The second weekend of racing at the UCI Mountain Bike World Series Festival Haute-Savoie saw the Elite e-bike racers take to a huge course that encompassed ten stages, 65km and over 4000 metres of descent.
In the women’s e-bike race, Tracy Moseley put on a dominant display to win the first three stages of the day. Ines Thoma would claim victory on stage four and stage ten, whilst former EWS-E Champion Laura Charles (Miranda Factory Team) also claimed a stage win. However, none of them could stop reigning Champion Florencia Espineira (Orbea Fox Enduro Team) from claiming both the race win and with it the inaugural UCI E-Enduro World Cup Series Overall title.
The race will go down as the tightest e-bike women’s finish to date, with Espineira beating Moseley by just four tenths of a second after ten stages of racing. Ines Thoma would finish 41 seconds back to take third. Espineira was joined on the overall series podium by Laura Charles in second and Germany’s Ines Thoma in third.
Meanwhile in the men’s race, series leader Fabien Barel (Canyon CLLCTV) snatched defeat from the jaws of victory, when a 60 second penalty applied for a missed section of liaison, cost him the race lead he’d enjoyed from the second he left the start gate. The mistake left Barel back in ninth place and handed the race victory to Kevin Marry (Lapierre Zipp Collective). He was less than two tenths of a second ahead of Tiago Ladeira (Miranda Factory Team) in second, with Mick Hannah (Yeti/Fox Factory Race Team) in third.
And although the race win was now out of Barel’s grasp, his season-long dominance was richly rewarded with the UCI E-Enduro World Cup overall series title. Kevin Marry took second in the overall with Ladeira completing the podium in third.
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