddie would go!!!!!!!!!!!
  • 8 0
 Eddie Munster!
  • 2 1
 Ha. The way he's been performing lately that has now officially become his middle name.
  • 15 100
flag fecalmaster (Jul 22, 2018 at 9:44) (Below Threshold)
 Eddie was soo close to getting second until that dickhead Willie Maes decided to start hitting home runs. Sam Hill mopping the floor with all these guys as usual.
  • 27 2
 @fecalmaster: yes, 13 seconds in an hour of racing. I mean, why even show up?
  • 18 58
flag fecalmaster (Jul 22, 2018 at 10:46) (Below Threshold)
 @YouHadMeAtDrugs: It's all about the pussy, racing is just to kill time
  • 45 7
 @fecalmaster: Sort your shit out mate.
  • 19 12
 @fecalmaster: the only dickhead here is you, by calling a great athlete and super nice person “dickhead”
  • 3 0
 Eddie, I want half!
  • 13 20
flag fecalmaster (Jul 22, 2018 at 22:45) (Below Threshold)
 @panaphonic: Grow up bloke and learn how to take a joke, or be a tight ass till your crack is broke.
  • 12 19
flag fecalmaster (Jul 22, 2018 at 22:47) (Below Threshold)
 @Eden4: Oh is he nice, did you really dumb out and take serious, sorry I set you brain on fire little guy.
  • 13 22
flag fecalmaster (Jul 22, 2018 at 22:48) (Below Threshold)
 I guess you guys are both affraid of pussy, don't worry I'll take care of it.
  • 1 0
  • 104 2
 This Sam Hill guy seems pretty good , should try his hand at dh
  • 6 1
 Never heard of him before but yeah one of those big DH teams should pick him up. Santa Cruz maybe?

  • 57 1
 New EWS rule states fecal and waki can only comment to each other. It’ll be a Sunday after sunday
  • 10 1
 This is the first rule that UCI implemented.
  • 57 1
  • 7 1
 Incredible Barelli so f'ing stoked for him
  • 32 0
 Martin made up some serious time today, full beast mode
  • 15 0
 Martin is completely on Hills tail and getting faster and faster... Also less mistakes then previous years it seems... go Maes!
  • 16 1
 @Trailstunter: he is so versatile i am waiting that he enters the tour de france for fun
  • 2 2
 @funkzander: haha yeah it is insane indeed!
  • 25 0
  • 21 0
 Watch out whistler JM is coming home to rip it up
  • 3 0
 And so will be Barelli, sortof. Heard he might switch to the CX bike for he got loads of training on it!
  • 21 1
 15th place for Sam Blenkinsop not a bad result, beating plenty of full time enduro racers.
  • 15 1
 Sam Hill is everything that’s right about enduro. #legend
  • 13 1
 Ravanel is 74s faster than Hill? :O

Cecile you f*cking legend!

(I know a stage got cancelled for the women..)
  • 8 0
 She could have done that stage in 74 seconds. Easily
  • 4 3
 Interesting that no one seems to notice this outstanding fact.
  • 2 2
 it is not a fact, something must be wrong or not explained as the times are not realistic by far.
  • 4 0
 Women did not race stage 1, which took 9 min to sam hill.
  • 1 0
 Why didn't they race?
  • 1 0
 @ibishreddin: one of the men’s vorbei seriously injured and they had to delay the rest of the men’s race so far, there was not time for the women’s race. No idea who got I hired tho
  • 15 6
 Sam Motherfckin Hill. The Thunder from Down Under takes another one! Good on ya, man! #flatpedalswinmedals.

