Pro Stage Results from EWS Crans-Montana 2021

Sep 11, 2021
by Ed Spratt  
Ahead of a full day of racing on Sunday riders are on course for the EWS Pro Stage. Following incredible racing in Loudenvielle where Isabeau Courdurier and Jack Moir came out on top, riders now face a single-stage challenge before taking on four stages tomorrow.

The Pro stage is a new format for 2021 with the riders taking on a single stage with bonus points up for grabs. The times from today are added to riders' stage time tomorrow for the overall results.

In the U21 racing, Paz Gallo Fuentes and Noah Hoffman topped their categories with wins over five seconds. Leonie Picton and Karim Amour won the Masters racing with some sizeable wins in their races.

Melanie Pugin continued her top performance this season as she secures a lead of over four seconds into tomorrow's four stages. Morgane Charre and Estelle Charles completed a French-dominated top three.

Richie Rude went the fastest today on the Pro Stage as he secured his first win this weekend by nearly four seconds on Jesse Melamed. Martin Maes is back at the sharp end of racing this year as he finishes in third. Jack Moir didn't have the stage result he would want with 37th place, 18 seconds behind Richie.



Results


Elite Women


1st. Melanie Pugin: 4:56.26
2nd. Morgane Charre: +4.58
3rd. Estelle Charles: +5.81
4th. Katy Winton: +6.36
5th. Miranda Miller: +6.44


Elite Men


1st. Richie Rude: 4:03.18
2nd. Jesse Melamed: +3.94
3rd. Martin Maes: +4.01
4th. Kasper Woolley: +6.02
5th. Matthew Walker: +6.06



U21 Women


1st. Paz Gallo Fuentes: 5:14.67
2nd. Lisa Baumann: +5.58
3rd. Emmy Lan: +10.62
4th. Sophie Riva: +12.70
5th. Helen Weber: +20.76


U21 Men


1st. Noah Hoffman: 4:17.68
2nd. Jack Piercy: +5.61
3rd. Francescu Camoin: +7.77
4th. Alex Storr: +11.17
5th. Bradley Harris: +12.00



Master Women


1st. Leonie Picton: 5:58.87
2nd. Daniela Michel: +27.20


Master Men


1st. Karim Amour: 4:36.52
2nd. Adrian Vesenbeckh: +9.78
3rd. Claudio Negro: +21.06
4th. Ludovic Corre: +23.28
5th. Clement Magnea: +28.95




Full Results

Elite Women


Top 50 - Elite Men


U21 Women


U21 Men


Master Women


Master Men




Live Updates


4:20 am PDT

[PROVISIONAL] Richie Rude Wins the EWS Pro Stage for the Elite Men

Richie Rude takes his first stage win of the weekend as he goes fastest on the Pro Stage by nearly four seconds.

1st. Richie Rude: 4:03.18
2nd. Jesse Melamed: +3.94
3rd. Martin Maes: +4.01
4th. Kasper Woolley: +6.02
5th. Matthew Walker: +6.06



4:18 am PDT

Richie Rude now goes into the lead by nearly four seconds.



4:16 am PDT

By a tiny margin, Jesse Melamed goes into the lead by an incredible 0.07 seconds.



4:15 am PDT

Kasper Woolley is the closest rider to Martin Maes so far as he sits just over two seconds back. We still have around eight riders left, can anyone beat his time?



4:06 am PDT

Martin Maes smashes the top times as he goes over six and a half seconds faster than Mckay Vezina to go fastest so far.



4:01 am PDT

As the top Elite Men hit the Pro Stage the current top five is:

1st. Mckay Vezina: 4:13.88
2nd. Romain Paulhan: +0.72
3rd. Connor Fearon: +0.93
4th. Christian Textor: +1.50
5th. Edgar Carballo Gonzalez: +2.17



3:59 am PDT

Melanie Pugin Wins the EWS Pro Stage for the Elite Women

Melanie Pugin has an incredible ride on the Pro Stage and as the only woman to cross the line in under five minutes she takes the win and a four-second advantage into a full day of racing tomorrow.

1st. Melanie Pugin: 4:56.26
2nd. Morgane Charre: +4.58
3rd. Estelle Charles: +5.81
4th. Katy Winton: +6.36
5th. Miranda Miller: +6.44



3:54 am PDT

Morgane Charre takes the lead by over a second with six riders left.



3:52 am PDT

By just 0.63 seconds Estelle Charles takes the lead over Miranda Miller.



3:51 am PDT

The next rider to top the timing is Miranda Miller, she pulls two seconds ahead of Becky's previous fastest time.



