Race Analysis from the Finale Ligure EDR World Cup 2024

May 13, 2024
by Ed Spratt  
Richie Rude blasted the final stage to take a commanding win in Finale Ligure after a tight battle with his teammate

The opening round of the 2024 Enduro World Cup has wrapped up after riders faced the classic trails of Finale Ligure. The racing provided plenty of interesting results and some standout performances so let's get into the stats.

Course Details


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Stage 1
Base Nato: 2.6km / 381m descent - Stage 1


Stage 2
Ingegnere: 3.8km / 484m descent - Stage 2


Stage 3
Supergroppo: 7.2km / 653m descent - Stage 3


Stage 4 (5)
DH Men: 2.8km / 283m descent - Stage 4


*The original stage four was cancelled for the U21 women and Elite categories after a serious crash.*



Race Results


1st to start the 2024 season for Harriet Harnden



Elite Women


1st. Hattie Harnden: 36:06.599
2nd. Isabeau Courdurier: 36:15.229 / +8.630
3rd. Ella Conolly: 36:23.173 / +16.574
4th. Morgane Charre: 36:23.203 / +16.604
5th. Rae Morrison: 36:47.701 / +41.102


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Elite Men


1st. Richie Rude: 31:53.201
2nd. Charlie Murray: 32:08.474 / +15.273
3rd. Martin Maes: 32:17.791 / +24.590
4th. Mirco Vendemmia: 32:19.749 / +26.548
5th. Slawomir Lukasik: 32:21.943 / +28.742


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Full results, here.



Stage by Stage Results


U21 defending champ Emmy Lan had an off weekend to finish 7th

Overall Stage Positions

Stage 1:

Elite Women:

1st. Isabeau Courdurier: 5:44.004
2nd. Ella Conolly: 5:50.077 / +6.073
3rd. Morgane Charre: 5:51.910 / +7.906
4th. Hattie Harnden: 5:53.691 / +9.687
5th. Nadine Ellecosta: 5:55.480 / +11.476
Elite Men:

1st. Richie Rude: 5:07.416
2nd. Martin Maes: 5:09.211 / +1.795
3rd. Mirco Vendemmia: 5:10.929 / +3.513
4th. Slawomir Lukasik: 5:10.972 / +3.556
5th. Tommaso Francardo: 5:12.250 / +4.834

Stage 2:

Elite Women:

1st. Isabeau Coudurier: 15:08.272
2nd. Morgane Charre: 15:11.485 / +3.213
3rd. Hattie Harnden: 15:11.944 / +3.672
4th. Ella Conolly: 15:14.183 / +5.911
5th. Raphaela Richter: 15:23.061 / +14.789
Elite Men:

1st. Richie Rude: 13:25.576
2nd. Martin Maes: 13:33.016 / +7.440
3rd. Slawomir Lukasik: 13:34.084 / +8.508
4th. Mirco Vendemmia: 13:35.086 / +9.510
5th. Charlie Murray: 13:39.879 / +14.303

Stage 3:

Elite Women:

1st. Hattie Harnden: 30:42.059
2nd. Ella Conolly: 31:04.548 / +22.489
3rd. Isabeau Courdurier: 31:05.033 / +22.974
4th. Morgane Charre: 31:06.186 / +24.127
5th. Raphaela Richter: 31:23.448 / +41.389
Elite Men:

1st. Slawomir Lukasik: 27:24.092
2nd. Richie Rude: 27:24.106 / +0.014
3rd. Charlie Murray: 27:31.574 / +7.482
4th. Mirco Vendemmia: 27:32.281 / +8.189
5th. Martin Maes: 27:41.941 / +17.849

Stage 4:

Elite Women:

1st. Hattie Harnden: 36:06.599
2nd. Isabeau Courdurier: 36:15.229 / +8.630
3rd. Ella Conolly: 36:23.173 / +16.574
4th. Morgane Charre: 36:23.203 / +16.604
5th. Rae Morrison: 36:47.701 / +41.102
Elite Men:

1st. Richie Rude: 31:53.201
2nd. Charlie Murray: 32:08.474 / +15.273
3rd. Martin Maes: 32:17.791 / +24.590
4th. Mirco Vendemmia: 32:19.749 / +26.548
5th. Slawomir Lukasik: 32:21.943 / +28.742

