Race Day Photo Epic: Out With a Bang - EWS Finale Ligure 2018

Sep 30, 2018 at 22:58
by Dave Trumpore  



That's it that's all, the Grande Finale and the end of an exciting Enduro World Series came to a close after four dry and dusty stages on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea. Finale Ligure has always been the perfect venue to end the year on a high note and 2018 was no exception. Even with the shortened one-day format, the racing was exciting and there was drama right from the get-go.

With her second spot in the overall secure, Isabeau Courdurier had nothing to lose by pushing hard for a win and on stage one that's exactly what she did, taking almost eight seconds out of Cecile Ravanel. Now for a change it would be Cecile who had to play catch-up. In the men's it was a repeat of the past week's rivalry in Ainsa, as Richie Rude took the top spot to start the day with Martin Maes in tow by less than a second.

Isabeau would continue to pull ahead on stage two, but Cecile mounted a charge on the following stage to bring the fight down to the last stage with a small enough time gap to put victory within reach. Richie too would extend his lead, and Martin Maes would suffer a hand injury that would see him drop off the pace. Maes had to limp it home in the hope of salvaging points for the overall. Series leader and defending champ Sam Hill hovered just inside the top ten to ensure the world title would surely remain his.

On the final stage of the season, Cecile Ravanel continued to build on the momentum of her previous stage win and took full advantage of mistakes by Courdurier to make up time and put six seconds into all the women's field. With that result, Ravanel capped off a perfect season with eight wins in eight starts and, of course, with it another world title. Rounding out the podium for the second week in a row was Andreane Lanthier Nadeau.

For Richie Rude, it would be total stage domination as he took all four - his second win in a row and third of the season. Oton held steady to grab second and Frenchman Kevin Miquel took home his first ever podium in third. In the overall, Martin Mas would slip from the series podium after scoring no points, and with a consistent result in Finale, it would be Sam Hill who was crowned Enduro World Champion for the second straight year.

Richie Rude doing it for Jared Graves again today.
Richie Rude, doing it for Jared Graves again today.

Robin Wallner tapes up the ankle of his injured teammate Lewis Buchanan before a long day in the saddle.
Robin Wallner tapes up the ankle of injured teammate Lewis Buchanan before a long day in the saddle.

Jacy making the final checks to Sam Hill s race machine.
Jacy making the final checks to Sam Hill's race machine.

Cube teammates Greg Callaghan and Zakarias Johansen prepping for battle.
Cube teammates Greg Callaghan and Zakarias Johansen prepping for battle.

RC out numbered and can t make them go away.
RC is outnumbered and can't make them go away.

Sam Hill was a man in demand all weekend.
Sam Hill was a man in demand all weekend.

Isabeau flies the French flag before heading out for the day.
Isabeau flies the French flag before heading out.

Curtis Keene and Remy Absalon roll out of the start gate for the last EWS of 2018.
Curtis Keene and Remy Absalon roll out of the start gate for the last EWS of 2018.

A confident looking Martin Maes in the morning. Unfortunately he injured his hand early in the day after hitting a tree causing him too much pain to contend for the win.
A confident looking Martin Maes in the morning. Unfortunately, he injured his hand early on after hitting a tree causing him too much pain to contend for the win.

Last race day of the year for Martin Maes
Last race day of the year for Martin Maes

Isabeau Courdurier won the first two stages of the day but would concede the time back to Ravanel by the end of the day.
Isabeau Courdurier won the first two stages but would concede her time back to Ravanel by the end of the day.

Finale is one of Richie s favorites and today it showed. Richie closes out the season with two wins.
Finale is one of Richie's favorites, and today it showed. Rude closed out the season with three wins.

Richie Rude went out with a bang in 2018 proving that he is still very much be a forced to be reckoned with.
Richie Rude proved that he is still very much be a force to be reckoned with.

What could have been for Greg Callaghan he was running third until a crash towards the bottom of stage three took him out the running.
What could have been for Greg Callaghan? He was sitting in third until a crash towards the bottom of stage three took him out the running.

