Results: Finale Ligure EWS 2017

Oct 1, 2017 at 7:23
by Pinkbike Staff  
Total stage domination from the fastest woman in Enduor Cecile Ravanel.


Pro Men
1. Damien Oton – 49:11.17
2. Martin Maes – 49:25.62 (+0:14.45)
3. Sam Hill – 49:41.56 (+0:30.39)
4. Adrien Dailly – 50:01.99 (+0:50.82)
5. Thomas Lapeyrie – 50:11.52 (+1:00.35)


Pro Women
1. Cecile Ravanel – 56:43.89
2. Isabeau Courdurier – 58:05.12 (+1:21.23)
3. Katy Winton – 59:27.95 (+2:44.06)
4. Anita Gehrig – 59:28.00 (+2:44.11)
5. Carolin Gehrig – 60:45.88 (+4:01.99)

Full results as soon as we have them


Overall Series Enduro World Champions

Men's
Sam Hill

Women's
Cecile Ravanel


191 Comments

  • + 500
 Sam you f...ing LEGEND!!!
  • + 191
 this sam hill kid sure seems like a skilled cycler
  • - 117
flag Boardlife69 (Oct 1, 2017 at 8:02) (Below Threshold)
 @cuban-b: skilled cycler? You mean badass, get the f*ck out of my way, steam roll yo mamma, dont even try to corner cause you'll never, MFing flat pedal winning medals bike HERO.
  • + 96
 #flatpedalsmatter
  • + 28
 King of the EWS Hill! Smile
  • - 40
flag jrocksdh (Oct 1, 2017 at 8:25) (Below Threshold)
 @Boardlife69: upvote boardlife69
And override the darkside-yes we can!
  • + 4
 Damn right.
  • + 15
 Its like the second coming!
  • + 82
 Sam Hill to race XCO next season. Nukeproof is backing him. You hear it first.
  • + 29
 This Sam Hill bloke might just have a future in the bicycling race business. Anyone know anything about the lad? Seems to have just rocked up out of nowhere. Wink
  • + 7
 Sam Hill is legendary
  • + 6
 @chyu: Hahaha, I've been saying the same thing. Might as well dominate in the Triple Crown of mtb.
  • + 8
 @chyu: on flat pedals
  • + 2
 Phenomenal...he is the man!
  • - 8
flag broadyvrs (Oct 1, 2017 at 12:51) (Below Threshold)
 Sam Hill Go on you beauty !!!! DH is dead????????
  • + 9
 Hes the first dh champ to win the ews overall right? Pretty damn impressive
  • - 29
flag Rosco65 (Oct 1, 2017 at 13:06) (Below Threshold)
 @Dropthedebt:
mate you must be new to MTB, come out of the cave and ride down the Mountain on flat pedals !! Sam is a legend
  • + 2
 Legend !!!!!!! ????????
  • + 2
 Samuel fcking (down)HILL !!!!
  • + 16
 @russthedog: Nope. Tracy Moseley was the first one.
  • + 21
 Sam Hill's calendar goes straight from March 31st to April 2. No one fools Sam Hill.
  • + 8
 Richie was jr champ. @russthedog:
  • + 3
 Mega props to the thunder from down under #flatlivesmatter. Correct if I'm wrong but has anyone ever won the overall World Cup series in multiple discipline's ? If so it was not under today's type of competition level. True legend!
  • + 2
 Congratulations sam.
  • + 8
 I've got to wonder if Sam Hill sees the flat pedals love affair comments and just wonders why people care. At the end of the day it's just a tool to move the cranks around and around.
  • + 138
 As a massive hill fan when he changed to enduro i had my doubts, the whole flat pedal thing and not looking like he lives in the gym. You see Graves and Rude as machines and that the ews demands fitness and pedaling i didnt really think he could do it based on that. I take my hat off to him he has proven me and many other i am sure wrong. I dont think he ever was off the pace in dh he was just bored. I dothink as far as bike skill and natural talent for riding tech terrain he is the best we have ever seen. at the end off the day hes a fucking legend and an inspiration to myself and many others. congrats Sam and team.
  • - 100
flag BMXrad (Oct 1, 2017 at 8:53) (Below Threshold)