Martin Maes has found the fire to race once again in 2024 and ended the weekend on the podium in 3rd

Stage Rankings

Stage 1:

Elite Women:

1st. Isabeau Courdurier: 5:44.004
2nd. Ella Conolly: 5:50.077 / +6.073
3rd. Morgane Charre: 5:51.910 / +7.906
4th. Hattie Harnden: 5:53.691 / +9.687
5th. Nadine Ellecosta: 5:55.480 / +11.476
Elite Men:

1st. Richie Rude: 5:07.416
2nd. Martin Maes: 5:09.211 / +1.795
3rd. Mirco Vendemmia: 5:10.929 / +3.513
4th. Slawomir Lukasik: 5:10.972 / +3.556
5th. Tommaso Francardo: 5:12.250 / +4.834

Stage 2:

Elite Women:

1st. Hattie Harnden: 9:18.253
2nd. Morgane Charre: 9:19.575 / +1.322
3rd. Ella Conolly: 9:24.106 / +5.853
4th. Isabeau Courdurier: 9:24.268 / +6.015
5th. Raphaela Richter: 9:24.515 / +6.262
Elite Men:

1st. Richie Rude: 8:18.160
2nd. Slawomir Lukasik: 8:23.112 / +4.952
3rd. Charlie Murray: 8:23.610 / +5.450
4th. Martin Maes: 8:23.805 / +5.645
5th. Mirco Vendemmia: 8:24.157 / +5.997

Stage 3:

Elite Women:

1st. Hattie Harnden: 15:30.115
2nd. Rae Morrison: 15:50.334 / +20.219
3rd. Ella Conolly: 15:50.365 / +20.250
4th. Morgane Charre: 15:54.701 / +24.586
5th. Isabeau Courdurier: 15:56.761 / +26.646
Elite Men:

1st. Slawomir Lukasik: 13:50.008
2nd. Charlie Murray: 13:51.695 / +1.687
3rd. Jesse Melamed: 13:54.143 / +4.135
4th. Mirco Vendemmia: 13:57.195 / +7.187
5th. Richie Rude: 13:58.530 / +8.522

Stage 4:

Elite Women:

1st. Isabeau Courdurier: 5:10.196
2nd. Morgane Charre: 5:17.017 / +6.821
3rd. Ella Conolly: 5:18.625 / +8.429
4th. Rae Morrison: 5:19.499 / +9.303
5th. Hattie Harnden: 5:24.540 / +14.344
Elite Men:

1st. Richie Rude: 4:29.095
2nd. Martin Maes: 4:35.850 / +6.755
3rd. Charlie Murray: 4:36.900 / +7.805
4th. Greg Callaghan: 4:39.890 / +10.795
5th. Jesse Melamed: 4:40.783 / +11.688



Story of the Race


Women

The women's racing started the day with a close spread amongst the top riders, but the 15+ minute stage three blew apart the field and helped Hattie Harnden secure her first victory of the 2024 season. Harnden pushed hard on the third stage of the day besting all elite women by at least 20 seconds, 2nd-placed Isabeau Courdurier who had been leading into the stage lost 26.646 seconds. The final stage brought the race back together slightly as Harnden could only manage fifth place here giving 14.344 seconds back to stage winner Courdurier. The final stage victory meant Courdurier could close the gap to 8.630 seconds.



Men

There was a slightly different story in the elite men's race as Richie Rude was dominant from the off securing back-to-back wins across the first two stages. Rude led into the third stage by 7.440 seconds but a charging Slawomir Lukasik laid down a heater beating Rude by over eight seconds and taking the overall lead by just 0.014 seconds against his Yeti teammate. Sadly it was not to be for Lukasik as a flat rear tyre placed him 42nd on stage four knocking him down to fifth overall. While his teammate struggled, Rude put in another winning performance to go fastest once again and ended the day over 15 seconds ahead of Charlie Murray.



Stage Breakdown


Women:


After comparing where riders gained or lost time against Hattie Harnden it's interesting to note that across the full day of racing, only four riders took time away from the race winner. The first stage saw Harnden lose a small amount of time to Ella Conolly and Morgane Charre with Isabeau Coudrueir taking 9.687 away from her. Harnden's win across the next two stages would see her build a lead into stage four before Courdurier, Conolly, Charre and Rae Morrison would eat away at her overall race lead. Any time pulled back on the final stage would not be enough to change the race winner after Harnden's big victory on stage three.