3:48 am PDT

Becky Cook drops the top time as she completes the Pro Stage six seconds up on Laura Charles.



3:46 am PDT

EWS-E winner Laura Charles now takes the lead by 7.3 seconds.



3:44 am PDT

The top Elite Women are now hitting the Pro Stage as Isabella Naughton goes fastest by over three seconds.



2:54 am PDT

As we wait for the top Elite Women to hit the Pro Stage the current top five is:

1st. Nadine Ellecosta: 5:22.28
2nd. Sidonie Jolidon: +0.38
3rd. Lea Salome Rutz: +15.16
4th. Anja Hovorka: +25.50
5th. Anna Littorin Sandbu: +26.20



2:51 am PDT

Noah Hoffman Wins the EWS Pro Stage for the U21 Men

Noah Hoffman comes across the line on top for the U21 on the Pro Stage as he pulls 5.61 seconds ahead of Jack Piercy.

1st. Noah Hoffman: 4:17.68
2nd. Jack Piercy: +5.61
3rd. Francescu Camoin: +7.77
4th. Alex Storr: +11.17
5th. Bradley Harris: +12.00



2:37 am PDT

Paz Gallo Fuentes Wins the EWS Pro Stage for the U21 Women

Paz Gallo Fuentes wins the Pro Stage in Crans-Montana with a sizeable five-second gap back to Lisa Baumann.

1st. Paz Gallo Fuentes: 5:14.67
2nd. Lisa Baumann: +5.58
3rd. Emmy Lan: +10.62
4th. Sophie Riva: +12.70
5th. Helen Weber: +20.76






64 Comments

  • 28 1
 Squamish killing it! Miranda, Jesse and Kasper!! Way to go!!
  • 11 0
 Stoked to see Canada represented by so many at the EWS now!
  • 1 0
 @JesseMelamed: amazing run, I think a few of those sections are your favourite type of terrain.
  • 1 0
 lets not forget Emmet and Squamish temp Jack in U21's
  • 23 4
 Katy Winton 4th. Nuke sign her!!!
  • 5 0
 they really should
  • 3 0
 When team budgets open up again next year someone will grab her. Trek basically scr3w3d her by waiting so long to say they were dropping her.
  • 3 0
 Becky Cook in 6th who works a full time 9-5 job and riding a two season old bike!
  • 14 0
 Lukasik on fire, once again outstanding.
  • 6 0
 Yeah, and real priveteer. Awesome rider and future champ.
  • 3 0
 With snapped chain! :O
  • 5 1
 Most exciting guy to watch right now. He’s gonna be on the box before the season is over. Imagine if he is a mechanic and could mentally focus pre race!
  • 12 0
 No Jack! Got some work to do tomorrow to pull back that time
  • 13 1
 Go Jesse!
  • 5 0
 Just watched the summary of the Pro Stage on Youtube. Jack Moir had a big crash and apparently injured his shoulder. His start tomorrow is in question.
  • 1 0
 Noooooo. I hope he's alright!
  • 3 0
 Seems that Sam is holding steady in the relative same position as earlier in the season. Proof that off-season training is critical? Impossible to just "ramp up" as the race season progresses.
  • 4 0
 Yeah it’s a bit sad really. I thought by now that he would be much closer to the pointy end.
  • 3 1
 maybe hes just chillin this year
  • 3 0
 I think the 2 week quarantine and the rest of the stuff he has to go thru to get to and from the other side of the world is messing him up. All the other aussies and nz riders are based in Europe for the season.
  • 1 0
 @Turboute: I was a bit surprised to see him back in Perth for the break. I recently had to do a stint in Perth hotel quarantine after travelling overseas. It is pretty tough to get back into a normal schedule after that. After two weeks out, I’m still feeling the effects. I can’t see it not affecting a professional athlete and their training regime.
  • 6 0
 Not the year of Sam Hill unfortunately
  • 6 0
 My guess is he's taking the father roll as a priority which is the right choice at this point. Wouldn't be surprised to see him retire from racing after this year.
  • 5 0
 18 seconds, Jack must have had a hugey!
  • 7 4
 I guess grats to Ritchie for winning ews crabs Montana then
  • 1 0
 It was only a matter of time until we would have seen Kasper up there with the best. The kid rides like a god. So pleased for him.
  • 3 0
 Great Job MM
  • 3 0
 Nice one Miranda!!
  • 1 0
 So cool to see all the Canadians crushing it in all categories! Give'r shit out there tmr !!!!
  • 2 0
 Well done Kati and Miranda!
  • 1 0
 Finally Masters are back!... Though they tried to kill the category going 35 young... And a 45 old still get it!
  • 2 0
 Included the Masters this time - well done.
  • 6 6
 Announcing provisional results without telling us the time of series leader Moir? Strange.
  • 5 0
 With all results in the summary says he came 37th, 18 seconds back. Must've had an off or some sort of mechanical.
  • 33 2
 @daceto817: he waited for a replacement chainstay from the warranty department
  • 1 0
 @funkzander: jokes aside (i upvoted you, LOL), how is Canyon's warranty? I am looking to buy a Canyon Sender coz it seems like a very good deal compared to others, currently out of stock but the moment it becomes available, I'd be buying one in a heartbeat. Can anyone chime in? Lets say I break a chainstay, how long does it take to get a replacement?
  • 2 0
 @mountguitars: I broke my carbon chainstay on my Canyon Strive (totally my fault, would have broken on any carbon bike) and the process went fine (thanks specifically to Tony for helping me out). I got the chainstay within 2 weeks and this was March 2020 so right when Covid was going off. Maybe this was before the supply issues started up but I was happy with the level of service.