Also. Eddie f*cking Masters. What a performance!
  • 3 0
 Its now the battle second place ... Sam wrap it up too early... LOL
  • 10 0
 So pumped to see Eddie in the top 3!
  • 8 0
 Really incredible for Jesse to get 4th while still recovering from the busted clavicle and for Yoann to get 8th in his first time back to the EWS in so long.
  • 6 0
 Go Noga!!! after a very tough first day of racing, she was able to push some more on the challenging second day, i'm utterly impressed!!! Such a talented rider
  • 5 2
 Knowing that second place is incredible in most instances. One has to feel badly for Martin. Two years chasing Richie and now two years chasing Sam. Hopefully his breakthrough is coming (before the likes if Adrien, Eliot and other young guns come into their own).
  • 8 1
 Hes still in his early 20s. No need to hurry. Hes got lots of time and he needs it. Won some stages and finished top ten(I think) during his first year in elite after being champ in junior on previous year. Then could not get a good result every year after that due to crash or mechanical. Hopefully he can podium at the end of this season.
  • 3 0
 I would do more Dh if I were him...
  • 3 0
 @ugez: If you're talking about Maes, he never competed as a junior in EWS (even though he was of age). He raced in Open division from Day 1. He's wicked fast. And will win soon.
  • 2 0
 @DanielDunnPhoto: I stand corrected. Smile But yeah, hes the first rider that proves EWS is not for DH retirees.
  • 2 0
 While I totally respect his decision to stay home for the birth of his child, I have to say that Wallner’s absence was notable. Not only does his overall standings take a dive after a great breakthrough season, the entire Ibis team seemed to be lower in the rankings—which could be inferred as a testament to his leadership on the team raising everyone’s performance. I hope his family is doing well and he returns to the sport soon.
  • 7 1
  • 6 2
 So how much more does Sam need for the overall? It must be getting awfully close.
  • 1 0
 One race without points and he cold be second (with Oton winning).
  • 5 0
 Yeaaaaah Rocky Team! Jesse ,Remi and Andreane all kicking ass!
  • 7 4
 Not followed ews for a while. Whats up with richie rude and jared graves nowadays?
  • 63 8
 Well Graves rides a Specialized and Rude doesn't win when it's wet like this weekend.
  • 12 6
 @Euskafreez: So that's why Loic and Finn are so slow!
  • 22 2
 Juggy1985: If you genuinely want to know? The level has been raised. Lots of new guys coming into the sport, and a rather fast old one. It's also a mental game so if you have enough crap races like Graves and Rude, you begin to doubt your own ability.

Graves never really picked up from where he left off at Yeti when he joined Specialized but it has little to do with the bike and everything to do with the pressure to perform from a larger $ contract. He's a super genuine guy and probably really wants to do well for his sponsors but as time goes by and the results don't come, the whole just gets deeper.
  • 2 33
flag fecalmaster (Jul 22, 2018 at 9:49) (Below Threshold)
 Graves is riding fakie this year as an EWS first, Rude is getting up to speed but Hill is too much, and Gwin has won every stage of every race wearing spandex.
  • 12 0
 Today Rude crashed hard in the steepest section of the first stage of the day just in front of me. He made a f*cking hole in the ground (I'm not even joking) and the bike got smashed against a tree. I'm pretty sure he got a flat tire and a bent rotor in the process, and he retired from the race. Dunno about Graves though, today he was looking ok, it's just that everyone was going insanely fast
  • 6 7
 @fecalmaster: What are you on today, bro?

Did you hit the 'shrooms too hard?
  • 6 12
flag fecalmaster (Jul 22, 2018 at 22:50) (Below Threshold)
 @kabanosipyvo: I haven't taken shrooms since before you were born little guy. Grow a set and a sense of humor.
  • 5 7
 @kabanosipyvo: You don't hit shroom. Shroom hit you.
  • 9 15
flag fecalmaster (Jul 23, 2018 at 0:40) (Below Threshold)
 @colincolin: I'm impressed you can spell shrooms or even know what they are. Do you think you could squeeze one up your tight ass. I know you deutschlander's are into that.
  • 2 7
flag colincolin (Jul 23, 2018 at 0:51) (Below Threshold)
  • 8 10
 @colincolin: Sorry I'm not into men but do your thing bro.
  • 2 0
 @jclnv: ehhh, I'd wager it has something to do with the bike. Ridden both extensively, the Yeti works a lot better than the Stumpy when it comes to actually eating bumps.
  • 5 3
 @fecalmaster: My sense of humor is alive and well. No need to be an outright a-hole on here (on multiple posts, at that) just because your humor isn't coming across clearly.