Sam Hill had one hand on the overall trophy coming into the weekend and would not let his grip slip.
Sam Hill had one hand on the overall trophy coming into the weekend and would not let his grip slip.

Oton up a place from last week. The Frenchman finished second.
Oton, up a place from last week. The Frenchman finished second.

2nd on the day and 2nd in the overall for the king of consistency Damien Oton.
Second today and second in the overall for king of consistency, Damien Oton.

5th on the day for Bex Baraona to close out the season.
Fifth for Bex Baraona to close out the season.

What a ride to land o the podium from Kevin Miguel.
What a ride to the podium from Kevin Miquel.

Sam Hill kept it steady in the top 10 to take his second EWS title in two years.
Sam Hill kept it steady in the top ten to take his second consecutive EWS title.

Cecile Ravanel was chasing Isabeau today and she didn t catch her until stage four.
Cecile Ravanel was chasing Isabeau today. She didn't catch her until stage four.

Elliot Heap on his way to the win and the title here in Finale.
Elliot Heap on his way to the win and the title in Finale.

Noga Korem nears that end of the season swim.
Noga Korem nears that end of season swim.

Despite not standing on a podium this year Florian Nicolai managed to grab third in the overall.
Despite not standing on a podium this year, Florian Nicolai managed to grab third in the overall.

Jesse Melamed rounded off his injury interrupted season with a 7th.
Jesse Melamed rounded off his injury-interrupted season with a seventh place.

Ella Conolly took a clean sweep of stages on the way to a clean sweep of victories in U21 this season.
Ella Conolly took a clean sweep of stages on the way to her clean sweep of victories in U21 this season.

Andreane Lanthier Nadeau took back to back podiums at the finals rounds of the year which bodes extremely well for next season. One to watch.
Andreane Lanthier Nadeau took back-to-back podiums in the final rounds this year, which bodes extremely well for next season. One to watch.

Alex Cure on his way to 6th on stage 2 and 6th overall by the end of the day.
Alex Cure on his way to sixth on stage two and sixth overall.

An off on stage two put Cecile behind Isabeau by some 16 seconds but she reeled in that time and in the end closed out the perfect season.
An off on stage two put Cecile behind Isabeau by some 16 seconds, but she reeled in that time and in the end, closed out a perfect season.

A very happy Richie Rude who nursed a bent crank and a slow leak most of the day to dominate all four stages.
A very happy Richie Rude who nursed a bent crank and a slow leak most of the day to dominate all four stages.

Kevin Miguel was 4th last week and 3rd this week to land on the podium for the first time.
Kevin Miquel was fourth last week and third this week to land on the podium for the first time.

ALN celebrates another podium finish with a sea beer.
ALN celebrates another podium finish with a sea beer.

2nd in the world again for Frenchman Damien Oton and the small Devinci team out of Canada.
Second in the world again for Frenchman Damien Oton and the small Devinci team out of Canada.

Richie Rude grabbed his third win of the year flanked by Damien Oton and Kevin Miguel.
Richie Rude, grabbing his third win of the year, flanked by Damien Oton and Kevin Miquel.

Cecile Ravanel Isabeau Courdurier Katy Winton on top in the overall series in a repeat of last season.
Cecile Ravanel, Isabeau Courdurier, Katy Winton on top in the overall series in a repeat of last season.

Same Hill Damien Oton and Florian Nicolai took the top three podium spots in the overall after 8 rounds.
Sam Hill, Damien Oton, and Florian Nicolai took the top three podium spots in the overall after eight rounds.

Your U21 Women Overall from left to right Abigale Lawton Ella Conolly Leah Maunsell.
Your U21 Women Overall from left to right: Abigale Lawton, Ella Conolly, Leah Maunsell.

Your U21 Men Overall from left to right Theotim Trabac Elliott Heap Cole Lucas.
Your U21 Men Overall from left to right: Theotim Trabac, Elliott Heap, Cole Lucas.

Your 2018 overall EWS winners.
Your 2018 overall EWS winners.



92 Comments

  • + 52
 I see "Photo Epic", I click... And it never disappoints!! Hats off to all the media guys!
  • + 23
 @davetrumpore - shot of Hill, elbows out, eyes on the exit and feet firmly on the flats. Absolute banger of a capture! Big thanks to you and everyone else for bringing us this awesome free content.

