Final Results: EWS Finale Ligure 2020

Sep 27, 2020
by Ed Spratt  
This round will likely come down to Morgane Charre and Melanie Pugin.

There may have only been three EWS rounds this year but that hasn't stopped the shortened season providing plenty of drama and nail-biting racing. Finale Ligure is a staple of the EWS and has closed out the series every year since its first year in 2013 and after many schedule changes, 2020 was no different.

By the end of a tough day of four stages, Morgane Charre and Jesse Melamed came out on top with both riders leading from the first stage of the day. The women's racing saw a battle between Morgane and last weeks winner Melanie Pugin but a slow Stage 2 for Melanie would hand the lead to Morgane. Estelle Charles backs up a series of great results in 2020 as she finishes today in third place and will be a rider to watch for 2021.

The men's racing saw a dominant performance from Jesse Melamed today who won all but one stage on his way to a third EWS victory. Florian Nicolai would have a consistent day to reach second place and Jack Moir proves his enduro racing prowess once again as he secured third position. Check out the full results and updates from the race as it happened below.


Elite Women:

1st. Morgane Charre: 25:02.66
2nd. Melanie Pugin: 25:33.15
3rd. Estelle Charles: 25:46.39
4th. Katy Winton: 25:53.66
5th. Anita Gehrig: 25:55.20

Elite Men:

1st. Jesse Melamed: 21:21.60
2nd. Florian Nicolai: 21:30.58
3rd. Jack Moir: 21:34.71
4th. Theo Galy: 21:41.34
5th. Edward Masters: 21:57.17

Full Results:

Elite Women:

Top 50 Elite Men:

Updates from the race as it happened:

2:00 am PDT:

Riders are coming off a tough race in Pietra Ligure and are straight into the classic final stop of the EWS in Finale. With some technical stages racers aren't going to have an easy end to the shortened 2020 season.

The weather report for today from Accuweather is saying riders should expect sunny conditions with temperatures of 20° C while racing.

2:00 am PDT:

Racing is underway for the final EWS of 2020 in Finale Ligure!

After a short season of racing this year and with no overall title to play for it will be all or nothing for riders to prove their racing skills before the season closes. Expect tight racing and fast stage times as they take on the last four EWS stages of 2020.

2:02 am PDT:

Current Stage 1 Standings

The first batch of riders have completed the first stage of the day, here are the current top five men and women.



2:05 am PDT:

U21 Stage 1 Results

Top 5 Men


2:08 am PDT:

Morgane Charre Wins Stage 1!

Morgane Charre takes a huge early lead on the first stage of the day as she best last weekends winner, Melanie Pugin by 10.6 seconds. Third place went to another French rider Estelle Charles who was 11 seconds off the lead.

2:12 am PDT:

Stage 1 Results - Top 10 Women

2:21 am PDT:

U21 Racer Antoine Vidal is Racing in the Elite Category this Weekend

Antoine has made the switch to the Elite Mens category this weekend after winning the U21 race at both Zermatt and Pietra Ligure this year. He normally posts some blistering times so it will be interesting to see where he comes this weekend. He is currently 2nd on Stage 1 as we wait for the rest of the Elite Men to post their times.

2:32 am PDT:

A Tough Stage to Start the Day

Both Remi Gauvin and Elliott Heap have had a bad start to the day after Elliott has a mechanical which places him in 75th and Remi has reportedly hit a tree and is way back in 119th place.

2:33 am PDT:

Jesse Melamed Wins Stage 1!

Jesse Melamed kicks the day off with a 10.6 second lead which strangely matches Morgane Charre's Stage 1 win in the Women's race. Adrien Dailly managed a second-place finish with Jack Moir in third. Amazingly U21 racer Antoine Vidal secured 6th place.

2:36 am PDT:

Stage 1 Results - Top 10 Men

2:41 am PDT:

U21 Stage 2 Results

Top 5 Men


3:15 am PDT:

Current Stage 2 Standings

The first batch of riders have completed the second stage of the day, here are the current top men and women.