All that being said...can't say I recommend buying a carbon DH bike (especially until supply issues get sorted out)
  • 2 0
 @mtbthe603: That turn around time sounds impressive. I hope it wont be any different here in Canada. I guess I'll just bite the bullet and hope everything goes well, if I ever get my hands on one. I've been waiting all summer to buy one, no luck due to supply issues.
  • 2 0
 @mountguitars: you hear a lot of horror stories about their customer service on the german forums but also some guys are happy with it. i wanted to buy a canyon many years ago but after waiting 6 months for it and it always got delayed month after month i bought a kona. had a used canyon torque 10 years ago which was a good bike and never had problems with it. my friend waited 3 months for replacement chainstays for his canyon spectral. if you are lucky and never have problems you get a good bike for a reasonable price but its a sort of lottery IF you need customer service.
  • 1 0
 Karim Amour is a name I have seen in a long time
  • 1 0
 Wasn't he banned few years ago?
  • 2 0
 @eeeasy: yeah, he got popped for a diuretic years ago, then had some other EWS-only ban that wasn't widely discussed.

He also had a reputation as a dirty racer in 4X.
  • 1 0
 @aaronjb:
EWS for you...
  • 1 0
 @eeeasy: didn’t he get popped for something but due to a strange French law they couldn’t release his name to the public as it ‘could effect his income’ (or something like that). But it was just a coincidence that he stopped competing for the last few years.
  • 2 1
 @aaronjb: there’s a French law that prohibits the details being posted if it would negatively effect their livelihood (or something like that). Which sort of negates half the punishment.

Nowadays you just say you accidentally drank the wrong water bottle and everyone forgives you.
  • 1 0
 @CustardCountry:
I wasn't aware of that law but now you mentioned it,it sort of make sense.
When Rude and Graves got caught there were 3 more French riders but their names was not mentioned...
  • 2 0
 @CustardCountry: Never heard such a thing. Can you elaborate?
  • 2 0
 @Ricolaburle: took a bit of digging to find the article (was older than I thought)

This from a PB article in 2013
“Article 45 of the French Cycling Federation (FFC) regulations state: "Toutefois, pour les personnes majeures, cette publication pourra, en cas de circonstances exceptionnelles, être effectuée sous forme anonyme par décision spécialement motivée de l'organe disciplinaire de première instance." That roughly translates to that in exceptional cases, people found guilty of using banned substances can apply to remain anonymous. Frank Filbien, the FFC's mountain bike representative, explains that, "There is a special committee, independent from the national federation. This committee can decide that the rider's name will not be published. This occurs when the rider tells the committee that such a publication will have a very negative impact on him and, for example, that he could lose his job - let's say he has a bike shop and there is a possibility that many people stop buying things in his shop if they know that he has cheated. This decision is very exceptional. That's why the rider's name has not be published."

m.pinkbike.com/news/Doping-Crime-and-Punishment-2013.html
  • 1 1
 @CustardCountry: wow, that is quite a digging! OK, so we can't say it's a French law, it's more a FFC rule. Not sure if it's a good one or if it's hypocritical.
  • 1 0
 Great result for Katy! Wonder what happened to Ella Conolly?
  • 1 0
 Kaspar gettin faster every race. Well done lad!
  • 20 22
 Good result for Rude, there must be something in the water.
  • 2 0
 This one was good haha.
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