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Enduro World Series Race Action - Stages 4-6 from La Thuile, Italy

<b>Damien Oton scrubbing with style on the final stage on the weekend. He lead by 2.6-seconds going into the final stage. A new winner for every round so far this year. </b> -Sven Martin

<b>Tracy Moseley taking the win on Stage 6 and the overall win for the weekend. She retains the series lead heading back to North America.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Anne Caroline took two 2nds and 1st today, but it wasn't enough to claw back the 25-seconds she gave up to Tracy on Stage 4. She would have to settle for 2nd place overall.</b> -Lee Trumpore

<b>Joe Barnes was on a mission this morning, storming through the sloppy conditions of Stage 1 to a 10-second win. He was only 4.2-seconds off the overall with a 3rd place on the weekend.</b> -Lee Trumpore

<b>Cecile Ravanel was too aggressive out of the gate and lost at least 10-15 seconds to a crash within the first few hundred meters of the start of Stage 4. She still finished the day in 3rd overall.</b> -Lee Trumpore

<b>Rene Wildhaber couldn't match his day 1 performance and dropped to 4th overall, 16-seconds back. He took this section faster than anyone, plowing directly over the rocks that other riders swerved to avoid and had fun, regardless of result.</b> -Lee Trumpore

<b>Jared Graves played the steady game that saw him come out victorious in Valloire, and earned him the final stage win today. His rivals were equally consistent and just a bit quicker this weekend, however. His 5th place overall finish was enough to hold onto the series lead heading into North America.</b> -Lee Trumpore

<b>Despite being caught smuggling frozen chicken across the Italian border yesterday, Rene still had room in his shorts for a couple hams.</b> -Lee Trumpore

<b>Cecile Ravanel rode strong all weekend, picking up a stage win. She had to battled hard for third in the highly-competitive overall.</b> -John Parkin

<b>Anne Caroline, first to arrive up top before the long Stage 4.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Yoann Barelli taking the high set-up line on Stage 5. Magical, natural trails, not your average bike park.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Isabeau Courdurier on the super fun Stage 6.</b> -Joe Bowman

<b>Winning parade, Italian-style.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Anneke Beerten leaning over on the slippery shale upper reaches of Stage 4. @vitalmtb</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Ines Thoma with a strong 4th place finish. Focused.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Yes, we finally saw Mt. Blanc. Lee helps point it out so no one missed it.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Scenery and riding terrain to die for up high on Stage 4 and an ecstatic race organizer in the audio.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Francois Bailly-Maitre all alone in the shadow of Mt. Blanc as Chris Ball continues to be blown away by the diversity of rider talent in the EWS. </b> -Sven Martin

<b>Martin Maes railing the slippery slopes of La Thuile with a strong final dayw hich included a win on Stage 5.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Tracy Moseley purposely started the climb to Stage 1 late so she could arrive at the summit within minutes of her start to avoid waiting around in the cold. She timed it perfectly and took a commanding 40-second win.</b> -Lee Trumpore

<b>Tracy charged out of the gate with total disregard for the slippery shale littering the top of the track.</b> -Lee Trumpore

<b>Though the weather at the bottom improved steadily, racers still experienced 3 seasons in one chairlift ride on the way to the start.</b> -Lee Trumpore

<b>Adam Craig soaring. Four North Americans in the Top 20 this weekend. A big improvement from last year.</b> -John Parkin

<b>Rough, raw, open slope corner after greasy corner. Remember what downhill used to be? #notleogang and different to the British Spirit of Enduro.</b> -Lee Trumpore

<b>Jesse Melamed is fast becoming a Vital favorite, and he's already become the fastest Canadian. 13th place in La Thuile.</b> -Lee Trumpore

<b>The hour-long climb to the first stage was actually quite enjoyable, leaving riders with plenty of time to reflect on the stages that lay ahead.</b> -Lee Trumpore

<b>Florian Nicolai is one of several young Frenchmen taking the EWS by storm this year. He took 2nd in Stage 3 and ended the weekend in 6th overall.</b> -Lee Trumpore

<b>Anne Caroline Chausson started the morning with a 15-second lead, but saw it evaporate like morning dew after the first stage.</b> -Lee Trumpore

<b>Martin Maes had his times recorded in the Junior category all weekend despite racing Elites, so unfortunately his 1st and 2nd on the last 2 stages went totally unnoticed all day.</b> -Lee Trumpore

<b>With minimal practice, it's difficult to spot legal, open lines like this at full gas. Riding through blind shrubbery is risky, but sometimes pays off.</b> -Lee Trumpore

<b>CG took a more traditional, conservative approach to this section squeezing between the inside grass option and monster truck line over the boulder.</b> -Lee Trumpore

<b>Getting ready for the big airline charges and the Trans-Atlantic hike...</b> -Sven Martin

<b>...with one last #baguette before heading into the land of hippie-made #bagels.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>4 rounds, 4 winners. Damien Oton soaks in the spoils of victory with Francois Bailly-Maitre and Joe Barnes.</b> -Lee Trumpore

<b>La Thuile provided first class racing on first class trails. Riders now have a few weeks to rest their battered, soggy bodies before the next round in Winter Park Colorado. See you in the Rockies!</b> -Lee Trumpore

Four Enduro World Series and four different overall winners. Today Damien Oton scored his first victory by attacking the final three stages of the La Thuile, Italy event. Tracy Moseley dominated the 18-minute long Stage 4 and couldn't be caught, taking the women's victory. The trails in La Thuile were raw, rugged and natural providing extremely action-packed racing as documented by Sven Martin and Lee Trumpore. Enjoy the slideshow as the EWS in Italy comes to a close.

View Final Race Results from La Thuile



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