The third round of the Enduro World Series has gone into the history books. Today’s race in Les 2 Alpes demanded everything from the riders and their bikes. We saw very exciting racing with amazing line choices, technical issues, different tactics and riders doing well in some stages and not so good in others due to the different types of courses. Les 2 Alpes was the steepest and most technically demanding course of the Series yet, with four stages, all chairlift accessed, packed into a single grueling day of racing.
Today’s winner in men class: Jerome Clementz! After a puncture in Val d’Allos left him off the podium, Enduro World Series’ favourite Jerome Clementz (Cannondale Overmountain) took a commanding 25 second lead in the early part of today’s Cannondale Enduro Les 2 Alpes race and held the advantage to finish in number one spot. It was the decorated enduro athlete’s first win of the Series.
Chris Balls, managing director of the Enduro World Series, gives us his impressions of the third round.
Fabien Barel (Canyon Enduro Factory Team) had a flat tire today, listen to his take on today’s race
That’s Jey’s Team: Jerome Clementz and his parents. Great support! Jey’s girlfriend Pauline finished in 8th position!
Tracy Moseley showed great consistency through the whole day and won stage 3 as well as the race. Congrats!
Tracy Moseley (T-Mo Racing / Trek) has won 3 out of 3 races of the Enduro World Series. Listen to her thoughts on her win today and what we can expect from the future rounds.
Cedric Gracia: “THIS IS WRONG!” Cedric about his race and about hiking and climbing up and himself being stupid!
This race was a lot about line choices and carrying speed through the gnarly sections. Look at this difference between Jey and Dan!
Dan Atherton’s (Atherton Racing / GT Bicycles) take on the race: “First stage messed a lot of people up.”
Lots of hanging around in the pits during midday. Here the Gehrig Twins (Specialized) after stage 2. 2 hours later they would continue and head to stage 3.
Sick Mick (Polygon Bikes) finished 14th in his first Enduro World Series race.
Anneke Beerten didn’t feel confident with the fast and rough tracks. On top she got a flat tire in stage 4 today! With that result she won’t be happy after a very good third place in Val d’Allos.
Stage 2 was Emmeline Ragot’s stage! The DH World Champ riding for Lapierre won this one.
Men’s podium: Jerome Clementz in first place, second Nico Vouilloz (Lapierre / SRAM) and third Sam Blenkinsop (Lapierre / SRAM)!
Women’s podium: Tracy Moseley, Cecil Ravanel (GT) and Emmeline Ragot
Junior’s podium: Loris Vergier, Martin Maes (GT), Elliot Trabac
Photos: Axel Brunst /R.S. Words: Robin Schmitt