EWS 4, Samoens: Rude and Moseley take the win

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All images thanks to Matt Wragg/EWS.

The high French Alps have a reputation for creating high drama – and Samoens Enduro World Series driven by Urge Bike Products didn’t disappoint.

A relaxed series leader, Justin Leov, getting ready to race during Enduro World Series round 4, Samoens, France, 2015. Photo by Matt Wragg.
A relaxed series leader, Justin Leov, getting ready to race.
Jared Graves o stage three during Enduro World Series round 4, Samoens, France, 2015. Photo by Matt Wragg.
Jared Graves on stage three.

Richie Rude (Yeti/Fox Shox Factory Team) and Tracy Moseley (Trek Factory Racing Enduro Team) overcame the storms, sweltering heat and the long, physical stages to take the win. The top of the podium is familiar territory for Tracy, but it was the first Enduro World Series win for Rude.

Nico Lau on stage three during Enduro World Series round 4, Samoens, France, 2015. Photo by Matt Wragg.
Nico Lau on stage three.
Tracy Moseley heads for the lift to start racing during Enduro World Series round 4, Samoens, France, 2015. Photo by Matt Wragg.
Tracy Moseley heads for the lift to start racing.

Tracy’s dominance was predictable after Anne Caroline Chausson (Ibis Cycles Enduro Race Team) was forced to retire due to illness, but it was a different story altogether for Rude. In possibly the tightest final stage of any EWS race to date, Nico Vouilloz (Lapierre Gravity Republic) and Richie Rude went into the final stage of the race with just two tenths of a second separating them, with Vouilloz leading Rude by the smallest of margins. But the combination of Rude’s strength and a mechanical for Vouilloz saw Rude take the stage by six seconds – and winning himself the overall in the process. Vouilloz had to settle for second place, with Fabien Barel (Canyon Factory Enduro Team) coming in third.

Richie Rude on stage two during Enduro World Series round 4, Samoens, France, 2015. Photo by Matt Wragg.
Richie Rude on stage two.

Richie said: “I went into the race expecting a top five but I got really into the tracks here and the weather was great and I’m just glad I came away with it. The French style of enduro is definitely one of my favourites because you get a good look at the track and then you can ride it pretty quick on your second run. Big congratulations to the two French legends behind me – I think it’s any kid’s dream to be on the podium with them!”

Anka Martin on stage two during Enduro World Series round 4, Samoens, France, 2015. Photo by Matt Wragg.
Anka Martin on stage two.
Ines Thoma on stage three during Enduro World Series round 4, Samoens, France, 2015. Photo by Matt Wragg.
Ines Thoma on stage three.

In the women’s race Cecile Ravanel (Commencal Vallnord Enduro Team) put in a strong performance to win two stages to secure second place, with Anneke Beerten (Specialized Racing Team) in third. Isabeau Courdurier (Rocky Mountain Urge BP Rally Team) continued her great season by picking up fourth place.

Isabeau Courdurier on stage two during Enduro World Series round 4, Samoens, France, 2015. Photo by Matt Wragg.
Isabeau Courdurier on stage two.

Speaking after the race Tracy said: “It was a really good weekend – I enjoyed coming back to French style enduro, it feels like a totally different sport to the last three rounds of the series, but equally exciting and equally tough. Having Anne pull out yesterday definitely changed it up a lot, I hope she gets better and comes back strong and we can continue a bit of a fight for the rest of the year.”

Remy Absalon on stage two during Enduro World Series round 4, Samoens, France, 2015. Photo by Matt Wragg.
Remy Absalon on stage two.
Marco Osborne grabs some post-race refreshment during Enduro World Series round 4, Samoens, France, 2015. Photo by Matt Wragg.
Marco Osborne grabs some post-race refreshment.

In the Under 21 categories the French came out on top, with Adrien Dailly (Lapierre Gravity Republic) and Axelle Murigneux claiming the victories. In the Master’s race Remo Heutschi clinched the title.

Thomas Lapeyire celebrates a breakthrough performance during Enduro World Series round 4, Samoens, France, 2015. Photo by Matt Wragg.
Thomas Lapeyire celebrates a breakthrough performance.
Thomas Lapeyrie on stage one during Enduro World Series round 4, Samoens, France, 2015. Photo by Matt Wragg.
Thomas Lapeyrie on stage one.

Despite a twelfth place finish for Justin Leov (Trek Factory Racing Enduro Team) today he still leads the series, but Florian Nicolai (Rocky Mountain Urge BP Rally Team) is not far behind in second place with Richie Rude in third. Tracy Moseley still leads the women’s ranking, with Cecile Ravanel in second and Anneke Beerten now sitting in third.

In the team competition it’s still Trek Factory Racing Enduro Team who are still out in front.

Gusti Wildhaber races for the finish on stage three during Enduro World Series round 4, Samoens, France, 2015. Photo by Matt Wragg.
Gusti Wildhaber races for the finish on stage three.

At the end of the month the series will switch continents and head over the pond to Crested Butte, Colorado for round five – the Yeti Cycles Big Mountain Enduro presented by Shimano. Taking place over the weekend of July 31st and August 1st/2nd, the race promises to push riders as they take on three days of riding at an altitude of 12,000 feet.

It was a tough day today during Enduro World Series round 4, Samoens, France, 2015. Photo by Matt Wragg.
A tough day in the office…

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