 He lost his DH speed but was doing 30 / 40 miiles a day on the trail bike as well as facing a huge unpaid tax bill, anyway flat pedals win Medals and Enduro is the DH racers who are slowing down hahahahha
  • + 61
 I'm also a massive hill fan. My favourite one is Mont Ventoux.
  • + 47
 I would say finishing 6th at this years world DH champs considered as losing DH speed @BMXrad:
  • + 5
 Wouldn't *@BMXrad:
  • + 2
 @BMXrad: his last do really showed he's losing his speed didn't it
  • + 16
 @BMXrad: has beaten several top WC riders at various EWS rounds this year. Shush mate.
  • + 18
 @krankin: ... and on a "trail" bike no less.
  • + 6
 @BMXrad: is that why Minnaar was overtaken by Barel in Finale in 2014?
  • + 25
 I’m sure Sam has put in a lot of work at the gym but I think you’re dead right - his talent for riding mountain bikes is basically unrivalled. He changed the way we ride bikes because he just seemed to understand how to do it better. He is an inspiration.
  • + 23
 I would say we should change his name to Sam Mountain.
  • + 5
 @BMXrad: yeah mate I'm due you know all about his financial situation.. Wanker
  • + 2
 @ThomDawson: true that mate I'm a fan of a lot of guys, brayton Kerr etc but to me Sam is the man could not be more proud
  • - 13
flag BMXrad (Oct 1, 2017 at 12:55) (Below Threshold)
 @Turboute: trolled hahahaha xxx
  • + 2
 Indeed@LCW1:
  • + 2
 @Rainozeros: you made my day!!!
  • + 1
 @Turboute - your confession means a lot to me, because if I had access to red button at the moment when I read the comments under the article saying that Sam switches to Enduro full time (or when Ratboy announced quitting WC racing), I swear I would press it...
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: I would have done the same thing mate.The thing I also like about guys like ratboy and Hill is that are down to earth normal blokes. have chatted with Sam before, they say you should not meet your hereos you will be disappointed but that was far from the case, hes a top bloke.
  • + 1
 @phdotd: Why didn’t Sam ride a full-fledged DH bike? Because he’s SamDamnHill, that’s why. A true honch. Okay, sure, Cairns isn’t exactly Val di Sole and, yes, the whole riding your enduro whip in the World Champs DH event has been done before (Jared Graves raced his Yeti SB66c to a third place finish at Pietermaritzburg in 2013),
  • + 119
 How bout a shout out to Damian Oton of Devinci on the new Spartan!!
  • + 5
 +1!!!!!
  • + 5
 And he didn't even run into anyone on the trail this time.
  • + 0
 BARK BARK BARK! I like currywurst.
  • + 52
 Flat pedals win medals! And whole series =)
  • + 7
 Tell that to Cecile Ravenel
  • + 30
 Talking about Samuel Hill's choice of pedals is old and boring. I'd say flat pedals had as much to do with Samuel winning the overall title as Ergonomic grips had to do with Oton winning this weekend.
  • - 1
 @lccomz: Hmm... It had a lot to do with Sam winning the overall title. He won the overall title on flat pedals
  • + 0
 @thewho07: indeed and that Daily lost the title because of clipless pedals on whistler stage 1
  • + 3
 @lccomz: no need to hate kid
  • + 11
 I actually think that it is disrespectful to Hill to say that he wins because of flat pedals. The guy is an amazing bike handler and has incredible fitness. I'm sure the flat pedals fit in there somewhere, but he wins because he handles his bike amazingly well, stays healthy, and works his ass off. It's a PBer fantasy that they can put flats on and be a legend too. Put your flat pedal money towards a lesson instead.
  • + 2
 @jasdo: I think you'll find many moons ago Hill himself coined the phrase "flat pedals win medals", so don't get too judgemental on these guys!

