Final Results: EWS Val di Fassa 2019

Jun 29, 2019
by Ed Spratt  
Sam Hill dropping a foot and showing the loam who s boss on the fresh cut Stage 3.

The results are in from a tough day of racing, see who came out on top below.


Elite Men:

1st. Richie Rude: 35:28.350
2nd. Sam Hill: 35:47.310
3rd. Florian Nicolai: 35:53.990
4th. Ed Masters: 36:07.890
5th. Dimitri Tordo: 36:29.150

Elite Women:

1st. Isabeau Courdurier: 40:56.040
2nd. Andreane Lanthier Nadeau: 41:30.550
3rd. Noga Korem: 41:47.160
4th. Melanie Pugin: 41:55.410
5th. Morgane Charre: 42:47.840

Full Results

Live Stage Updates:

Stage Map


Richie Rude takes the win on his first EWS stage of the year after serving his suspension and reigning champion Sam Hill would sit nearly seven seconds back in 2nd place. It's great to see Hill back at the top of the results sheet after disappointing results at the first three rounds of the series. Ed Masters would continue to show his strong form with a great third place finish only seven and a half seconds off the leader. Adrien Dailly would, unfortunately, have issues with his chain and would have to give up any hopes of a good result on the first stage of the day. Jesse Melamed is out of the race, he was pushing hard on the first stage and has injured his hand at some point on his way down. In the Elite Women current series leader, Isabeau Courdurier would pilot her new 29er to victory with a lead of over 13 seconds on Noga Korem. Sitting just behind Korem would be ALN but around 40 seconds separate the top 10 women so it is all still to play for. With the hot temperatures, riders will be glad that this weekends racing is mostly lift assisted.


Elite Women:

1st. Isabeau Courdurier: 10:28.41
2nd. Noga Korem: +13.14
3rd. ALN: 14.63
4th. Ines Thoma: +18.04
5th. Melanie Pugin: 21.01
6th. Morgane Charre: +24.49
7th. Ella Conolly: +27.22
8th. Rae Morrison: +38.69
9th. Miranda Miller: +40.76
10th. Becky Cook: +41.36

Elite Men:

1st. Richie Rude: 9:06.38
2nd. Sam Hill: +6.84
3rd. Ed Masters: +7.53
4th. Florian Nicolai: +10.12
5th. Marcello Pesenti: +18.77
6th. Youn Deniaud: +19.72
7th. Leigh Johnson: +20.14
8th. Matthew Walker: +20.41
9th. Maxime Chapuis: +20.47
10th. Robin Wallner: +20.69


In the Elite Women's race, Courdurier would secure her second stage win of the day. But she would barely hold her lead with ALN and Ines Thoma less than three and a half seconds behind her. Noga Korem couldn't repeat her 2nd place results from stage one and would fall back to fourth at the bottom of the second stage. French rider Melanie Pugin would complete the top five just 11.39 seconds off the lead. Richie Rude would take his second win of the day but it would be only marginally faster than Florian Nicolai who would secure second place 0.82 back. Kevin Miquel would fair a lot better on the second stage getting a third place finish.


Elite Women:

1st. Isabeau Courdurier: 3:39.39
2nd. ALN: +3.33
3rd. Ines Thoma: +3.47
4th. Noga Korem: +8.96
5th. Melanie Pugin: +11.39
6th. Becky Cook: +15.70
7th. Ella Conolly: +15.80
8th. Carina Cappellari: +17.30
9th. Morgane Charre: 17.98
10th. Miranda Miller: +18.83

Elite Men:

1st. Richie Rude: 3:09.70
2nd. Florian Nicolai: +0.82
3rd. Kevin Miquel: +5.25
4th. Alex Rudeau: +5.95
5th. Gustav Wildhaber: +6
6th. Robin Wallner: +6.91
7th. Dimitri Tordo: +7.45
8th. Sam Hill: +7.70
9th. Louis Jeandel: +8
10th. Marcello Pesenti: +8.71

Overall After Stage 2

Elite Women:

1st. Isabeau Courdurier: 14:07.800
2nd. ALN: 14:25.760
3rd. Ines Thoma: 14:29.310
4th. Noga Korem: 14:29.900
5th. Melanie Pugin: 14:40.200

Elite Men:

1st. Richie Rude: 12:16.080
2nd. Florian Nicolai: 12:27.020
3rd. Sam Hill: 12:30.620
4th. Ed Masters: 12:35.510
5th. Marcello Pesenti: 12:43.560


Isabeau Courdurier continues her domination of today's race with another stage win, it's looking like she might be unbeatable today. Noga Korem fought hard to get another second-place finish just 2.14 off the leader. Melanie Pugin also had a great stage with a third-place finish. In the Elite Men, Sam Hill would show everyone he still has the speed this season taking a win on the third stage of the day. Ed Masters also showed he means business today with a second place and just over two seconds off Hills pace. Richie Rude couldn't win every stage today but he will be happy with third as he holds onto today's overall lead.