Top 10 Men


3:25 am PDT:

Morgane Charre Wins Stage 2!

Morgane Charre takes another stage win today as she goes over five seconds faster than Anita Gehrig. Estelle Charles wrapped up the top three just under seven seconds back. Melanie Pugin fell back to 15th, 28.15 seconds behind Charre.

3:26 am PDT:

Stage 2 Results - Top 10 Women

3:27 am PDT:

Overall After Stage 2 - Top 10 Women

3:42 am PDT:

Adrien Dailly Crashes on Stage 2

Adrien Dailly has crashed on the second stage and has lost nearly 14 seconds to the current stage leader Alex Rudeau.

3:48 am PDT:

Jesse Melamed Wins Stage 2!

It's another win for Jesse Melamed as he takes the top spot on Stage 2 by 3.52 seconds over Florian Nicolai. Theo Galy rounds out the three fastest riders with Jack Moir just missing out on a top-three finish in fourth.

3:26 am PDT:

Stage 2 Results - Top 10 Men

3:27 am PDT:

Overall After Stage 2 - Top 10 Men

4:30 am PDT:

U21 Stage 3 Results

Top 5 Men


5:21 am PDT:

Current Stage 3 Standings

The first batch of riders have completed the third stage of the day, here are the current top men and women.

Top 10 Men


5:25 am PDT:

Melanie Pugin Wins Stage 3!

Melanie Pugin becomes the first rider to best Morgane Charre today after she goes 6.88 seconds up. Noga Korem has a great results as she makes it into the top three.

5:26 am PDT:

Stage 3 Results - Top 10 Women

5:27 am PDT:

Overall After Stage 3 - Top 10 Women

5:53 am PDT:

Jesse Melamed Wins Stage 3!

Jesse Melamed takes his third stage win of the day as he bests Dimitri Tordo but only 0.85 seconds. Patrick Luthi was only slightly behind with a gap of 0.87 seconds back from Jesse. Adrien Dailly had another disaster as he comes 114th.

5:57 am PDT:

Stage 3 Results - Top 10 Men

5:57 am PDT:

Overall After Stage 3 - Top 10 Men

6:10 am PDT:

U21 Stage 4 Results

Top 5 Men


6:10 am PDT:

U21 Overall Results

After four stages the results from the U21 race are in with Brady Stone winning the Men's race and Harriet Harnden once again securing the top spot for the Women.

Top 5 Men


6:25 am PDT:

Current Stage 4 Standings

The first batch of riders have completed the final stage of the day that is also the Queen Stage, here are the current top men and women.

Top 10 Men


6:34 am PDT:

Melanie Pugin Wins Stage 4!

Melanie Pugin takes another stage win but it is not enough to secure the overall as Morgane Charre wins the title at EWS Finale Ligure.

6:36 am PDT:

Stage 4 (Queen) Results - Top 10 Women

6:36 am PDT:

Overall - Top 10 Women

7:00 am PDT:

Jack Moir Wins Stage 4!

After an incredible first season racing the EWS Jack Moir has wan the final stage of the day by over a second. Jesse Melamed may have finished the last stage of the day in sixth but he still wins the overall, taking his third EWS win.

7:03 am PDT:

Stage 4 (Queen) Results - Top 10 Men

7:03 am PDT:

Overall - Top 10 Men


  • 153 5
 Dear Adrien Dailly,

I'm terribly sorry for selecting you as my top male rider on my fantasy. You seem like a nice person, and in no way deserved the curse I have placed upon you. Please keep your head up; what has happened today was not your fault, but the fault of someone who cared more about winning an XT drivetrain than the success of a promising young rider.