Stage three may have been the deciding factor in the overall race results but it is interesting after looking at the stage times to find that the biggest finish spread in percentages of the winning stage time came from the final stage. With tight liason times and high temperatures testing riders' strength the last timed section of a long day created big gaps deeper in the field, as the top five closely matched stages one and three before the finish spread took a sharp increase. However, it is worth noting that at 2.2% and 2.17%, the winning margins of the third and fourth stages were very evenly matched compared to the close 0.24% gap to 2nd on stage two.

Men:


In the almost opposite of the elite women's chart, stage three is where Richie Rude lost time to his competitors with Charlie Murray, Mirco Vendemmia, Slawomir Lukasik and Jesse Melamed all setting faster stage times. The deciding factor in the race was Richie Rude's dominance across the other three stages and the puncture of his teammate Lukasik that handed him the round one victory.


As with the women, the final stage was again where there were the biggest gaps to the fastest stage time. Richie Rude's winning time split the top 5 by 4.34% with a close spread of the next five riders as the 10th place finisher was 5.45% back from the top time. While the women's racing saw a more pronounced difference amongst the other stages it is interesting to see very similar finish spreads across the quite different first, second and third stages with the top 30 riders all within around 4.7% (4.63%, 4.74% and 4.77% respectively) of the fastest times.



Overall Standings




Full results, here.




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17 Comments
  • 19 1
 Love the visualizations to give context on how the race played out. Interesting that there hasn't been much discussion about EWS awarding points on a per stage basis which I think is a great change. Forces the leaders to push on each stage instead of sitting back and managing the gap.
  • 1 0
 Agreed. I don't think that was beneficial to the format.
  • 2 0
 How did I not hear about points being awarded per stage? That's a huge (and welcome) change.
  • 12 0
 Are there any updates on the U21 athlete who had the crash on stage 4?
  • 8 0
 Any info on the liasons? Sounds like it was a tough day of climbing/pedaling too, would love to hear more about what was causing all the bitching and moaning.
  • 4 8
flag Lagr1980 FL (May 13, 2024 at 19:52) (Below Threshold)
 certain rider was bitching about them , but was 12th on the first stage already.. must have been a long pedal up to nato base, oh wait ! they shuttled for 1st stage !!... they may have been too tight, but suck it up.. pace yourself, head down and pedal.. that includes during the race runs..
  • 9 0
 As far as I could get out of the riders content, almost everybody said it was though! Some said because how tough it was, it might worked in their advantage... but the general vibe was that it was super tight and very challenging. Mr-I-love-a-decent-pedal himself, Matthew Fairbrother called it a "Savage Race, loved it and hated it!" He had IG Post where he was covered in thick sweat salt crystals top to bottom. If that's good or bad I leave in the middle, but it's not only about ftness. People train in a certain way for this, and if the format changes without notice, that has impact. It also means that small mechanicals are even more impactful if you don't have a minute to spare.
  • 8 0
 Man Slawek almost had it!
  • 3 0
 Richie Rude quite far out in front! Would love to see Charlie Murray catch him on the Stumpjumper. Nice to see Harden rise to the top too!
  • 5 2
 Did the UCI buy out the EWS to destroy it and remove a threat ? Much like large software organizations do?
  • 2 0
 How is Charlie Murray even keeping up with these guys on a trail bike??
  • 6 0
 Well, that trail bike is essentially an enduro bike from 4-5 years ago, so there's that. Also considering how much climbing there was, it could be a slight advantage. Maybe there's a reason to why race enduro bikes were more like the Stumpjumper a few years ago when enduro had less shuttles, instead of single crown DH rigs
  • 1 0
 @Arierep: Agreed 100%, comment was sarcasm. I ride the Stevo and get a kick out of folks calling it a trail bike sometimes. Obviously not going to take place of a DH sled but it’s one of those bikes where it’s the pilot and not the rider holding you back that’s for sure, as proven by Charlie Murray.
  • 1 0
 People who watch enduro came over here from those youtube marble race videos I bet.
  • 1 2
 So was Richard 2nd or 5th on stage 3? Conflicting visuals.
  • 5 0
 He finished fifth for the individual stage results and was ranked 2nd in the race after the third stage.
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