Day One Results: EWS Madeira 2019

May 11, 2019
by Ed Spratt  
Florian Nicolai letting that front wheel go where it will as per usual.

After a day of racing across three dust filled stages series leaders Martin Maes and Isabeau Courdurier continued their domination of the 2019 series. Both riders are heading into the second day with gaps of around 20 seconds each, can anyone close the gap and take the top spots from them tomorrow?

In the Elite Men, Adrien Dailly would provide the best challenge to Martin Maes speed coming in under a second off the Belgian riders time on stage two. Sam Hill would be within the top five for the first two stages showing he is back up to speed on his new 29er but when it came to stage three he would drop back to 19th position. Jose Borges would be the surprise of the day coming third in two of the three stages and now sits comfortably in fourth position at the end of the day.

Isabeau Courdurier would again prove why she is leading the Elite Women's title with three stage wins and now goes into the final five stages tomorrow with a 22.34 second lead over privateer Ella Conolly. The next ten women would be separated by just 14 seconds after some incredibly close racing. With such small gaps between the top riders, anyone has a chance at standing on the podium at the end of day two.

Overall results after day one:

Elite Men

1st. Martin Maes: 12:59.530
2nd. Adrien Dailly: +19.31
3rd. Jose Borges: +23.59
4th. Sam Hill: +24.52
5th. Ed Masters: +27.22
Elite Women

1st. Isabeau Courdurier: 15:24.920
2nd. Ella Conolly: +22.34
3rd. Anita Gehrig: +25.98
4th. Morgane Charre: +26.35
5th. Laura Charles: +29.33



Full results




Live Stage Updates:

STAGE 1


Isabeau Courdurier and Martin Maes continue their domination of the 2019 series with wins on the first stage of the day. Anita Gehrig and Sam hill would be the closest rider to the current series leaders but they would be off the pace by 5.490 and 8.550 seconds respectively. It looks like Sam Hill is back up to speed but even his new 29er couldn't keep up with Martin on stage one.

Results

Elite Women

1st. Isabeau Courdurier: 7:43.830
2nd. Anita Gehrig: +5.490
3rd. Melanie Pugin: +6.770
4th. Laura Charles: +7.060
5th. Ella Conolly: +7.440
6th. Morgane Charre: +11.300
7th. Noga Korem: +12.970
8th. Miranda Miller: +17.940
9th. Bex Baraona: +18.490
10th. Ines Thoma: +20.090


Elite Men

1st. Martin Maes: 6:37.650
2nd. Sam Hill: +8.550
3rd. Jose Borges: +13.390
4th. Adrien Dailly: +14.070
5th. Ed Masters: +14.530
6th. Florian Nicolai: +15.140
7th. Wyn Masters: +15.200
8th. Robin Wallner: +16.450
9th. Maxime Chapuis: +17.680
10th. Matthew Walker: +17.920

Martin Maes on the way to his stage one victory



STAGE 2


Another win for series leaders Isabeau Courdurier and Martin Maes. Isabeau would take over 10 seconds on 2nd placed rider Rae Morrison with less than two seconds between Rae and eighth-placed rider ALN. Martin Maes would barely take the win in the Elite Men with Adrien Dailly finishing the stage just 0.840 back. After coming second on the first stage Sam Hill would drop further off the pace being over four seconds back from the top spot.

Results

Elite Women

1st. Isabeau Courdurier: 3:34.870
2nd. Rae Morrison: +10.600
3rd. Ella Conolly: +11.900
4th. Ines Thoma: +11.970
5th. Bex Baraona: +12.010
5th. Laura Charles: +12.010
7th. Morgane Charre: 12.180
8th. ALN: +12.480
9th. Anita Gehrig: +13.260
10th. Becky Cook: +16.830


Elite Men

1st. Martin Maes: 2:59.130
2nd. Adrien Dailly: +0.840
3rd. Jose Borges: +1.470
4th. Kevin Miquel: +2.470
5th. Sam Hill: +4.070
6th. Hugo Pigeon: +4.400
7th. Dimitri Tordo: +4.620
8th. Gustav Wildhaber: +5.370
9th. Ed Masters: +5.560
10th. Jesse Melamed: +5.620

Adrien Dailly looking rapid on stage two



Overall after stage two

Elite Women

1st. Isabeau Courdurier: 11:18.700
2nd. Anita Gehrig: +18.75
3rd. Laura Charles: +19.07
4th. Ella Conolly: +19.34
5th. Morgane Charre: +23.48

Elite Men

1st. Martin Maes: 9:36.780
2nd. Sam Hill: +12.62
3rd. Jose Borges: +14.86
4th. Adrien Dailly: +14.91
5th. Ed Masters: +20.09



