Video: Highlights Show - EWS Finale Ligure 2018

Oct 1, 2018
by Enduro World Series  


The 2018 EWS season finished in its traditional home of Finale Ligure in the heart of the Italian Riviera. For the first time in its six-year history, the race was just one day, but there was no shortage of action across the 50km of trail and four big stages that compromised this year's course. And those stages served up all the drama you’d expect from a race that would culminate in the new World Champions being crowned on the shores of the Mediterranean. For the last time this year, enjoy the full highlights show and the EWS will be back next year for eight more races and the all-new Trophy of Nations event in Finale.


MENTIONS: @EnduroWorldSeries



55 Comments

  • + 41
 Crushed for Maes and Sam Hill is a gentleman for acknowledging his respect for Martin. Fantastic season of racing and can't wait for next year. Congrats to all the competitors and organisers!!
  • + 28
 Not sure if the points distribution is entirely fair... maybe there is too much reward for consistency and not enough for winning. If Cecile had destroyed a wheel or something it would be a shitty way for Isabeau to win the series... and Rude in 7th despite 3 wins is also kinda strange.
  • + 10
 I think Sam Hill just relaxed and went in cruise control those last 4 races there when he saw the Championship in site. Who knows? Rude did ride a great last 2 Series, but at the end of the day, a Series Championship is all about getting points. All Series Racing is like this, it is all about consistency and getting points. Broken bikes, injury, and crashers do NOT win a Series Championships. Rude has to be the favorite for next year though.
  • + 5
 @HendersonMike: One of the favourites. We've not really seen Hill & Rude go head to head recently. Then Maes in the mix. Hill has experience...so, so much experience.
  • + 24
 If winning 7/8 races doesn’t give you the title, no matter what happens in the last race, there’s something wrong with the points distribution.
  • + 6
 @hifiandmtb: dont forget Adrien Dailly....
  • + 1
 Couldn't they add points for stage wins? Maybe only the top3 on each stage get points. Might reduce the conservatism.
  • + 3
 "maybe there is too much reward for consistency"

I'm with you. But on the other hand, it is called "Enduro"....
  • + 2
 @Sardine: yeah but especially with all this race time you can't deny chance is a big factor.
And if you're consistently in the top 10 but never on the podium you are rewarded a lot while someone who pushes for the win and risks himself and his equipment taking a lot more chances pays the price.

The points difference between 1st and 2nd is the same as in DH, just with double the points...
  • + 3
 @Henrik83: Exactly
  • + 1
 Maybe drop everyones worst result? There are alot of riders in the top 20 mens and womens who did not complete or attend every round. In a 'world' series like this makes sense as it goes a little way to balance out the disproportionate distribution of locations, and account for instances where a rider cannot attend, which over the course of a season it's quite a commitment to attend every round.
  • + 1
 @Braindrain: that wouldn't solve Cecile's problem though...
  • + 1
 @jzPV: Isabeau would drop a second place being her worst result, Cecile would drop whatever place she got if it wasn't first and therefore win the series? So only counting each riders best 7 results.
  • + 1
 The entire point of Enduro is to stay consistent across all the stages to take the round win. So, it only makes sense that to take the series win, you have to stay consistent across all the rounds.
  • + 1
 @Rubberelli: Correct, so we are considering if 7 1sts and a DNF is more or less consistent than 7 2nds and a win. Is it winning consistently or placing consistently? I dunno, but I would be pretty put out if I'd won 7 of 8 rounds and didn't take the overall, I'd still say I was the best.
  • + 1
 @Braindrain: That woukd be like awarding a win to a marathon runner who was in the lead until mile 23, when they began to lag and 2nd place overtook them for the final 3.
  • + 2
 @Rubberelli: Exactly, or a DH race where Gwin is blowing away the rest of the field until the final split then flats in the last corner, slides off and hits a tree for a DNF. Well, he WAS the fastest, we should give him the win.
  • + 22
 Maes must have been on it to crash and still finish less then a second behind Rude.
  • - 1
 On it? ...Going too fast maybe?
  • + 3
 Report trackside was he punched a tree in the tight woods and that's what took out his hand.
  • + 16
 Crashed and broke his hand and still took 2nd place on stage 1, damn! Martin Maes is truly a legend!
  • + 10
 Gutted for Courdurier, so close, amazing racing! She just keeps getting faster. High hopes that she can take some races from Cecile next year.
  • + 7
 I think Martin Maes is a true legend and I'm so sorry for his crash. I'd be interested in other peoples opinion on whether Sam's moto handlebar guards would have made a difference or whether he would have hit too hard; travelling too fast?

