A little bit of Rude-ness kept Yoann Barelli from his first Enduro World Series victory in his adopted hometown.
On a day where riders were forced to deal with a wide variety of conditions after rainy conditions early gave way to summer sun, Richie Rude, took the win. Rude, out of Redding, Conn., bested Barelli by about 40 seconds to keep the French rider from snagging the win at the SRAM Canadian Open at Crankworx on Sunday. It was Rude's second victory in a row after claiming victory in Les Deux Alpes, France last month. He now has 2,110 points on the season heading into the final two races in Spain and Italy and surges past New Zealand's Justin Leov, who bowed out of the race after suffering a shoulder injury in the first stage.
Defending champion Jared Graves of Australia rounded out the podium.
Josh Carlson, an Australian who now calls Whistler home, won the first two stages and was well in contention before being slowed by a late flat.
Rude said after the race that he knew he was in striking distance and primed to make a late charge.
"I knew that I was always a bit behind the leader and wanted to push that little extra bit," he said. "In Stage 5, I knew I could pull back time there, so I just put all my faith in that and just went for it.
"I just knew that if I rode at my pace, it was going to be good."
Though a bubbly Barelli was denied the victory, he still took joy in recording his top finish on the circuit.
"I'm feeling great. It's amazing to be on the podium in Whistler, my new home," he said. "At the beginning of the day, I was riding a little bit slow, but still, no crash. I was riding a little bit conservative.
"On Stage 3, I found the way. I had this sentence in my head: 'You're going to do it. You're going to do it. You're going to do it.'"
On the women's side, Tracy Moseley of the United Kingdom padded her overall lead with her fourth win in five outings. French riders Cecile Ravanel and Isabeau Courdurier were second and third, respectively.
"It's cool. It's been an amazing season. I can't ask for any more. But this was one race I'd never won here in Whistler," she said. "Being here for the third time, it was definitely something I wanted to leave having won at Whistler."
Winners received $7,500 while the second and third-place finishers received $3,000 and $1,500, respectively.
The race was the first after last weekend's race in Colorado was cancelled after the death of rider Will Olson in the third stage.
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