Richie Rude and Cecile Ravanel win La Thuile Enduro World Series - Dirt

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Richie Rude and Cecile Ravanel win La Thuile Enduro World Series

Are they unstoppable?

Just as Mont Blanc dominates the Alpine horizons around la Thuile, there were two riders who stood head and shoulders above the rest of the field at the fourth round of the 2016 EWS.

Photos: Enduro World Series

Richie Rude and Cecile Ravanel won 11 out of 12 stages on offer between the two of them with only Sam Hill able to break their deadlock. They both comfortably took their respective races and sit pretty at the top of the overall standings.

While they dominate the top step of the podium there are a number of stories below them to keep things interesting. Sam Hill once again proved that bike handling skills reign supreme in enduro as he piloted his Nukeproof Mega to a second successive second place despite using flat pedals and spending the majority of his time training for downhill. It’s not been the best season in the World Cups but it’s nice to see him still able to mix it with the world’s best. Hopefully this is a confidence boost for him as we head to his favourite World Cup track – Mont Sainte Anne.

Third place fell to Damien Oton. After winning here in 2014 this won’t have been what he was looking for but he’ll take solace in the fact that he lost to a downhill legend and a young American in the form of his life, especially as he leaps up to second in the standings.

In the women’s race, Cecile Ravanel pulled off the rare feat of winning every single stage (apparently one of Rude’s goals for the rest of the season is to do the same). Isabaeu Courdurier pulled off a best ever second placed finish while Andréane Lanthier Nadeau returned to the top tier of enduro to take third.

Lifts were open to riders but some of the stages still required a bit of effort
Adrien Dailly killed it in the Junior category winning all but the last stage with a time that would have been good enough for a top ten in the senior race.
Cecile Ravanel didn't put a foot wrong all weekend - 6/6 despite an unavoidable collision with Jared Graves
Jared punctured and retired on stage four
Joe Barnes finished the weekend in tenth, his results have been improving all season
Damien Oton couldn't repeat his 2014 win, but he won't disappointed with third behind the untouchable Rude
What more is there to say about this man, he's just quicker everywhere and still so young
Isabeau Courdurier continues to impress - the 22-year-old grabbed a best ever second
Rude cutting through the Alpine
CG, being CG
Miranda Miller really needs to get racing more. Fifth for her aggressive, downhill style
Sam Hill. Flat pedals. Second.
Is enduro the future for the Aussie legend?
The drink of champions. Rude unflustered all weekend
Greg Callaghan couldn't repeat his heroics of last round - 28th after some big crashes.
Switchbacks through Alpine meadows typified this bucolic event.
As Rude's team mate, it would be easy to fall under his shadow but Cody Kelly's style speaks for itself.
The loose conditions and steep woods caught out many riders
Brosnan still rocking the space kit pulled out an admirable 14th
Another solid top ten for Katy Winton


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