Yes, don't pinch yourself, we're kicking off 2021's EWS racing on a Wednesday. Val di Fassa will be a doubleheader round to kick off the season and riders are fired up for a big week against the clock after a long off-season.
Round 1 of the race will see the riders take on four stages over the day in the Italian Dolomites and by the end of the day we'll have our first EWS series leaders since 2019. Both races include the same four stages however Saturday's race will see the racers take on stage 4 as a prologue so that will extend that event to five stages. It's a bit confusing but a full breakdown is available in our primer, here
Last time out Richie Rude and Isabeau Courdurier took the wins but who will be on the podium this time? Check out all the updates below to find out.
1st. Isabeau Courdurier: 31:43.22
2nd. Morgane Charre: 31:57.15
3rd. Melanie Pugin: 31:57.48
4th. Andreane Lanthier Nadeau: 32:15.75
5th. Noga Korem: 32:31.99
1st. Richie Rude: 27:07.32
2nd. Jack Moir: 27:07.80
3rd. Jesse Melamed: 27:22.08
4th. Matt Walker: 27:30.79
5th. Zak Johansen: 27:38.16
1st. Polly Henderson: 35:18.26
2nd. Anna Newkirk: 35:24.06
3rd. Jess Blewitt: 35:25.47
4th. Sophie Riva: 35:56.57
5th. Justine Henry: 40:34.15
1st. Jamie Edmondson: 28:40.09
2nd. Luke Meier-Smith: 28:46.67
3rd. Francescu Camoin: 28:59.35
4th. Elliot Jamieson: 29:00.87
5th. Alexis Icardo: 29:16.47
Elite Women Top 20Provisional Elite Men Top 50ProvisionalFull results, here
Live Updates and Stage Results
2:00 am PDT:
Racing is underway in Val di Fassa!
There will be four stages of racing today in Val di Fassa and the Under 21 and 35+ riders are rolling through stage one now. We're preparing for the Elite riders to drop any minute.
2:45 am PDT: Stage 1 Women's Results
Isabeau Courdurier picks up where she left off in Val di Fassa with a win in stage 1. She was considering not racing
this event but has delivered an incredibly brave result given the significance of the event for her.
Morgane Charre follows closely behind then Andreane Lanthier Nadeau is in third as the only non-Frenchwoman in the top five. Noga Korem, Laura Charles, Hattie Harnden, Katy Winton and Raphaela Richter make up the rest of the top five.
3:04 am PDT: Stage 1 Men's Results
Both of 2019's race winners have got off to the strongest start possible with Richie Rude matching Courdurier and taking the win in stage 1. Sam Hill kicks off his title defence with a second place, just over a second behind, while fellow Australian Jack Moir is third.
Jesse Melamed, Antoine Vidal, Elliott Heap, Dim Tordo and Irenee Menjou round out the top 10.
3:07 am PDT:
Stage 2 results will follow shortly
Stage 2 follows after a short transition. It's about half the length of stage 1 with times between 3 minutes and 3 minutes 30 seconds so we're expecting results to start dropping soon.
3:25 am PDT: Stage 2 Women's Results
On the short, sharp stage 2, Melanie Pugin takes the win with a healthy margin of five seconds over second-placed Lanthier Nadeau. Isabeau Courdurier comes third on this one while Noga Korem and Raphaela Richter take their first top-five stage results of the day. Morgane Charre, Chloe Taylor, Rae Morrison, Miranda Miller and Caro Gehrig make up the rest of the top 10.Current Women's Race Standings
Isabeau holds onto the top spot but she has a lead of just five second back to Charre. Pugin's stage win moves her up to third while consistency is key for Nadeau and Korem who complete the top five at the half way point.
3:32 am PDT:
The U21s are three stages into their race now. The men's race is super close with Jamie Edmondson, Elliot Jamieson and Luke Meier Smith separated by about half a second going into the Queen Stage. In the women's race, the UK's Polly Henderson has a more comfortable 17 second lead ahead of Anna Newkirk but it could all change with the longest stage still to be raced..
3:50 am PDT: Stage 2 Men's Results
Richie Rude makes it 2 from 2 in the men's race as he takes the win again. There isn't a huge amount of time to be gained on this stage though and the entire top five are within 4 seconds of each other. Jack Moir keeps it consistent with a second place on the stage then it's Melamed, Miquel and Walker. Sam Hill records a 20th place finish 8 seconds back.Current Men's Race Standings
We're already halfway through the race and Richie Rude has a lead of six seconds over Jack Moir. Sam's slip up on stage two hasn't hurt him too badly and he currently holds third place but with less than a second advantage over Melamed.
4:45 am PDT: Stage 3 Women's Results
Hattie Harnden takes the win on stage 3. She's a pupil of enduro legend Tracey Moseley and also a U23 XC racer so there's no doubt that helped her on the climb that featured in this stage. Isabeau Courdurier is second just four seconds back with Charre in third, Pugin in fourth and Conolly in fifth.Current Women's Race Standings
Courdurier still leads with a six second gap back to Charre. Pugin is third, five seconds back.
4:57 am PDT:U21 Women Final Results 5:15 am PDT: Stage 3 Men's Results
Charlie Murray has taken his first ever EWS stage win by less than a second over Jack Moir. It's a super close stage with Wallner, Melamed and Miquel all within three seconds of the winning time. Current leader Richie Rude is in sixth.Current Men's Race Standings
Richie Rude's lead has been cut from 16 seconds to just 3 seconds with the Queen Stage still to come. Jesse Melamed jumps up to third as Sam Hill falls out of the top 5 down to 22nd. Kevin Miquel and Zak Johansen round up the top 5
5:33 am PDT:U21 Men Final Results 5:15 am PDT: Stage 4 Women's Results
Courdurier bookends her day by winning the Queen Stage. This will not only secure her the race but also the valuable overall points bonus. Pugin is two seconds back followed by Charre another five behind. Andreane Lanthier Nadeau continues her consistent day and there's another impressive result for Harnden in fifth.Final Women's Race Standings
Courdurier confirms her second Val di Fassa win by a margin of 14 seconds. Pugin had a great final stage but it's not quite enough to catch Charre who finished second with a slender gap of 0.3.
Moir beats Rude on Stage 4
By 2.93. We're getting our calculators out...
5:15 am PDT: Stage 4 Men's ResultsFinal Men's Race Standings