2017 EWS Finals: Finale Ligure, Italy - Race Day 1 Photo Epic

Sep 30, 2017 at 14:32
by Dave Trumpore  





Today over 500 riders took to the hills way above Finale to tackle three of the most physical stages we've seen all year. With countless blown out switchbacks, too many rocks to keep track of, and the fatigue from two days of training starting to take its toll, for many it was a battle just to survive. Only the strongest riders were able to push on every stage from start to finish.

In the women's race, Cecile Ravanel certainly had no trouble as she once again took the lead on Stage 1 and never looked back. Even with the title wrapped up she isn't backing down in the least and ended the day 1-minute 12-seconds ahead of Isabeau Courdurier. Giving chase was Katy Winton who mathematically could overtake Isabeau in the overall standings. The two started this weekend almost equal in points and both will be charging hard—they are the ones to pay attention to during tomorrow's final day of racing.

For the men, it was Damien Oton who took two convincing stage wins to top the leaderboard ahead of the two men fighting for the championship. With Sam Hill just six seconds back in second place, his fight for the title is looking stronger by the minute, but he can't afford to relax one bit tomorrow. Hot on his heels in third is Adrien Dailly who desperately needs to win here to keep his title hopes alive, but with a long 12-second gap between him and the top of the leaderboard, he will have to ride out of his skin on Sunday. However, if Hill should have any kind of trouble such as a mechanical or crash, Dailly is positioned perfectly to take full advantage.


2017 EWS Finals Finale Ligure Italy - Race Day 1 Photo Epic

Mornings on the beach and last minute preparations as the sun makes it s first appearance of the day.
Mornings on the beach, and last minute preparations as the sun makes its first appearance of the day.

Timing bracelets at the ready.
Timing bracelets at the ready.

Chris Ball gives Ludo May his start time sticker before setting off.
Chris Ball gives Ludo May his start time sticker before setting off.

Issabeau and Katy head out to get the day going.
Isabeau and Katy head out to get the day going.

When shuttling in Finale it s good to have Ale along to translate because my Italian will likely get my teeth knocked out.
When shuttling in Finale, it's good to have Ale along to translate because my Italian will likely get my teeth knocked out.

Ross Bell patiently awaits the racing.
Ross Bell patiently awaits the racing.

A hazy day created riders from the 1400 meter summit of Mount Carma and the start of a very physical stage 1.
A hazy day greeted riders from the 1400 meter summit of Mount Carma, and the start of a very physical Stage 1.

2017 EWS Finals Finale Ligure Italy - Race Day 1 Photo Epic
Time to say a Hail Mary and send it...

Adrien Dailly may have won stage 2 but heads into day two behind Damien Oton and his Championship rival Sam Hill
Adrien Dailly may have won Stage 2, but heads into day two behind Damien Oton and his Championship rival, Sam Hill.

Sam Hill went 2 3 4 on today s stages and sits right were he needs to be if he wants to end the year as the World Champion.
Sam Hill went 2, 3, 4 on today's stages and sits right where he needs to be if he wants to end the year as the World Champion.

Damion Oton is you day one leader. Good to see Oton in top form here in Finale.
Damien Oton is your day one leader. It's good to see Oton in top form here in Finale.

Marco Osborne going full shred. Marco sits in tenth after day one.
Marco Osborne going full shred. Marco sits in tenth after day one.

Greg Callaghan has found his pace early and currently sits in fifth place after day one.
Greg Callaghan has found his pace early and currently sits in fifth place after day one.

Luca Shaw is one on many World Cup DH riders who have traded the Alps for the Mediterranean this weekend.
Luca Shaw is one on many World Cup DH riders who have traded the Alps for the Mediterranean this weekend.

Unfortunately Zakarias Johansen crashed hard on stage 1 and spent the rest of his day in the local clinic with a shoulder injury.
Unfortunately Zakarias Johansen crashed hard on Stage 1 and spent the rest of his day in the local clinic with a shoulder injury.