With love and guilt,
  • 8 1
 with Adrian, Jack and Jesse in my team I was gutted when I seen he was back. Guess im chainless for another while... why didnt i go with the flo..
  • 3 2
 @Roguee: I swapped Florian with Adrien last minute Frown for the first time ever I would have had a competitive placement, I got the women's 1st and 2nd as well.
  • 1 0
 @Roguee: same aha
lucky I got morgan charre (1st) and Estelle Charles (3rd) for my females
  • 2 2
 @Ryan2949: I was between Adrien and Jesse. Given that I have Galy, Moir, Charre, and Pugin, pretty sure I'd have won....
  • 1 0
 @jcc0042: Same here. Who is your rider Number 4?
  • 61 0
 Jesse rocking it in a sea a Frenchies!
  • 10 0
 Those French fries are good like gravy and cheese curds
  • 6 0
 And there is an aussy shark in it! Dangerous!
  • 1 0
 He’s killin’ it!!!
  • 1 0
 Yeah Jesse!!!
  • 1 0
 Jessy is on fire right now !!! congrats !!!
  • 42 2
 Jesse had a plan and stuck with it. I was a bit confused by his performance at Crankworx, but it just goes to show that the pros know what they're doing. Took his time ramping up, stayed healthy, and then took two out three EWS races in Europe on a brand new bike that his sponsor was hoping to get some hype. What a legend!
  • 15 1
 Hard to tell if he was keeping it mellow for EWS or if Finn/Kasper/et al were really that much quicker than him. Either way, stoked for his EWS performance!
  • 12 45
flag mollow (Sep 26, 2020 at 11:44) (Below Threshold)
 Let's not forget the faster racers stayed home.
  • 20 5
 @mollow: Actually, the fastest racers did win.

Shoulda / coulda / woulda. Yes, it would have been amazing to have Hill and Rude race, but it doesn't matter if they're not there. There were plenty of heavy hitters in the men's field. Same with the women's side.
  • 7 40
flag mollow (Sep 26, 2020 at 12:16) (Below Threshold)
 @jaydubmah: nope. This season will always have a huge Asterix next to it and you can't deny it. It's not like when someone injured himself and can't race, then that's fair game. But this is completely different.
  • 23 1
 @mollow: gotta be in it to win it lad
  • 41 0
 @mollow: if Rude wanted to win he could have made the trip and quarantined. And there's plenty of asterisks next to his results.
  • 12 0
 @mollow: Why? Absolutely no regulations would have stopped Rude, Hill, etc. from coming to Europe if they had wanted to compete. They didn't, but by choice.
  • 26 0
 @mollow: Actually I believe Asterix is rather short... Obelix is the huge one... Wink
  • 23 0
 @mollow: you've got a lot of Gaul!
  • 3 0
 @scvkurt03: Yeah, I guess we'll never truly know. Kasper is gonna be a problem next year. Dude is blazing fast.
  • 1 1
 @mollow: l get what you're saying. Like when Rachel, Tahnee and Cecile where out. The rest of the field started winning. Jesse is fast as hell though. Without the other riders putting up a fight who knows what could of been.
  • 5 0
 @Thirty3: Jesse has already proven he can win against the full field - see Whistler 2017. He's had a few tough breaks with injuries since then, otherwise I think there's a good possibility he might have racked up more wins since 2017.
  • 3 16
flag mollow (Sep 27, 2020 at 10:37) (Below Threshold)
 @Ginsu2000: on his home trails yeah. It's been proven you have a big edge then.
  • 8 0
 @mollow: Hope you feel better soon man.
  • 2 0
 @mollow: Damn dude, is everything ok at home? You've left a shitty trolly comment on every post in this thread. 1-833 456-4566 Canadian suicide prevention hotline # if you need it.
  • 3 1
 Thanks lad
  • 36 0
 Super happy for Jack after a ropey last year.
  • 21 0
  • 33 0
 Let's Go Sławek Łukasik!
  • 9 0
 Sławek!!!! 4th on stage 3, 7th overall after stage 3!!!
  • 7 0
 @chmurka3rg: Well Done Slawek !
  • 5 0
 And he's a privateer!
  • 27 1
 Charlie Murray!!! Yeah booii
  • 3 0
 Awesome to see the kiwis in the top 10/20!
  • 14 0
 Good to see Winton near the top of the ladies. Girl's a grinder and won't give up. Stoked for her!
  • 24 12
 could the updates appear the other way around? i.e. newest update at the top?
  • 26 6
 That would kind of suck. Like reading the story backwards.
  • 4 2
 Here you go. The coverage is better too.
  • 8 4
 @Ryanfitz81: its a timeline not a story. having the oldest updates first goes against nearly all online standards, think Facebook, twitter, newsfeeds, sports etc.