Stage Updates

6:25 am PDT: Richie Rude is currently leading Stage three with a time of 5:38.51.

6:29 am PDT: Adrien Dailly goes into second place just 0.14 behind Rude.

6:30 am PDT: Ed Masters goes fastest!

6:32 am PDT: Sam Hill goes into first with a time of 5:34.63. Rude is now almost four seconds back.

6:33 am PDT: Kevin Miquel has another great stage and slots just behind Dailly in fifth.

6:34 am PDT: The last man down, Florian Nicolai goes fifth meaning Sam Hill takes the stage win.


Elite Women:

1st. Isabeau Courdurier: 6:34.56
2nd. Noga Korem: +2.14
3rd. Melanie Pugin: +7.05
4th. ALN: +9.62
5th. Morgane Charre: +10.04
6th. Ines Thoma: +13.14
7th. Ella Conolly: +15.49
8th. Laura Battista: +16.62
9th. Becky Cook: +16.91
10th. Miranda Miller: +20.44

Elite Men:

1st. Sam Hill: 5:34.63
2nd. Ed Masters: +2.57
3rd. Richie Rude: +3.88
4th. Adrien Dailly: +4.02
5th. Florian Nicolai: +6.67
6th. Kevin Miquel: +10.92
7th. Alex Rudeau: +12.19
8th. Dimitri Tordo: +12.21
9th. Leigh Johnson: +13.64
10th. Matthew Walker: +14.32

Overall After Stage 3

Elite Women:

1st. Isabeau Courdurier: 20:42.360
2nd. Noga Korem: 21:06.600
3rd. ALN: 21:09.940
4th. Ines Thoma: 21:17.010
5th. Melanie Pugin: 21:21.810

Elite Men:

1st. Richie Rude: 17:54.590
2nd. Sam Hill: 18:05.250
3rd. Florian Nicolai: 18:08.320
4th. Ed Masters: 18:12.710
5th. Dimitri Tordo: 18:31.490


ALN manages to take a stage win from Isabeau Courdurier, can she keep up the momentum into the final stage which also carries the extra points as it's the Queen stage. Melanie Pugin continues her great day of racing with a third place finish just seven seconds off ALN. In the Elite Men, it would be another stage win for Richie Rude who looks to have made the most of his suspension and is starting his season strong. Florian Nicolai and Sam Hill would complete the top three on stage four and they both sit in the same second for the overall at this point.

Stage Updates

7:03 am PDT: An Update from Jesse Melamed on his crash from stage one:

7:35 am PDT: Melanie Pugin currently sits in first on stage four with a time of 5:42.29

7:38 am PDT: Rae Morrison goes into third, just behind Brittany Phelan.

7:41 am PDT: ALN puts a huge margin into Pugin's time and now sits in first.

7:43 am PDT: Isabeau Courdurier goes into second place, over a second back on ALN.

7:43 am PDT: Noga Korem can't top ALN's time and moves into fourth position.

7:44 am PDT: ALN wins stage four!

7:51 am PDT: Marcello Pesenti currently leads stage four with a time of 4:59.47

7:55 am PDT: Richie Rude puts over 11 seconds into Pesenti's time and now leads the fourth stage.

8:00 am PDT: Gustav Wildhaber finishes stage four third just behind Shawn Neer.

8:02 am PDT: Dimitri Tordo goes fifth, over ten seconds back from Rude.

8:03 am PDT: Adrien Dailly manages to move into second place but can't quite beat Rude's time.

8:04 am PDT: Ed Masters sits in sixth after another great stage.

8:05 am PDT: Sam Hill crosses the line second over five seconds back from Rude.

8:07 am PDT: Florian Nicolai can't quite top Rude's time and sits in 2nd place just over two seconds back.

8:08 am PDT: Rude takes another stage win.


