EWS Analysis: Who to Pick for Your Fantasy Enduro Team

May 2, 2019 at 4:19
by Ed Spratt  


After almost six weeks the EWS is back for round three in Madeira. Round one and two providing some exciting racing with Martin Maes and Isabeau Courdurier walking away with the maximum number of points after taking the overall and the Queen Stage wins. With two rounds under your belts in the 2019 EWS Fantasy League now is the time to consolidate your team and prepare for another weekend of all-out racing. Let's take a look back at the opening rounds and see who is looking strong coming into the rest of the EWS series.

2019 Round 1 - Rotorua - Results

Let's start off with the results from the first race of 2019 in Rotorua. Martin Maes and Isabeau Courdurier would dominate the competition with Maes leading by over 20 seconds and Courdurier taking 11 seconds off Morgane Charre's time.

Results



Elite Men


1st. Martin Maes: 27:10.80
2nd. Keegan Wright: +24.03
3rd. Florian Nicolai: +41.41



Elite Women


1st. Isabeau Courdurier: 57:19.74
2nd. Morgane Charre: +11.05
3rd. Bex Baraona: +11.21


Martin Maes was nothing short of brilliant today. 5 stage wins. That s a hell of a way to start the season off.

2019 Round 2 - Tasmania - Results

Coming off wins in New Zealand both Martin Maes and Isabeau Courdurier would continue their hold on the series lead as they got the top spots again. In her first EWS race, Crankworx veteran Jill Kintner would take second place in a strong first showing.

Results



Elite Men


1st. Martin Maes: 24:22.20
2nd. Florian Nicolai: +17.47
3rd. Connor Fearon: +23.33



Elite Women


1st. Isabeau Courdurier: 57:19.74
2nd. Jill Kintner: +22.20
3rd. Rowena Fry: +34.55


Series leader Isabeau Courdurier on one of the many many rock slabs found out on track in Tasmania.

EWS Madeira 2017

The EWS first went to Madeira back in 2017 where riders were met with a tough two days of racing. It would be Greg Callaghan and Cecile Ravanel who would top the podium this time. But in second place were Martin Maes and Isabeau Courdurier, with their strong start to the season it would be hard to imagine they won't do well again here and could even continue their winning streak.

Results



Elite Men


1st. Greg Callaghan: 49:24.49
2nd. Martin Maes: +5.26
3rd. Damien Oton: +18.84



Elite Women


1st. Cecile Ravanel: 57:19.74
2nd. Isabeau Courdurier: +1:08.97
3rd. Noga Korem: +2:06.75


After being pushed back to an unfamiliar 2nd place at the last round Cecile Ravanel was back on form today. She will head into Sunday s five stages with almost a full minute advantage over Isabeau Courdurier.

2019 Round 1 and 2 Stage Wins

Although Martin Maes has won a staggering eight of the eleven stages so far this year and appears to be leagues ahead of the other riders he has still faced some tough competition. Riders like Kevin Miquel, Jesse Melamed and Sam Hill have all managed to take victories away from Maes. Sam Hill was suffering from an illness during the first two races so it will be interesting to see if he is back up to full speed in Madeira.

In similar fashion to Maes, Isabeau Courdurier is making the most of her strong form in 2019 and has walked away with seven stage wins so far. Last year's champion Cecile Ravanel has been injured during the previous two rounds so we have not yet seen the fight between the two fastest women in the EWS. Tasmania saw Jill Kintner come into the fray and had a great first race, but she isn't planning on attending Madeira. Morgane Charre and Rowena Fry were also able to take wins off Courdurier and we can't wait to see what else they can offer this season.


Elite Men



Martin Maes: 8
Kevin Miquel: 1
Jesse Melamed: 1
Sam Hill: 1


Elite Women



Isabeau Courdurier: 7
Jill Kintner: 2
Morgane Charre: 1
Rowena Fry: 1

2019 Round 1 and 2 Stage Top 5

In the Elite Men's category, Martin Maes would only fall outside the top 5 for a single stage and Florian Nicolai wouldn't be far behind with a top-five finish in eight of the eleven stages raced so far this year. Keegan Wright, Jesse Melamed and Remi Gauvin would all tie at five stage positions inside the top five. Last year's champion Sam Hill has to find some more speed before Madeira as he has only finished inside the top five three times this season. In the Elite Women's series so far Isabeau Courdurier matches Maes' 10 stage top fives but is closely followed by Morgane Charre, Bex Baraona, Noga Korem and ALN who have all placed inside the top 5 seven times. Although only attending Round 2 in Tasmania, Jill Kintner was inside the top five for five of the six stages, putting her on track with Isabeau Courdurier.


Elite Men



Martin Maes: 10
Florian Nicolai: 8
Keegan Wright: 5
Jesse Melamed: 5
Remi Gauvin: 5
Connor Fearon: 4
Sam Hill: 3
Kevin Miquel: 3
Robin Wallner: 2
Jose Borges: 2
Cole Lucas: 1
Dimitri Tordo: 1
Iago Garay: 1
Zakarias Johansen: 1
Ruaridh Cunningham: 1
Theo Galy: 1
Joseph Nation: 1
Maxime Chapuis: 1


Elite Women



Isabeau Courdurier: 10
Morgane Charre: 7
Bex Baraona: 7
Noga Korem: 7
ALN: 7
Rowena Fry: 6
Jill Kintner: 5
Becky Cook: 2
Anita Gehrig: 2
Katy Winton: 1
Miranda Miller: 1

Best High Value Riders

The $1.5 million budget is not a lot to ensure you get a good amount of points each round and it can be easy to choose a load of top riders and be left picking lower value riders where you don't know whether they can get a top position come race day. To help we have broken down the top three high-value men and women from the first two rounds. You should try and have one or two of these riders in your team as they seem to be coming into 2019 strong.