Here's a good example thats currently live...
  • 2 7
flag Ryanfitz81 (Sep 26, 2020 at 6:45) (Below Threshold)
 @oatkinso: In the age of everything now I don't need everything now. But thats just me.
Got to go. I'm off to read the story of the Finale EWS. Haven't got time to click on links about silly people chasing a round ball.
  • 6 1
 @Ryanfitz81: aren't you cool! you really should let you're prejudices get in the way of seeing sense. I'd have the patience to read an article after the race that documented the story just like you, but having the oldest articles first kinda defeats the point of this page being 'live'.
  • 1 0
  • 1 3
 @oatkinso: well you got 9 upvotes for your moan about the live feed.
I guess there's 9 other moaners out there that are as outraged as you.
  • 12 0
 looking good for shark-attack-jack again :-)
  • 11 0
 f*ck yeah Jesse & Rhys + ALN & Miranda! Squamish represent!
  • 3 35
flag mollow (Sep 26, 2020 at 11:49) (Below Threshold)
 Lol Miranda is almost last
  • 2 0
 You forgot about Remi! Unfortunately not his prime performance this weekend, but still.
  • 4 1
 @mollow: lol, how did you place? I would put money on Miranda kicking your butt.
  • 9 0
 Jack is killing it, must have been a hard decision to travel to Europe but it looks to have paid off!
  • 11 0
 Oh Canada!! Fuckin EH!!
  • 5 1
 Jack and Jesse, two of my favorite riders. Great to see them both at the top and I'm happy for Jesse showing that the first win on only two stages wasn't a fluke. Yes, Sam Hill and Richie Rude are home, but Maes is here and didn't win. And even if Sam and Richie took the top two steps every race Jesse would still be having his best season to date! Exited to seem him next year with some new confidence and clearly some sharp riding.
  • 8 3
 Holy Crapola. I got Theo, Jesse, Jack, Morgane, and Estelle on my fantasy team. Even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while.
  • 1 3
 And Jose. Let’s f’in gooooo!
  • 3 41
flag mollow (Sep 26, 2020 at 11:52) (Below Threshold)
 @scjeremy: Hear that? Yeah nothing. Nobody cares.
  • 11 0
 @mollow: Thank you kind stranger. All the best wishes to you and your family. Peace and love be with you.
  • 7 0
 @mollow did someone piss in your Cheerios bro?
  • 2 8
flag mollow (Sep 27, 2020 at 8:54) (Below Threshold)
 Hey bro, maybe bro.
  • 9 2
 Go Jesse! Go!!
  • 6 0
 anyone know what happened to Louis Jeandel?
  • 4 2
 oath I had him in my team
  • 3 2
 doesnt seem like he raced, big loss to my team too.
  • 3 2
 he finished stage one but not the others.
  • 7 1
 That new Altitude getting work done!
  • 8 3
 It's a crime that Kasper Woolley isn't out there winning the whole thing.
  • 5 27
flag mollow (Sep 26, 2020 at 11:48) (Below Threshold)
 Get over yourself. The kid will have his time to shine
  • 2 0
 I doubt it
  • 6 3
 @mollow: why is it taking Pinkbike so long to ban this shit for brains?
  • 2 8
flag mollow (Sep 27, 2020 at 10:33) (Below Threshold)
 @jwdenver: what's wrong with you? I haven't done anything wrong, chill with the name calling.
  • 1 0
 Would Antoine Vidal have been available for fantasy? I didn't know that he was going to start in elite here...
Looks like Commencal is also having a frontrunner in Enduro now :o
  • 28 28
 EWS coverage is so lame in surprised its as popular as it is. Imagine if the NFL or NBA never broadcast games and rarely showed any highlights and you just had to read articles and look at pictures. Compared to live World Cup coverage this is like watching paint dry. It's a great sport, but it would be nice to feel a little closer to it.
  • 19 3
 Username checks out...