Elite Women:

1st. ALN: 5:35.28
2nd. Isabeau Courdurier: +1.27
3rd. Melanie Pugin: +7.01
4th. Noga Korem: +7.75
5th. Morgane Charre: +14.18
6th. Brittany Phelan: +15.05
7th. Rae Morrison: +15.50
8th. Laura Battista: +18.63
9th. Anita Gehrig: +18.90
10th. Ella Conolly: +19.07

Elite Men:

1st. Richie Rude: 4:48.15
2nd. Florian Nicolai: +2.22
3rd. Sam Hill: +5.15
4th. Adrien Dailly: +6.45
5th. Shawn Neer: +8.13
6th. Gustav Wildhaber: +9.28
7th. Matthew Walker: +9.29
8th. Kevin Miquel: +9.32
9th. Ed Masters: +9.65
10th. Dimitri Tordo :+10.43

Overall After Stage 4

Elite Women:

1st. Isabeau Courdurier: 26:18.910
2nd. ALN: 26:45.220
3rd. Noga Korem: 26:49.630
4th. Melanie Pugin: 27:04.100
5th. Morgane Charre: 27:24.330

Elite Men:

1st. Richie Rude: 22:42.740
2nd. Sam Hill: 22:58.550
3rd. Florian Nicolai: 22:58.690
4th. Ed Masters: 23:10.510
5th. Dimitri Tordo: 23:30.070


Stage Updates

8:35 am PDT: Melanie Pugin currently leads the Queen stage with a time of 14:51.31

8:36 am PDT: ALN takes the lead with an impressive 5.98 gap back to Pugin.

8:39 am PDT: Isabeau Courdurier couldn't let another stage win pass her and takes the win on the Queen stage and the final stage of the race.

8:47 am PDT: Richie Rude takes the top spot so far on the last stage with a time of 12:45.61. If Sam Hill or Florian Nicolai can beat him by 16 seconds they will take the win.

8:50 am PDT: Matthew Walker finishes stage five second nearly 20 seconds off Rude's time.

8:51 am PDT: Gustav Wildhaber sits in third, 21.49 back.

8:55 am PDT: Adrien Dailly is the closest to Rude so far, but he still couldn't get within ten seconds of his time.

8:57 am PDT: Dimitri Tordo goes 13 seconds back and now sits third.

9:00 am PDT: Sam Hill goes second only three seconds off the pace. It's down to Florian Nicolai as the only rider who can beat Rude in today's overall.

9:01 am PDT: Florian Nicolai finishes third meaning Rude takes the win today.


Elite Women:

1st. Isabeau Courdurier: 14:37.13
2nd. ALN: +8.20
3rd. Melanie Pugin: +14.18
4th. Ines Thoma: +19.24
5th. Noga Korem: +20.40
6th. Ella Conolly: +38.53
7th. Rae Morrison: +43.62
8th. Morgane Charre: +46.38
9th. Laura Battista: +49.71
10th. Anita Gehrig: +50.67

Elite Men:

1st. Richie Rude: 12:45.61
2nd. Sam Hill: +3.15
3rd. Florian Nicolai: +9.69
4th. Adrien Dailly: +11.01
5th. Ed Masters: +11.77
6th. Dimitri Tordo: +13.47
7th. Mathew Stuttard: +14.56
8th. Robin Wallner: +15.20
9th. Matthew Walker: +19.96
10th. Gustav Wildhaber: +21.49

Overall After Stage 5

Elite Women:

1st. Isabeau Courdurier: 40:56.040
2nd. ALN: 41:30.550
3rd. Noga Korem: 41:47.160
4th. Melanie Pugin: 41:55.410
5th. Morgane Charre: 42:47.840

Elite Men:

1st. Richie Rude: 35:28.350
2nd. Sam Hill: 35:47.310
3rd. Florian Nicolai: 35:53.990
4th. Ed Masters: 36:07.890
5th. Dimitri Tordo: 36:29.150

