Sam Hill celebrated his birthday in style this weekend, taking honours again at La Thuile in Italy, ahead of Martin Maes in 2nd place and a great result for Eddie Masters in 3rd place, Elite Men. The WA downhiller-turned-enduro-specialist winning all the stages but one amongst the picturesque mountain backdrops of the Italian Alps.

In the Women’s, Cecile Ravenel again took the win with a clean sweep of all but one stage ahead of Isabeau Courdurier and Ines Thoma.

For an idea of Sam’s pace and the views on Stage 2 (Day 1), the team at EWS organised this helicopter chase-cam:

Joe Nation finds and exceeds the limit of this dusty corner in practice.
Another dominant performance for Ravenel
With a view like this at the start queue, would you rather wait?
Sam in his element: Mountains.
Eddie Masters, showing huge form in Petzen-Jamnica and now La Thuile EWS rounds.
Martin Maes, 2nd place.

Elite Women’s podium
Elite Men’s podium

Aussie Round-up

Josh Carlson 25th
Jordan Prochyra 50th
Dave Macmillan 68th
Jake Newell 78th
Jared Graves 92nd
Paul Van Der Ploeg 113th
Adrian Dawson 116th
Jackson Davis 123rd
Chris Panozzo DNF

Leonie Picton 17th Elite Female

Joel Kristensen 46th U21 Men

Full results here:

Photos: Enduro World Series