Cheers!
  • + 6
 @nagrom77 this was actually shot by Ross Bell but uploaded to my account and I forgot to turn my watermark settings off.

Ross and Matt actually shot all the action/race shots as I was layed up all day with some nasty food poisoning and did not venture far from the pits/podium... I just helped edit some raw files later in the night to help spread the workload out
  • + 2
 @davetrumpore: Well Massive Kudos to Ross and the whole team. Excellent coverage! Thank you, and glad you got past the stomach ughs!
  • + 10
 To all the Portuguese on here complaining. I have a pic of him on my phone from one of the stages. Would you like me to mail to you guys so you can circle jerk together.
  • - 2
 Do you need attention this morning? You already posted that lower down.
  • - 4
flag Riwajc (Oct 1, 2018 at 10:41) (Below Threshold)
 @mtbikeaddict: yes thanks for giving it to me. Please use your logic to determine as to why.
  • + 6
 Stop giving the photographers grief, sometimes they just don't get a great shot of the guy you are wanting to see. I'm pretty sure if he gets another great result he'll get a feature. Where did he finish in the overall season anyways?
  • + 10
 The SBG works real good on the SB150.
  • + 8
 Another brilliant 5th place for Borges, but photos or something about him... Nothing....
  • - 21
flag jahrastafari (Oct 1, 2018 at 2:17) (Below Threshold)
 @ddanielascensobabu true story.
If he was canadian or american he would be considerer the next big thing.
I feel bad for Zé Borges. The guy puts so much effort and dedication to try and move up in the ranks, and there's not even a single photo or comment in pinkbike. Maybe Pinkbike should change is name to Melamedians holly Church, since we always have a photo of our divine god.
  • + 12
 @jahrastafari: please pray for melamed too...
  • + 12
 @jahrastafari: Jesse is canadian, he gets more exposure on a canadian site,nothing strange there.
  • + 2
 @nozes: I know, and I have nothing against him. But Pinkbike is more of a global site for mountain bikers, so I guess they could be fair to all riders despite of their nation.
  • + 21
 @jahrastafari: doesn't have to be Canadian or American. Have to be friend with the editors and photogs. Ask Iago Garay and Josh Lewis for instance: at best they get a top 20. But even when not they get shots published during trainings and race. That's how life works: connections. Maybe the fact that many many photogs ahev Santa Cruz bikes also plays a little role. Just wondering....
  • - 7
flag ddanielascensobabu (Oct 1, 2018 at 3:34) (Below Threshold)
 @EnduroManiac: you're right and that's how life works, but this year he had very good results, this last 2 races 2 top 10.... Someone is blind here ? Or he should contract a private journalist ? Sry but I come here to see the final race of red and a guy from my country made a good result and I don't see any mention about that....
  • - 4
flag ddanielascensobabu (Oct 1, 2018 at 3:38) (Below Threshold)
 Sry "race of ews"
  • + 13
 You do realise that the photos that appear on here are usually the best of the tens of thousands that they would take over the weekend? It's the same reason photos of a lot of riders who place a top 10 don't make it on here. Or there might only be one pic of a podium finisher, simply because it was the only one worth showcasing.
It's also possible the photogs might have just missed him. I'm no expert but I'd imagine its fairly hard to cover 50km on a bike, whilst managing to keep ahead of the top riders and lugging around all the camera gear.
  • + 70
 @EnduroManiac: wasn't going to chime in here but since the overwhelming theme of a photo gallery of the final round of the year and one that crowns overall champions is a handful of Portuguese users mad the guy that got 5th wasn't featured. And as far as bias goes would the same guys be up in arms in we didn't feature a 5th place rider from a county other than theirs? Likely not.