Two racers with painful days. Zakarias Johansen grimaces at sustaining a shoulder injury as Ines Thoma races to fix a flat.
Two racers with painful days. Zakarias Johansen grimaces after sustaining a shoulder injury as Ines Thoma races to fix a flat.

Total stage domination from the fastest woman in Enduor Cecile Ravanel.
Total stage domination from the fastest woman in Enduro, Cecile Ravanel.

Anita and Caro Gehrig play follow the leader on stage 1. Anita finished the day in fourth and Caro sits in sixth.
Anita and Caro Gehrig play follow the leader on Stage 1. Anita finished the day in fourth and Caro sits in sixth.

Anita Gehrig is holding down 4th and doing her part to keep Ibis in the lead for the Team Championship.
Anita Gehrig is holding down fourth and doing her part to keep Ibis in the lead for the Team Championship.

After a crash Miranda Miller rode the day with handlebars that kept rotating despite the bolts being plenty tight.
After a crash Miranda Miller rode the day with handlebars that kept rotating, despite the bolts being plenty tight.

A great ride from Thomas Lapeyrie today as he slotted into 8th with more spots up for grabs ahead of him.
A great ride from Thomas Lapeyrie today as he slotted into eighth with more spots up for grabs ahead of him.

Lewis Buchanan showed great pace on track today but was mired with mechanicals with a flat and a lost crank.
Lewis Buchanan showed great pace on track today but was mired with mechanicals with a flat and a lost crank.

Rae Morison inside the top ten but far off the pace of the front runners.
Rae Morison inside the top ten, but far off the pace of the front-runners.

Martin Maes sits in fourth after day one can he pull of the win tomorrow and repeat his performance last year
Martin Maes sits in fourth after day one. Can he pull off the win tomorrow and repeat his performance of last year?

Sam Hill sits in Second on after day one. Can he keep Dailly off his heels on Day two
Sam Hill sits in second after day one. Can he keep Dailly off his heels on day two?

Damien Oton has his whole family here in Finale and today gave them quite the show. A first on stages one and three means he heads into the finale day of racing with a six second lead.
Damien Oton has his whole family here in Finale, and today gave them quite the show. A first on stages one and three means he heads into the final day of racing with a six-second lead.

Cecile Ravanel Smashed day one and is up by a minute and twelve seconds.
Cecile Ravanel smashed day one and is up by a minute and twelve seconds.

Jared Graves broke a shifter on stage one and had to borrow a fresh one from his teammate Curtis Keene who exited the race early with a flat tire.
Jared Graves broke a shifter on Stage 1 and had to borrow a fresh one from his teammate Curtis Keene who exited the race early with a flat tire.

Downhill racer Kenta Gallagher is here to escape the wet and cold of Scotland and extend his summer even if only for a few more days.
Downhill racer Kenta Gallagher is here to escape the wet and cold of Scotland and extend his summer, even if only for a few more days.

Loris Vergier finds some flow on stage one.
Loris Vergier finds some flow on Stage 1.

While it isn t the return of the Enduro Wet Series stage one has a nice long muddy uphill just to keep them working for it.
While it isn't the return of the Enduro Wet Series, Stage 1 has a nice long muddy uphill just to keep the racers working for it.

Lewis Buchanan inspects a flat with the help of Richie Rude
Lewis Buchanan inspects a flat with the help of Richie Rude?

High speed transfers from stage one to two with Oton and the gang.
High-speed transfers from Stage 1 to 2 with Oton and the gang.

There were plenty of strong rides throughout the field today including Veronika Bruchle who holds onto 9th going into tomorrow.
There were plenty of strong rides throughout the field today including Veronika Bruchle who holds onto ninth going into tomorrow.

Katy Winton doing just fine in the slow tech of stage one. Winton finished third on day one.
Katy Winton doing just fine in the slow tech of Stage 1. Winton finished third on day one.

Casey Brown one again shows up and knocks out a top five.
Casey Brown once again shows up and knocks out a top five.

Remi Gauvin is currently 9th and trying his best to fill the void left by injured teammate Jesse Melamed.
Remi Gauvin is currently ninth and trying his best to fill the void left by injured teammate, Jesse Melamed.