Elite Men


Martin Maes - 1,000 points - $425,000
Remi Gauvin - 770 points - $310,000
Jesse Melamed - 760 points - $425,000



Elite Women


Isabeau Courdurier - 1,000 points - $390,000
Noga Korem - 750 points - $355,000
Bex Baraona - 720 points - $280,000




Best Low Value Riders


What happens after you have picked the big names and your favourite riders and you are left scratching your head wondering who else could fit into your team? To assist with your final picks we have selected some of the top scoring riders with a low value but have still score highly so far.



Elite Men


Matthew Stuttard - 435 points - $75,000
Cody Kelley - 395 points - $75,000
Kelan Grant - 302 points - $75,000



Elite Women


Martha Gill - 160 points - $155,000
Morgane Jonnier - 150 points - $85,000
Leonie Picton - 120 points - $95,000




Notable injuries going into Round 3
- Cecile Ravanel
- Katy Winton
- Damien Oton
- Lewis Buchanan
- Ruaridh Cunningham
- Joe Nation
- Greg Callaghan




See all Participating Riders here.




Fantasy League


Don't forget to complete your EWS Fantasy team before the race starts on Saturday. There are prizes for each round, so if you haven't already, make sure to build your team today! If you've already got a team in the mix you're in the running to win the Grand Prize, so visit the Fantasy homepage to make sure you have the fastest team possible for Round 3.



The Fantasy Enduro League is Presented by Shimano.



MENTIONS: @shimano



45 Comments

  • + 25
 Randy could be one to watch! #senditrandy
  • + 10
 Here's a tip. There's this hot new Belgian rider by the name of Martin Maes. Apparently, he's got a pretty good chance of getting himself onto the podium this weekend.
  • - 1
 Hot new rider who podiumed at Madeira 2 years ago
  • + 7
 I'm so far out of contention I just pick a miracle team. Then if a miracle happens I look like I knew what I was doing.
  • + 8
 Is Rowena fry even racing?
  • + 4
 I had her on my team but she's not showing up as entered for this race so I pulled her out. I was actually just getting ready to post about that. Funny that they're recommending riders that don't appear to be racing.
  • + 7
 Where the Hell did Connor Fearon go from the list.....
  • + 3
 I picked my team a month ago, it still looks really strong, but then this comes out, spoon feeds exactly what I worked out; so despite having great team, I'll probably still be ranked about 3000 as so many others will have chosen similar! ???? Oh well, good job it's ONLY A GAME ????
  • + 4
 Why portuguese riders Carolina Costa and Pombo are not on the list to choose for the fantasy team?
  • + 3
 Dumb question- but is Rude not racing at all this year? I thought he was just going to sit out a few races early season?
  • + 2
 Think it's beyond your control to simply 'sit a few races out' when you're a drug cheat. Allegedly
  • + 5
 @chainspotting: Afaik he hasn't been banned, but he might have signed a voluntary suspension agreement. (If he gets convicted this will start his ban counter from the day he signed the agreement instead of the day he received the verdict)
  • + 1
 @Trailsoup: yeah good point - I meant sitting out / keeping quiet regarding sponsors than any official ban.
  • + 2
 Lol he's still on my fantasy. Don't care, go Richie!
  • + 1
 He said he was going to stay out of EWS until his verdict was decided. They're taking their sweet time for sure.
  • + 0
 @chainspotting: Haha, "Allegedly."

I feel bad for him. Even though I suspect he is guilty, it's gotta be super tough to sit out a whole season when you're uninjured. I hope his mental health is okay.
  • + 0
 I'd have raced all of the races anyway. It would have been fantastic for his sponsors to be out there competing, getting exposure, even the press surrounding it every round he shows up at would be more talked about than any of the mixed wheelset stuff. Feels like he's done himself a disservice but not racing. Seems like he'd sell a boatload more Yeti's even with the "stigma"...which really most of the fans could probably care less about.

They just wanna see big boy Rude break stuff!
  • + 1
 @bizutch: I find it unlikely that Rude made the decision on his own. I could be totally wrong, but remember that Rude's sponsors don't want the reputation of "Winning by doping" so I'm guessing they strongly "encouraged" him to not race.
  • + 1
 Nothing of this really matters, folks. Sam Hill is confirmed on a 29er,and THAT is the real news.

m.vitalmtb.com/features/So-Here-Is-Sam-Hills-29er-Enduro-Race-Bike,2680
  • + 3
 A sad day indeed
  • + 0
 @jaydawg69: Like Gwin, he won't win another race...
  • + 1
 @Otago: never say never... 29er will make him go faster.
  • + 0
 Drinking from your ridng shoe is just nasty...that pic makes me want to hurl... I guess that shows you how amazing it is being on the podium if you can be so happy that your drinking cheesy toe sweat juice and loving it...
  • + 2
 That is Australians for ya
  • + 7
 @zyoungson: I think you'll find he's Belgian
  • + 2
 @bennorth: and Belgian sweat taste like waffles so maybe its not so gross. Dont forget that shoe was filled with Champagne that was pressed by French feet. Waffle flavored Champagne foot funk. The Drink of Champions.
  • + 1
 I'm sure his shoe sponsor is happy! Smile
  • + 3
 Ever drink beer from a shoe?
  • + 5
 You've obviously never flipped a raft
  • + 7
 Ever drunk Baileys from a shoe?
  • + 9
 @tincancharlie: wanna go to a club where people wee on each other?
  • + 1
 I prefer the tequllia shots between two boobs.
  • + 1
 Ever been in a Turkish prison?
  • + 3
 You can add Greg Callaghan to the list of injured riders now.
  • + 1
 Awww....It's the good kind of face-hugging alien!!!

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