Day 2 Results: EWS Petzen-Jamnica 2018

Jul 1, 2018
by Pinkbike Staff  

Martin Maes intouch with the win. Second after day one with a win on stage one.

The second day of the Petzen-Jaminica EWS left the field chasing after Sam Hill and Cecile Ravanel, who each took the first spot yesterday. After stage 5, Martin Maes was just 1.6 seconds behind frontrunner Sam Hill, but couldn't pull ahead to take the win, finishing almost 11 seconds behind Sam. Robin Wallner was a minute back to take third. Cecile came away with the win by a two and a half minute margin, crushing the competition. The top three women's field was rounded out with Isabeau Courdurier and Casey Brown.

On to La Thuile, Italy!

Women's Results

1st. Cecile RAVANEL 63:07.00
2nd. Isabeau COURDURIER +2:31.24
3rd. Casey BROWN +3:01.88
4th. Melanie PUGIN +3:13.18
5th. Ines THOMA +3:49.12
6th. Katy WINTON +4:17.20
7th. Raewyn MORRISON +4:29.41
8th. Noga KOREM +4:39.48
9th. Andreane LANTHIER NADEAU +5:08.63
10th. Anita GEHRIG +5:21.36
Men's Results

1st. Sam HILL 52:55.67
2nd. Martin MAES +0:10.58
3rd. Robin WALLNER +1:00.55
4th. Ruaridh CUNNINGHAM +1:28.38
5th. Vid PERSAK +1:31.97
6th. Damien OTON +1:34.35
7th. Eddie MASTERS +1:37.81
8th. Florian NICOLAI +2:02.639th.
9th. Thomas LAPEYRIE +2:13.06
10th Jesse MELAMED +2:27.95

Full results and race updates here.

MENTIONS: @EnduroWorldSeries


  • 79 4
 Wallner is getting WAY too little attention. Another podium in this super competitive line-up is super impressive, especially considering that big names like Rude and Graves for various reasons fail to stay at the sharp end of the field consistently.
  • 5 0
 Agreed, @Crossmaxx They dropped X-Fusion and got on Fox suspension and he's been doing amazing ever since. Good to see as Ibis runs a very small team.
  • 6 3
 Yup. His level of consistency this year has been impressive. I hate to say it, but with Sam Hill in EWS, the real race for everyone else is for second place in the overall. Wallner is doing awesome.
  • 23 0
 @whambat: I wouldn't say it's a race for second place when Sam Hill and Martin Maes were only separated by 10 seconds after nearly 53 minutes of racing.
  • 3 0
 @dingus: Exactly. Maes was within a second and a half coming into the final stage. Judging from the pics and reports... It took it out of Hill to really beat him. Not trying to diss Hill at all, or anyone else for that matter. They're both great athletes; they all are, but that's exactly my point. Hill, Maes, Wallner, whoever you want, but mostly Hill and Maes for the sake of this argument, put up a heck of a fight, this is gonna be interesting.
  • 1 0

Hill and Maes will probably be meeting again this week with the Megavalanche... Like last year...
Hill could not really make something of it last year, due to bad qualifications (puncture).
  • 3 0
 It's pretty telling, even in the replies to a post about Robin he gets the full attention. If people knew more about his off-season training in northern Sweden they could maybe begin to understand what a feat the man's pulling off right now.