Is Steve Peat chasing down Greg Minnaar on stage 2. Or is it Greg who just passed Peaty
Is Steve Peat chasing down Greg Minnaar on Stage 2? Or is it Greg who just passed Peaty?

Ines Thoma is feeling a bit ill this weekend and to add insult to injury she had a double puncture on stage 1. She finished the day with a 3rd place on stage 3 but still sits in dead last.
Ines Thoma is feeling a bit ill this weekend, and to add insult to injury she had a double puncture on Stage 1. She finished the day with a third place on Stage 3, but still sits in dead last.

Last years winner in Finale Martin Maes ended the first day of racing 13 seconds back in 4th.
Last years winner in Finale, Martin Maes ended the first day of racing 13 seconds back in fourth.

Seb Claquin fitting it in between the rocks and the tight trees on stage 2.
Seb Claquin fitting it in between the rocks and the tight trees on Stage 2.

Once again Isabeau Courdourier holds down second place behind Cecile Ravanel.
Once again Isabeau Courdurier holds down second place behind Cecile Ravanel.

Robin Wallner s day started with disaster but he rallied back and now sits 17th.
Robin Wallner's day started with disaster but he rallied back and now sits seventeenth.

the 2017 season has been a stark contrast to that of 2016 for Richie Rude. He had high hopes for Finale but currently sits in 30th.
The 2017 season has been a stark contrast to that of 2016 for Richie Rude. He had high hopes for Finale but currently sits in thirtieth.

Sam Hill did what he needed to today although it s very tight at the top and positions are sure to swap around tomorrow.
Sam Hill did what he needed to today although it's very tight at the top and positions are sure to swap around tomorrow.

Not Ines Thomas day today. but she hung in there despite a big crash.
Not Ines Thoma's day today. But she hung in there despite a big crash, illness and two flat tires.

Greg Callaghan is best of the rest at the top 4 stretched out half a minute to the chasing pack.
Greg Callaghan is sitting in fifth with about half a minute to make up if he wants in on the top four.

Even after a rough day spirits are high in the pits as we head into the final day of the 2017 EWS season.
Even after a rough day, spirits are high in the pits as we head into the final day of the 2017 EWS season.

Not a bad place to end the day.
Not a bad place to end the day.

One final pressure check.
The final day of racing is coming right up, and the pressure is definitely on.



MENTIONS: @davetrumpore / @mdelorme / @rossbellphoto




53 Comments

  • + 45
 The photo epics are getting so good now it takes me about 30 mins just to scroll though them.
  • + 25
 Cecile bike check with an air shock, race with coil. sneaky french.
  • + 19
 Does anyone know what happened to Rude? 30th? And poor team Specialized. Have they actually finished a race without any mechanicals this entire year?
  • + 3
 I don't get it, Keene had a flat so he exit the race? he then gives Graves his der? Surely he had a spare tube...why didn't he repaired his flat and kept racing?
  • + 4
 @eeeasy: Graves is still not bad in the overall so Keene gave him is shifter. After that it was almost impossible for Keene to finish the race in the 10T cog (think about liaisons, steep hills in the stages, etc.).
  • + 2
 @eeeasy: He came back from injury if I am not wrong. Maybe he just didn't feel it and decided to end the race earlier...
  • + 1
 @eeeasy: maybe he sliced it up badly
  • + 2
 @eeeasy: probably broke his wheel, which they can't swap out
  • + 16
 I think I'd rather wear a pack than look like I have some sort of tumour or Quasimodo hunch going on.
  • - 1
 (applause)
  • + 11
 I wonder how much better the Specialized team would have done if they were on a decent set of tires. I bet if you looked at the stats, the per capita incidents of flats versus the competition would be outrageous.
  • + 4
 Graves had pretty decent results yeah, pre big S on Maxxis tires with ghetto setup I don't remember him getting flats and crashing so much either!
  • + 10
 Specialized with crap luck again...
  • + 8
 Makes me not want Butcher tires...
  • + 2
 sabotage conspiracy
  • + 18
 Let’s not forget who won the DH World Champs.
  • + 5
 Tracey Hannah and Sam Hill?
  • + 2
 @fracasnoxteam: peoples choice yay!!!
  • + 3
 How can you brake a shifter? Can someone please explain it to me? Is it from a knee contact or from a crash? Last time i do a damage to my shifter was from my bike sommersaulting and hit a rock from an OTB incident. While Graves jersey didn’t show him being in a crash.
  • + 3
 Jared's thumbs are as strong as your thighs. That's my explanation.
  • + 1
 ^This is exactly what I was thinking. Strong like bull.
  • + 2
 "After a crash Miranda Miller rode the day with handlebars that kept rotating, despite the bolts being plenty tight". Yep, I've got the same bars and stem and mine have been doing the same. It's good to know that even a world champion can't get those things to stay put.
  • + 2
 Same here! Cost me a decent result at a race too! Have ditched the stem and put a Hope one on, no problems now! Love the shape/feel of the bars though!
  • + 2
 @chrisall: I know, right? The bars are just so perfect, it’s just that stupid stem. I’ll be going Hope too on the stem as soon as I can afford to pay out more money on the bike. For now it’s back to my chunky RF Atlas stem.
  • + 5
 Congrats Sam Hill another title to the list!
  • + 5
 Thanks PB for the awesome report/coverage!