Stoked for you Sam!
  • + 11
 Five EWS years.
38 races.
In each race, U21, Masters and Elite rankings.
Divided in man & woman rankings.
38x3=76. 76x2=228. So 228. The three best rider in each category wins a medal.
It gives us 684 medals.
Acording to his wikipedia page, Sam Hill's flat pedals won a total of 4 medals (two 1st and two 2nd places).
Clipless pedals won the 680 other medals.
So yes, sometimes, it happens that (only Sam Hill's) flat pedals win medals.
Sam is a great champion, a very humble and down-to-earth guy, I met him at the Megavalanche this year.
But please slow down with that flat pedal thing, it's getting boring.
Unless you want to talk about clipless pedals wins in World Cup Downhill?
  • + 5
 @etga6657: if you want to use statistics then your question is "how often does a rider on flats not win models" (negative hypothesis). So you can only look at events where someone raced in flats.
  • + 2
 @iamamodel: Pretty sure he didn't use this statistic to start a new one,just to put an end to this bullshit once and for all.Like said before boring.Peace
  • + 1
 @thewho07: it has little to do with whether flat padels are faster, it has to do with the dogma that clipless are superior and EVERYONE should ride them if they consider themselves serious riders. Which is a misleading bullsht stopping many riders from progressing and leaving them riding scared and crash often. Sam Hill is undoubtedly the person who got flat pedal/ shoe interface technology and ergonomy to where it is today. He continues to inspire people to piss on peer pressure and try flats.

Signed: clipped in for the park, flats for xc/trail
  • + 40
 His first full season of racing EWS! Unbelievable what a legend he is.
  • + 33
 Aluminum Frame, 27.5 Wheels, Flat Pedals ...... Sam crushing marketing hype everywhere....... Ride your bike!!
  • + 30
 Think he had carbon for a couple of races at the end there - but Cecile was on aluminium all the way.
  • + 5
 You mean Alloy rear triangle?
  • + 4
 Metal wins medals
  • + 12
 So now 27.5 is retro?
  • + 6
 Pretty sure his carbon frame disagrees with you there mate
  • + 2
 His bike has Boost spacing.lol
  • + 1
 @tempest3070: Well 7 of 8 rounds aluminum anyway.
  • + 1
 @pmaddy: nah he was on a sneaky carbon prototype for a while.
  • + 26
 Sam hill!!! We love you!! You're the best! Flat pedals win medals!!
  • + 20
 This has been a super impressive year-long campaign by Sam. The stats, if they ever show up, would tell a large part of the story. I can’t remember a race where Sam suffered a mechanical. I presume he still has Jaycee his mechanic, who is a wizard with a bike. Good team management and support from Pagey and Chain Reaction and he was the most consistent rider in all conditions all year. People talk about Sam’s otherworldly bike handling skills, which is undisputed, but he’s also a smart strategic thinker. And let’s also recognize Cecile who dominated this year against some very strong competition – a true champion in every way.
  • + 5
 You're so right about the strategic thing. Finsle, much like Whistler was an example of that - set a big margin at the start to heap pressure on everyone else and make them take risks and burn themselves out, ride safe but slowly "boil the frog" all the way through. Classic strategic technique most frequently seen in boxing.
  • + 23
 Now i trully believe.. sam hill was a bicycle in his previous life
  • + 24
 Congratulations Mr. Hill
  • + 1
 What the sam hill was that ...
  • + 15
 Richie coming up 16 spots from yesterday. He has to be happy about that. Such a sick season but I'm hoping Rude and Graves don't let this season get there heads.
  • + 11
 A few big DH world cup names in the race this weekend, including MINNAR, SHAW, VERGIER, PIERRON, BRYCELAND to name a few. With VERGIER getting the best result out of all, finishing in 22nd. Goes to show the skill and fitness of all the Enduro boys and also how good Sam Hill really is.
  • + 6
 They were all boozing and relaxing.