STAGE 3


Results

Elite Women

1st. Isabeau Courdurier: 4:06.220
2nd. Miranda Miller: +1.850
3rd. Morgane Charre: +2.870
4th. Ella Conolly: +3.000
5th. Noga Korem: +3.430
6th. Ines Thoma: +3.950
7th. Rae Morrison: +4.360
8th. Bex Baraona: +6.880
9th. Anita Gehrig: +7.230
10th. ALN: +7.780

Elite Men

1st. Martin Maes: 3:22.750
2nd. Adrien Dailly: +4.400
3rd. Florian Nicolai: +5.230
4th. Jesse Melamed: +5.830
5th. Gustav Wildhaber: +6.840
6th. Ed Masters: +7.130
7th. Camille Servant: +7.480
8th. Dimitri Tordo: +8.220
9th. Leigh Johnson: +8.430
10th. Jose Borges: +8.730



Overall after stage three

Elite Women

1st. Isabeau Courdurier: 15:24.920
2nd. Ella Conolly: +22.34
3rd. Anita Gehrig: +25.98
4th. Morgane Charre: +26.35
5th. Laura Charles: +29.33

Elite Men

1st. Martin Maes: 12:59.530
2nd. Adrien Dailly: +19.31
3rd. Jose Borges: +23.59
4th. Sam Hill: +24.52
5th. Ed Masters: +27.22






81 Comments

  • + 142
 Congratulations to all the riders that I cut from my fantasy team for doing so well.
  • + 5
 Seems like I should have cut some of my riders...
  • + 95
 When did Maes get all the infinity stones?
  • + 4
 Lets just hope, he doesnt snap his fingers.
  • + 8
 One 29 inch wheel and one 27.5. Perfectly balanced, as all things should be.
  • + 4
 @kleinblake:

Yes, never go full 29er Razz
  • + 2
 @kleinblake: In fact, there's no time at all.
  • + 42
 Mae the force be with you!
  • + 22
 Maes well start with star wars jokes...
  • + 20
 The way Maes cut that corner... man I can only image how that would've turned out for the average Joe.
  • + 8
 I would slide out, fall off the side of the mountain and end up in the hospital. That was nuts.
  • + 5
 It just looks so beautifully effortless.
  • + 1
 dammit. just how??
  • - 5
flag Vulhelm (May 11, 2019 at 11:18) (Below Threshold)
 It's easy. You just need the right wheel size combination. Also they must be equal amounts stiff and compliant.
  • + 2
 They get a full segment on Pinkbike' Friday Fails.
  • + 1
 I don't know about Joe...but I'd be in all sorts of trouble.
  • + 1
 Trust your grip, stay composed regardless of what's happening below you and miracles become possible. He must be feeling like there's nothing wrong he could do...Still alot of racing to go through, good luck fellas! Cheers
  • + 18
 Three Kiwis in the top ten.
  • + 10
 Be awesome to see the Masters brothers up together on the podium
  • + 1
 Fuck yeah check cole out! Simmering away
  • + 14
 Great to see Dailly back on form and healthy.
  • + 2
 And he didn't training all the winter, he ride only since february..
  • + 10
 GO GO GO Ella Conolly !!!
  • + 2
 Someone sign her up!
  • + 9
 What happened to the EWS live rider map feed?
  • + 3
 That was awesome and such a disappointment not continued to feed. rider selection experience. tres disappointment.
  • + 1
 I don't understand why they never attempt any live coverage of any sort, its a real disappointment for the sport if they want it to get more attention.
  • + 7
 I'd love to see Maes beat Schurter in Albstadt, which seems to be tamest XC race in recent years. Just for good measure.
  • + 7
 It is unbelievable how dominant Maes has been recently.
  • + 6
 Seems like thats the nature of Enduro, I feel like Graves just crushed everyone, then maybe some Euro? then Richie, then Sam Hill, now Maes. Doesnt seem like it's ever multiple winners every season?
Again, thats perception, im not gonna wast my time looking at roots and rain to prove my point haha.
  • + 3
 @stikmanglaspell: I don’t think we’ve had an enduro racer yet that has matched Martin’s stage win consistency.
  • + 4
 @kleinblake: Richie was definitely in there for a bit with dominance.
  • + 3
 @stikmanglaspell: that some euro was Jerome Clementz
  • + 6
 So, someone said you can't race EWS on the DT 535 fork...
  • + 31
 It's just not possible, sorry. Even if Gehrig podiums she'll be dq'ed for not being enduro enough
  • + 3
 @spaceofades: haha... do you even enduro bro??
  • + 0
 @spaceofades: lmao, had she been racing the kentucky derby she would have been dq'ed for sure lol
  • + 5
 Yes Adrien ! Nice to see you back in business
  • + 5
 Weeeeee Borges
  • + 4
 Yea show em what's up morgane charre
  • + 1
 On flats!!!
  • + 4
 At least a 27,5 in the rear and still fastest
  • + 3
 The stage by stage breakdown is awesome! Keep up yne good work!
  • + 2
 Great to see Sam at the sharp end again but maes is storming again! What an animal!!
  • + 1
 Rachel Pageau in 22nd after 3 stages, awesome! Proud to have raced the same Enduro event as her at Diamond Hill ESC last weekend. ????
  • + 1
 Whoaaa where are the usual challengers to Isabeau? Every stage a different set of challengers. Privateer in overall 2nd too, did not see that coming
  • + 2
 Well, with all my fantasy riders doing half decently now I apologize in advance when they break a wheel
  • + 1
 Hill had a crash which I reckon cost him about 10 seconds looking at the footage.
  • + 1
 Shirley gt have welded/ stuck him together a prototype frame so it isn’t all out of whack?
  • + 1
 This year all the wins on mullet bikes, in DH as well as Enduro. So what about XC? Waiting for the pitwalk in Albstadt...
  • + 1
 AHH, great to see Sam rocking again , not sure if he can stop Maes tho at this rate, seems like he is on fire again...
  • + 0
 Mae be next round....
  • + 1
 At least 3 of my fantasy riders are podium, rip pivot
  • + 0
 What's with those spectators on stage 2 video. They should be a little farther off the side....
  • + 1
 Matt is cheering for you MARTINO
  • + 2
 Maes weels ? Rear
  • + 10
 28.99 front, 26 in the rear
  • + 37
 yes he's got a rear wheel
  • + 44
 Stan's NoTubes Flow EX3 27.5" Rear and Flow MK3 29" Front
Full Disclosure: We make those wheels and sell them to people. We also give them to insanely talented racers who win everything to make you want to buy them to be like those racers.
Full FULL Disclosure: You are probably not going to be as fast as Martin Maes.
Pro Tip: Getting the orange decals will make you look even more like Martin.
  • - 1
 @StansNoTubes: Any idea how he’s managed to run a 29 on the front of a 27.5 bike without ruining his geometry?
  • + 4
 @thenotoriousmic: That's a good question and more for GT, but we'll ask them for details and share them on notubes.com's blog if we can. There is a BB height adjust chip on the Force, but it's usually set to "low" slack mode on Martin's bike (opposite of correcting for smaller wheel size) and he usually runs a 160mm fork. No matter how you look at it, that has to be a pretty slack HT angle. Reading most bike checks and interviews, though (like Levy's here: www.pinkbike.com/news/gt-force-martin-maes-ews-finale-ligure-2018.html ) you get the feeling Martin 1) rides bike once 2) adapts 3) goes real fast.
  • + 1
 @thenotoriousmic: threre is a very special 27.5 flow that resembles pretty closely a 29er for that specific reason... But sponsored riders only I'm afraid.
  • + 7
 @adespotoskyli: Nah, Martin is riding a stock Flow EX3 rear rim, 27.5" and Flow MK3 front rim, 29". Anybody can buy those same rims. We sell orange decals for both models. We need to make a 28.25" rim and call it a new "standard" Smile
  • + 4
 @StansNoTubes: yeap, that would sell good, there are a lot who want the best of both worlds ????????????
  • + 3
 @StansNoTubes: I'm a happy on my DT Swiss wheels (they came on my bike...) but I'll remember your genuine and humorous engagement the next time I need a wheel or set. Also because there are lots of testaments that your wheels do hold up well.
  • + 1
 @thenotoriousmic: yeah man. Seat angle probably all messed up.
  • + 1
 Congratulations Martin Maes!
  • + 1
 Isabeau!! What a woman!
  • + 1
 Sam Hill king
  • + 1
 Another aMaesing run.
  • + 1
 Conolly in the mix
  • + 0
 Vaaaaaiiiiiii BORGES!!!!!!
  • + 1
 Go ella!!!!!
  • + 1
 Awesome results so far, smashing it!
  • + 1
 Go Martino Goooooooo
  • + 0
 Carrega Borges!!!!! É desta que fazes o pódio!!
  • + 1
 Go Ella Conolly !!
  • + 0
 Força Borges ????????
  • - 2
 Broadcast of that enduro race is so exciting, said no one ever....
  • + 1
 except the 4000 plus views on both YT vids above,
not to mention the official EWS YT page, also with thousands of views.

Wink

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