Regions in Article


  • 187 21
 Well Richie, by wining today you are going to prove something really important to everybody, and by wining today your career is about to start more than ever !!!
  • 12 10
 We’re still rooting for u to get back out there and show em who’s boss! I mean that in the nicest way of course Smile
  • 8 4
 @cuban-b: Love that you guys are all so close as competitors and friends as the sport is more about Man VS Mountain then just Man VS Man.. Would be cool if the racers had the final say in who should or shouldn’t be out there! Great Job Richie awesome to see you come out swinging after the suspension, & Hoping the same for Martin when he returns as well!
  • 7 2
 Yoannbarelli, This is the stuff I tell my daughters about. The good sportsmen and women, and the fact that we like riding mountain bikes. We like the other people who do, even when we race against them. This is a tribe we can hang with.
  • 2 2
 Yes! Richie Rude is the younger Harley of the Cro-Mags of EWS
  • 2 2
 @endlessblockades: Harley's straight edge so ya that's a perfect comparison... LoL
  • 1 1
 @m1dg3t: Just based on looks my dude
  • 1 1
 @endlessblockades: I don't see it. Sorry.
  • 73 0
 Ed Masters riding strong
  • 44 0
 One of the best overall riders out there. Solid representative of the sport as well
  • 12 0
 Fast Eddie
  • 4 0
 He’s bloody talented for sure.
  • 12 0
 @jclnv: and hilarious to boot! The guy cracks me up.
  • 6 0
 @gooutsidetoday: Yep I wish I was that good but still didn’t take shit seriously.
  • 7 0
 No doubt the guy is world class dh, hardline, enduro and fatbiking
  • 7 0
 @imho4ep: he also is an expert on freshwater crocs
  • 2 0
 He should try Rampage next. Ask Wyn train him to power wheelie.
  • 4 0
 @fartymarty: Fast Eddie was 1 of the greatest guitarists of his generation! The crew all checked out within such a short time of each other. I'm still gutted.
  • 2 0
 @m1dg3t: but at least their music lives on.
  • 73 21
 Still pulling for richie. I just can't help it.
  • 15 10
 Me too! Stoked to see him killing it!
  • 43 7
 If the injury epidemic continues, he can still take the overall. Bejesus what a season. Enduro Wrecked Series
  • 17 1
 @WAKIdesigns: goes from from Enduro wet series to Enduro wrecked series. Not a single season looking like the previous season. Definitely love this form of racing. Just wish I could watch some of it live.
  • 16 1
 Looks like Richie is on... fire
  • 19 4
 @dwmetalfab: I think this may be a symptom of too much pressure on everybody, both in DH and in Enduro. If it were 2-3 guys and gals you could speak of bad luck, but we are dealing with 10 top athletes being out, either while racing or training. I meant it just sucks to hear all these bad news. Feeling for those folks.
  • 9 1
 @WAKIdesigns: agreed. It would be hard to sponsor an athlete in this sport. One minute you're at the top and then a rock rolls on the track and you're out for the season. Or you get a nasty cut in an area that has no cell service and then get your wins stripped and banned for the season. It's just not over till it's over.
  • 4 1
 @dwmetalfab: come to California in August for EWS Northstar
  • 3 0
 @Teej687t: that's a killer idea.
  • 2 0
 @WAKIdesigns: What's the full list at this point? of the top of my head, I got:

