Practice Photo Epic: EWS Finale Ligure 2021

Sep 18, 2021
by Dave Trumpore  



The Enduro World Series continues this week in one of its most iconic of venues this week in Finale Ligure, Italy for the penultimate round of 2021

First up for racers is the Pro Stage on Saturday, followed by four more stages on Sunday. In the men’s race, Richie Rude leads the series, but the title is far from a foregone conclusion, with Jack Moir still within touching distance in the points. Despite the shoulder injury he sustained in Crans-Montana last week, Moir still managed to salvage enough points to keep his championship hopes alive and proof that the season-long battle between him and Rude shows no signs of letting up. Danger could also come in the form of Jesse Melamed, who took the win last time the series raced Finale in 2020 and was just six seconds shy of a win at the last round.

Melanie Pugin will be on the hunt to extend her already sizable points lead in the overall and will be more than motivated by her win in Crans-Montana last week. However, 2020 Finale winner Morgane Charre would like things to go a different route as she’s yet to win a round this year despite standing on four of the season's seven podiums. Chasing her down will be Harriet Harnden who is tied on points with Charre in the series championship, with the stakes being raised even higher by Isabeau Courdurier who is just five points back in fourth.

It's hot, dry, fast and rough here in Finale, and we are in for one heck of a weekend.


What a place to end the season


All kinds of bikes are hanging about in Finale.
All kinds of bikes are hanging about in Finale this week.

No rain this week
No rain has fallen here in months

It t there driest we have ever seen tin Finale
It's the driest we have ever seen in Finale

twisty ancient streets in a very old part of the world
Twisty ancient streets in a very old part of the world

Unique liaisons take riders through the old villages scattered throughout the hillside
Unique liaisons take riders through the old villages scattered throughout the hillside

Stage 1 starts out fast and relatively smooth but only for a shirt time
Stage 1 starts out fast and relatively smooth, but only for a short time

Quite different to the alpine slopes raced the past two weeks
Quite different to the alpine slopes raced the past two weeks

Mitch Ropelato made the trip over for his first EWS of the season
Mitch Ropelato made the trip over for his first EWS of the season

You know is a bit janky when you lose a shoe tipping over in a switchback
You know it is a bit janky when you lose a shoe tipping over in a switchback

Zakarias Johanson on Stage 5
Zakarias Johanson on Stage 5

Sam Hill might not be having a great season but he still makes the hardest sections of trail looks simple
Sam Hill might not be having a great season, but he still makes the hardest sections of the trail looks simple

Richie Rude will be pushing to the max this week in hopes of expecting his series lead with just one more rounds to go
Richie Rude will be pushing to the max this week in hopes of expecting his series lead with just one more round to go

Ella Connolly on Stage 4
Ella Connolly on Stage 4

Harriet Harndon through the rock garden on Stage 3
Harriet Harnden through the rock garden on Stage 3

Melanie Pugin is the favorite for the women
Melanie Pugin is the favorite for the women

Damien Oton into the woods below the old NATO base
Damien Oton into the woods below the old NATO base

Morgane Charre is 2nd in points and looking for her first win of the season
Morgane Charre is 2nd in points and looking for her first win of the season

Dimitri Tordo alway looking fast
Dimitri Tordo always looking fast

Katy Winton on Stage 1
Katy Winton on Stage 1

Martin Maes has turned up the speed at the end of the season and will be a threat here
Martin Maes has turned up the speed at the end of the season and will be a threat here

Jack Moir has his shoulder strapped up and isn t going to let the championship escape without a fight
Jack Moir has his shoulder strapped up and isn't going to let the championship escape without a fight

Jesse Melamed has won here last year and has been looking fast and confident
Jesse Melamed has won here last year and has been looking fast and confident

Usually it s green in the hills here but months without rain has left it dry and brown
Usually it's green in the hills here, but months without rain has left it dry and brown

MacKay Vezina on Stage 3
McKay Vezina on Stage 3

Trench warfare Finale Ligue style
Trench warfare Finale Ligure style

Andreane Lanthier Nadeau is giving it a go this week after being forced to sit out the last two rounds with injury
Andreane Lanthier Nadeau is giving it a go this week after being forced to sit out the last two rounds with injury

Matt Stuttard at the top of Stage 3
Matt Stuttard at the top of Stage 3

Antoine Vidal on Stage 4
Antoine Vidal on Stage 4

Noga Korem on the very technical Pro Stage
Noga Korem on the very technical Pro Stage

Robin Wallner racing for the final time in Finale
Robin Wallner racing for the final time in Finale

Kasper Woolley chasing the elusive first podium after being close the past two rounds
Kasper Woolley chasing the elusive first podium after being close the past two rounds

Matt Walker has been on a bit of a hot streak and hopes to carry that into this week in Finale
Matt Walker has been on a bit of a hot streak and hopes to carry that into this week in Finale

Isabeau Courdurier will be chasing after the overall podium this week
Isabeau Courdurier will be chasing after the overall podium this week

Raphaela Richter on Stage 2
Raphaela Richter on Stage 2

Lots of sun on the horizon this week for racers in Finale Ligure
Lots of sun on the horizon this week for racers in Finale Ligure



12 Comments

  • 4 0
 looks like sam's switched back to riding the mega for this race
  • 2 0
 in crans montana as well..and mullet.. can confirm.
  • 1 0
 Mmmm, Sam has unfortunately not been on form this year, hopefully its just related to his year off and not a motivation thing...
  • 1 0
 Switch backs for switchbacks
  • 1 0
 Hill for the win.
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