True on hill though - the first dh champ to win ews overall?
  • + 10
 @russthedog: Nope. It was T-Mo
  • + 1
 @riffscreamer: of course good call!
  • + 5
 Enduro riders ride track better "blind" than DH riders who are used to analysing every line rather than riding something as they see it. This is why I think Enduro is a better test of a bike handler than DH.
  • + 1
 @fartymarty: lol more like whoever gets there earliest and trains the most. Sorry i hate to break it to you but noone competitive rides ews blind
  • + 1
 @russthedog: I'm not saying they ride it totally blind but compared to a DH rider they don't know every inch of the track.
  • + 1
 @fartymarty: getting there before the event and training is an issue for them
  • + 15
 More importantly which syndicate rider has to wear the dress?
  • + 6
 Finally someone asking the tough questions.
  • + 8
 That would be a particularly tall South African
  • + 0
 Please elaborate ?
  • + 4
 @pigman65: Apparently they have a bet where who had worst finish had to wear a dress at some event.
  • - 13
flag CM999 (Oct 1, 2017 at 13:54) (Below Threshold)
 And how much does all their messing about add to the cost of the bikes. Dont forget it is their customers who are paying for all of this
  • + 4
 @CM999: No, it's the company, you you are paying the bike. And unlike taxes you can chose not to pay for a SC.
  • + 4
 @CM999: you sound like fun at partys pffft haha
  • + 1
 @mfoga: Minaars season just keeps on getting worse !
  • + 14
 *MARTIN MAES* ladies & gentlemen !!! Superb
  • + 4
 super low profile and consistent rider!!
  • + 9
 Still a bit sad for Dailly. He started the season so strong... I though he would win the overall. But he's still young and may be the man to beat in the next years. Congrats to Sam.
  • + 9
 Hill should give MMA a crack and show Connor McGreggor what for!
  • + 8
 That wouldn't be fair on McGreggor Wink
  • + 5
 To that guy that took his comment down about Sam Hill slowing down and couldn't compete in the world cup... I think Sam Hill dialed it down in the world cup intentionally, that happens when you get huge season ending injuries, get married, and have a couple of kids. I think if he was still willing to put all that on the line, he'd be battling the other top riders at every race STILL. My hat is off to him for slowing it down, and doing what he loves to do, competing and be a family man. It's nice to see his family at his races... SAM HILL...CHAMP! and man of the year!!!!
  • + 8
 Congratulations King of the Hill!
  • + 4
 Why do Jared Graves get so much mechanicals? Is it just bad luck or is it a problem with the Spesh team's mechanics? It's weird because after last season and this year, I would've been more surprised if Graves had an issue-free race. You see guys like Sam Hill, Adrien Dailly or Greg Callahan who rarely get mechanicals. I don't believe they're just consistently lucky.
  • + 7
 Damn, good weekend. Damien win, Hill takes overall... and another 2nd for MM Razz
  • + 6
 Congrats to Hill.....

Martin MAESSSSSSS beast!! Next years world champion!!

Where's all the 29-ers Wink
  • + 9
 Katy Winton is on a 29er.
  • + 3
 CUBE riders where on 29er,s
  • + 4
 @Trailstunter : Callahan and Lau on 29er... but who cares.... SAM HILL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • + 0
 @LCW1: Graves on a 29er one Stage win, one second place and top ten results day two - on a fkng trailbike!!!
  • + 7
 He's not that over the Hill after all.
  • + 4
 Sam winning almost makes up for Minnaar missing out on the WC overall... Almost
  • + 1
 www.enduroworldseries.com/cumulative-times/men

hr:min:sec
Hill - 5:24:34
Dailly - 5:27:12

For say a 4 minute stage, translates to a touch over 2 seconds if my maths are correct.

Some of the other guys are incredibly close to each other after so many stages.
  • + 5
 This Sam Hill guy seems like he might have a future in bicycle racing
  • - 7
flag mollow (Oct 1, 2017 at 8:02) (Below Threshold)
 How original
  • + 2
 Well done Sam!!! CRC need to do a blanket discount in honour of their man doing so well!!! Can't wait to see the recap videos!
  • + 0
 Actually they would need to raise prices to meet up with demandWink
  • + 3
 Sam is going to run out of space soon on that frame for championship badges if he keeps this up.
  • + 5
 Sam “GOAT” Hill
  • + 3
 Unlucky dailly your time will come, Sam Hill been reliable when so many had issues throughout the season.
  • - 13
flag mollow (Oct 1, 2017 at 8:04) (Below Threshold)
 So unlucky Adrien! And so lucky Sam! Oh and lets not forget how unlucky Graves is!
  • + 4
 Sam Hill ! Fuck yeah
  • + 4
 SAM HILL!
  • + 3
 Chainreactions phonelines will be blowing up in 3, 2,...1 Go
  • + 3
 Best mountain biker of all time?
  • - 14
flag mh731 (Oct 1, 2017 at 9:21) (Below Threshold)
 Nah look at Nino Schurter before Hill
  • + 1
 @mh731: Dunno what the hate is for Schurter is - he's dominated at his level and is supremely skilled in a bike. You can only beat the people around you after all... See also T-mo, Vouilloz, Rachel Atherton, etc.