But then again, not even the Swedish bike media gives Robin the attention he deserves. Heck, not even the local newspaper here in Åre writes about him. Guess that's the price you pay for coming from a small bike country like Sweden.
  • 1 0
 @Glisseur: Same goes for Belgium ...
Enduro MTB is just to small as a sport to get attention between the populair sports like: soccer, F1, and so on... too bad Frown
  • 4 0
 Mad respect to Wallner. He is quietly letting his phenomenal speed and consistency do the talking. Equally important, he’s not crashing out or wrecking his bike. Very impressive.
  • 1 8
flag fecalmaster (Jul 2, 2018 at 8:18) (Below Threshold)
 Hill is doing awesome. Wallner can kiss my ass.
  • 1 0
 @Trailstunter: wasn’t cycling in general supposed to be a very Belgian sport?
  • 1 0
 @dj100procentenduro: road cycling yeah...
  • 63 1
 Martin Maes... you beast, just few weeks ago dislocated shoulder, and now competing for rank 1 with Hill... only few seconds back... and a big gab to the rest of the field... Congrats to Hill... I think it is a matter of time before Maes is the man to beat... still one of youngest of the EWS field... so much potential...
  • 8 0
 Loving the guy since he got the podium on Filale Ligure EWS at just 16 years
Maes The Beast !! ????
  • 3 0
Maes was 15 years old, and a wild card rider in Winterberg World Champs 4cross... all the big league guys were there... and Maes won that day... insane...
  • 1 0
 ...but where is the complete pic or release of his new enduro bike?
  • 4 0
 Pretty baffling how fast these pros recover from an injury. Sometimes it strikes me how suddenly all my favorite riders seem to get injured but let's not forget most often they recover and rise to the top once again. Rachel Atherton back up there, Martin Maes here, Jeffrey Herlings placed second in the MXGP seventeen days after having broken his collarbone, even Caroline Buchannan seems to be throwing shapes gain:
  • 2 0
 @vinay: Yeah it is insane... it took 6 months for me to be able to put big force on my dislocated shoulder...
Maes does it in a few weeks... insane..
  • 36 1
 Let's hear it for Persak! And Maes, and Brown, and Pugin, and Melamed, and Courdurier, and... aw, heck... Let's hear it for EVERYBODY! Thanks to all the amazing riders who put it all out there and provided some seriously awesome racing! And to everyone else that made EWS possible, etc.
  • 36 2
 a privateer taking 5th in the mens is wild
  • 8 1
 Isnt he sponsored by Mondraker and also a local to Petzen? He may not have the full team support (or paycheck) of the big names, but he’s still got good support.
  • 17 6
 @PHeller: having trails fully memorized is definitely a game changer.
  • 23 2
 @thesharkman: Most of the trails were freshly cut and had never been ridden before.
  • 1 0
 @PHeller: privateer doesnt mean he has no sponsor at all There is always kind of support but you cant living for that as they deserved. anyway since harry heath was privateer I think sometimes the shadow of being privateer its helpful for a goal achievment
  • 5 0
 @PHeller: he get a bike and help to go to races... thats it mostly!
He needs to service his bike, take care of himself, etc. If this is factory support. Hmmm...

And yes, he memorized "old" trails... after so much rain and so much riders on them, trails are completely changed. Belive me, have been there this weekend and have ridden them.
  • 1 0
 @mtbikeaddict: I'll say this much: home turf advantage is a thing. You get used to the dirt, the dust, the heat, the elevation. I've got some local pros who dominate on trails like that are similar to those around here (dry, dusty, hot, high elevation) but put them in a wet, muddy, humid environment and it really impacts their performance. I think if Persak wanted to do another EWS he'd find someone to pay his way in, especially after this result.
  • 4 0
 Though heavily sponsored, Melamed's results were an awesome thing to see. he's going to up there with Persak, Hill and Maes in the coming rounds for sure!
  • 3 0
 Hope that Vid could ride without mechenicals in La Thuille, because there are really technical trails and thats what he likes. Most of races are more speed, not so steep and technical.
2016 he would beat Sam and Rude on Stage 5 (on of the hardest stages ever in EWS) without heavy crash just before finish - he fell couple of meters down in front of judges eyes and need to climb back up on course, where he went out. Lost at least 30sec (I think) and he was 23sec back (or something like these) and on 5th place in general class (so I have in my mind, didnt check it for sure lately).

He loves Ireland, which is "short" but really technical. He was there 2nd in junior class 2 or 3 years ago.