As was mentioned lower down we try to cover the top riders of the day (podium) and in this case the season in the overall. We also try to mix up the angles so it's not all repeat of the same action. On a short 4 stage day (where we could only shoot three stages) there simply wasn't a lot of variety to choose from and a lot of riders were missed. Should we have features Jose Borges? Perhaps yes, but was the rider in 5th paramount to a day dedicated to champions? No. Same could be said for riders placed 6-10, and some made it while others did not. In fact Jose Borges was featured last week in the final photo story from Ainsa for his, at the time, career best 6th place finish. Missing him here was not some intentional conspiracy.

As for consipracy about not liking him, only featuring north Americans, or Santa Cruz riders because we all ride their bikes (none of us ride a santa Cruz actually). That's all just false.

Please don't take it personally ... Hopefully Jose builds on that result next year and he will be featured in all the photo recaps.

Cheers
  • - 30
flag nozes (Oct 1, 2018 at 5:11) (Below Threshold)
 @samjobson: If it was just one time, fine, those are all valid arguments. But it's not. Borges is more often than not fully ignored.
  • + 9
 This is like the comments after the Joyride judging, cant please everybody all the time.The squids do an awesome job IMHO
  • + 3
 who cares about BH bike ? It is ugly af
  • + 3
 @davetrumpore: you can't deny some riders get consistent coverage despite getting consistent "mediocre" (I mean to top 20 regulars) results.
As for the Santa Cruz coincidence, it could be no photogs from PB have SC bikes (surprised) but what about Vital?

Obviously there will be some bias for x or y reasons (photogs being at the right place and time, nice kit colors or absolute random reasons). But I keep finding weird some guys hardly able to make a top 20 get consistent coverage when regular top 20 don't.
  • + 4
 Borges doesn't drink beer or smoke weed, usually doesn't walk half naked around the pits, doesn't talk bullshit like many others (maybe because of the first reason).
why in hell was Mr Trumpore going to post the photo of a guy reading the complete works of Saramago? you want some coverage, win the race or show your privates
  • - 6
flag luis-beri (Oct 1, 2018 at 7:43) (Below Threshold)
 so very true!!!
  • - 12
flag Enduro43 (Oct 1, 2018 at 7:45) (Below Threshold)
 That´s when you are reading things that must be paid, they talk about everyone except JM Borges that´s get the 5th place,this is unbelivable.
  • + 15
 @Enduro43: curious... Why is a guy who gets 5th in a race over 30 seconds off the pace, and 11th in the overall series so so so relevant to a story where the podium is the top 3, and World Champions we're crowned? Why so important and relevant that we must have been paid off to exclude him?

Or is it just that Portuguese flag next to your profile giving you an exceptional level of bias.

And where were you last week when we featured Borges for getting 6th in Ainsa? His best result to date and none of you even cared?
  • + 7
 @davetrumpore: Why bother arguing with them dude. You will never please everyone unless you put a picture of every rider in!

The photos are rad keep up the good work. I love Mondays after an EWS so i can see what happened thanks to all you squids.
  • - 6
flag tiagomano (Oct 1, 2018 at 9:05) (Below Threshold)
 @davetrumpore: the 30 second part is a bit of a stupid argument, being that rude lead over Oton was 22 seconds, so not far off

the thing about lack of comments on the Ainsa race report , and the amount of them here is simply because "we " feel that he deserved to be featured. it's just how humans are like, far more motivated to argue of something that should of been there, than to give props to something that should of been there and was.
  • + 3
 @skiwenric: pink bike comments section is almost always complete garbage, would be a more enjoyable site without it
  • + 4
 @mkotowski1: thank Jebus there's a forum to make that statement though, right?
  • + 1
 @mkotowski1: I know right?! Freedom of speech totally sucks!
  • + 0
 @Benito-Camelas: a real RACER!!! Keep going José Borges!!!!
  • + 1
 @mkotowski1: true. Stop writing please. (Just joking Wink )
  • + 1
 @davetrumpore: I understand everything you said there and respect you, I know it's not easy shoot every rider, you do what you need to do, it's your job. In fact I don't feel more important than the other users just because I have this flag "that I proudly use it".

The thing is we all expect something about him, a photo or something... In a big event like that and the last one.. we are to excited about his result xD

Anyway I saw the photos from the last round in Spain, like all the others, Dave I hope you keep your excellent work.