I'm not sure Hill is the greatest of all time, but he's certainly up there, particularly the impact he's made in raising the level of DH across the board and making people realise just how fast you can go on a bike!
  • + 1
 @slimboyjim: Because there is a misconception that XC is 'easy' eg. endurance and no skill. The world cup XC tracks nowadays can be super technical, plus combine that with uphills and riding the thing on 100mm suspension / hardtails and semi-slicks and you have to be a great rider to succeed.
  • + 2
 Nice one chap. Even more pleased that I will be riding these trails in 2 weeks time Smile
  • + 3
 Well done Sam! You're a legend
  • + 1
 This season was fairly amazing. Had so many different people at #1 for a while.
Congrats to Sam on #1. Really happy for the season Greg had as well!
  • + 0
 I wish I could think of a witty response to the whole flat pedlas win medals about how back to back clips win back to back titles...
  • + 15
 All pedals win medals
  • + 2
 @enger: well that's no fun
  • + 17
 @enger: Gwin aint finished yet, give him some more time before we can assume one needs pedals to win medals.
  • - 1
 @enger: Except eBike pedals.
  • + 1
 @Boardlife69: Until Gwin wins on a run bike I think we can all agree with "no pedals, no medals"...
  • + 1
 I bet there is a hell of a partaaay in the big square Sam Hill!!! What a ledge
  • + 1
 Shout out to José Borges,2nd on the last stage and 10th overall. Expecting some podiums next year!!
  • + 2
 When does the winter EWS start?
  • + 1
 You should see how Sam smashed trails in Western Australia. He is fucking amazing.
  • + 1
 looks like a flat pedal reference was made ~25 times in ~145 comments. we get it, sam runs flats...
  • + 2
 Everyone will be on flats next year?
  • + 2
 Massive respect to Sam Hill! ????
  • + 1
 Congrats to Sam on the overall but let’s not overshadow Damien and Devinci taking the race win!
  • + 1
 Flat pedals, hand guards are gonna be in short supply real soon. Stock up, fellas!
  • + 2
 Ahaha
  • + 2
 Rob Warner said it best. How does he do it? Congrats Sam!
  • + 1
 Rhys!! U21. Wow. Nice victory. Aren't you an XC racer??
  • + 1
 Sam Hill is STILL the fastest bike rider in the world.
  • + 1
 Hey! EWS! Any chance of some results once the hangovers have subsided?
  • + 1
 Yep, because if he raced on clipless he wasn't going to win...
  • + 2
 To be fair, at this level it is all about confidence and if you put him in clips he probablywouldn't have done so well, but we all get your point!

(I think about a third of the comments on here are about flat pedals!)
  • + 1
 M A E S T R O. SAM!! Flat pedal master! ????
  • + 1
 Sam Hill is definitely the GOAT!
  • + 1
 Fucking great ..... he got it !
  • + 2
 Sam "King of the" Hill!
  • + 1
 The king of flat pedals!!!!
  • + 1
 Proves that the new spartan must be a best (L)
  • + 1
 F????????????????⚡️⚡️KC Yea!!!! Sam Hill
  • + 1
 lets see how many local enduro-ers switch to flats...
  • + 1
 And how many will switch to a Nukeproof Mega...
  • + 4
 Always been on flats. Clips freak me out Wink
  • + 2
 The king got his crown!
  • + 1
 Didn't even have to watch to know the result ???? Go Sam
  • + 1
 So happy for Hill and Cecile.
  • + 0
 Sam hill has done the unthinkable and by doing so , he rediscovered flat pedals for elite riders.
  • + 2
 flat pedals for life
  • + 2
 Sam, you're a legend!
  • + 1
 So happy for Hill - well done mate! Well done!
  • + 2
 SAM HILL FOR PRESIDENT
  • + 0
 sam hill , you is the best mountain biker ever ....., please next year ride enduro world series and world cup downhill.
  • + 1
 sam frikkin' hill
  • + 0
 A legendary racer and person! So staked for ya Sam!!!
  • - 2
 Stoked*
  • + 1
 Your boy Jesus already did that (sorry, couldn't resist, the web's a horrible place for typo trolls)
  • + 1
 YES WUBBA LUBBA DUB DUB
  • + 0
 Absolutely nuts!!! Congrats What a legend, nuff said!
  • + 5
 Yeah, Cecile f*cking shredded it didn't she? I mean holy crap look at the margin
  • + 1
 Well done Sam!
  • + 1
 Sam Hill,Yeah Boiiii
  • + 1
 Congrats to the man !
  • + 0
 Flat pedals win medals!
  • + 0
 Sam Hill !!!
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