Now is his chance on Round 5 and then in Canada. We hope for the best!
  • 27 1
 Persak 5th with crash on last stage. What a result for guy without factory support.
  • 19 25
flag WAKIdesigns (Jul 1, 2018 at 8:51) (Below Threshold)
 There can be absolutely no talk about knowing the trails and specifics of the terrain inside out, he would do exactly the same in Whistler. Fk off you haters!
  • 5 7
 @WAKIdesigns: no, he would not...
  • 3 0
 Get this guy on the world circuit .
  • 15 0
 @thesharkman: 28th last year in whistler.... believe me, u'll see much more of him in the future!!
  • 10 1
Go smoke soms ... you naggy nerd
  • 2 0
 ...not only on last stage. On first, on fifth, and one or two more if Im not wrong. This one on last he thought to not be able to stand up again, but fight it till end somehow.
  • 23 0
 Maes is unbelievable... dominating in both EWS and his one WC DH, and coming off an injury to boot. Respect!
  • 18 1
 Casey fucking Brown!
  • 15 0
 Did Graves have tire issues?
  • 22 5
 By this time he must be extremely tired... deflated for the lack of a better word.
  • 9 0
 He must be tired of treading the same old path that's for sure. Let's hope they can get on the case and not Butcher another race.
  • 4 0
 Only if his bike is two tired.
  • 3 0
 And they seemed so pumped up with their new tire casing.
  • 2 0
  • 6 3
 @BedsideCabinet: Yeah I know but North Americans only use about 10 letters for all words.
  • 2 3
 @headshot: sk blls, nt ‘s gd ‘s mynns o’ hyrlrs
  • 2 0
 @WAKIdesigns: s's tht swdsh? plsh r nglsh?
  • 2 0
 Plz stap
  • 2 0
 @Clemounet: Pls stp... Bt w dnt wnt t... ll Wink
  • 4 2
 @mtbikeaddict: dy tkr’jaeb
  • 2 0
 @Fix-the-Spade: Polish would be like „ich opony są z ciulowej gumy”
  • 3 2
 @dj100procentenduro: hahaha, my favorite is to explain foreigners the phrase: spierdalaj na drzewo
  • 2 0
 @WAKIdesigns: The only word I got out of that was mayonnaise. Wink
  • 1 0
 @WAKIdesigns: I love the redneck pheonetic spelling of "they took out jobs"
  • 1 0
 They say he CRSHD HRD and was DZED ND CNFSD in the race report on VTL MTB
  • 12 1
 Its just plain amazing that where us, mediocre weekend warriors, drag our rear brake shitting our pants, these guys are pedaling pumping and boosting little features.. they have their own unique definition of steep.
  • 13 0
 J.Melamed was participating in a conservative mode due to injury? Finishing 10th? He is as much MTB beast as M.Maes is!
  • 7 0
 Ya he’s gonna shake up that podium once he’s back to full form.
  • 13 0
 Go Eddie!
  • 5 0
 Damn, it seems he had bad luck again, he lost a minute on last stage.
  • 6 2
 Eddie! What have you done in Enduro lately?
  • 1 0
 Great guy. Watched eddy's spirit of enduro on youtupe this morning. Pure Gold!
  • 2 0
 @WAKIdesigns: half!

Piekara behind Rude, fast as fk!
  • 1 0
 @WAKIdesigns: this comment deserves many more upvotes
  • 1 0
 @bury: Holy S#!& !!! Didn't notice that. Yes man!
  • 12 1
 Cecile is amazing, she shows up every weekend and wins. No excuses for trails, conditions or weather.
  • 14 3
 true, until Tracey Moseley rolls up, even if she rolls up just for the funsies. Moseley is Cecile's UnRavanelling
  • 12 1
 @Kapricorn: the last time Mosley did an EWS race was nearly two years ago and even in the last season they raced together Cecile got some wins or was tight on her heels, and Cecile had only been racing Enduro for two years prior. I think now with some experience under her belt Ravanel would be a match for the T-Mo of 3-years ago.
  • 3 11
flag Muckal (Jul 1, 2018 at 10:05) (Below Threshold)
 @PHeller: when it comes down to pure speed down a hill Cecile is no match for the top DH ladies. Impressive nontheless.
  • 15 0
 @Muckal: 5th and 9th in the two DH races she has dabbled in this year suggests she can mix it with the top DH women. Particularly if she focused on it.
  • 3 0
 @Kickmehard: And she'd ruin anyone of them in XC, since it's where she comes from. Unbelievably versatile rider.
  • 2 0
 Rachel is coming to ews soon. Saw her post on instagram with her trail bike. Her post are mostly of dogs and dh.
  • 2 0
 I wouldn't doubt that it wasn't Cecile's strategy to dabble in DH not only as a way of proving her credentials as a downhill competitor, but also trying to lure some of the DH ladies into EWS. A way of saying "ok you beat me on your turf now come to mine." At 37, Cecile is not only the top rider, but also probably the closest to retirement. T-Mo bowed out at 37. Atherton is 30. A young gal in her early 20's coming from WCDH with some decent results and a desire to travel might do really well in EWS and have nearly two decades of racing ahead of her, without nearly the danger of injury that pure downhill threatens (we lost Manon Carpenter to that threat of injury). In the end, these ladies just want to get more women into the sport, increase competition, and have a good (safe) race.
  • 1 0