- Martin Maes
- Yoann Barelli
- Jesse Melamed
- Is Damien Oton still out?
  • 7 0
 @alexdeich: Considering Damien broke his back last month, I think it would be safe to assume he's still out.
  • 4 0
- Cecile Ravanel
  • 1 0
 @gnarnaimo: That's what I was thinking, but a couple weeks ago Devinci said Canazei would be his comeback, but I don't see him in the results.
  • 2 0
 @smallsilences: Right, thanks, Katie Winton, too
  • 4 0
 @alexdeich: Bex Baraona this round too, busted ribs.
  • 4 2
 Oh my god Richie... did not see that coming. What a beast.
  • 1 0
 @alexdeich: Miss Winton was as well
  • 1 1
 Rude Mood
  • 1 6
flag j0rdan (Jun 29, 2019 at 17:59) (Below Threshold)
 man so lame. Mtb is just not the same anymore.
  • 1 1
 @Teej687t: You mean DustStar? Gonna be plenty of injuries from blowing through un-maintained corners for sure...
  • 2 0
 @alexdeich: don’t forget Jared Graves. A little out of the scope of injury but illness has him sidelined too
  • 1 0
 @RaceYouToTheTop: ah yes, good point
  • 1 0
 @Trailsoup: Or a new regimen...
  • 69 24
 Richie killing it just proves that he wasn't doping to win. That dude is insanely talented. He doesn't need drugs to ride fast.
  • 24 58
flag thenotoriousmic (Jun 29, 2019 at 9:47) (Below Threshold)
 And in tomorrow’s new rude fails a drug test again.Wink
  • 8 2
 How so?
  • 13 47
flag ssteve (Jun 29, 2019 at 12:32) (Below Threshold)
 The guy rips, there's no doubt.
I just have to say (I have no evidence in my favour or to the contrary) if I was in his position and uninjured, I would jack myself up as much as possible with everything legal and illegal I had available to me. Maybe he's not like that, but knowing that my fellow athletes are probably doing everything they can to beat me (including that which is not allowed), and I had no tests waiting for me, I couldn't see any point to not getting myself prepared with chemicals.
On the other hand, he does have a point to make and maybe this is it... have to be a dick though and say he's lucky it wasn't wet.
  • 5 1
 So that is an easy proof right? Your logic is clearly invalid!
  • 15 3
 My word 26 downvotes about a joke about a drug cheat getting caught taking drugs again. I have absolutely no idea what to make of this page anymore and the people on it anymore. Ha
  • 11 25
flag jozefk (Jun 30, 2019 at 2:52) (Below Threshold)
 @thenotoriousmic: it is funny to see how yankees keep supporting their cheating darling. Armstrong was one of them too!
  • 5 3
 @jozefk: okay sure. He won today. Soooo he doesn't need drugs to win. Pretty straight forward actually.
  • 10 14
flag thenotoriousmic (Jun 30, 2019 at 5:37) (Below Threshold)
 @dwmetalfab: or he’s found a better way to cheat. You can’t say for certain anymore.
  • 5 10
flag jozefk (Jun 30, 2019 at 8:11) (Below Threshold)
 @dwmetalfab: his win does not sayhe is not using, they said the same about Armstrong all the time. Yankees are proven cheaters in bike sports, facts. Graves too. Now some fairytale is going to change it?
  • 1 0
 @thenotoriousmic: as the overall winner and just coming off a suspension, I would be willing to bet he was tested after the event... So, give it about 6 months and we'll know if he failed...
  • 3 3
 @jozefk: if you're not cheating you're not trying!

Sorry, I just don't care about your crap accusations anymore.
  • 2 0
 @jozefk: Proof of what? Was I trying to prove something or simply making a statement?
Logic can't be invalid, as it's inherently subjective.
  • 1 0
 @lumpy873: mate I don’t care. It was just a joke last week maes was riding high now look... tomorrow who knows.
  • 2 0
 @jozefk: I'm not American, and still can't get enough of Armstrong just absolutely dominating Europeans. The whole thing is just pure comedy gold. Plus, talk to anyone involved in the Tour during that time and they'll agree [off camera] that Armstrong is the GOAT.
  • 1 1
 @motard5: whahaha... how sad is that. Mvd Poel owns all of your cheater goats. Watch and see.
  • 33 1
 Time for mr hill to shine if he wants that 3 peat
  • 92 8
 Or just wait for the everyone else to get suspended..
  • 9 29
flag Bfc (Jun 29, 2019 at 4:35) (Below Threshold)
 This season is going to be crooked! Thanks UCI!!
  • 23 22
 @Bfc: you mean that's to athletes breaching doping rules
  • 2 0
 Martin had this series without a doubt but he had to do something as the others are flying @LaurensVR:
  • 24 0
 Jesse, sorry to read about your hand. Heal up quickly!
  • 20 0
 Just the hand? I'm sorry for the ankle personally
  • 3 1
 I feel totally responsible, since I had him pegged for a win this round and my kinda luck seems to radiate off me. Sorry man!!
  • 7 1
 @Slapnutz: what’s DJ Khaled doing working in an Italian hospital?
  • 20 2
 Hey Hollywood? - there's a film here. The current race leader and winner of the last two races suspended for a doping infringement only to have an athlete win a stage after returning from a doping infringement ban.

Not judging because I don't have the facts but it does seem very odd!!
  • 34 15
 Time to open the water bottles
  • 21 3
  • 10 0
  • 10 0
 Andreane Lanthier Nadeau

She did a pinkbike hot lap at one point:
  • 3 0
 @JaredHarzan: and takes a stage win Beer
  • 4 18
flag l-JP-l (Jun 29, 2019 at 9:11) (Below Threshold)
 ALN - Additional Learning Needs ????????
  • 5 3
 @JaredHarzan: Cheers.

