The MET Val Di Fassa EWS brought all the drama you’d expect from one of those series most spectacular settings to date.

Racers took on five big, physical stages in a single day, all beneath a blazing Italian sun. And whilst some riders saw their dreams realised, for others heartbreak ensued…

Fresh back from an extended time-out, Richie Rude Richie Rude took to the start line for the first time this season. Rude wasted no time in getting back up to speed, claiming the first stage of the day and going on to win four of the five stages. Only reigning champion Sam Hill could deny him a clean sweep. Hill finished the day in second place, with Florian Nicolai rounding out the top three.

RiderTeamTime
1Richie RudeYeti / Fox Shox Factory Team00:35:28.35
2Sam HillChain Reaction Cycles Mavic+00:18.96
3Florian NicolaiCanyon Factory Racing+00:25.64
4Edward MastersPivot Factory Racing+00:39.54
5Dimitri TordoCanyon Factory Racing+01:00.8

In the women’s competition Isabeau Courdurier (Intense-Mavic Collective) cemented her position as the woman to beat this season, dropping just one stage to Andreane Lanthier Nadeau to claim the race win by an impressive 34 seconds. Lanthier Nadeau (Rocky Mountain/Race Face Enduro Team) was rewarded with her best EWS finish to date in second place, with Noga Korem (GT Factory Racing) in third.

RiderTeamTime
1Isabeau CourdurierIntense Mavic Collective00:40:56.04
2Andreane Lanthier NadeauRocky Mountain/Race Face Enduro Team+00:34.51
3Noga KoremGT Factory Racing+00:51.12
4Melanie Pugin+00:59.37
5Morgane Charre+01:51.8
6Ella Conolly+01:54.84
7Laura Battista+02:33.55

Canyon Factory Racing emerged as Team of the Day, with Yeti/Fox Shox Factory Racing in second and Pivot Factory Racing in third.

The series nows turns its attention to round five, EWS Les Orres Coupe Du Monde in France, which takes place next weekend, July 6-7.

Full results available here.

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