There may have only been three EWS rounds this year but that hasn't stopped the shortened season providing plenty of drama and nail-biting racing. Finale Ligure is a staple of the EWS and has closed out the series every year since its first year in 2013 and after many schedule changes, 2020 was no different.
By the end of a tough day of four stages, Morgane Charre and Jesse Melamed came out on top with both riders leading from the first stage of the day. The women's racing saw a battle between Morgane and last weeks winner Melanie Pugin but a slow Stage 2 for Melanie would hand the lead to Morgane. Estelle Charles backs up a series of great results in 2020 as she finishes today in third place and will be a rider to watch for 2021.
The men's racing saw a dominant performance from Jesse Melamed today who won all but one stage on his way to a third EWS victory. Florian Nicolai would have a consistent day to reach second place and Jack Moir proves his enduro racing prowess once again as he secured third position. Check out the full results and updates from the race as it happened below.Results:
1st. Morgane Charre: 25:02.66
2nd. Melanie Pugin: 25:33.15
3rd. Estelle Charles: 25:46.39
4th. Katy Winton: 25:53.66
5th. Anita Gehrig: 25:55.20
1st. Jesse Melamed: 21:21.60
2nd. Florian Nicolai: 21:30.58
3rd. Jack Moir: 21:34.71
4th. Theo Galy: 21:41.34
5th. Edward Masters: 21:57.17
Full Results:Elite Women:Top 50 Elite Men:
Updates from the race as it happened:
2:00 am PDT:
Riders are coming off a tough race in Pietra Ligure and are straight into the classic final stop of the EWS in Finale. With some technical stages racers aren't going to have an easy end to the shortened 2020 season.
The weather report for today from Accuweather
is saying riders should expect sunny conditions with temperatures of 20° C while racing.
2:00 am PDT:
Racing is underway for the final EWS of 2020 in Finale Ligure!
After a short season of racing this year and with no overall title to play for it will be all or nothing for riders to prove their racing skills before the season closes. Expect tight racing and fast stage times as they take on the last four EWS stages of 2020.
2:02 am PDT:Current Stage 1 Standings
The first batch of riders have completed the first stage of the day, here are the current top five men and women.MenWomen
2:05 am PDT: U21 Stage 1 ResultsTop 5 MenWomen
2:08 am PDT:
Morgane Charre Wins Stage 1!
Morgane Charre takes a huge early lead on the first stage of the day as she best last weekends winner, Melanie Pugin by 10.6 seconds. Third place went to another French rider Estelle Charles who was 11 seconds off the lead.
2:12 am PDT: Stage 1 Results - Top 10 Women
2:21 am PDT:
U21 Racer Antoine Vidal is Racing in the Elite Category this Weekend
Antoine has made the switch to the Elite Mens category this weekend after winning the U21 race at both Zermatt and Pietra Ligure this year. He normally posts some blistering times so it will be interesting to see where he comes this weekend. He is currently 2nd on Stage 1 as we wait for the rest of the Elite Men to post their times.
2:32 am PDT:
A Tough Stage to Start the Day
Both Remi Gauvin and Elliott Heap have had a bad start to the day after Elliott has a mechanical which places him in 75th and Remi has reportedly hit a tree and is way back in 119th place.
2:33 am PDT:
Jesse Melamed Wins Stage 1!
Jesse Melamed kicks the day off with a 10.6 second lead which strangely matches Morgane Charre's Stage 1 win in the Women's race. Adrien Dailly managed a second-place finish with Jack Moir in third. Amazingly U21 racer Antoine Vidal secured 6th place.
2:36 am PDT: Stage 1 Results - Top 10 Men 2:41 am PDT: U21 Stage 2 ResultsTop 5 MenWomen 3:15 am PDT:Current Stage 2 Standings
The first batch of riders have completed the second stage of the day, here are the current top men and women.Top 10 MenWomen
3:25 am PDT:
Morgane Charre Wins Stage 2!
Morgane Charre takes another stage win today as she goes over five seconds faster than Anita Gehrig. Estelle Charles wrapped up the top three just under seven seconds back. Melanie Pugin fell back to 15th, 28.15 seconds behind Charre.
3:26 am PDT: Stage 2 Results - Top 10 Women 3:27 am PDT: Overall After Stage 2 - Top 10 Women
3:42 am PDT:
Adrien Dailly Crashes on Stage 2
Adrien Dailly has crashed on the second stage and has lost nearly 14 seconds to the current stage leader Alex Rudeau.
3:48 am PDT:
Jesse Melamed Wins Stage 2!
It's another win for Jesse Melamed as he takes the top spot on Stage 2 by 3.52 seconds over Florian Nicolai. Theo Galy rounds out the three fastest riders with Jack Moir just missing out on a top-three finish in fourth.
3:26 am PDT: Stage 2 Results - Top 10 Men 3:27 am PDT: Overall After Stage 2 - Top 10 Men 4:30 am PDT: U21 Stage 3 ResultsTop 5 MenWomen 5:21 am PDT:Current Stage 3 Standings
The first batch of riders have completed the third stage of the day, here are the current top men and women.Top 10 MenWomen
5:25 am PDT:
Melanie Pugin Wins Stage 3!
Melanie Pugin becomes the first rider to best Morgane Charre today after she goes 6.88 seconds up. Noga Korem has a great results as she makes it into the top three.
5:26 am PDT: Stage 3 Results - Top 10 Women 5:27 am PDT: Overall After Stage 3 - Top 10 Women
5:53 am PDT:
Jesse Melamed Wins Stage 3!
Jesse Melamed takes his third stage win of the day as he bests Dimitri Tordo but only 0.85 seconds. Patrick Luthi was only slightly behind with a gap of 0.87 seconds back from Jesse. Adrien Dailly had another disaster as he comes 114th.
5:57 am PDT: Stage 3 Results - Top 10 Men 5:57 am PDT: Overall After Stage 3 - Top 10 Men 6:10 am PDT: U21 Stage 4 ResultsTop 5 MenWomen 6:10 am PDT: U21 Overall Results
After four stages the results from the U21 race are in with Brady Stone winning the Men's race and Harriet Harnden once again securing the top spot for the Women. Top 5 MenWomen
6:25 am PDT:Current Stage 4 Standings
The first batch of riders have completed the final stage of the day that is also the Queen Stage, here are the current top men and women.Top 10 MenWomen
6:34 am PDT:
Melanie Pugin Wins Stage 4!
Melanie Pugin takes another stage win but it is not enough to secure the overall as Morgane Charre wins the title at EWS Finale Ligure.
6:36 am PDT: Stage 4 (Queen) Results - Top 10 Women 6:36 am PDT: Overall - Top 10 Women
7:00 am PDT:
Jack Moir Wins Stage 4!
After an incredible first season racing the EWS Jack Moir has wan the final stage of the day by over a second. Jesse Melamed may have finished the last stage of the day in sixth but he still wins the overall, taking his third EWS win.
7:03 am PDT: Stage 4 (Queen) Results - Top 10 Men 7:03 am PDT: Overall - Top 10 Men