And I've been MTBing since road and MTB frames were one and the same, you?
  • 3 1
 @kabanosipyvo: I thought he was very funny but USA humor has never gone over well in russia
  • 2 9
flag fecalmaster (Jul 23, 2018 at 13:36) (Below Threshold)
 @kabanosipyvo: Sorry your this easily offended but comedy it was. Yes indeed have been racing bmx, road , xc, DH since they all started.
  • 3 3
 @OffTrackBouncer: Who said anything about Russia?

Perhaps you meant to write "Russian humor has never gone over well in the USA."
  • 2 1
 @kabanosipyvo: Don't get it twisted for real.
  • 2 0

Video of Sam Hill at the end shows how smooth he is.
  • 3 0
 Amazing, Noga Korem! Great results
  • 2 0
 Sam's consistent results since starting this gig are astounding. Impressed.
  • 4 1
 Sam sews it up!
  • 3 0
 Tlap is back swinging.
  • 2 0
 Even dealing with a hand injury he absolutely killed it!
  • 2 0
 What happened with Rude? DNF? I don't see any times
  • 1 0
 Broken back wheel on stage 4.
  • 8 0
 Rude went Beast Mode, but went a bit too beast Mode and crushed the bike.
  • 3 1
 Hill and Maes, what a battle!
  • 2 0
 what happened to bryceland?
  • 6 0
 If you follow the race feed they said he was "somewhat confusingly" giving his interviews in Spanish.
  • 8 0
 His sweet new grips and having his name on his brake levers clearly didn't give him any advantage whatsoever.
  • 1 0
  • 3 0
 Gotta love Caps lock.. Wink
  • 1 0
 José what a performance (bóra lá),and Sam job well done,against all precocepcions and bullshits
  • 3 1
 So Cecile was faster than Sam?
  • 1 0
 Cushcore don't seems to be doing it's job on Richie's wheels, bummer for him.
  • 2 0
 Did Ravanel make a faster time than Hill???
  • 3 3
 Why does Cecile have a shorter time than Hill? Did the women have raced shorter stages?
  • 1 0
 Course alterations due to weather.
  • 2 0
 The women didn't ride the last stage on day 6 stages for the men but 5 for the women.
  • 5 21
flag fecalmaster (Jul 22, 2018 at 10:28) (Below Threshold)
 The last stage on day one was the annual bikini shoot, next time in Whistler the men have annual banana hammock contest.
  • 1 0
 The last stage on day one for the women got deleted due to a course hold to rescue an injured rider. That's what the live race feed was telling yesterday...
  • 1 0
 Congratulations to all - especially to Ines and Anita! Smile
  • 1 0
 If DH is UFC then EWS is clearly Bellator with the talent gap
  • 1 0
 True story, you have no idea what your talking about.
  • 1 0
 @ischiller: Unless you're bangin' wheels with Sam Hill, you and I have the same knowledge of what I'm talking about.
  • 1 0
 @almacigatrailrider: Again, false assumption. I've worked with UFC fighters. Many fighters train with other fighters from other promotions. Not every fighter from AKA or Jackson Wink fights for the UFC. Yet they train together. And there are several fighters in Bellator came from the UFC and vice versus.

A more apt comparison is kick boxing to MMA. Or boxing to MMA. There is crossover, however Downhill and Enduro are two different sports. Saying somehow EWS riders lack talent comparably shows how little you know.
  • 1 0
 yeaaa Borges Top 10 nice done
  • 1 0
  • 2 3
 Sam Hill, lose the stage but win the overall
  • 9 0
 He won every stage yesterday.
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