Go Hill!!! Reel this in baby
  • + 4
 Hill ftw!
  • + 1
 Last day of racing for the year, go and get it Sam! Thanks PB for the great photos, next year perhaps some raw video as well?
  • + 3
 Greg loving that red Bull helmet
  • + 3
 Great pics as usual. Thanks!
  • + 2
 Ultime probabilità is wrong if you meant last chances. Ultime possibilià would be right.
  • + 1
 Epic coverage. I wish the coverage was like it is on UCI DH. I would love it if I could time in to redbull TV and see some live action. It would be a long day though.
  • + 2
 Such good weather conditions for the finale in Finale!
  • + 3
 Sam Hill!
  • + 0
 Not great year for either the 2016 DH mens champ or 2016 EWS mens champ.... I think the only guy to have a good year in 2017 was Sam Hill
  • + 3
 Um what about gwin? Loic? They had pretty good years. Troy brsnan?
  • + 1
 @russthedog: He's talking about Danny (STAY ON YOUR BIKE!) Hart and Richie (V10) Rude as the 2016 World Champions not previous World Champions or World Cup overall winners.
  • + 1
 @OriginalDonk: hill wasnt a champ in 16, and lots of people had a good year so it doesnt make any sense?
  • + 1
 @russthedog: You seem to be having trouble identifying the object in @deiru's post? Not a good year applies to the 2016 Champs who were Richie Rude EWS and Danny Hart (DH). He never said Sam Hill was a champ in 2016. He's saying Sam Hill had a good year in 2017 because he just won the EWS. You could say Loic and Gwin had good years, so did Adrian, but I don't think he was looking to call out everybody who did well. My guess is he was pointing out that the 2016 Champs had tough seasons.
  • + 1
 @OriginalDonk: thank you for the assistance. I am, however, still stumped by the words "the only guy to have a good year " - seems exclusionary?
  • + 1
 What does Martin Mae's have taped to his forearms?
  • + 2
 all of the riders have them. it is the timing chip to record the start and finish time of each stage.
  • + 1
 @Barrymay: on both arms?
  • + 1
 Awesome pics and coverage. Thanks Dave!
  • + 2
 Amazing photos
  • + 1
 Luca Shaw put MINION DHR on front wheel, nor I just don't see very well?
  • + 1
 Yes, that is correct. DHR2 on the front is not incredibly uncommon
  • + 2
 What Minaar said he runs as a default front and rear. Amazing front braking and often quite a bit lighter.
  • + 1
 Mountain Biking is ART
  • + 1
 Thanks Dave T!
  • + 1
 ultima probabilità Wink
  • + 1
 Epiq fotos

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