The quote in mind when I saw the result of Cécile.
  • 1 0
 @PHeller: In her own words, she want(ed) to discover DH out of curiosity. She knows she is nearing retirement and with Commencal so well established in DH, she wanted to give it a shot and have fun.
  • 9 0
 Nice to see Thomas Lapeyrie back in the mix after such a bad start for his year !!
  • 9 0
 Casey Brown

  • 7 1
 What a race. WHAT A RACE! Thanks to the Gods of MTB for some of the most exciting racing. We got it really good these days.
  • 5 0
 Yoann Deniaud is proving to be truly worthy of a factory ride. He's been extremely consistent over the races. Chapeau!
  • 2 0
 I agree so much !
  • 4 0
 Oh f*k yeah! Hill dominating! and awesome Ruaridh and Eddie up there!
  • 7 3
 Sam Hill you fucking legend!
  • 2 0
 I wonder if the overall is wrapped now. He was already in a healthy lead
  • 4 0
 Stoked to see the king taking another one
  • 2 3
 Dang it, Casey Brown snuck in ahead of Melanie Pugin. Massive props to both.... but my money was on Hill, Maes, Wallner...Ravanel, Courdurier, Pugin. Ah well, such is life. I wonder who'll win the crankset. Any timeline on that? Tomorrow?
  • 4 0
 where’s rude?
  • 1 0
 Finished 21st. I reckon he had a mechanical, since he went 9th on stage 1, then starts losing time (23rd, 35th, 48th, 42nd) on every stage until stage 6, where he goes 12th. The pits for day 2 were between stages 5 and 6, so he must have sorted his bike and got back up to speed again.

Speaking of rider problems, Jared Graves dropped down from the top 40 to 159th after issues on stage 5 and 6, so perhaps had a crash and hurt himself, given he didn't recover in the standings after the pit stop.
  • 13 0
 @Smevan: The Curse of Specialized, it's time for Grubby to ride somebody else's bike, anybody else's bike.
  • 1 0
 @Smevan: if the bike had a problem he would have it fixed after stage 3 since the other 3 stages were the day after(today)
  • 1 0
 @tiagomano: Ah, ok, that is a fair point
  • 4 1
 GO Noga!!
קדימה מלכה!
  • 6 4
 it looks like Richie Had a Rude day while Sam was f*ckin fast down the hill !
  • 3 0
 anyone know what ACTUALLY happened to Graves?
  • 2 0
 Boy... Cecile Ravanel and Vali Holl should meet up sometime...
  • 4 0
 They do!
  • 1 0
 Check Vali’s video an her YT channel, they rode/trained together at Fort William
  • 2 0
 Sams the man! Give him the crown Wink ...again.
Super stoked
  • 2 0
 Didn't it go Sam is king?
  • 2 1
 Shame about Benny Harvey. Can't believe that guys luck this year - Benny Harvey RIP
  • 1 0
 What happened to Adam Price? Been enjoying watching the videos regarding his support ect this year.
  • 1 0
 EWS track is more downhill than downhill... Sam Hill is definitely in love with it
  • 1 1
 Sam Hill is schooling this elite EWS field. Imagine what a retired Greg Minnar could do.
  • 1 0
 Yes Texi boy, top 20!
  • 1 0
 casey brown is awesome!
  • 1 0
 Did Clementz race?
  • 1 0
 Sam Hill is killing it.
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