You ever read a Dirt magazine world cup report? those were the best.
  • 6 32
flag DoubleCrownAddict (Sep 26, 2020 at 5:00) (Below Threshold)
 @TobiasHandcock: What does my criticism of the coverage have to do with my username? What about your username "Handcock"? What does that imply lol. Yeah I read those and they were good but if that's all there was Would Cup DH coverage would be just as lacking as ews coverage.
  • 6 0
 I am really going out on a limb here, but it might just be that the budgets in your comparison differ slightly.

Also, a world cup course is a fixed location and often the race will be held on the fixed track no matter the weather.

I get what you're saying, though. Live video coverage would be nice. Monetarily feasible? Not so sure.
  • 13 0
 @DoubleCrownAddict: even with red bull's budget there are still quite large sections of world cup tracks which we don't get to see. And those tracks are in a bike park with supporting infrastructure nearby.

Take away that infrastructure and budget and multiply the number of tracks by 6 - 8. Oh yeah and don't forget those tracks are usually part of public access trails or similar when but being raced so you have even less time to set everything up.

In short, if you want to feel closer to the action then enter an EWS100 or EWS80 next season.
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flag nvranka (Sep 26, 2020 at 9:08) (Below Threshold)
 @johnnyboy11000: that’s because red bull does a shit job. They choose stupid camera locations and omit half of the good sections of track in the feed. It’s a joke.

Why we don’t also have a drone following the racers is beyond me.
  • 6 0
 @nvranka: maybe so but what might make a good place to stick a go pro for a sick shreddit wouldn't work for a live race over a 2km long track. Again even with red bull time and money is limited so you can't just decide to whack a camera in the middle of the steepest, densest woods for what might only result in a few seconds of footage depending on the angle.

We do get drone footage too, albeit from a distance and only in places where it's suitable to fly. It would be cool as f*ck to have a drone follow the riders down but you'd need quite a few drones as the riders are on track every 30 seconds, and the rules on flying are strict enough especially where the general public is concerned so would be a nightmare to organise.

Personally I think what we get is pretty good considering how much we have to pay for it.
  • 4 3
 @johnnyboy11000: no doubt on the pay front, but I’d buy a wcdh season pass similar to the TDF if the coverage was better.
  • 3 0
 @nvranka: I'd imagine drones could cause issues with the riders too... distractions, potential crash
  • 5 0
 Send it Jesse!!!
  • 4 0
 Jesse coming back strong!! Congrats brother!!!
  • 4 0
 Jack Moir is my new hero!
  • 3 0
 Ok, that's it, I'm buying the new RM Altitude... Jesse is a great marketing tool LOL
  • 3 0
 Lets go Stanik Sehnal. U can do it, top 5 !
  • 2 0
 yeaa Standa is on fire lets goo
  • 3 0
 yes Morgane, congrats!!!!
  • 2 0
 gonna put more atention on Slawek Lukasik in my fantasy team FO SHO! this guy is a weapon!
  • 4 1
  • 2 0
 Louis Jeandel!!! WHY!?! Maybe something good will happen. I got 1, 2 and 3 in men's and 1 and 3 in womens! Fingers crossed!
  • 7 9
 Looks EWS finally killed the Masters category... Being the biggest market from men 30 to 50 old looks such a smart movement.. They went from 40 old to 35 young and now no one is interested into it? Mmm...

we old guys (39) love to see old glories performing at top level so we can realize how far are we from our most optimal performance...