Cheers from the Portuguese people.
  • + 1
 @davetrumpore: Keep up the great work, Dave!
  • + 15
 @jahrastafari
@nozes
@ddanielascensobabu

I'm not sure where to begin. I guess with "All hail me!" Right?

I can understand why you would be upset with the absence of Borges on here, he is your rider and you want to read about him after a great result! I am biased towards my fellow Canadians when watching DH or XC as well. But there is much more that goes into these photos and many other things that go on you don't know about.

These photographers are amazing but it's entirely possible they didn't get a banger shot of Borges this weekend and so didn't have a photo to post with his result. They did, however, get a sweet photo of his teammate Alex Cure who had his best result of the season in 6th so he was featured. They have to guess a bit to who they think will do well on the weekend to make sure they get those photos. I have proven myself a podium contender for the last few years. And Maybe I get featured a lot because I am friendly to all the photographers and always make time to chat with them and stop to hike sections for them in practice? In this instance I complimented Ross on a sick photo he got of Remi in practice so maybe he did have me in mind when selecting photos for this write up. These are about the stories they tell, I am riding with an unhealed broken hand and managed a 7th place. I was top 10 in every race I finished this season and finished top 10 overall despite 2 missed rounds with broken bones. Success comes in many forms. I think it's great to see Borges have back-to-back top 10 finishes and this could set the precedent of him being featured more next season as someone to look out for.

Give these guys a break, they work damn hard and do everything they can to give us these stories. I appreciate their work and you should too!
  • + 1
 @JesseMelamed: Hey Jesse, I didn't say I don't appreciate the work from all photographers here, I really enjoy their work. Anyway hope you keep your strong riding and have a good pre season mate, and yeah we are to much excited in that moment about Borges result ????
  • + 6
 @jahrastafari @nozes @ddanielascensobabu As he is not your countryman you may not remember the years before the Melamedian Holy Church had been established. But I do remember those dark times. Even with Pinkbike's supposed Canadian bias we didn't see much coverage of the Melamadman until after his two podiums in 2016. The gospel was spread one huck at a time.

Looking forward to seeing more from Borges next season!
  • + 5
 Kevin who? Awesome to see new faces on podiums! Stoked for Sam yet again, major bummer for Martin. Hopefully it's a timely recovery!
  • + 5
 Kevin Miquel was 4th last week and I believe top 10 earlier in the season. Definitely a new face who has been under the radar until a strong finish to the season
  • + 6
 For a second I thought Lewis Buchanan had 'Ibis' tattooed in the middle of his chest.
  • + 6
 Hi guys there's a mistake.. the name is Kevin Miquel, not Kevin Miguel... ;-)

Cheers
  • + 3
 San Miguel would be better...
  • + 2
 Would it be fair to say that Sam Hill took his foot off the gas after winning the first few rounds? Basically were his results worse toward the end of the season because he was managing risk and just making sure the result was in the bag, or was he just beaten by faster riders?
  • + 18
 A puncture put him out a ways last week in Ainsa and in Finale he just had to cruise, especially when Martin got injured. He raced the smart race yesterday to win the bigger title.
  • + 10
 Can't blame the Champ for his strategy, but it IS a lot more fun to see 'them' rip all the way and finish 1st just like Rachel did for the World Cup finals.
  • + 4
 Podium pic caption: Same Hill. Well played ;-)
  • + 3
 Healing vibes to Graves, top move by Richie.
  • + 2
 excellent work Pinkbike.
  • + 1
 ALN!!!
  • + 1
 Poor RC!
  • + 1
 Poor thing indeed. RC you dumb-ass, when girls want you to come swimming with them, GO SWIMMING.
  • + 19
 Check the date at the end of that link ;-)
  • + 1
 Congrats to Elliot Heap!
  • + 0
 Terbaikla! Tak sabar nak menunggu musim depan!
  • + 1
 betul... betul... betul...
  • + 1
 Malaysia boleh.
  • + 2
 @chyu: kadang kadang boleh
  • - 1
 Who is this Kevin Miguel guy?
  • - 3
 5th - Manoel Borges from Portugal Smile ?
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