PB must have been having trouble with the spelling and gave up.
  • 2 0
 FFS. Everyone know ALN!
  • 3 0
 @boozed: I think she goes by ALN. From what I can tell it's on the back of her jersey, and most videos/content that feature the Rocky Mountain/RaceFace enduro team list her as Andreane Lanthier Nadeau (ALN) or aka ALN or similar. In the hot lap video at the very beginning she laughs about the fact that pinkbike wants her full name.

That being said it would be helpful to have her full name the first time they mention her in the live updates so that people who don't already know that can figure out who she is a little easier.
  • 28 14
 Yes Richie! Make up that lost time
  • 13 5
 The dude has come out swinging
  • 60 30
 Hope he’s ready for a drug test
  • 23 53
flag gooutsidetoday (Jun 29, 2019 at 6:29) (Below Threshold)
 @kleinblake: lol... That's truly an ignorant comment.
  • 4 8
flag gpaevo (Jun 29, 2019 at 23:23) (Below Threshold)
 @gooutsidetoday: think he's clean do you?
  • 10 1
 Wow, women's race is getting interesting. Congrats ALN. Is she the first woman this year to beat Courdurier on a stage? Where is our EWS historian?
  • 4 0
 I guess I should say statistician rather than historian, but you know. It's early here.
  • 1 0
 I think she is, but I'm not sure. Noga Korem has been close
  • 10 0
 Morgane Charre, First on Stage 3 - Rotorua
Jill Kintner, First on Stage 2 & 6 - Derby
Rowena Fry, First on Stage 4 - Derby
Noga Korem, First on Stage 4 - Madeira
  • 2 0
 I think Rae Morrison has taken one.
  • 10 2
 Sorry Jesse that I chose you Frown
  • 7 0
 gutted for jesse, probably a a slim to none chance but fingers crossed he can be back on the bike for whistler
  • 8 1
 GO EDDIE!!!!! holy %&$"@?
  • 4 0
 Florian Nicolai extends his lead on the overall. With his former teammate, Jesse, getting hurt, and half the season already done, it seems only Sam Hill can realistically still be a threat.
  • 13 6
 F ya Richie!
  • 4 0
 Where do i put in my bet as to how many pros will even make it to the final round? I'm probably going to end up injured just by watching the highlights.
  • 2 0
 Great to see such a positive response from RR with his new form - clearly worked very hard during his ban. But it’s completely understandable that people are going to have doubts and some will take longer to forgive than others. He’s going to have to put up with the extra scrutiny and can’t complain about it. Any athlete coming back from a doping ban is viewed with suspicion for a while. It’s like a person who you’ve found out has lied to you — they can say sorry, you can try to put it all behind you, but you may not totally trust them again. He’ll just have to be squeaky clean in future.
  • 17 12
 Yeah! Richie, go get it M8!
  • 2 1
 Strange logic that by dominating this race Rude has proved he's not a cheat or shut up the haters. If he was a roadie everyone would be saying the win proves he IS dirty. I'm somewhere in the middle and this result doesn't change anything in my mind, there's still a bit of a question mark over him and his less-than-convincing excuses. That's the worst thing about doping cases these days, the uncertainty cases like this leave and we end up judging riders on whether they act guilty rather than catching them with an EPO filled syringe sticking out their arm like in the good old days.
  • 6 2
 Bummed for Jesse... Stoked Richie!
  • 5 1
 Way to shred ALN and Miranda ....heal up fast Jesse!!!
  • 3 0
 Go Canucks!
  • 2 0
 And Carter Kransy, 6th in U21 and Lucy Schick, 1st in U21, and Britney Phelan solid 15th in pro women. Other than Jesse, great day for Canada.
  • 3 1
 Hey girls, enjoy your wins this year and take some pleasure, because Cecile Ravanel is coming back soon and the party will be over.
  • 1 0
 I have no idea what Barelli is talking about. Rude has already proven himself. Two overall ews series wins! A minor doping flaw doesnt hurt his amazing accomplishments and career.
  • 8 7
 Yeah Richie, you're fans new it was all talent that took you to the Top of EWS, just like you're Junior world championship in DH.
  • 3 1
 I don't know why but that Dr. looks like exactly the guy you'd want treating you.
  • 9 7
 So many haters out there. Best way to silence them is to win!! Congrats R. Rude.
  • 8 11
 Don‘t know. Best way to silence people after coming back from doping ban is NOT winning imo.
  • 2 0
 Ed Masters taking big steps forward. He's serious about the whole thing and bloody fast.
  • 5 2
 Uh oh Richie’s back! Congrats!!!
  • 7 4
 Melamed injured... thanks Obama.
  • 6 3
 (Just kidding for all the sensitive folks out there)
  • 10 9
 So the UCI managed to wreck the season for the two most dominant riders in the EWS. For nothing. Glad to see Ritchie back. Would have been great to see him and Martin race.
  • 23 5
 Funny how, as soon as popular riders are affected, no one cares about a doping free and "zero tolerance" EWS anymore. Just like in road racing. MTB riders are just as much hypocrites.
  • 4 1
 @Ttimer: I agree, my comment is not going to be popular, but feel that the riders are being treated as victims. I am open though, so do understand it could of been an innocent mistake. The UCI have been there, done it and worn the t-shirt, don't think any sportsman has said 'yes, I just took it to enhance my performance'........
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 Yep, there were tears after seeing Richie won. So proud of the guy staying strong emotionally and physically when he had to be questioning his entire future at some point. And no disrespect to Maes but there's something exciting about seeing Hill vs Rude all over again.
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 I'd like to apologise to Jesse for swapping him into my fantasy team before this round after Maes' ban, so sorry mate!
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 Is it still enduro when lifts are used for the transfers or just DH stage racing at that point? Are these trails not reachable by riding?
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 I guess no Top of the World in Whistler then? Racing a whole day or two days at altitude is tough enough with a few lifts. Limiting stages to those you can reach by peddling only would likely significantly limit available terrain.
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 Agree. the point of enduro was to ride between stages. If the location does not have up trails should not be on EWS tour. Me, I still get bored with the slow climbs and just turn enduros into downcountry races. I just do the whole event as fast as i can.
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 @ReyGaetan: I love it out here. So much technical riding
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 Its all enduro! Only in the north america are we so hung up on using chairlifts. In Europe they are just fine with using a chairlift to get to the top, but then throwing a 90 second climb into a stage to connect great trails.
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 @wind13: I thought EWS Aspen used primarily lifts for transfers. Anyways, I was just curious whether it was an issue of access or an effort to reduce climbing or both. Nothing wrong with DH stage racing.
  • 3 1
 @pinkbike juniors and masters results deserve a place too
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 Richie Rude is BACK!
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 Congrats Mr Rude, I would not be surprised to see him sweep the EWS Season from this point on.
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 Thanks for erasing the bullying comments PB!