BTW EWS kill my dream of my come back in Masters (not +35) after some more chill recovery years.. It was a good motivation for getting old keeping young...
  • 5 0
 Pretty sure its just Covid related. Masters racing has only gotten more competitive as a whole and now there are going to be more and more men and women who start to qualify who've been on bikes and ripped for a long time.
  • 1 1
 Just like there's no shmuck categories this year (Masters is usually FAR more competitive than these), as heatproofengine stated it's surely COVID related.
  • 2 0
 Forza Marcello!!!! ????????
  • 2 0
 It’s done now so: jawoll ja texi und Turbo Torben ????
  • 1 0
 War überrascht Texi auf dem 17ten Platz zu sehen. Beeindruckende Performance!
  • 2 0
 Go Noga !!! You are the best Smile
  • 2 0
 Get in there Jesse, great to see him pick up another win
  • 2 0
 What happened to cordurier?
  • 3 0
 She didn't race because she has an ankle injury
  • 2 0
 Wow, i did incredibly bad in fantasy
  • 1 0
 The U21 results are not listed here, but the female winner was Hattie Harnden, who would have placed 2nd in Elite Women.
  • 3 3
 Just my luck that I take out Morgan and Jesse from my fantasy team this week
  • 1 0
 There'll be another race eventually
  • 3 1
 Jesse is on a mission
  • 2 0
 Go Jessie!!
  • 2 6
flag send-it-bro (Sep 26, 2020 at 6:51) (Below Threshold)
 Can't believe I removed him yesterday from my team......
  • 1 0
 Was really expecting a foreword about the weather being shit.
  • 2 0
 Yeah Jesse!
  • 1 0
 Nice work Jesse! Killing it this year.
  • 2 1
 Canada ???????? for the win!
  • 3 2
 What about Lewis Buchanan?
  • 2 47
flag mollow (Sep 26, 2020 at 11:55) (Below Threshold)
 He is where he belongs, at the bottom
  • 2 2
 He had to run the last stage apparently due to a couple of mechanicals
  • 2 3
 I wonder who would had finished overall champion if it had been awarded, jesse, Jack, or Flo? Pinkbike please for the heck of things do the points standings
  • 2 19
flag mollow (Sep 26, 2020 at 14:05) (Below Threshold)
 Pretty easy to count yourself there's 3 races. Get to work
  • 4 0
 I actually found the points in the EWS site, here are the top ten by EWS points.

Man: Points:
Jesse 1410
Moir 1280
Flo 1210
Gally 1130
Tordo 1000
Ed. Masters 940
Charles Murray 925
G. Labeyou 880
A. Vidal 860
K. Miguel 857

Charre 1370
pugin 1030
E. Charles 1020
Courdurier 990
Anita Gehrig 850
Katy Winton 790
M. Jonnier 655
ALN 600
Julie Duvert 500
R. Richter 475
  • 12 0
 @mollow: Having a bad day mate?
  • 2 1
 Hell yeah Jesse! Absolutely killing it this season!
  • 1 0
 Cayalah Moir! Yeaaaahhhh!
  • 2 1
 Congrats Jesse!
  • 1 2
 Eddie, Jack, Jessie, Pugin and Charles just bad luck heap had a mechanical.
  • 3 4
 dang i have 1st,2nd and 3rd in men and 1. and 3rd in women in my fantasy.....
  • 2 28
flag mollow (Sep 26, 2020 at 11:50) (Below Threshold)
 Hear that? Yeah nothing. Nobody cares.
  • 3 1
 @mollow: thanks! have a nice day too.
  • 1 0
 Maes was racing?
  • 1 4
 Luckily I had Jesse, Moir, Theo Galy, Morgane, and Melanie Pugin my team, but I then had Jeandal too who didn’t even finish Frown
  • 3 26
flag mollow (Sep 26, 2020 at 11:51) (Below Threshold)
 Hear that? Yeah nothing. Nobody cares.
  • 6 4
 @mollow: why are you so triggered?
  • 5 3
 @blackapturphoto: hahahaha I know right, guy must be rubbish at fantasy and hates seeing others do well hahaha
  • 2 5
 @blackapturphoto: oops, sorry I accidentally downvoted you.
  • 2 4
 Ah man that’s twice now I’ve picked a potentially winning team and one rider hasn’t had a good day.
  • 2 37
flag mollow (Sep 26, 2020 at 11:52) (Below Threshold)
 Hear that? Yeah nothing. Nobody cares.
  • 2 4
 I have 5 riders within the top 5 of their races
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