Respect to the Specialized and Yeti teams for their support of Jared Graves.
  • + 6
 Winning needs to be weighted more in these points standings. Supercross also suffers from this: Tomac wins all* the races but Dungey wins the title, Motocross: Tomac wins all* the races yet barely wins the title over Musquin...?!
(* he didn't win all the races, but you know what I mean)
  • + 2
 @ikaika I feel you, but ultimately we were treated such close and exciting racing all year and we can hardly complain about that. Adrien could have been in the mix too but pushed too hard/was unlucky. However, if anyone deserved to have the championship tied up before Finale it was Cecile, who was on another level all year. These guys and girls are all riding the fine line between 'as fast as possible' and not crashing or breaking their bikes. So maybe a slightly sweeter cherry for first, like 20 more points?
  • + 5
 The coverage gets better every year! And this is key for the sport to develop... I really enjoy these highlight videos. Thanks!!!
  • + 5
 Sam Hill! REPRESNT'N! [while throwing up my Flat-Pedals and 650B Gang Signs]
  • + 3
 EWS for the win, sorry UCI. Isabeau is so positive, love it. Congrats to Cecille and Sam, and Richie too. The French produce so many top level cyclists, how are they doing it!
  • + 5
 Amazing video , gonna miss these over the next few months , hurry up March!!!.
  • + 5
 These videos are epic. There needs to be a im-taking-a-dump-at-work version. Maybe 8 minutes at most.
  • + 11
 Take two dumps per day. Watch half each time.
  • + 5
 Somebody, please check if Cecile is for sure a human! Congrats!
  • + 6
 Rude !
  • + 1
 Go Ritchie!
  • + 2
 Seems like Hill and Maes seem to have their own battle aside from the points standings. Remove either one from the equation and the other doesn't seem that bothered about racing. #endurobros
  • + 4
 That video just needed some Dangerzone from top gun. Epic
  • + 4
 Epic action. Anybody know the song playing on stage 2?
  • + 1
 All or Nothing by Dan and Adam Skinner.

youtu.be/JRjtnxGc29U

Great isn't it
  • + 2
 Just been glued to the series... the sheer level of fitness and bike skills is mind blowing... loving the coverage, congrats to all who have made it possible...
  • + 1
 Sorry I can't hold back - thanks for the great coverage but the music at the start of stage two- does anybody actually like to listen to this absolutely horrible stuff? Thank god for the mute button.
  • + 1
 Agree on the points. Seems insane Cecile could have lost the series. I get the organizers want to keep it interesting but just lame for Richie. Won 3 races and not even close to top 5
  • + 3
 He finished massively down the early in the season. He had to win to even get up to 5th. So pretty impressive he was able to comeback.
  • + 1
 Deniaud finishing 10th overall as a privateer is remarkable (and no one seems to care?). I can't imagine this guy not getting a pro contract next year.
  • + 2
 Great production value in this video, love what you guys are putting out. Hope to see a season recap!
  • + 3
 Great season, great coverage! Thanks!!!
  • + 2
 Men's DH smashed by Women's trailbikes.
  • + 2
 You mean, small men's bikes?
  • + 3
 Perhaps superhuman women, on trail bikes?
  • + 2
 Why no interview with Katie Winton for 3rd overall....?
  • + 1
 And what about Pinkbike Privateer Adam?
  • + 1
 thank you pinkbike for great coverage of a great season
  • + 1
 That off camber Hill just straight plowed thru at the end... sheeeeeesh
  • + 1
 c ya next year lads!
  • + 1
 #forbrokenhandspirit
  • - 2
 Worst music ever. Really takes away from the good commentary.

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