Some people can’t quit this sort of thing...
  • 3 2
 Isabeau won on a 29er, doesnt mean it's the best bike for her. She is too small to be on 29" wheels.
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 I don't think so – 29ers can work perfectly for any rider no matter how small he/she is
  • 1 1
 Did anyone know Rowena Fry was skipping Val di Fassa? I'm having such a hard time picking a team in fantasy that I have up to date info on. So frustrating!
  • 1 0
 Oh wow, making scribd jokes seems to be going the way of dentistt wheel jokes; did everyone get new phones?
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 Doping sucks . UCI sucks . Ride your bike and stop the cheating .
  • 0 1
 Mathew Stuttard finished 7th and got 200 pts. Leigh Johnson finished outside the top 10 and got 330 pts?? have I got this wrong?
  • 1 0
 Check the overalls again, Leigh finished 11th and Matt finished 29th
  • 1 0
 Great to see Robin back in the top ten again!
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 Who didn't know Rude was going to win...
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 I guess you all are Rude haters
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 what happened to Remi Gauvin?
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 The uci has ruined the series. Today should have been a battle between Maes and Rude. Not taking anything away from any of the others on the podium but we’ve been cheated.
  • 7 4
 And to think they were telling us that merging with the UCI would have no negative effects on the EWS...We all knew it was to good to be true.
  • 7 5
 You mean battle of the best chemist, or rider? I’m confused
  • 1 0
 It would be Rude not to!
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 I had no idea the Pinkbike community had so many a**h*les. Job well done Richie on your return.
  • 10 3
 You didnt know that? PB is filled to the brim with them.
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 You must be new here.
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 Take that ya damn haters!
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 Richie Rudes back on the steds then lol
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 So Rude to dominate like that!
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 why does pinkbike keep on deleting my comments
  • 5 0
 I see them in Below Threshold- always the best comment zone to read first. The village has spoken.
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